Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Outdoor Horticulture Volunteer (Adult Program)

Pacific Science Center’s outdoor spaces were designed by Minoru Yamasaki to be a quiet sanctuary from the noise and crowds of the 1962 World’s Fair.  Today, Pacific Science Center’s grounds are still a place of calm, and feature many beautiful garden spaces amongst the Gothic arches and fountains.  Some of these spaces have been replanted to function as educational exhibits in their own right, such as a pollinator garden featuring native plants, and a cultivation garden showcasing plants with traits that humans have selected for them.  
Pacific Science Center’s garden spaces benefit from the support and enthusiasm of a team of Outdoor Horticulture Volunteers.  These volunteers care for plants, keep garden spaces looking beautiful, and talk to Pacific Science Center guests about the ecological and scientific value of the plant species they care for.  They also help record citizen science data about pollinators that visit our grounds.  The attention to detail volunteers provide our planted spaces helps ensure that Pacific Science Center’s one million annual guests continue to be inspired both by Minoru Yamasaki’s design and the science related to our garden spaces. 

Reports To:          Horticulturist

Position Start Date: Spring, March 2015

Schedule: Minimum 2 four-hour shifts per month. Shifts are Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 8:30 am-12:00 pm. One shift weekly is preferred.

Job Duties
  • Care for outdoor planted spaces at Pacific Science Center by watering, deadheading, pruning, weeding, and removing dead plant material 
  • Learn about the plant species in Pacific Science Center’s collection, and be willing to share this knowledge with guests
  • Assist with citizen science monitoring projects
  • Other duties as assigned


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
  • Excited about horticulture, botany, pollination biology and related topics (a background in these subjects is not required, instruction will be provided)
  • Comfortable working outdoors with plants and soil; comfortable being around animals found in these spaces, such as bees, ants, butterflies, spiders and birds
  • Interested in sharing information about plants with Pacific Science Center guests (a background in public speaking or teaching is not required, training will be provided)
  •  Must be able to follow instructions from a supervisor and work independently once a task has been assigned
  • Motivated to work quickly and efficiently to get tasks done within a set time-frame
  • A smiling team player  who works well with other volunteers and staff
  • Is service-oriented and has a pleasant disposition towards diverse museum guests

Required
  • 18+ years old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
  • Comfortable working in public areas
  • Equally able to work in teams and independently
  • Willing and able to do physical work, occasionally in inclement weather
  • Interested in learning new things and sharing knowledge with others
  • Willing to attend portions of the Science Interpretation training program to learn customer service and informal teaching techniques 
  • Experience with gardening techniques and equipment a plus, but not required 
TO APPLY: Complete the volunteer application available here.

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.



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 prototype 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: January, 2015
Position End Date: interns will need to make a minimum 10-week commitment
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. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Polliwog Preschool Volunteer (Adult Program - Bellevue)

Located on a biologically diverse 320-acre wetland nature park in the heart of urban Bellevue, WA, the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center.  Polliwog Preschool is a Mercer Slough program for preschoolers (3-5 years old).  At Polliwog Preschool we focus on developing the whole child - socially, emotionally, mentally and physically - while initiating them into a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program is play-based and student-driven with stations to choose from, discovery exploration times and specific activities that relate to a new theme each week.

Energetic, caring people with a background or interest in early childhood and environmental education are needed to assist with Polliwog Preschool’s many offerings.  Volunteers will get a chance to assist Polliwog Preschool Educators while contributing to the success of this popular program.  We ask that volunteers are able to commit for a minimum of 6 months as well as be able to come in once or twice a week, to allow volunteers and Polliwog students to get to know one another. 

Reports To: Mercer Slough Site Supervisor & Early Childhood Education Staff
Position Start Date: November, 2014
Schedule:  Our three Polliwog Preschool groups come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Volunteers are needed for our weekday morning classes from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with a later shift time of 12:30 – 4:30 pm available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Job Duties
• Assist Polliwog Preschool Educators by interacting with students during free play times, modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors
• Engage students in investigations, imaginative play, and cooperative interactions with other students
• Model “Leave No Trace” environmental education principles for students
• Demonstrate and support students’ appreciation for the natural world, and aid students in positively and safely interacting with the park’s flora and fauna.
• Greet parents and students
• Safely move the group from place to place, and ensuring that students are properly dressed for the weather conditions
• Other duties as assigned


Required
• 18+ years old
• Pass a criminal background check
• Provide three references (one or more being a professional reference)
• Commit to volunteering at least once a week for at least 6 months


Abilities and Personal Characteristics
• Desire to work with and inspire preschool-age children from diverse backgrounds
• Enthusiasm for science, the environment and education
• Excitement about going outside with children in all kinds of weather
• 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


TO APPLY: Complete the volunteer application available here

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.