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Volunteer Physics Phenomena Facilitator

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Position Title: Volunteer Physics Phenomena Facilitator
Department: Museum Education

Reports To: Turbine Hall Educators
Location: Physics Lab at OMSI

POSITION SUMMARY: Volunteers in the OMSI Physics Lab support museum guests'
exploration of a variety of physics phenomena, from light and sound waves to magnets
and hair-raising experiences with electricity! Volunteers should have enthusiasm for
experimentation and passion for presenting hands-on learning activities in a safe manner
to further engage museum guests in the amazing interactions that happen in the world.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Ask open-ended questions, co-investigate, and use other facilitation techniques to
help promote inquiry and encourage museum guests to engage with physics
phenomena
● Present various interactive physics demonstrations to an audience of diverse
backgrounds and ages (demonstration examples include the dancing water bowl,
vacuum chamber, Van de Graaf generator, and more; training provided)
● Assist in maintaining lab exhibits and activities, including refilling activity supplies
and tidying exhibits
● Maintain a safe, secure, and inviting environment for museum guests and staff
● Assist staff with other duties as needed

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
● Excited about physics and committed to sharing accurate scientific information
● Eager to facilitate guest-centered experiences
● Able and interested in listening and communicating with people of diverse
backgrounds and age levels
● Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a variety of
atmospheres
● Self-directed and willing to take initiative
● Dependable, punctual, communicative, and able to commit to a regular schedule
● Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures

SCHEDULE AND SUPPORT:
● Commitment to a 4 hour shift on a weekly or biweekly schedule (either morning or
afternoon).
● Attend the following trainings or classes provided by OMSI:
○ Volunteer Orientation & Emergency Protocols
○ Mandatory Reporter Training
○ Hazardous Communication Training

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:
● Training opportunities and a lifelong learning experience
● Admission for the volunteer to the museum exhibits and attractions based on
availability
● An OMSI Family Membership upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service
● Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and onsite eateries
● The opportunity to connect with new people and learn more about OMSI

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About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Location:

1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, US

Mission Statement

OMSI’s mission is to inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action. Volunteers support the operation of five exhibit halls and eight science labs and hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations.

Description

OMSI is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue our educational mission, programs, and exhibits.

All are welcome at OMSI.

OMSI is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining individuals from a diverse candidate pool regardless of race, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, citizenship status, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion guide our process as we build a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills so that we can better reflect and serve our community. We strongly invite applications from candidates who share our commitment to diversity.

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1945 SE Water AvenuePortland, OR 97214

(45.5104,-122.66718)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Commitment to a 4 hour shift on a weekly or biweekly schedule (either morning or afternoon).

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