Friday, August 29, 2014

Human Resources Administration Intern (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center’s Human Resources department has an exciting internship opportunity for a student pursuing a career in Human Resources.  Pacific Science Center annually employs 500+ full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.  With the advent of new payroll software, the HR Department is in the midst of updating our onboarding process.  The intern will work with the Human Resources Talent Manager to assess current onboarding processes; develop new procedures; and, create a Manager Toolkit that articulates the employee onboarding process.  This Manager Toolkit will be added to Pacific Science Center’s SharePoint site and to serve as a resource for hiring managers.  This is an excellent opportunity for any student wanting more hands-on human resources experience.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable HR administration skills that can be applied to future work settings. 

Reports To: Human Resources Talent Manager
Position Start Date: October 2014
Position End Date: 1– 2 quarter commitment. Ideal candidates will commit      to intern for 2 quarters
Time Commitment: 9 – 12 hours a week (weekday or Saturday)


Job Duties
• Assess current onboarding process
• Develop new onboarding procedures
• Create Manager Toolkit that articulates onboarding process for hiring managers
• Utilize Taleo recruitment software to post and review application process
• Observe and assist with onboarding process through participation in interviews, orientation and onboarding procedures when appropriate
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Develop high-level administrative skills associated with assessing onboarding procedures and creating a Managers Toolkit
• Strengthen communication skills through interactions with Human Resources and other Pacific Science Center staff
• Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of a busy Human Resources Department with a demanding work-load


Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student working towards a degree or career in Human Resources
• Strong skills in word processing, desktop publishing and document production
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Track record of working well within a team environment
• Courteous professional manner
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 


TO APPLY:  Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Human Resources Administration Intern.”

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.  Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blogger Internship – Tinker Tank (Unpaid)

Over 15,000 guests have experienced Pacific Science Center’s Tinker Tank since it opened last year.  Tinker Tank is a protype maker space with changing staffed, hands-on activities on Friday and Saturday afternoons.  Activities have ranged from experimenting with aerodynamics, to creating gravity walls, to experimenting with electric circuits and much more.  The space has been generally well-received by guests of varying ages and backgrounds. 

A Blogger Intern is needed to help showcase Tinker Tank’s dynamic activities and content to the digital world.  The intern will research peer institution’s Maker Space blogs, as well as general Maker Space blogs.  The internship is centered on creating a proposed Tinker Tank blog plan with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline.  This is a scalable internship, in that an intern could choose to extend their internship to two quarters to then execute the plan in the second quarter.  At the internship’s conclusion, the intern will have gained valuable project coordination, communication, and digital skills, as well as strengthened their resume.

Reports To: Manager of Exhibit Development
Position Start Date: October, 2014
Position End Date: December, 2014 (with opportunity to extend to 2-quarters with an end date of March, 2015)
Time Commitment: 9 - 12 hours a week

Job Duties
• Research peer institution’s Maker Space blogs and maker blogs generally  
• Develop a plan to create a Tinker Tank blog with estimated cost, content strategy, evaluation methods, sample blog posts and projected timeline
• Implement Tinker Tank blog plan (time permitting)
• Generally research Tinker Tank for content ideas
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Strengthen written communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Exhibits staff, Tinker Tank volunteers and guests
• Develop project management skills associated with researching and developing a Tinker Tank blog plan
• Demonstrate leadership skills
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center


Position Requirements
• Current college or graduate student
• Preference to students pursuing career in marketing, digital media, communications, museums or informal education
• Strong social media and desktop publishing skills
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Track record of working well in a team environment
• Courteous professional manner
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 


TO APPLY:  Email a cover letter and resume to volunteers@pacsci.org with the title “Social Media Development Internship.”

Pacific Science Center
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.  Pacific Science Center does not discriminate on the basis of any trait as protected by law such as age, race, gender, veteran status, or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or other activities. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Special Event Volunteer (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus.  Many people interact with Pacific Science Center through attending our year-round special events.  Such events include: Engineer It! Weekend, exhibit openings, Science on Wheels evening programming, and various off-site summer fairs and festivals. 

Special Event volunteers play a vital role in executing these events.  Volunteer’s roles vary and may include welcoming guests, setting-up tables and chairs, checking-in guests, manning information tables and more!  Hours vary, but primarily take place during weekends and evenings.  This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in contributing to our dynamic events.    

TO APPLY: Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.

Reports To: Various events staff
Schedule: Must commit to a minimum of one shift a month, ideally would commit to a couple shifts a month.  Shifts are primarily offered on weekends.


Job Duties
• Act as a Pacific Science Center ambassador at events
• Foster a welcoming environment for event guests and proactively assist guests with directional and informational questions
• Support key event operations, such as setting-up, checking-in guests/volunteer, tearing-down and more!
• Learn about Science Center educational and programming offerings and share this knowledge with event guests
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• Excellent customer service skills
• Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public of diverse backgrounds
• Commit to at least 6-months and to volunteer a minimum of 1-shift a month
• 18+ years old 
• Pass a criminal background check and reference check


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Warm and courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER


We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 


Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

Science Interpretation Program Volunteer (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus.  Interactive exhibits, planetarium shows, dynamic live science stage performances and engaging interpretive carts are just some of the educational offerings guest’s experience.  These many educational offerings need the on-going daily support of volunteers.  The Science Interpretation programs are delivered by Science Educator staff, teen Discovery Corps members and Program volunteers. 

Science Interpretation Program volunteers play pivotal roles for our guests and staff by providing superior customer service, operational assistance, school group support, and skilled science interpretation.  Through this key role, volunteers help ensure guests are impacted by our mission.  After volunteering for 6-months, Science Interpretation Program volunteers may be invited to volunteer in other capacities – including high level science interpretation delivery, program and content development, or advanced operational support.

TO APPLY: Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.

Reports To: Science Interpretive Staff Coordinator
Position Start Date: Training will start in September and volunteers will be added to the schedule in October
Schedule: Must commit to a minimum of one shift every two weeks, one shift weekly is preferred. Shifts are 9:30 am – 2:00 pm or 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Shifts are available every day of the week.  Weekday shifts are needed most. Shift times may vary during peak seasons.
Training: Volunteers will attend 3 full-day training sessions.  Volunteers must attend all three sessions to be considered active.  Training sessions will be held on September 20, September 27, and October 4 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. No alternative training dates will be held. 


Job Duties
• Learn about Science Center educational offerings and share this knowledge with guests
• Foster a welcoming environment for guests and proactively assist guests with directional and informational questions
• Support key daily operational procedures (ex: using walkie-talkies, line-control, assisting with lost parties, etc.)
• Assist Science Educator staff with school group greeting and way-finding
• Provide superior customer service and science interpretation at key locations including Puget Sound Saltwater Tide Pool, Tropical Butterfly House entrance, and travelling exhibits (when applicable)
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public of diverse backgrounds
• Passion for science and informal science education
• Attend agreed upon trainings
• Must be able to work comfortably on ones feet as majority of shift will involve standing and walking
• Commit to at least 6-months and to volunteer a minimum of 2-shifts a month
• 18+ years old 
• Pass a criminal background check and reference check


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Enthusiasm for learning new things
• Warm and courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Collections Internship (Unpaid)

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.
 
Since 1962, Pacific Science Center has accomplished many wonderful things and accumulated numerous archival items.  The archive includes fifty years of board meeting minutes, Seattle World’s Fair materials, photographs, and more.  A Collections Intern is needed to assist with the ongoing organization of Pacific Science Center’s paper and photo archives.  The Intern will inventory, catalogue, and re-house items within the archive.  This internship is an excellent opportunity for a Museology student seeking a thesis project as several potential projects have been identified.  A detail-oriented individual with a background in collections management, museum studies, library sciences, and/or archives is an ideal candidate for this internship.

Reports To: Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Position Start Date: Fall, 2014
Position End Date: Ideal candidates will commit to 2 quarters – minimum 10 week commitment
Time Commitment: 9 to 12 hours a week - Intern needed during regular business hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Application Instructions: Send cover letter and resume to:
volunteers@pacsci.org subject line - Collections Internship 

Job Duties
• Complete the digitization and proper storage of board meeting minutes
• Finish the labeling and housing of photos
• Catalogue and re-house select World’s Fair memorabilia
• Organize items within the archive
• Order archival supplies
• Other duties as assigned


Learning Opportunities
• Develop high-level collections/archives skills
• Demonstrate leadership skills by making collections decisions
• Develop collections policy skills by creating photograph digitization standards
• Strengthen communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills through diverse interactions with Pacific Science Center staff, volunteers, and visitors
• Gain insight into the inner-workings of Pacific Science Center


Position Requirements
• Background in museum collections management and/or archival collections management
• Working toward a degree in Museology, Non-Profit Administration, Library Science, Archive/History or related field preferred
• Must have very strong attention to detail
• Must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check 
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond. 

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Evaluation Assistant Volunteer (Adult Program)

The Evaluation department is looking for enthusiastic self-starters. This is a volunteer opportunity to work with a small team to collect and process data for a variety of Science Center programs and initiatives.

The Evaluation department aims to accurately collect and reflect the voices of our guests and stakeholders. This feedback is often used when reporting on the impact of Pacific Science Center’s initiatives to our donors and grant funders. Additionally, we use data to continually assess and improve our programs and exhibits and ensure that we are providing relevant, inspiring experiences for the public. Evaluation guides planning, enables decision-making, and strengthens programming. An aptitude and interest in audience research is desired. The volunteer will contribute to this important effort.

Reports To: Evaluation Manager
Time Commitment: 2-shifts a month for a minimum of 6 months. Evaluation opportunities will be available on an on-call basis and will include weekends and occasional weekday opportunities.  Typical shifts will be 4 hours.
Training: Volunteers will receive appropriate evaluation training. 
To Apply:  Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.


Job Duties
• Attending training sessions and meetings to learn evaluation methods and standardized procedures
• Carrying out evaluation projects accurately and according to the directions and protocols established by the Evaluation department
• Establishing rapport with a wide variety of visitors; following scripts to obtain informed consent; asking questions in a consistent manner; and accurately reporting data
• Data collection may include distributing surveys to visitors, conducting face-to-face interviews, tracking and timing studies, and visitor observations
• Assist in entering data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and/or transcribing audio files into Microsoft Word
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public
• Good skills in dealing with the public, accuracy, attention to detail, and clear handwriting
• Must be able to stand and interact with people for extended periods.
• Proficient with computers/technology and knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word is a plus.
• Attend agreed upon trainings
• Commit to at least 6-months and to volunteer a minimum of 2-shifts a month
• 18+ years old 
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Excellent listening and communication skills (verbal and written)
• Comfort working with people
• Ability to follow directions and good attention to detail
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation



Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.
Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.

We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Maker Space Facilitator Volunteer (Adult Program)

Do you love making things, tinkering with objects, building with mechanical parts, or experimenting with electronics? How about sharing your passion for making things with others?  Pacific Science Center seeks creative volunteers to assist inside a brand-new Maker Space. This prototype Maker Space is named Tinker TankTinker Tank aims to inspire visitors of all ages to make - using their hands, provided tools, and imaginations! 

Maker Space Facilitator Volunteers will test new experiential open-ended maker activities with the public inside Tinker Tank.  They will also have the chance to help shape this prototype space by providing valuable feedback and ideas at planning meetings. Additional duties include guest greeting, managing crowd control, assisting with rule enforcement and more! Creative, outgoing, and enthusiastic individuals that like sharing with others are well suited for this position.  We ask that volunteers make a minimum 6-month commitment, as well as be available for at least two shifts a month. 

TO APPLY: Apply online at the bottom of the volunteer page, here.


Reports To: Manager of Exhibit Development
Time Commitment: At least 2 shifts per month for a minimum of 6 months. Ideally volunteers will commit to one shift a week.  Volunteers will also be invited to contribute at additional planning meetings.
Schedule: Volunteers are currently needed for Friday and Saturday afternoons (12:30 pm - 5:00 pm)


Job Duties
• Facilitate activities for children, families and the general public around making things (activities may include gravity maze, aerodynamics, origami and more!)
• Welcome visitors to Tinker Tank
• Maintain a safe environment within Tinker Tank and ensure it is neat and clean for visitors
• Assist visitors by providing directions to specific locations and exhibits
• Prep activity materials
• Attend and contribute during periodic Tinker Tank trainings and planning meetings
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• Enjoy interacting with children, families, and the general public
• Passion for making things through robotics, electronics, metalworking, woodworking, sewing, or arts and crafts and an enthusiasm for learning new skills
• Attend agreed upon trainings
• Commit to at least 6-months and to volunteer a minimum of 2-shifts a month
• 18+ years old 
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Creative and enthusiastic to learn new maker activities
• Courteous professional manner
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and flexibility should difficult situations arise
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
• Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation


Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer.
We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.