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The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Thank you for your interest in joining our dedicated, enthusiastic staff!

Use the filters below to view full-time, part-time, cafe/event, internship and preschool positions. Once you have identified a position to apply for:

  • Complete SCI’s application materials.
  • Email application materials, including a cover letter and resume, to scihr@sciowa.org or send to 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309.

For more information, contact scihr@sciowa.org.

Positions

  • Camp Assistant Coordinator

    Classification: Seasonal full-time, Non-exempt (Temporary)
    Department: Guided Learning
    Reports to: Guided Learning Manager
    Direct reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities

    Position Overview:

    The Camp Assistant Coordinator position is responsible for developing, coordinating and facilitating daily schedules and supply needs for SCI summer camps. A focus of this position is serving as secondary contact for Camp Educators and support for achieving camp goals and objectives.

    Responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation, and perform other duties as assigned.

    • Assist in facilitation and implementation of summer staff orientation and training
    • Coordinate and facilitate the needs for camps and teachers
    • Book field trips, guest speakers, SCI programs and in-house requests
    • Greet and coordinate guest speakers and organizations that visit SCI Summer Camps
    • Facilitate camp thank-you letters and all necessary follow-up communication
    • Maintain and coordinate SCI camp van schedule
    • Support supply lists and research prices, store locations and expense estimates on a weekly basis
    • Secure supplies and distribute as necessary
    • Communicate daily with parents and campers to ensure SCI's mission and program guidelines are met
    • Develop creative ideas to broaden the impact of camps
    • Assist with summer camp setup and tear down
    • Please note this job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

    Education, Experience and/or Other Requirements:

    Required

    • High school diploma
    • College coursework in Education or Science related fields
    • General knowledge of, or interest in, science and education
    • Maintain current First Aid and CPR credentials
    • Comfortable with public speaking to children, parents, mentors and supervisors
    • Demonstrates excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • Organized, independent self-starter
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Ability to acquire a Noncommercial Chauffeur’s License (Class D- Endorsement 3 in Iowa)
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred

    • Previous experience working with youth and parents
    • Enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking, flexible, creative and timely

    Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position is primarily focused on time with children and will require prolonged periods of standing and walking throughout the program space. The employee will also need to sit and stand on the floor throughout the day, and bend, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch to be at eye level with children. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move items up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

    Hours & Work Schedule: Hours will vary based on business needs and could include weekends, some evenings and holidays. This position will have a varied schedule starting early May. It will become full-time in late May and will run through Friday, August 17, with work hours primarily a Monday through Friday schedule. Generally, this position requires up to 20% travel. During periods of high demand up to 100% local and statewide travel (including overnight) may be required.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Camp Curriculum Specialist

    Classification: Seasonal full-time, Non-exempt (Temporary)
    Department: Guided Learning
    Reports to: Guided Learning Manager
    Direct Reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities

    Position Overview:

    The Camp Curriculum Specialist position is responsible for creating, coordinating and the implementation of STEM curriculum to meet the goals of the SCI Summer Camp program for youth ages 5-14. 

    Responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation, and perform other duties as assigned.

    • Create and implement activity-based curriculum to facilitate inquiry based learning on a variety of science themes and concepts
    • Maintain classroom image, operations, equipment and cleanliness of camps
    • Prepare environment needs for special activities
    • Meet with Camp Educators to review daily curriculum plans and ensure they align with program goals
    • Coach and maintain the daily progress and curriculum needs of all summer camp staff
    • Communicate daily with parents and campers to ensure SCI's mission and program guidelines are being met
    • Assist with summer camp setup and teardown
    • Substitute for Camp Educators as needed
    • Please note this job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

    Education, Experience and/or Other Requirements:

    Required

    • High school diploma
    • College coursework in Education
    • General knowledge of, or interest in, science and education
    • Comfortable with public speaking to children, parents, mentors and supervisors
    • Demonstrates excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • Organized self-starter
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Ability to acquire a Noncommercial Chauffeur’s License (Class D- Endorsement 3 in Iowa)
    • Maintain CPR/First Aid Credentials
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred

    • Previous management and/or camp experience
    • Previous experience working with youth and parents
    • Enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking, flexible, creative and timely

    Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position is primarily focused on time with children and will require prolonged periods of standing and walking throughout the program space. The employee will also need to sit and stand on the floor throughout the day, and bend, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch to be at eye level with children. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move items up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

    Hours & Work Schedule: Hours will vary based on business needs and may include weekends, some evenings and holidays.  This position will have a varied schedule starting early May. It will become full-time in late May and will run through Friday, August 17, with work hours mainly occurring Monday through Friday

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Camp Educator

    Classification: Seasonal Full-Time / Non-Exempt (Temporary)
    Department: Guided Learning
    Reports To: Guided Learning Manager
    Direct Reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities

    Position Overview:

    The Camp Educator position is responsible for creating and implementing camp curriculum with exciting, hands-on activities around selected science topics in a fun and safe learning environment.  A focus of this position will be providing daily supervision and mentoring of up to 25 children ranging from 4-14 years old.

    Responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation, and perform other duties as assigned.

    • Create and implement activity-based curriculum to facilitate inquiry based learning on a variety of science themes and concepts
    • Present, teach and facilitate hands-on activities in a classroom setting
    • Develop and implement behavior management and time management skills in a classroom setting
    • Create a supply list and daily schedule
    • Follow the daily schedule in a timely manner
    • Prepare, clean and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Engages students and staff in a fun yet mature and professional manner
    • Please note this job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

    Education, Experience and/or Other Requirements:

    Required

    • High school diploma
    • College coursework in Education or Science related fields
    • General knowledge of, or interest in, science and education
    • Comfortable with public speaking to children, parents, mentors and supervisors
    • Demonstrates excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • Organized self-starter
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred

    • Previous experience working with youth and parents
    • Enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking, flexible, creative and timely
    • Ability to acquire a Noncommercial Chauffeur’s License (Class D- Endorsement 3 in Iowa)

    Physical Demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position is primarily focused on time with children and will require prolonged periods of standing and walking throughout the program space. The employee will also need to sit and stand on the floor throughout the day, and bend, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch to be at eye level with children. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move items up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

    Hours & Work Schedule: Hours will vary based on business needs and may include weekends, some evenings and holidays. Primarily a Monday through Friday schedule.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • iEARTH Camp Educator

    Classification: Seasonal full-time, Non-exempt (Temporary)
    Department: Guided Learning
    Reports to: Guided Learning Manager
    Direct Reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities

    Position Overview: 

    The iEARTH Camp Educator position is responsible for providing a fun, safe and educationally effective learning environment in an outdoor day-camp setting for half of the summer and leading camps for middle school age students on-site the remainder of the weeks. The focus of this position is to create and implement camp curriculum with exciting, hands-on activities focused on the environment, art, recreation and technology.

    Responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodation, and perform other duties as assigned.

    • Create and implement activity-based curriculum to facilitate inquiry based learning on a variety of science themes and concepts
    • Provide ongoing, daily supervision and mentoring for up to 25 children ranging from 5-14 years of age
    • Present, teach and facilitate hands-on activities in an outdoor setting at Greenwood/Ashworth or Gray's Lake with up to 25 children per class, 5-14 years old (educators will teach all of these grade levels at some point during the summer)
    • Develop and implement behavior management and time management skills in a classroom setting
    • Engages students and staff in a fun yet mature and professional manner
    • Create a supply list and daily schedule
    • Follow the daily schedule in a timely manner
    • Prepare, clean and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Physically able to handle this demanding camp which requires significant time spent outdoors
    • Please note this job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

    Education, Experience and/or Other Responsibilities:

    Required

    • High school diploma
    • College coursework in Education or Science related fields
    • General knowledge of, or interest in, science and education
    • Comfortable with public speaking to children, parents, mentors and supervisors
    • Demonstrates excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • Organized self-starter
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Must have access to a bike and helmet, be a proficient swimmer and cyclist; past experience with canoeing is preferred
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred

    • Previous experience working in an outdoor environment
    • Previous experience working with youth and parents
    • Enthusiastic, energetic, hardworking, flexible, creative and timely
    • Ability to acquire a Noncommercial Chauffeur’s License (Class D- Endorsement 3 in Iowa)

    Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position is primarily focused on time with children and will require prolonged periods of standing and walking throughout the program space. The employee will also need to sit and stand on the floor throughout the day, and bend, kneel, stoop, crawl and crouch to be at eye level with children. The employee may be required to regularly lift and/or move items up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

    Hours & Work Schedule: Hours will vary based on business needs and may include weekends, some evenings and holidays. Primarily a Monday through Friday schedule.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Substitute Preschool Teacher

    Classification: Hourly, Non-exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Position Overview:

    This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teacher to prepare materials for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents on any discipline problems that might arise
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parent/preschooler special events during the school year, if desired
    • Create and design classroom games and materials

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current first aid, universal precautions, CPR and mandatory peporter credentials
    • Pass a physical examination and TB every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communication skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varied hours; needs to be available during normal school hours Monday through Friday 7:15 am–5:30 pm.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


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