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Careers

Careers

We believe that science matters to the workforce.

People who master S.T.E.M. skills are best-prepared to seize the opportunities and face the challenges of the 21st century.

We believe that science matters to society.

Science literacy empowers individuals and communities to ask questions, think creatively, solve problems, and work toward a better quality of life for all.

We believe that science matters to families and individuals.

Curiosity is a critical springboard for early learners filled with wonder, and for teens and adults who crave intellectual ways to better understand their world.

Do you believe Science Matters? Come work with us.

To apply to any of our open positions, fill out an application here:

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Or email your resume and cover letter to: kscresume@louisvilleky.gov

Resumes can also be submitted in person or via mail at the following address:

Kentucky Science Center
ATTN: Human Resources
727 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Open Positions

Educator 1 – Part Time

Reports to: Senior Manager of Education

Summary:

The Educator position is responsible for facilitation of programs and experiences both within Kentucky Science Center and beyond the flagship facility into the community.  Educators are responsible for engaging all ages in a variety of program settings. An Educator ensures the “Do Science” philosophy of our organization is accessible to all they encounter. The ideal candidate is motivated, outgoing, and flexible with creative interactions through informal teaching and customer service skills to provide an exceptional visitor experience to visitors of all ages.

Duties:

  • Facilitate educational programs and experiences including exhibit facilitation, demonstrations, walk-up activities, classes, birthdays, scouts and other specialized programming as assigned.
  • Facilitate educational programming such as during school, afterschool, and other evening programs in our offsite or outreach capacity to schools or organizations.
  • Facilitate hands- on activities and promote critical thinking on a diverse array of topics.
  • Staging and restaging interactive exhibit areas to create engaging and inviting spaces for learning.  This may include monitoring program supplies and exhibit components to ensure all programming spaces are “visitor ready” daily.
  • Participate in educator training sessions and attend regular team meetings.
  • Able to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters collaboration, teamwork and creativity.
  • Present educational activities at special events, media/marketing promotions, member events or community events.
  • Practice safety and emergency policies and procedures. Maintain a clean and safe environment for program participants in all Science Center classrooms, labs and storage areas in cooperation with other team members.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Actively enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college for either science, education, liberal arts, management or related field and or 1-2 years’ experience, in some capacity, involving direct public interface on a regular basis.
  • Excellent communication and public interaction skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with others.
  • Satisfactory work record in education field such as youth programs, volunteer or similar community engagement field.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that routinely includes weekends and evening hours.
  • Ability to ensure proper use of science equipment, multimedia, technology and safety procedures, after receiving proper training.
  • Ability to develop effective programs to engage participants of diverse needs and skills.
  • A commitment to Kentucky Science Center’s mission, vision, and values.

Schedule: Part time, flexible schedule, must be available to work weekends.

Assembly Program Educator – Part Time

Reports to: Senior Manager of Education

Summary: As an Assembly Program Educator, you will engage participants of all ages in educational and entertaining science programming throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. You will act as a representative of Kentucky Science Center (KSC), working directly with school/organization staff and local volunteers to ensure that program participants have an engaging and educational experience.

In this role you will primarily focus on our traveling Assembly Programs: Captain Current vs. the Electricity Vampires and Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry. You will also be trained to facilitate science programming on location at Kentucky Science Center as needed. Your role also includes maintenance and coordination of supplies, logistics, volunteer training, customer service, set-up and clean-up of programs, and other duties as assigned by the Senior Manager of Education.

Duties:

  • Act as representative of KSC in off-site locations, consistently embodying and demonstrating KSC’s values and executing its mission.
  • Engage with the public in a positive and friendly manner and communicate directly with program organizers and participants.
  • Travel to various schools/organizations and facilitate educational activities with participants of all ages
  • Present science content in a variety of formats, including but not limited to:
    • Assembly performances: 30-60 minutes in length, includes set pieces, costume, and audio-visual components; typically presented to groups of 50 or more participants.
    • Walk-Up Activities/Expos: tabletop hands-on science activities presented in a short, 4-6-minute format to small groups of 10 or fewer participants.
    • Enrichments/Classes: Classroom-style sessions of hands-on science activities in a 60-90-minute format for groups of up to 30 participants.
    • Informal, play-based interactions with families and school groups in the museum galleries.
    • Leading short trainings for local volunteers on how to facilitate our activities.
  • Set up and tear down Assembly sets and Walk-Up Activities, including lifting and carrying supply bins, loading and unloading set pieces and supply bins from KSC vans, and setting up audio-visual components of programs.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Manager of Education.

Requirements:

  • High school graduate or equivalent with some college coursework, college graduate preferred.
  • Experience in education, science, theater, or other related discipline in an academic, professional, or volunteer capacity.
  • Experience working with kindergarten through high school students (K-12) in an academic, professional, or volunteer capacity.
  • Comfortable working with the public and committed to providing excellent customer service, experience in customer service or other public-facing roles preferred.
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to follow directions, able to work independently.
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license and able to drive throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and perform physical duties such as lifting, reaching, pulling, and pushing.
  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Able to travel and work some evenings and weekends including overnight stays.
  • Availability includes at least 2 full weekdays (available all day), 3 preferred.
  • Willing and able to commit to at least 9 months of employment in this position.
  • Pass a criminal background check.

Schedule: Part time, flexible schedule, must be available to work weekends.

Surface Specialist

Reports to: Senior Manager of Exhibits

Summary: The surface specialist ensures that all exhibits are clean, and that includes any manipulatives, graphics, cabinetry and the like attached to an exhibit. It also includes exhibit hall scenery, props, sets and other thematic elements such as banners, wall hangings, foliage that comprise the scenery for the exhibit hall. The surface specialist will also restock exhibit consumables as required per exhibit. The surface specialist also acts as the ‘eyes’ of the Operations department-while cleaning, check each exhibit for proper operation.

Duties:

  • Clean all exhibit surfaces on every exhibit component, from cabinet base to tops.
  • Clean all supporting elements such as text panel acrylic covers, benches, stools, chairs.  As warranted, remove plexi covers to clean/dust interior of cases and displays.
  • Clean free-standing manipulatives such as blocks, model/puzzle pieces, and the like.
  •  Inspect each exhibit during cleaning; make sure it is operational. Look for any safety and cosmetic issues such as cracks, splinters, jagged edges, loose laminate, exposed wiring. Report any problems immediately.
  • Make sure that all required parts and consumables are available. Exhibit consumable list will be provided.
  • Inspect and note any damage to the exhibit hall ‘shell’: walls, floors/carpet, doors, HVAC vents and grids.  Report any problems promptly.
  • Perform opening rounds and accurately document exhibit/physical plant status; ensure all exhibits are operational each morning before the Science Center opens to the public.

Requirements:

  • Self-starter; able to follow directions, work independently using good problem solving, judgment, and communication skills with minimal supervision.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, dependable.
  • Ability to multitask and coordinate multiple projects, and to meet project deadlines.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Previous experience in a customer service oriented environment preferred.
  •  Flexible schedule that may include rotating weekends, evenings, and holidays.
  • Ability to communicate, verbally and written, and document effectively.
  • Use simple hand tools effectively; read and understand written directions
  • Experience and/or interest in making and fixing things preferred.
  • Ability to work as a team member with all Science Center staff and volunteers.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

Schedule: Part time, flexible schedule, must be available to work weekends.

Educator – Part Time

Reports to: Director of Programs and Partnerships

Summary: The Educator position is responsible for presenting educational programs, classes, and activities to visitors. This can mean interacting with guests in the Science Center’s exhibits, presenting demos, or facilitating outreach programs to area schools.

Duties:

  • Presenting educational programs
  • Monitoring and maintaining exhibit condition

Requirements:

  • Experience dealing with the public
  • Presentation and public speaking skills

Schedule: Flexible, may include nights and weekends

Maker Educator – Part Time

Reports to: Director of Programs and Partnerships

Summary: The Maker Educator is an innovative team member who is passionate about designing unique making experiences for children, families, students, and community partners. This individual enjoys working with their hands and mind to activate a space dedicated to the process of creating and exploring ideas. The primary role of the Maker Educator is to facilitate different learning experiences in the MakerPlace such as electronics, textiles, painting, woodworking, coding, and more.

Duties: 

  • Assists with the daily operation of the MakerPlace exhibit area including activity rotation and facilitation techniques.
  • Collaborates with the Visitor Experience team to develop innovative, engaging Maker experiences.
  • Implements and facilitates Maker experiences for a variety of learning styles, ages and program formats.
  • Ensures visitor safety by practicing and enforcing safety policies. Maintains a clean and safe environment for program participants and other instructional staff.
  • Assists with supply management, inventory, and general upkeep of the MakerPlace including cleaning.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years of post-high school education or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrates a vested interest in a variety of Maker techniques/skills and a desire to learn new skills alongside our visitors.
  • Candidates should be able to work independently with minimal supervision and be able to multitask, self-start and be an effective problem-solver.
  • Ability to adjust content and activities in a fun, participatory way for variety of ages.

Schedule: Able to work some evening and weekends as scheduled.

Offsite Program Educator – Part Time

Reports to: Senior Manager of Fee-Based and Partnership Initiatives

Summary: The Offsite Program Educator engages visitors of all ages in educational and entertaining offsite programming.

Duties:

  • Educators will be expected to teach in a variety of settings that includes but is not limited to assemblies, outreaches, after school programs, mobile van based programs, demonstrations and science expos.
  • This role also includes maintenance and coordination of supplies, offsite logistics, volunteer training, customer service, set-up and/clean-up, and activity facilitation.
  • This role requires traveling and may involve overnight stays.

Requirements:

  • College graduate with emphasis in education, science or other related discipline.
  • Working experience with Kindergarten through High School students (K-HS).

Schedule: Able to travel and work evenings/weekends including overnight stays

Education Apprentice – Part-Time

Reports to: Director of Programs and Partnerships

Summary: This position is responsible for onsite support on the exhibit floors including, but not limited to customer service, restaging exhibits, assisting with prep of shows, programs, and demos; and answering questions related to exhibits and programming. The Floor Apprentice will participate weekly in a series of training modules facilitated by the Education floor staff in order to train on exhibit and floor facilitation.

Duties:

  • Assist with preparation and implementation of educational programs, demonstrations, and shows as assigned, primarily in exhibit halls and associated program spaces as needed.
  • Assist visitors in the exhibits with way-finding and interpreting exhibit components.
  • Participate in the training and coaching of exhibit and education volunteers, both adult and youth.
  • Participate in all educator training and skill development sessions and team meetings.

Requirements: Obtained or working towards high school diploma or GED. One of two years post high school education preferred.

Schedule: Flexible, may include nights and weekends

Benefits

All positions offer:

  • Professional Development
  • Dual Membership to Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Zoo with associated member benefits
  • Parking
  • Employee Assistance Program

Full-time positions offer:

  • 403(B)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible spending account
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance and long-term disability

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Kentucky Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Questions? Contact our HR Manager at Cheryl.Horlander@louisvilleky.gov