Facilitate Engineering and Science Activities!

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Recruiting Organization: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

For ages 16 years and older Please note: ECHO requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all volunteers, interns, and staff

Encourage museum guests to get hands-on and explore science by doing in our Engineer It gallery!

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Engineer It Facilitators guide learners through hands-on activities by asking questions, having meaningful conversations, and encouraging guests to think like scientists. As a Facilitator, you will lead museum guests through engaging activities in a variety of science fields, with a focus on problem solving and the Engineering Design Process.

What will I do as an Engineer It Facilitator?

  • Facilitate hands-on science and engineering activities for a diverse audience with guests of all ages
  • Empower guests to solve problems and think like scientists
  • Encourage guests to share ideas and work together
  • Work collaboratively with other volunteers and staff
  • Keep learning and adapting to changes at ECHO and in scientific understanding
  • Assist with festivals and special events as needed

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 4 months of volunteer service
  • Minimum of one 3 hour shift per week (more shifts available if wanted)
  • Occasional 30 minute virtual and in person training (no more than 1 per month)

Shift Times:

  • Shifts available 7 days a week!
  • Morning Shifts: 10:30 - 1:30pm
  • Afternoon Shifts: 2 - 5pm
  • Training Sessions: 1:30 - 2pm

What do I need to be successful in this position?

  • Willingness to initiate friendly conversations with guests of all ages and backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm for learning about a variety of science fields
  • Interest in personal growth and improvement as an educator; willingness to receive training and feedback
  • Enthusiasm for working as part of a team of ECHO volunteers and staff educators

What will I learn?

How to facilitate hands-on science activities

  • Skills used to teach guests of all ages and knowledge levels
  • How to ask questions to support learning and understanding
  • Helping guests problem-solve and work out their own creative solutions
  • How to empower guests to see themselves as scientists

Science Concepts

  • Big-picture scientific concepts from a variety of fields (e.g. physics, chemistry, lake science, engineering, etc.)
  • Engineering Design Process and the scientific method
  • Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills

What opportunities are there to grow and take on more responsibilities?

  • Creating STEM activities - working with staff to develop hands-on activities and engineering design challenges
  • Do research to help update ECHO’s educational content
  • Train new volunteers in activities and inquiry-based learning strategies

What benefits will I receive as an ECHO volunteer?

  • 20% discount at ECHO’s Gift Shop
  • Free admission to ECHO for the volunteer
  • Free coffee & tea in volunteer lounge
  • Annual appreciation events
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Volunteer social gatherings
  • ECHO day passes, distributed quarterly
  • ECHO branded gear & gifts
  • ECHO memberships
  • Letters of recommendation/reference

Interested in joining us? Click here to fill out an application!

We're looking forward to reading your application!

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