OMSI Science Education Internship

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR
Posted: February 11 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 10 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is seeking Science Education Interns for each of its Science Education areas: Early Childhood Education, Physics, Chemistry, Design, Earth Science, Life Science, Food Science, and Featured Exhibits. OMSI internships are unpaid positions which may be completed for school credit. They offer the successful candidate a unique opportunity to learn about informal science education at OMSI.

INTERNSHIP SUMMARY: Science Education Interns volunteer in one of OMSI’s interactive exhibit halls and labs. This position has two roles: (1) facilitate the visitors’ learning experiences with informal interactions, demonstrations, and lab activities, and (2) assist with maintenance of the labs.

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums. OMSI offers 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI has five exhibit halls, eight science labs, a giant screen theater, the most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest, and the USS Blueback submarine, the last fast-attack diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy. OMSI is located on the east side of the scenic Willamette River in downtown Portland.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from exhibits and lab activities.
• Share accurate science and museum information with visitors.
• Maintain the integrity and appearance of hall and lab exhibits.
• Maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors and staff.
• Help train, coach and supervise education volunteers.
• Be prepared to be trained and work in multiple science halls or labs as needed.
• Assume tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Hall Educators.

TIME COMMITMENT:
Minimum of 8 hours/week for at least three months. Extension of internship negotiable.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
OMSI’s Science Education internships have specific application deadlines for each season. These deadlines are:

Season - Application Deadline - Notification Date
Fall - September 20 - October 1
Winter/Spring- January 1 - January 15
Summer - April 7 - April 28

To apply for this position, applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and OMSI's internship application (available at www.omsi.edu/internships) to Carol Cruzan at ccruzan@omsi.edu. If you have questions about the position, please contact Carol at 503-797-4693.

Requirements

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
• Basic knowledge and interest in science.
• Strong communication and customer service skills.
• Able to present science process and content in an engaging way to a broad age range.
• Must present a professional personal appearance.
• Dependable, punctual, and willing to commit to a schedule.
• Self-directed and willing to take initiative.
• Able to stand for extended periods of time.

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
• Working toward a BA/BS in science, education, or communications preferred, with college course work in science.
• Experience working with the public in formal or informal educational settings highly desirable.

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