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Planetarium Educator (Hourly, Non-Exempt)

 

DESCRIPTION:

Assist in the operations of the North Museum’s planetarium (SciDome Theater) by presenting pre-programmed and live, facilitated shows while ensuring a positive visitor experience along with sparking curiosity and excitement for the sciences.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Set up and execute planetarium shows in front of large audiences
  • Perform general monitoring and quick problem-solving of equipment to maintain quality presentation
  • Create live, facilitated astronomy-based and earth science shows
  • Manage all aspects of technology associated with the Planetarium, and any components required to maintain the functionality of the theater
  • Actively engage audiences in the presentation of selected materials and related content
  • Assist with special events, facility rentals, and other special occasions
  • Provide a positive, meaningful and inspiring experience to all visitors of the museum that will encourage repeat guests and memberships
  • Remain up to date on astronomy news and events
  • Assist in the development of the Planetarium curriculum and content for presentations (for both school age children and the public) that keeps the audience engaged and sparks curiosity for the sciences
  • Conduct administrative duties to ensure the successful day to day operation of the Planetarium
  • All other duties as assigned

DECISION MAKING:

All decisions made are in the best interest of the Planetarium facility and can be made in accordance with the Senior Astronomy Educator.  Higher level decisions must be approved by the Executive Director.

CONTACT SCOPE:

Internal:   All employees, volunteers

External:  Visitors of the museum/groups of students/attendees/educators/camps/organizations/clubs

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Dynamic/energetic presentation style
  • Ability to communicate effectively to large audiences
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Good judgment in the assessment of situations
  • Strong science interest and knowledge of astronomy and earth science
  • Strong technical skills – Planetarium experience is a plus
  • Experience working with animation, modeling software, audio, and video production tools is a plus
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings

 Organization Competencies:

  • Accountability/Responsibility
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Customer Service – External
  • Time Management

Position Competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication – Oral
  • Customer Service
  • Forward Thinking

Education:                 

  • Applicable bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from a four year college or university preferred; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

  • High Skills:  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:     

  • High Skills: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:

Functions in a temperature controlled environment a majority of the time. Work requires ability to sit, stand and walk throughout a work day (4 – 8 hours) in a dark environment with minimal lighting; position requires use of fingers, hands and arms on a consistent basis for keyboarding; position may need to lift up to 25 pounds and require getting on a ladder on occasion; excellent vision skills (with or without correction) are required. The standard environment has moderate to high noise levels associated with computer equipment, customers/visitors, and large group interactions.

HOURLY RATE:  $10+ per hour, rate dependent on knowledge and experience

Part-time position averages approximately 12-18 hours/month

 

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled

  

TO APPLY:   Email cover letter and resume to Cosmic Mike®, Senior Astronomy Educator, at cosmicmike@northmuseum.org or mail to

North Museum
Attention: Cosmic Mike
400 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603.

No phone calls will be accepted.

The applicant selected for this position will be required to give consent to criminal and credit checks and cannot start employment until criminal and credit checks have been cleared.

 

The North Museum of Nature & Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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