Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
www.mos.org
jobs@mos.org

Date Posted:
July 30, 2019

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Full-Time

Education Associate I, Live Presentations

Description:

Education Associate I, Live Presentations

Museum of Science, Boston

www.mos.org


SUMMARY STATEMENT:

The Education Associate I will research, develop and present programs to Museum and community audiences that contain accurate and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles and concepts in a way that both educates and inspires further interest and curiosity for participants. The programs will be based on current STEM topics and support school curriculum standards as appropriate to enhance formal learning experiences. The Education Associate will teach on site and in the community to extend the Museum's reach and relevance to society. The educator will act as a resource for STEM content and continually learn and develop new programs, demonstrations and props, and content including platforms such as podcasts and web based resources to expand the Museum's resources. They will work both on teams and individually, work closely with staff in other departments, and help host presentations/activities with key partnerships with other institutions, organizations and scientists to deliver exemplar programming.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Present programs 3 – 4 days per week (either 9 -12 presentations and/or other school related educational programs activities) onsite or in the community.
  • Deliver programs to audiences ranging in size from 20 to 300/presentation/activities, depending on venue and time.
  • Learn to handle unique Museum resources including Live Animals and the Theater of Electricity's world's largest Van de Graaff generator.
  • Work on one weekend day, some holidays and flexible schedule including Friday evenings, extended summer months or MA school vacation weeks as needed to support the educational team.


WORK SCHEDULE:

This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm


REPORTS TO:

Director, Education & Outreach Programs.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree preferred.
  • One (1) year or more of science Education teaching to public and/or school audiences experience.
  • Comfort with handling and being around live animals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate science content in programming for audiences of 20 – 300 people.
  • Demonstrated communication skills (written and verbal) in all activities particularly when developing and delivering presentations.
  • Experience in delivering educational programming for public audiences in either a formal or informal educational setting.


STARTING SALARY:

Non-Exempt (Hourly).


BENEFITS:

Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.


How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
https://www.applicantpro.com/j/1149662-29461
Apply by:
August 27, 2019
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.


After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.


In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.


By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.


The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.


Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.


More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.