SciencePort & Biotechnology Learning Center Assistant
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

SciencePort and Biotechnology Learning Center Assistant

Part-time

DATE : January, 2013

REPORTS TO : SciencePort and Biotechnology Learning Center Supervisor

OVERVIEW:
The SciencePort and Biotechnology Learning Center Assistant will set-up and facilitate educational programs associated with SciencePort and the Biotechnology Learning Center (BLC). He or she will maintain the spaces where those programs occur (be they in the physical spaces of the museum or online). He or she will contribute to maintaining and improving already existing programs, and may occasionally help with new program development.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Facilitate educational programs that occur in SciencePort, the BLC, related spaces and on-line for families, school groups and the general public. Report visitor interactions and attendance of those programs.

2. Provide exceptional customer service to visitors in both the physical gallery spaces and online.

3. Provide daily care and cleaning of SciencePort and the BLC spaces. Report all maintenance and safety concerns.

4. Inventory program supplies and monitor equipment in the BLC and SciencePort. Assist supervisor in organizing, ordering, and restocking those supplies and equipment.

5. Occasionally assist with development and planning of activities, evaluation of programs, and special events that require the SciencePort or BLC spaces.

6. Care for and monitor animals and plants related to science programs.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. 2 years of university-level science coursework (or equivalent experience) preferred; BS/BA in education or other field highly desired.

2. At least one year of experience with teaching children.

3. Must be familiar with basic lab equipment, computers, and basic software such as Adobe products, and must be able to explain their use to visitors.

4. Must have strong customer service skills and have ability to work as a team member alongside museum staff and other volunteers.

5. Ability to share enthusiasm for science learning. Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.

6. Willingness to work with plants and aquatic animals.

7. Must have ability to remain calm, solve problems and be flexible. Must maintain positive relationships with museum staff and program participants.

8. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including Saturdays or Sundays, weekdays, occasional evenings, and holidays.

  • Special consideration given to those applicants who are multi-lingual.
ADA REQUIREMENTS:
1. Must be able to observe and supervise children and activities, view computer monitor, and make individual or public presentations.

2. Must be able to view computer monitor, computer reports, and technical manuals.

3. Must be able to communicate extensively and effectively with children, visitors, and staff via face-to-face conversations, telephone/TDD, and public/online presentations.

4. Requires usage of computers and other administrative equipment. Must be able to process paperwork, and model program-related movements for children and family audiences.

5. Must be able to sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, climb stairs, and reach for extended periods of time. Must also be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and move at child’s pace. Must be able to negotiate local travel.

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