OMSI Early Childhood Education Volunteer Educator (age 18+)

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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Position Summary: Science Playground and Discovery Lab are OMSI's areas where young children are able to learn and explore in fun, educational settings. Volunteers assist parents and children in experiencing hands-on open-ended activities and exhibits, and assist staff in maintaining the space to ensure the safety of our youngest visitors and their families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist parents and children ages six and under in the Science Playground and Discovery Lab by facilitating hands-on activities such as bubbles or spin art, leading story time, facilitating cognitive research-based demonstrations, or engaging visitors with discovery boxes.
  • Explore ideas and questions of child development with parents and caretakers.
  • Maintain a presence in the hall while resetting and interpreting exhibits.
  • Prepare materials and maintain supplies for activities and classes, test activities with visitors.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors by assisting in supervision of children, including observation and enforcement of consistent rules and limits.
  • Assist educators during classes by monitoring activities in the hall and preparing for upcoming activities.
  • Answer visitor questions and provide other information about the museum.
  • Assume other duties/projects as agreed upon with an educator.


  • Interested and familiar with brain development science and early childhood education.
  • Engaging and eager to work with parents and children from all backgrounds.
  • Committed to sharing accurate science information age appropriately.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills.
  • Able to promptly bend and stoop as needed to help maintain tidy appearance, integrity and safety of the area.
  • Maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a noisy and crowded environment.
  • Must maintain a professional appearance.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Self-directed and willing to take initiative.
  • Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Training and a lifelong learning experience.
  • Admission for the volunteer to the museum, theater and planetarium shows, and 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.

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1945 SE Water AvenuePortland, OR 97214



  • Child Development
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours per month for 9 months

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