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Science Presenter (up to 20 hours per week)

*Sparking wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science experiences*

McWane Science Center counts on the Science Presenter to engage visitors in programs, classes, demonstrations and activities in an enthusiastic, accurate and interactive manner.  The Education Presenter will engage the public in settings including, but not limited to, floor programming, exhibit interpretation, public programs and special event programming.

Accountabilities and Major Duties 

*Engage visitors in learning through discussion, high quality inquiry-based educational interactions and presentations and exhibit interpretation.

*Lead and implement floor programming, public programs, exhibits interpretation (high cycle, Shark and Ray touch tank, etc.), special event programming, community programs, etc.

*Provide excitement and inspiration in all interactions with visitors.

*Assist with the care of the animals in our educational animal collection which includes   feeding, cleaning and animal handling.

*Open and close exhibits as assigned.

*Answer specific and general questions from visitors that pertain to the center, exhibits and programming.

*Regular upkeep and maintenance of programming venues, classrooms, and supplies.

Minimum Job Qualifications:

  1. Working towards Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field or commensurate experience, including experience in drama or theater.
  2. Friendly, outgoing and upbeat personality with excellent customer service skills.
  3. Must demonstrate curiosity, a passion for learning and in engaging others in learning.
  4. Must be a self-directed, creative problem solver with excellent follow-through.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Comfortable leading presentations and interacting in a group setting.
  7. Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner.
  8. Experience in presentation of informal science programs preferred.
  9. Ability to accurately interpret and communicate science concepts.
  10. Must be able and willing to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
  11. Valid Alabama driver’s license and minimum liability insurance as required by state law.

Minimum Physical Job Qualifications:

  1. Sit/stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
  2. Lift objects frequently in performing the work (10-20 lbs. frequently; 70 lbs. on occasion); pull/push objects on a regular basis (50 lbs.).
  3. Grasp object utilizing the fingers.
  4. Reach for objects above the head or below the waist; stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending legs.
  5. Hearing and visual acuity.
  6. Exposure to chemicals, fumes and vapors that could potentially affect the health of the employee.

Benefits include free membership; discounts in our gift shop, food court and camps; and on-site parking as well as the option to participate in our 403(b) retirement savings plan including company match.

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