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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

Manager of Camp Experience – Full Time

Reports to: Director of Programs and Partnerships

Summary: The Manager of Camp Experience position is responsible for the strategic growth and expansion of “School’s Out Science Camp” programming year-round. This role will take a leadership role over development, innovation, and assessment of all camp program operations. This role is essential to overseeing day to day programming, administration, direct budget oversight and strategic growth initiatives. The Manager of Camp Experience will ensure camp programs are at the highest quality through formal, systematic evaluation and remediation. As the public face for camp programming, this position will directly engage with the public, community stakeholders and internal departments to ensure the camp program is aligned with the strategic mission and values of the Kentucky Science Center. The manager of camp experience will be an advocate for all program participants and their guardians when designing, improving and maintaining camp experiences. 

Duties:          

  • Effectively utilize institutional resources to develop new themes, activities and experiences to deliver a high quality, innovative year-round camp platform.
  • Document and maintain tracking/analysis of program revenue, expense allocations and program statistics monthly.
  • Analyze growth trends to ensure that revenue goals are on point and aligned with long-term fiscal year departmental goals.
  • Evaluate and assess all elements of camp programs including curriculum, infrastructure, logistics, staffing, and parent engagement; integrate assessment findings into programming.
  • Work directly with Brand Advancement team to provide key messages and program details needed for development of marketing and communication materials and news/radio promo spots.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with community organizations, parent groups, school administration,and other organizations/agencies related to camps.
  • Plan and deliver high-quality professional development and training to all camp staff and volunteers.
  • Responsible for hiring and recruiting of all camp staff and evaluation of staff performance. 

Requirements: 

  • BA or BS degree in science, education, liberal arts, management or related field.
  • Satisfactory work record in youth programs, camps, volunteer or other related program.
  • Demonstrated experience in program design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Excellent communication and public interaction skills
  • Experience with program leadership and supervision of part-time and/or volunteer staff.
  • Ability to work or train to ensure proper use of science equipment, multimedia, technology, and safety procedures during trainings and camp programming.
  • Ability to develop effective programs to engage participants of diverse needs and skills.

Schedule: Able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate camp schedule

Visitor Experience Administration Coordinator – Full Time

Reports to:  Director of Programs and Partnerships

Summary: Primary responsibilities are preparing staff work and program schedules, booking offsite events, communicating with customers and clients via email or phone, oversight of departmental supply purchases and assisting with invoice documentation. Additional duties include the overview of various Human Resources responsibilities such as scheduling interviews, maintain incoming PT VE staff onboarding, orientation and training records.

Duties:

  • Coordinate all administrative functions and tasks for the VE department to ensure efficient operation of department.
  • Prepare the monthly and weekly staff work and demonstration/program schedules and distribute in a timely manner to all full and part time VE staff.
  • Distribute all other information to VE staff such as center-wide bulletins, newsletters, and other correspondence.
  • Maintain and keep current contact and availability information for all VE staff.
  • Set up interviews for prospective VE staff members and directly oversee the hiring and recruitment process.
  • Facilitate the orientation of new VE staff members and oversee the onboarding and training processes.
  • Working closely with the reservationist in the Visitor Services department, confirm with VE ‘clients’: schools, libraries, etc. booking and program information or need for additional information about programs and services via telephone and/or email.
  • Act as primary VE contact for ordering new and replacement materials and consumables; maintain documents and purchasing system, place orders, check in and monitor existing inventory.
  • Compile survey data of program participants and create or maintain a functional database to allow cross departments to better understand organizations initiatives.
  • Assist the education department with program leadership, partner recruitments, budget tracking and logistical maintenance.

Requirements: 

  • Minimum of two years of post-high school education or equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with Windows office suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to conduct research, analyze information using multiple resources and draft summary reports.
  • Experience in document and records management.

Schedule:  Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend shifts.

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

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

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