Community Engagement Educator, Bilingual English / Spanish
Museum of Science, Boston
Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.
The Community Engagement Educator serves as an educator and Museum ambassador to support the Community Engagement team's work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for community members both in the Museum and out in the community. The Community Engagement Educator develops and presents inclusive and culturally responsive programming that directly supports the needs of our community partners and the people they serve. The Community Engagement Educator supports our community work by building relationships, teaching STEM programs in English and Spanish both in the community and in the Museum, assisting with hosting groups to our Boston Science Common community event space(s), and in the absence of manager responsible for community outreach interns and volunteers at community outreach events.
- Teach and host programs 2-3 days per week in English and Spanish both in the community and in the Museum serving 10-150 people.
- Help host group visits and community groups 1- 2 times per week.
- In absence of manager, oversee 1-3 youth interns and adult volunteers in community settings
- Teach/facilitate 8-10 hands-on activities on diverse topics for a variety of audiences
- Learn and assist with development of up to 4-6 demonstrations, field trip group led activities, media and other program content as needed
- Regularly work a weekend day
- Occasionally work a flexible schedule including some holidays, some Friday evenings and other times in order to accommodate community groups, special events, school vacation weeks and other special projects.
This position is full-time, 40 hours / week, Tuesday - Saturday
Manager, Community and School Programs
- Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
- 2 or more years of STEM education or community engagement experience.
- Demonstrated proficiency in STEM education and ability to present and translate a variety of science content to a broad age range in formal or informal settings.
- Demonstrated ability to read and speak Spanish
- Demonstrated communication skills (verbal/oratory and written)
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a high activity team.
- Start with and maintain a safe driving record so that the Museum's insurance carrier approves you for driving Museum vehicles. This includes being comfortable driving full-sized vans in urban, rural, and highway settings.
Non-Exempt (Hourly). $20.24 - $22.24 / hr
Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, a Museum membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!
Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.
The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.
No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.
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.