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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

  • Visitor Services Associate

    Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
    Department: Retail Operations
    Reports To: Guided Learning Director
    Direct Reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.

    Position Overview:

    The Visitor Servies Associate will use cash registers, electronic scanners and related equipment to conduct monetary transactions with customers. This position will support visitor services in various operational areas of SCI including the box office, gift store and/or cafe.

    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.

    • Greets all customers in a professional, friendly and timely manner, including answering phones and directing customer inquiries
    • Identifies prices of products and services and accepts money in the form of cash, checks and credit or debit cards for items purchased; validates checks
    • Conducts transactions of merchandise and sales; bag, box and wrap purchased items
    • Stocks shelves, sets up displays and performs cleaning duties
    • Processes returns and exchanges according to company policy
    • Ensures accurate transactions by balancing cash register at the beginning and end of shift and sales at the end of shift
    • Assists customers in locating various products, resolving complaints or providing information
    • 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:

    • Deliver superior customer service experiences that “WOW” and delight customers
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to operate available equipment, such as cash registers, calculators or scanners
    • Basic mathematical skills, as needed to make change and give refunds
    • Knowledgeable about company’s products and services and customer-related policies
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred:

    • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Previous experience in a retail environment and with providing customer service

    Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The role is active and requires prolonged standing and walking, as well as bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing. This position also will also have periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. The employee must regularly lift and/or move items up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 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 days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Generally, no travel will be required.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by March 18, 2021.


  • 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.

    • 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
    • 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
    • Engage 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.


  • Lead 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 Lead 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
    • Engage 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

    • College degree in Education or Science-related field
    • Previous experience working with youth and parents in a formal/informal learning environment
    • 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.


  • Preschool Office Assistant / Teacher

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Director of Early Childhood

    Position Overview:

    The Preschool Office Assistant/Teacher is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.  This position also provides administrative support for the Preschool program.

    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.

    • Greet all customers in a professional, friendly and timely manner, including answering phones, drop-in visits and directing inquiries
    • Assist with maintaining SCI’s NAEYC accreditation standards, including uploading digital files into the accreditation system
    • Teach and direct classroom activities, as necessary
    • Prepare, clean and maintain classrooms and office space for daily use
    • Maintain appropriate levels of supplies and timely placement of orders
    • Basic office duties, such as data entry and organizing, filing and maintaining documents or records
    • Attend and assist with parent/preschooler special events during the school year
    • Follow all policies and procedures of the Science Center of Iowa and the SCI Preschool
    • Assist with oversight of children to ensure they are safe and engaged in the programming
    • Actively participate on various internal and/or cross-functional teams, as needed, in furtherance of SCI’s goals and objectives

    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

    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandatory Reporter credentials
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Has a passion and love for all young children and their families
    • Possesses character qualities such as patience, creativity, flexibility, joyfulness and endurance
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity; showing high respect for confidential information
    • Pass a physical examination and TB test every 2 years
    • Successfully pass a background check and DCI fingerprinting

    Preferred

    • Clerical and office experience
    • Para associate I and II or CDA or AA in Early Childhood

    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.

    Working Hours: Hours will vary based on business needs and may include days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Primary hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am-12:30 pm. Typically, no travel will be required.

    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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