Program Presenter, Staffed Exhibit Spaces
Museum of Science, Boston
Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.
Exhibit Spaces Program Presenters will be responsible for assisting
with the oversight of the daily operations of the Staffed Exhibit Spaces
(Hall of Human Life, Discovery Center, and Engineering Design Workshop)
during public hours, including training and mentoring volunteer
educators and interns as they work with visitors. The program presenter
will facilitate use of exhibit components, present a variety of hands-on
activities, and deliver demonstrations and/or presentations for small
and large groups of visitors (both within the Staffed Exhibit Spaces and
in other MOS venues). The program presenter will also be responsible
for opening and/or closing the Staffed Exhibit Spaces, including some
light cleaning and maintenance, setting up/breaking down programs in
educational venues throughout the exhibit halls.
- Oversee the daily operations of the Staffed Exhibit Spaces during Museum hours (5-6 hours "on-the-floor" daily).
hands-on activities and present demonstrations in the exhibitions and
across MOS venues (up to 3 different activities per day)
in the training and mentoring of volunteers, interns and guest
researchers, (2-12 volunteers, 1-4 interns, and 1-4 research assistants
- Assist in cleaning, organization and upkeep of programming spaces and programming materials (assist in up to 3 venues/day).
- Minimum 8 hours per week
The position is regular, part-time, ranging from 1-2 days/week, with the following schedules available:
1. Sunday-Monday; 9am-5pm (x2 positions)
2. Monday-Tuesday; 9am-5pm
3. Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 12pm-8pm
4. Friday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
Manager, Staffed Exhibit Spaces
- High school diploma or equivalent
or more months of demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability
to work in a group setting as part of a multi-faceted team
- Demonstrated organizational skills
- Demonstrated oral presentation skills
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work in a group setting as part of a multi-faceted team
- Demonstrated interest in science or informal education
Free parking in the Museum garage, T accessibility, free Exhibit
Halls admission and Omni/Planetarium shows, free Duck Tours, discounts
in the Museum store and cafe, discounted movie passes, retirement &
No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be
contacted within two to four weeks of initial application. The Museum of
Science is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.
After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.
In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.
By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.
The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.
Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.
More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.