The mission of the California Science Center is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives.
The California Science Center is one of the world's leading science centers devoted to science learning. It is among the most attended museums in North America, with over 2.5 million guests each year for the past two years and is the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The California Science Center is currently developing a major expansion, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. The California Science Center holds prestigious accreditations by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The California Science Center is a department of the State of California (State) and who works in partnership with the not-for-profit California Science Center Foundation (Foundation) to bring our mission to life. Visit us on the web to learn more: californiasciencecenter.org.
You are a highly passionate and dedicated person ready to go above and beyond to support our mission! You enjoy working with people who are equally passionate about their work and making a difference through their non-profit service! You bring the experience and expertise in your field that allow you to thrive as a Lead Educator - Outreach!
About the Job:
The Lead Educator – Outreach is responsible delivering high-quality, interactive outreach and science educational programs for school groups and general audiences throughout Southern California as a part of Science on Tour. Other responsibilities include delivering education programming in the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation, Hands-On Science Camp, Science Live! Programs, and largescale demonstrations in the exhibit galleries and education facilitates. Additionally, the Lead Educator assists with material and equipment set up, staff development, and providing administrative support for Science on Tour, Big Lab, Camp, and Science Live! Programs.
Major Job Responsibilities:
- During the months of August-May, spends 65% of time presenting educational programs from large groups as a part of Science on Tour, about 15% of time preparing for future programs and administrative duties to support Science on Tour, and about 20% of time assisting in Big Lab or Science Live! Programs as needed;
- During the months June-July, allots primary support to Education programs including Science on Tour, Hands-On Science Camp, Big Lab, and Science Live! Programs;
- Delivers interactive educational programs for reserved groups and the general public in the greater LA area, and occasionally throughout Southern California and longer road trips as needed;
- Presents interactive demonstrations at other programs such as Summer Camp and other events;
- Reports on the status of assigned programs by tracking the use of consumable supplies and reporting any required materials or equipment maintenance needs to the appropriate supervisor;
- Supervises Senior Educators or other staff assisting with a Science on Tour program;
- Assists with the set-up and break down of the set, electronics, and props;
- Assists with the set-up, break down, and operation of sound system;
- Represents the California Science Center before, during, and after the programs;
- Rides in or drives the Science on Tour bus to venues;
- Assists with tracking guest attendance numbers and surveys for all programming;
- Collaborates with the other staff to ensure successful delivery of programs/services;
- Assists in the development of new educational programs;
- Performs other duties as required.
- College degree in science, education, theater arts, or related field preferred;
- Experience in teaching or working with the public in a museum, informal educational or public setting;
- Ability to complete work with little supervision;
- Excellent customer service skills and team player attitude;
- Effective interpersonal skills with diverse audiences;
- Must possess a willingness to work with various age groups, including elementary and preschool;
- Bilingual fluency in Spanish is desirable;
- Computer skills and technology savvy;
- Ability to stand for extended periods of time;
- Ability to lift, move, and organize supplies/equipment that may weigh up to 25 lbs;
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekends, holidays, evenings, some occasional out of town trips, and early mornings;
- Clean driving record and the ability to drive a large van.
$15.75 an hour
Send Cover Letter, Resume, Salary Target and Job Application to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to HR@cscmail.org, or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. Only applications that include a cover letter, resume, salary target and completed job application will be considered. No phone calls please. EOE.