Science Presenter (up to 20 hours per week)
Science Presenters are responsible for engaging visitors in programs, classes, demonstrations and activities in an enthusiastic, accurate and interactive manner. Education Presenters will connect with the public in settings including, but not limited to, floor programming, exhibit interpretation, birthday programs, public programs and special event programming.
Accountabilities and Major Duties:
- Engage visitors in learning through high quality inquiry-based educational interactions
and presentations, including exhibit interpretation.
- Leading and implementing home school classes, camps, birthday party programs, public programs, reserved school group programs, special event programming, outreach, community programs, etc.
- Provide excitement and inspiration in all interactions with visitors.
- Be available on the floor to engage visitors through conversation, demonstrations and exhibit interpretation.
- Assist with the care of the animals in our educational animal collection which includes feeding, cleaning and animal handling.
- Cover areas on the museum floor as needed, including but not limited to, High Cycle, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, Slide, in assigned shifts.
- 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:
- Working towards Bachelor’s degree in science, education or related field or commensurate experience, including experience in drama or theater.
- Friendly, outgoing and upbeat personality with excellent customer service skills
- Must demonstrate curiosity, a passion for learning and in engaging others in learning
- Must be a self-directed, creative problem solver with excellent follow-through.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Comfortable leading presentations and interacting in a group setting.
- Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner.
- Experience in presentation of informal science programs preferred.
- Ability to accurately interpret and communicate science concepts.
- Must be able and willing to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
- Valid Alabama driver’s license.
- Minimum liability insurance as required by state law.
Minimum Physical Job Qualifications:
- Sit/stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.
- Lift objects frequently in performing the work (10-20 lbs. frequently, 70 pounds on occasion).
- Pull or push objects on a regular basis (50 lbs.).
- Grasp object utilizing the fingers.
- Reach for objects above the head or below the waist.
- Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending legs.
- Hearing and visual acuity.
- Exposure to chemicals, fumes and vapors that could potentially affect the health of the employee.
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