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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

Camp Teacher

Reports to: Manager of Camp Experience

Summary: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking seasonal Camp Teachers with an enthusiasm to “Do Science!” for our summer 2019 School’s Out Science Camp program. Camp Teachers ensure that campers experience a stimulating and fun learning environment at the Kentucky Science Center. Teachers will facilitate all lesson plans and lesson extensions (provided by the Kentucky Science Center) for a class of up to 25 students. Teachers will exercise the engineering design process, inquiry-based learning, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and other best practices in conjuncture with the provided curricula. Additionally, teachers will provide professional development opportunities for and guidance to camp counselors and all volunteers in the classroom.


Responsibilities: 

  • Use a provided curriculum to facilitate lessons with campers on a multitude of science subjects.
  • Help students understand and utilize the engineering process within the NGSS.
  • Maintain a safe and fun learning environment while in and outside of the classroom.
  • Modeling best engineering practices in exhibits, field trip opportunities, and any partnerships.
  • Manage classroom materials throughout the week.
  • Preparation of classroom and cleaning of classroom.
  • Assist with health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, and informing Camp Staff Leads of any incidents.

Position Qualifications:

  • College Graduate or pursuing a degree with emphasis in education or other science related discipline. Preferred current Teaching Certificate.
  • Working experience with Kindergarten through middle school students (K-8).
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 13, 2019.

Camp Hours: Weekdays: 7:30-5:15, May 31– August 13, 2019

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Teachers are NOT required to commit to all 10 weeks of camp but are required to commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri). Prefer applicants who can commit to at least 4 weeks of camp.
  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • May be called up to perform other camp responsibilities as needed.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see here.

Effort:

Must be able to see, hear, speak and operate motor vehicles. Must be able to read and closely examine items and information. Incumbent spends a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

• Work is performed in a moderately loud environment.

Machines, Tools, Equipment:

Computer, printer, photocopy machine, calculator, shredder, telephone, fax machine.

Classification:

Range 1
Non-Exempt
Temporary

******

Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Resumes will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

All selected interviewees will be notified by the Kentucky Science Center to set up their time slot.

Onsite Camp Intern

Reports to: Manager of Camp Experience

Summary: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking a seasonal Onsite Camp Intern for our summer 2019 School’s Out Science Camp program. The Camp Intern will play a vital role in the day to day operations of camp. The Camp Intern will work closely with the Manager of Camp Experience, and Camp Leads to ensure the daily coordination of the School’s Out Science Camp program. This will include attaining knowledge of the camp policies and procedures, Kentucky Science Center exhibits, and supply locations. Additionally, the Camp Intern will work closely with all Camp Teachers and Counselors each day to maintain our high caliber camp/operations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in training Teachers and Counselors on day-to-day camp logistics and procedure and support to staff in orientation and training.
  • Provide support to teachers, counselors, and supply assistants in preparation for summer camp programming.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Camp Experience with the coordination of all onsite camp programming including check-in/check-out, daily camp schedules, demonstrations, etc.
  • Work in coordination with Supply Specialist to ensure all supply needs are met.
  • Support health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, maintaining update health records for staff and campers, and stocking of first aid kits.
  • Support day-to-day logistics such as check in, check out, rosters, camper information.
  • Supervising campers during lunch.
  • Review and input camp evaluations.

Position Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with elementary-age children in an informal setting.
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, 5 days a week.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Experience in program development preferred.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 13, 2019.

Camp Hours: Weekdays: 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00, May 31 – August 13, 2019

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see here.

Effort:

Must be able to see, hear, speak and operate motor vehicles. Must be able to read and closely examine items and information. Incumbent spends a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

• Work is performed in a moderately loud environment.

Machines, Tools, Equipment:

Computer, printer, photocopy machine, calculator, shredder, telephone, fax machine.

Classification:

Range 1
Non-Exempt
Temporary

******

Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Resumes will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

All selected interviewees will be notified by the Kentucky Science Center to set up their time slot.

Camp Counselor

Reports to: Manager of Camp Experience

Summary: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking seasonal Camp Counselors for our summer 2019 School’s Out Science Camp program. Camp Counselors ensure that campers experience a stimulating and fun learning environment at the Kentucky Science Center in the classroom, while in our exhibits, and on any field trips. Camp Counselors will assist Teachers with lesson plans and activities, help maintain a safe and functional classroom, and work closely with children of all ages. We are seeking patient, dependable, high energy individuals with an enthusiastic “Do Science!” attitude.

Responsibilities: 

  • Help Camp Teachers provide a safe instructional environment in the classroom.
  • Maintain a safe and fun learning environment while in and outside of the classroom.
  • Assist campers with activities and material preparation in groups or individually.
  • Assist the teacher in classroom preparation and cleaning.
  • Assist with health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, and Camp Staff Leads of any incidents.
  • Assist with registration and other daily duties per Camp Staff Leads.
  • Assist with pulling supplies and preparation of classrooms.
  • Communicate with parents, visitors, and non-camp staff.

Position Qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Pursuing a College Degree or other certified post-secondary program in education, the sciences, the arts, or technology.
  • Working experience with elementary age children, preferably in a recreational setting.
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

Camp Hours: Weekdays: 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00, May 31 – August 13, 2019

  • 2 days of Orientation: May 18-19, 2019
  • If selected, Camp Counselors are required to attend a two day orientation before camp and a debrief one week after camp.
  • Counselors are NOT required to commit to all 10 weeks of camp but are required to commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri). Prefer applicants who can commit to at least 4 weeks of camp.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see here.

Effort:

Must be able to see, hear, speak and operate motor vehicles. Must be able to read and closely examine items and information. Incumbent spends a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

• Work is performed in a moderately loud environment.

Machines, Tools, Equipment:

Computer, printer, photocopy machine, calculator, shredder, telephone, fax machine.

Classification:

Range 1
Non-Exempt
Temporary

******

Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Resumes will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

All selected interviewees will be notified by the Kentucky Science Center to set up their time slot.

Onsite Camp Lead

Reports to: Manager of Camp Experience

Summary: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking a seasonal Onsite Camp Lead for our summer 2019 School’s Out Science Camp program. The Camp Lead will play a vital role in the day to day management of camp. The Camp Lead will work closely with the Manager of Camp Experience and to ensure the daily coordination of the School’s Out Science Camp program. This will include attaining knowledge of the camp policies and procedures, Kentucky Science Center exhibits, and supply locations. Additionally, the Camp Lead will work closely with all Camp Teachers and Counselors each day to manage our high caliber camp/operations.

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist Teachers and Counselors on day-to-day camp logistics and procedure and support to staff in orientation and training.
  • Provide support to teachers, counselors, and supply specialists in preparation and for the duration of summer camp programming.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Camp Experience for the management of all onsite camp operations including, but not limited to, check-in/check-out, daily camp schedule implementation, demonstrations, etc.
  • Work in coordination of special requests with other Science Center staff and external partner relationships.
  • Be a point person for health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, contacting parents if needed, maintaining update health records for staff and campers, and stocking of first aid kits.
  • Be a point person for behavioral management of campers.
  • Manage day-to-day logistics such as check in, check out, rosters, camper information.
  • Supervising campers during lunch.
  • Maintain and review camp evaluations and make staffing or curriculum adjustments based on evaluations.

Position Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with elementary-age children in an informal setting.
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, four 10 hour days a week.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Experience in program development preferred.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 14, 2019. .

Camp Hours: Mondays: 7:00-5:00, and Tuesday-Friday 7:30-5:30 (with one day off)
May 31 – August 13, 2019 (Offsite hours may vary)

  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 14, 2019.
  • It is preferred that the Camp Lead commit to all 10 weeks of camp and commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri – with one day off)
  • If selected, Camp Lead is required to attend a 2 days of orientation May 18 & 19, 2019.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see here.

Effort:

Must be able to see, hear, speak and operate motor vehicles. Must be able to read and closely examine items and information. Incumbent spends a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

• Work is performed in a moderately loud environment.

Machines, Tools, Equipment:

Computer, printer, photocopy machine, calculator, shredder, telephone, fax machine.

Classification:

Range 1
Non-Exempt
Temporary

******

Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Resumes will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

All selected interviewees will be notified by the Kentucky Science Center to set up their time slot.

Camp Supply Specialist

Reports to: Manager of Camp Experience

Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure all supplies are prepared, organized, and delivered to classrooms for a minimum of 7 camps per week for full 10 week summer camp program. Camps range from Pre-K to 8th grade.
  • Maintain an organized system of supply locations and method for prepping supplies for each camp.
  • Communicate with camp teachers of any supply substitutions or items that will be provided day of a specific activity.
  • Assists in supervising campers during lunch.
  • Purchase supplies needed for camps via going to the store or ordering online.
  • Track receipts and keep supplies with in the provided budget.
  • Assist with help and health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, maintaining update health records for staff and campers, and stocking of first aid kits.

Position Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Experience working with elementary-age children.
  • Chemical handling experience preferred.
  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 13, 2019.

Camp Hours: Weekdays: 7:00-3:30, or 9:30-6:00 May 31 – August 13, 2019

  • 2 days of orientation: May 18-19, 2019
  • It is preferred that the Camp Supply Assistant commit to at least 9 weeks of camp and commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri).
  • If selected, Camp Supply Specialist is required to attend two days of Orientation May 18 & 19, 2019.

Knowledge Required by the Position:

  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see here.

Effort:

Must be able to see, hear, speak and operate motor vehicles. Must be able to read and closely examine items and information. Incumbent spends a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

• Work is performed in a moderately loud environment.

Machines, Tools, Equipment:

Computer, printer, photocopy machine, calculator, shredder, telephone, fax machine.

Classification:

Range 1
Non-Exempt
Temporary

******

Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Resumes will be accepted until March 31, 2019.

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