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Communications: Education/Camp counselor
Maker Corps Fellowship - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, Oh)

Are you a tinkerer, a hacker, or a DIY maker at heart?  The Great Lakes Science Center seeks two creative, energetic and resourceful people to be our summer Maker Corps Fellows. The Maker Corps Fellows will brainstorm, prototype, and deliver fun, educational maker activities as well as weeklong summer camps that allow museum visitors, campers, and students to tinker, hack, make, design and engineer! In this position, you will join a national community of maker educators and collaborate during an online Spring Development Training Session. Your materials will include everything from cardboard to Arduinos, as well as goodies provided in a MakerEd Possibility Box.  The Maker Corps Fellow will work closely with the Lead Maker, Camps Manager, and Educator in Residence to foster the Maker skills and philosophies of our informal science education staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing, prototyping, and delivering hands-on school and public programming and summer camp curricula rich in creative problem-solving opportunities
  • Create a climate where students, campers, and visitors are actively engaged in challenging and creative experiences
  • Actively utilize an effort-based learning philosophy that promotes resilience and learning from failure
  • Demonstrate flexibility in working with a variety of personalities, learning styles, and constituencies
  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, and keeping information organized and up to date
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Education, Certifications, and Work-related Experience:

  • High school diploma required; college-level coursework in education, science, engineering, or related field strongly preferred
  • Teaching and program development experience preferred; experience in working with underserved populations a plus

Technical Competencies and Skills:

  • Imaginative, creative, out-of-the box approach to problem solving
  • Passion for informal science, technology, engineering and math education
  • Experience working with a wide variety hand-operated tools
  • Can work independently and as part of a team
  • Displays effective multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Possesses strong oral and written communication skills
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic

Preferred Skilled:

  • Experience with online tools for collaborative work, such as Google Hangouts
  • Experience with CAD software
  • Experience with digital fabrication technology (FABLAB, maker space, etc.)

Working Conditions:

  • Part-time/Temporary: 20-40 hours per week for 14 weeks from May to August.  Some weekends are required.
  • Physical Ability: Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation, time spent outdoors, lifting items of up to 25 lbs, and climbing stairs.
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination.
  • Work will require use of sharp tools, soldering irons, and similar hand tools.

EOE

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Museum Administration: Exhibits Specialist
Visitor & School Engagement Specialist - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)

Great Lakes Science Center seeks a creative and resourceful Visitor & School Engagement Specialist to work with a dynamic and diverse group of their peers, dedicated to enriching visitor engagement through inquiry-based learning.  A Visitor & School Engagement Specialist is expected to deliver high-quality, exciting, and fun programs that include but are not limited to:  interpretive programming inside Great Lakes Science Center, NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and on the Steamship William G. Mather, Maker activities and workshops, scientific demonstrations, theatrical shows, activity carts, school workshops, and other guest experiences.   This is a part-time position which reports to the Manager of Visitor & School Engagement.

Responsibilities:

General Administrative

Clerical

·         May be required to complete or amend schedules and arrivals

Visitor Engagement Programming

Content Knowledge

·         Delivers programs such as informal visitor engagement, public demonstrations, school workshops, etc.

·         Engages guests in traveling exhibitions

·         Engages guests on Steamship

·         May assist Early Childhood Coordinator with preschool programs

·         Assists with group greeting

Program Development

Evaluation

·May be asked to assist with program development or prototyping as assigned by the Manager of VSE or Director of Visitor Engagement

Leadership

·         Demonstrates enthusiastic and positive attitude with willingness to learn

·         Models best practices in informal education and visitor engagement

Qualifications:

  • Actively deliver visitor programs while modeling the highest standards in professionalism, inquiry-based and hands-on techniques, interpersonal communication, and guest service philosophy to create a superior visitor experience for Science Center guests.
  • Perform daily operational duties
  • Actively learn demonstrations and programs and assesses programs for efficacy and content.
  • May be asked to periodically review literature in informal learning/inquiry-based teaching to maintain best practices in training and content trends.
  • Leads school and non-school group greeting procedure in an efficient and welcoming manner while communicating rules and responsibilities with a positive and enthusiastic approach.  Works with the Reservations department to ensure all needs are met.
  • May represent the Science Center at off-site programs, including but not limited to outreach programs, science fairs, community events, etc.  Communicate knowledgeably about current Science Center programs, policies, and procedures to be a positive and enthusiastic spokesperson for Science Center programs, exhibits, and mission.
  • Please note that this position requires working outdoors for prolonged periods in varied weather conditions, frequently climbing narrow stairwells and occasionally lifting heavy objects such as supply bins and demonstration props.  It may also include working with chemicals and gases including but not limited to liquid nitrogen, dry ice, nitric acid, hydrogen, and oxygen.  Training will be provided.  Please also note that this position requires weekend, holiday, and evening hours to meet the needs of Science Center operations.  Scheduled hours will vary seasonally; therefore ideal candidates must be flexible to accommodate needs.

EOE

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