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.
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.