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The Science Center of Iowa 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: Director of Learning Experiences
    Direct Reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.

    Position Overview:

    The Visitor Services Associate is part time, non-exempt position responsible for assisting with Visitor Services leadership team with operations, interacting with customers to problem solve, assisting in the sales process, engaging visitors in science experiences and ensuring an outstanding customer experience. 

    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 and directing customer inquiries
    • Must be knowledgeable and well prepared to offer all products, services and programs SCI can offer
    • Responsible for ensuring complete follow-through for all stages of reservations or sales; making the sale or reservation that best suits the participant
    • Keep accurate and detailed records of all incoming and outgoing calls and messages, and effectively communicating them to their applicable departments
    • Assist as needed in all areas including, but not limited to Box Office, A-ha! Gift Store and the floor experience
    • Maintain and demonstrate an adequate working knowledge and use of all required SCI software and databases
    • Must uphold SCI’s values, commitment to excellence and diversity and inclusion
    • 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:

    • Effective problem-solving skills and strong organizational skills
    • Must be able to multitask and work with great attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Must maintain a professional demeanor
    • Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
    • Deliver superior customer service experiences that “WOW” and delight customers
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Successfully pass a background check

    Preferred:

    • Previous customer service experience
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

    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 July 31.


  • Preschool Master Teacher

    Classification: Full-time, Exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Director of Early Childhood
    Direct reports: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities

    Position Overview:

    A Master Teacher recognizes that the education process is about much more than sharing content. It's about creating independent learners who have the critical thinking skills to grow and thrive. These educators put their students first and adapt the curriculum to their learners' needs. Master teachers hold their students to the highest expectations. They conduct regular progress monitoring, adjust their teaching approach as needed and empower their students to take ownership of their education.

    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.

    • Plan and carry out lesson plans each day in the classroom in alignment with Creative Curriculum
    • Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration and problem-solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use, including general cleaning duties and notifying proper staff of additional cleaning needs
    • Meet with co-teacher to develop daily plans and prepare materials for use in the classroom
    • Create and design classroom activities and investigations, as needed
    • Communicate regularly with parents through a variety of ways (email, newsletter, website, verbal)
    • Write and compile individual assessments of each child's development; complete daily inventories, child attendance and related reports; communicate with students’ families about ongoing progress
    • Prepare and conduct parent/teacher conferences twice a year
    • Meet with preschool staff regularly for professional development and collaboration on center-wide events
    • Mentor less experienced teachers and student employees; model expert teaching practices and provide feedback for improving teaching and enhancing parent and student relationships
    • Attend and assist with all parent/preschooler special events during the school year
    • Follow all policies and procedures of the Science Center of Iowa and the Preschool
    • Follow DHS, NAEYC and ECERS regulations for ratio, environment and safety
    • Attend training and carry out PBIS in classroom
    • Attend training and carry out The Project Approach in classroom
    • 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

    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
    • Current certification from the State of Iowa Board of Education
    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandatory Reporter credentials
    • Acquire 10 continuing education hours each year
    • Has a passion and love for all young children and their families
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Possesses character qualities such as patience, creativity, flexibility, joyfulness and endurance
    • Creative, curious, innovative and is passionate about learning
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential information
    • Obtain and maintain a Chauffeur’s License
    • Pass a physical examination and TB test every 2 years
    • Successfully pass a background check and DCI fingerprinting

    Preferred

    • Teaching experience in the public school systems and/or preschool teaching experience
    • Deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices

    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 also require the ability 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 days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Primarily a Monday through Friday schedule. Occasional travel will be required.

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


  • Preschool Associate Teacher

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Preschool Manager
    Direct Reports: No

    Position Overview:

    The Preschool Associate Teacher is responsible for assisting the implementation of the Science Center of Iowa preschool program. This position must have patience for children and the ability to engage them and earn their trust and attention. The goal is to contribute to the healthy mental and emotional development of the child so they can more easily acclimate to the next level of education.

    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 with classroom activities
    • Prepare, clean and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teacher to devise daily plans and prepare materials for daily use
    • Attend meetings with preschool staff once a month for planning activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with parent/preschooler special events during the school year
    • Assist with oversight of children to ensure they are safe and engaged in the programming
    • Follow all policies and procedures of the Science Center of Iowa and the Preschool
    • 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

    Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.

    Education, Experience and/or Other Requirements:

    Required:

    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandadory Reporter credentials
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Has a passion and love for all young children and their families
    • Acquire 6 continuing education hours each year
    • Ability to work independently while also constructively contributing in a team environment
    • Possesses character qualities such as patience, creativity, flexibility, joyfulness and endurance
    • 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:

    • 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.

    Hours & Work Schedule: Hours will vary based on business needs and may include days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Typically, no travel will be required.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by August 1.


  • 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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