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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 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

  • Cafe Associate

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Retail Operations
    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator
    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons visiting SCI’s Food Chain Cafe. Under guided leadership from the Cafe Coordinator and the Director Retail Operations, the Cafe Associate will also be responsible for operational duties, as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests and patrons visiting SCI.

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a commitment to excellent guest service in Cafe and all areas of SCI
    • Greet and tend to the needs of all guests in a timely manner
    • Processing all cash and credit card point-of-sale transactions accurately
    • Provide knowledgeable information regarding product offerings and general SCI information for guests
    • Accurately check all identification necessary to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for the purchase of alcohol products
    • Maintain the cleanliness of tables, floors, counters and windows
    • Maintain optimum food safety standards as required
    • Stock, merchandise and inventory Cafe supplies and products
    • Assist Cafe Coordinator with various tasks and duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Must be of legal age to sell alcoholic beverages in accordance with the State of Iowa
    • Must have food service, retail, and/or strong customer service related experience
    • Must maintain a professional and polite demeanor at all times
    • Enjoy working with people in a public setting
    • Have great problem solving skills
    • Needs to have accurate and efficient bookkeeping/money handling skills
    • Well groomed, clean and presentable
    • Ability to multi-task various duties and projects
    • Ability to lift 35 lbs. 
    • Must uphold the values and integrity of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours: Part-time hours varying between the hours of operation for SCI and the Blank IMAX Dome Theater. This may include a combination of shifts during days, nights, weekends and holidays.

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


  • Preschool Master Teacher

    Classification: Full-time, Exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Position Overview: Master Teachers develop and implement the curriculum to meet the goals of the Science Center of Iowa’s Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Complete weekly lesson plans tied to Iowa Early Learning Standards and differentiated for all learners
    • Implement the Creative Curriculum, the Project Approach and STEM daily
    • Design and upkeep an appropriate, safe natural classroom environment
    • Meet with the assistant teacher to devise daily plans and prepare materials for daily use
    • Communicate weekly with families through email and phone calls
    • Design and carry out behavior plans as needed in partnership with families
    • Prepare and conduct parent/teacher conferences twice a year
    • Attend and assist with parent/preschooler special events during the school year as scheduled
    • Follow all policies and procedures of the Science Center and the Preschool
    • Be subject to evaluation at least once annually and open to regular observation and coaching
    • Attend all preschool staff meetings and SCI all staff meetings
    • Buy into and uphold the SCI Commitment to Excellence
    • Complete all hiring requirements within the first 90 days of hire or earlier if specified

    Requirements:

    • BA/BS degree in early childhood education or other education degree, with early childhood endorsement
    • Current license or certification in the state of Iowa
    • Maintain current teaching certificate
    • Maintain current First Aid and CPR credentials
    • Obtain and maintain a Chauffeur’s License for transporting during field trips
    • Acquire 10 continuing education hours each year
    • Have a physical examination and TB test every two years
    • Must have teaching experience in the public school systems and/or preschool teaching experience
    • Has a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices
    • Has a passion and love for all young children and their families
    • Desires to be a team player
    • Possesses character qualities such as patience, creativity, flexibility, joyfulness and endurance

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


  • Part-Time Preschool Teacher

    Classification: Part-time, 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 teach to devise daily plans and prepare material 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 parents/preschool special events during the school year
    • Create and design classroom games and materials
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current first aid, universal precautions, CPR and mandatory reporter credentials
    • Complete a full physical examination and TB test every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communications 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: Varies based on class schedules — typically Monday through Friday 3:00–5:30 pm.

    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.


  • Seasonal Outreach Presenter

    Classification: Part-Time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt
    Department: Science Learning
    Reports To: Director of Learning Experiences

    Position Overview: The Seasonal Outreach Presenter is responsible for delivering presentations of SCI interactive programs for public and group participants with high energy and enthusiasm. These programs include classroom and assembly-type science programs to schools, youth groups and other organizations throughout Iowa. This is primarily offsite delivery of programs throughout the week and may include weekends and evenings. A background check and driving record will be reviewed for this position.

    Responsibilities:

    • Deliver a varied repertoire of live programs and demonstrations, ranging from small to large format presentations
    • Monitor and assist with maintaining all equipment and supplies for program operations
    • Report consistent program attendance records with Program and Sales staff
    • Present a high level of professionalism in carrying out assigned duties and responsibilities
    • Work closely with the Outreach Program Coordinator on scheduling and evaluations
    • Responsible for daily programs and technology trouble shooting
    • Function as a direct representative from the science learning team to the public
    • Additional duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school; preferably in the sciences, education or theater
    • Experience in program presentation to small and large groups
    • Must be able to travel extensively throughout Iowa, including potential overnight stays
    • Ability to manipulate equipment, including some lifting and moving of materials up to 50 lbs
    • Ability to communicate complex science concepts in a fun, exciting and interesting fashion; high enthusiasm is required
    • Highly motivated and resourceful self-starter with effective multitasking skills
    • Excellent communication skills; engaging, entertaining and confident public speaker
    • Able to work independently, being flexible, dependable and resourceful
    • Service oriented; upholds Science Center of Iowa values and commitment to excellence
    • Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

    Working Hours: Hours will vary based on business needs, primarily Monday through Friday. However, schedules may include weekends and some evenings. Possible extended days and potential for overnight travel.

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