Physics Phenomena Facilitator

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Recruiting Organization: OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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