Background

Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors each year and serves thousands more through outreach in schools, teacher professional development, and participation in a variety of public events and research initiatives.

NYSCI is a leader in the science museum field, recognized for its highly regarded exhibitions, programs, and products, all of which are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement, and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learners. NYSCI engages diverse communities of learners, particularly young people, in STEM, by fostering the excitement of self-directed exploration and by tapping into the joy of learning intrinsic in young people’s play. Our transformative model for STEM exploration invites broad participation and makes engagement and learning irresistible.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff members.

About the Position

The Science Career Ladder is an innovative education and employment program open to high school and college students. While in the program, students are trained to interact with hands-on exhibits, perform science demonstrations, and help facilitate educational programs and workshops.

In the process, participants acquire communication skills, knowledge of science and the scientific process, and gain experience in teaching and communicating science. While working at NYSCI, participants also benefit from career workshops, networking opportunities, exposure to STEM careers, and opportunities for growth.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
•    Actively engage visitors at hands-on science and technology exhibits.
•    Facilitate design-based activities for families and school-based audiences in Design Lab.
•    Interact with visitors in Preschool Place.
•    Attend and participate in regularly scheduled professional development and training sessions on communication, teaching, science topics and exhibits.
•    Participate in career development opportunities, including workshops, field trips, networking events and STEM Nights.
•    Learn and perform science-based demonstrations.

QUALIFICATIONS:
•    Currently enrolled in high school or college in New York City.
•    Interest in exploring and learning science, technology, engineering, and math.
•    Interest in interacting with the public and developing communication skills.

TIME COMMITMENT
All Applicants: One full year commitment, working through the summer break. Must attend two days of orientation prior to starting.

High School Students: Minimum of five hours on a weekend, working additional shifts during school vacation weeks, holidays and summer months. Weekend shifts are 9:45 am – 3 pm or 12:45 – 6 pm; must be available for the full shift.

College Students: Minimum of 10 hours on weekdays and up to 20 hours per week; weekends and evenings when required. Weekday shifts are 9:15 am –2 pm or 11:45 am – 5 pm; must be available for the full shift.

HOW TO APPLY
The Science Career Ladder hires three times a year. The Science Career Ladder program is highly competitive. The number of positions available varies depending on the number of active participants at the time of hiring. Due to a large number of applications received, we may not contact all applicants or provide updates on the status of applications. We encourage you to reapply for the next cycle if you still meet the qualifications and time commitment.

Winter Hiring:
•    Applications open November and December.
•    Applicants contacted in January.
•    Interviews held in February.

Summer Hiring:
•    Applications open March and April.
•    Applicants contacted in May.
•    Interviews held in June.

Fall Hiring:
•    Applications open July and August.
•    Applicants contacted in September.
•    Interviews held in October.

 

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