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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1945 SE Water AvenuePortland, OR 97214


Position Summary: Food Science volunteers perform educational demonstrations and provide customer service on topics such as Health and Wellness at Theory, OMSI’s new eatery. Current demonstrations focus on topics such as nutrients in food, food and your senses, and modernist cuisine. Demonstrations happen every week, Thursdays through Sundays, and all holidays. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Facilitate food science demonstrations at Theory. Assist with set-up and clean-up procedures for demonstrations. Interact with visitors to help them explore and learn from OMSI demonstrations. Give clear directions and provide information about activities happening throughout the museum. Qualifications: Volunteers must be available for one shift, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (minimum of two shifts per month, weekly shift preferred). May be asked to cover holidays as well when available. Strong communication and customer service skills. Skillful in facilitating hands-on interactions and translating scientific information accurately and age-appropriately. Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a noisy and crowded environment. Able to listen and communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. Dependable and punctual. Self-directed and willing to take initiative. Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures. Previous experience with cooking, nutrition, health, or food science preferred. Oregon Food handler permit preferred. Volunteer Benefits: Training and a lifelong learning experience. Admission for the volunteer to the museum, theater and Planetarium shows, and USS Blueback submarine tours. An OMSI Family Membership upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service. Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and on-site restaurants. The opportunity to meet many new people and learn more about OMSI. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 503.239.7814 or VolunteerServices@omsi.edu Visit our website at www.omsi.edu/volunteer


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hr/month minimum
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