Serving more than 300,000 adults and children each year, the Connecticut Science Center is the state’s premier destination for informal science learning, a top tourist attraction, a hub for teacher training, and one of the state’s foremost resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Seasonal STEM Educator will deliver live science demonstrations, camp science activities, and additional public programming for the summer season to support summer enrichment experiences for Connecticut youth and families. The Seasonal STEM Educator is responsible for bringing science content alive for all visitors and children to help educate and excite visitors of all ages in an awe-inspiring manner.
This position works with the public in a dynamic museum setting to translate a multitude of science principles into easy to understand concepts for visitors of all ages. This position involves a high degree of public speaking, a strong stage presence, and the capacity for a solid understanding of science concepts.
Present engaging, live demonstrations, programs, and shows to the general public, youth groups, and adults.
Personally facilitate effective one-on-few museum experiences for all visitors by helping them engage with exhibits, demonstrations, and science content throughout the science center.
Set up and clean-up of the live science demonstrations, shows, and programs.
Learn exhibit content and activities that are grounded in science, technology, engineering and health-related topics and ensure that all content is presented accurately.
Encourage and proactively engage visitor participation with conversation, questions, games, activities and education content related to exhibits and science concepts to provide an exceptional experience
Observe visitors’ ability to follow directions and their reactions to content and then adjust properly when needed to ensure safety, accuracy, learning, and engagement with content.
Adapt programs and science content to reach diverse audiences of varying age, background and knowledge levels.
Support the development and delivery of public programming for special event weekends and evening programs when needed.
Personalize engagements, connect content to STEM career pathways, and make science relevant to everyday life for all visitors.
Organize and maintain the live demonstration materials. Manage inventory and keep all materials in an orderly manner.
Use appropriate positive reinforcement and humor to encourage visitor participation and build relationships.
Other duties as assigned
Requirements and Qualifications
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Some higher education in a science, engineering, or education-related field preferred.
Previous entertainment experience in an educator or performance role deal. Strong presentation skills with high energy and enthusiasm a must.
Must be comfortable working with diverse audiences including children – some very young.
Must be able to discern what would be an appropriate performance for various age groups (i.e.: simpler content for younger crowds vs. more in depth for older groups, etc…)
Must be visible and approachable at all times.
Must be well organized and flexible to meet time, priority, and workload demands.
Must be adaptable while maintaining a professional and fun experience.
Punctuality is mandatory and must be available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
Must be comfortable learning, retaining, and presenting science content.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to work in a small team to execute superior performances.
Must possess a valid CT driver’s license and maintain a satisfactory driving record to drive to off-site locations.
The employee must work onsite.
Must attend all mandatory trainings.
Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.
Frequent standing, walking, stooping, and sitting for extended periods of time.
Reach with hands and arms, seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move supplies and equipment up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels and speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in classrooms.
Keen sense of smell when dealing with chemicals.
Ability to drive a motor vehicle.
Qualified applicants will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.
To apply, email your cover letter and resume package to HR@CTScienceCenter.org by May 28, 2021. Please reference “Seasonal STEM Educator.”
The Connecticut Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About Connecticut Science Center
With more than 165 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.The implications for Connecticut's science education are promising. The Science Center offers exciting tools to help educators and parents bring textbooks to life. Creating unforgettable experiences with science motivates students and visitors of all ages to enthusiastically embrace science at school, at home, and in their communities.With an attraction of this magnitude, exhibits rivaling the most unique in the world, programs with the potential to become national models, partnerships with a range of educational organizations, and involvement from global business leaders and benefactors, the Science Center is Connecticut's premier destination for informal science learning, and is well on its way to becoming the state's foremost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resource.