The Science Program Interpreter is responsible for educating the general public about various sciences with the use of demonstrations and hands-on activities in an informal setting. The Science Program Interpreter will deliver educational content in the following ways: large capacity auditorium programming on and off museum grounds, guided tours and presentations, exhibit hall facilitation, and floor demonstrations. The Science Program Interpreter requires individuals who are comfortable speaking in front of large audiences and delivering science instruction to guests of all ages. Science Program Interpreters will demonstrate a willingness to learn and educate themselves on all topics of science as well as be expected to study curriculum and supplementary materials to gain proficiency in the sciences taught by the institution and improve upon existing content knowledge and teaching/presentation skills. The Interpreter will develop content for instructional use in all facets of the department assigned by Director of Visitor Experience and/or Manager of Public Programs. Interpreters must have the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision, and demonstrate excellent customer service skills. Full-time, benefited position.

  

Essential Functions: 

  • Engages Science Center members and general public about various sciences with the use of demonstrations and hands-on activities in an informal setting in a professional and welcoming manner

     

  • Works with a high degree of independence on multiple projects in parallel.

     

  • Reports regularly on project progress, and oversees budgets and resource allocations as necessary.

     

  • Develops content with a creative approach to new ideas and projects.

     

  • Creates new live science demonstrations, programs, and shows that supplement special events and exhibits

     

  • Exhibits exemplary written and oral communication skills

     

  • Able to problem solve with flexibility and demonstrate good judgment in a variety of situations.

     

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: Degree seeking or hold a bachelor’s degree in science education, chemistry, physical science, physics, astronomy, or other related sciences.
  • Experience: The candidate should have experience speaking in front of a large audience or teaching either informally or in a classroom setting.
  • Certifications: Employee must have a valid driver’s license, maintain an acceptable driving record as stipulated by OSC’s insurance carrier, and have access to reliable, legal transportation that can be driven on behalf of OSC for business purposes.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Good written and oral communication skills.

     

  • Excellent customer service skills.

     

  • Improv and/or theater background is preferred.

     

  • Crafting/maker skills including experience with any of the following: woodworking, 3D printing, computer design, textiles, paper crafting, leather working, basic tools, soldering.

     

  • Knowledge of sound boards and light boards within a theater environment is desirable.

 

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • The Science Program Interpreter is occasionally tasked with developing and implementing staff training for specific programs including live shows, demonstrations and STEM zones. Interpreters work closely with part time staff and volunteers during special events to ensure they are trained and comfortable with themed programming.

 

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.

     

  • Ability to push/pull up to 45 lbs.

 

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must have availability to work a minimum of 3 weekdays (Mon. Tues. Thur. Fri.) and both weekend days (Sat. & Sun.) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Occasional late night and early morning hours required for special events & media opportunities.

 

Travel:

  • Local travel is occasionally required for offsite programs and supply runs. Long distance travel is rare, but can be required for professional development opportunities.

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