Friday, July 11, 2014

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 January and volunteers will be added to the schedule in mid-February
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 January 31, February 7 and February 14 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

• 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


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.

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