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Current Open Positions at The Vanderbilt Museum:

 Planetarium Outreach Educator

The key role of the Planetarium Outreach  Educator will be to visit schools and libraries in both Suffolk and Nassau counties to bring hands-on learning experiences in Astronomy.  Our Exploring the Universe: Traveling Astronomy Program has been designed to meet the needs of children in grades 1-12. The work schedule is generally within school hours (M-F, 7am-4pm) though there will be occasional weekend and evening shifts. The Planetarium Outreach Educator will be trained on how to present our current program but will also be expected to help write and build new programming as we evolve.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in astronomy, space science, and current scientific events. A degree in science or education fields working with K – 12 youth in a formal, informal or museum setting or a combination of related education and/or relevant experience is highly preferred.
  • General working knowledge of astronomy.
  • Ability to describe and convey science principles and concepts to a wide range of ages and backgrounds.
  • Formal education or experience in science and STEM program development and experience applying this knowledge to program implementation is desired.
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone.
  • Assist with the development of new planetarium on- and off-site programs, in alignment with state and national science standards.
  • In collaboration with planetarium staff, develop and implement astronomy and Earth science -based special events.
  • Access to a reliable source of transportation for off-site programs.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Valid New York State driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Highly dependable, punctual, and accountable.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Must be comfortable using educational and scientific equipment.
  • Must have strong oral, presentation, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is preferred.
  • Pre- employment drug test and background check required.

Ability to work 20+ hours per week with a maximum of 38 hours.

email resume to Bridget@vanderbiltmuseum.org

Planetarium Astronomy Educator

The key role of the  Planetarium Astronomy Educator is to present and develop programs for school children in grades Pre-k -12. The work schedule is generally Monday thru Friday, 9 am-2pm though there will be occasional weekend and evening shifts. The Planetarium Astronomy Educator will be trained on how to present our current planetarium programs using the planetarium’s theater but will also be expected to help write and build new programming in a team setting as we evolve and grow. A willingness to give lessons in a planetarium and also a classroom/workshop setting is mandatory.

Qualifications

  • Interest in astronomy, space science, and current scientific events. A degree in science or education fields working with K – 12 youth in a formal, informal or museum setting or a combination of related education and/or relevant experience is highly preferred.
  • General working knowledge of astronomy
  • Ability to describe and convey science principles and concepts to a wide range of ages and backgrounds in a fun, engaging, and entertaining way.
  • A flair for theatrics is desired. Having experience acting on stage is a plus.
  • Formal education or experience in science and STEM program development and experience applying this knowledge to program implementation is desired.
  • Ability to work in a team setting or alone.
  • Assist with the development of new planetarium school shows that are in alignment with state and national science standards.
  • In collaboration with planetarium staff, develop and implement astronomy and Earth science shows and workshops.
  • Highly dependable, punctual, and accountable.
  • Must be comfortable using the planetarium control systems and computers and have an ability to troubleshoot problems while remaining calm and professional.
  • Knowledge of graphic design programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or 3D animation is desirable.
  • Must be comfortable working in the dark for extended periods of time.
  • Must have strong oral, presentation, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Pre-employment drug test and background check required.

Ability to work 20+ hours per week with a maximum of 38 hours.

email resume to Bridget@vanderbiltmuseum.org

Admissions Coordinator

The key role of the Admissions Coordinator is to schedule all admissions and planetarium staff for public visits, school group visits, site use & special events using Google Drive and Google Sheets. Other duties include providing exceptional guest satisfaction to the visiting public, ticket & membership selling, cash control/deposits, approval of staff time sheets in the museum’s payroll system, basic cleaning of the planetarium lobby and gift shop, and to perform other related Museum duties as required.

Qualifications:

Excellent communication skills, customer service oriented. Must be adaptable, flexible, energetic and a fast learner.

Computer savvy with a willingness and ability to learn and excel at using our Altru ticketing system.

Ability to update show schedules in the Altru ticketing system as needs arise.

Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and an ability to maintain harmonious working relationships.

Experience in retail setting preferred.

Weekends/evenings a must. Some weekdays will be available to work more hours, especially in the summertime.

Interest in museums and planetariums/astronomy a plus.

Ability to work 20+ hours per week with a maximum of 38 hours.

Pre-employment drug test and background check required.

email resume to Bridget@vanderbiltmuseum.org

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