Employment Opportunities
Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Openings:

Internship Opportunities

Exhibit Operator

Guest Services Clerk

Science Sleepover Staff

IT System Technician

Technician II

Marketing Assistant

School Programming Manager

 


Please send all employment inquiries, cover letters and resumes to:

Adventure Science Center
Director of Human Resources
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

or email:
hr@adventuresci.org

or fax:
615-862-5178

No phone calls please.

 


 

Exhibit Operator (Part-time)

Position Description - Responsibilities and Requirements:
The Adventure Science Center is seeking an Exhibit Operator. This position requires being able to operate, harness participants, and explain the purpose, educational value, and the rules of both the Moonwalk simulator exhibit and the Extra Vehicular Activity simulator exhibit. You will be responsible for maintaining a safe, orderly, and educational atmosphere for all participants.

Requirements
Applicants must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • be able to stand and bend throughout the day 
  • work Saturday and Sunday, holidays, and have a flexible weekly schedule
  • be outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, and dependable
  • have experience working in a positive manner with children, adolescence, and adults
  • have experience providing excellent and consistent customer service and be able to anticipate the visitor experience
  • be a team player by helping exhibit, planetarium, education and other staff when needed
  • be willing and curious to learn educational information to share with visitors
  • be able to excitedly and professionally communicate about programs and planetarium shows to visitors
  • fully dedicate and focus oneself on assigned duties and ensure policies and procedures are maintained
  • attend mandatory meetings and training sessions
  • be able to problem-solve issues confidently and effectively
  • be able to encourage visitors to return or become members
  • be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent

Preferred, but not required:

  • experience using harnesses or belay system
  • experience in non-profit, children’s museum, and/or science center
  • CPR/First Aid certified
  • previous educator experience
  • experience working with a team

Physical Demands

  • standing and walking on the Museum floor for extended periods
  • some lifting of supplies

Job Type: Part-time (Up to 24 hours/week)

Compensation: $8.50/hour

Contact Information and Procedure:
Email, fax or send resume and cover letter to:

hr@adventuresci.com
fax: 615-862-5178
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

(include "Exhibit Operator" in email Subject Line)

No phone calls, please.

 


Guest Services Clerk

POSITION OVERVIEW

Adventure Science Center is looking for guest services staff to provide ultimate customer service by promoting programs and events, selling tickets and memberships, and providing needed services to customers. Candidates should have a high school degree, be detailed-oriented, well-organized, experienced with cash and credit card transactions and computer sales operations, and have a pleasant and service-oriented demeanor. Part-time position, weekend, mostly day-time work. Great for college students.

To Apply:

Email: hr@adventuresci.org
Fax: 615-862-5178
or Mail:
Human Resources
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203

No phone calls, please.


 

Science Sleepover Staff

Description:
ASC offers groups of 40 or more the opportunity to experience the Adventure Science Center for an overnight private scientific exploration. Staff acts host/hostess, leading groups in activities and communicating with the group and their adult leaders throughout their overnight stay. Training will be provided in order to perform all activities for the night.
Staff is scheduled as needed – peak season is January through May.

Requirements:
Available for overnight work Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
Available for occasional evening work Mon-Wed
High School Graduate
Some college preferred
Strong desire to work with children
Previous Education/Group Leading Experience
Ability to positively direct large groups in a educational environment
Flexible to schedules and group personalities
Experience with Boy/Girl Scouts a plus
Attend training to learn programs
Must pass background check and provide 2 references

Position and Responsibilities:
Half Night Hours: 5:00 – program ends (usually @ 11:00 p.m.)
     Set up and prepare for group activities
     Greet and orient groups upon arrival
     Teach programs to groups of 20-120
     Appropriately handle situations that may arise in a professional manner
     Be prepared to call for assistance from ASC staff when needed

Full Night Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. 
     Set up and prepare for group activities
     Greet and orient groups upon arrival
     Teach programs to groups of 20-120
     Spend the night at ASC
     Clean up after group has completed activities/ programs
     Shut down building (turn off exhibits, lights; set alarms)
     Set up breakfast next morning
     Clean up after group has departed
     Appropriately handle situations that may arise in a professional manner
     Be prepared to call for assistance from ASC staff when needed

 


IT System Administrator

Description:
The Adventure Science Center has an opening for an IT Systems Tech. This position oversees the day to day systems, IT operations and end user support.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support IT systems for operations, staff, exhibit spaces and educational use
  • Installing network hardware and software and managing workstation and server upgrades/installs/software patches
  • Manage system backups of all data
  • Operational support for firewall, system security, antivirus and anti-spam software
  • Provide support for copiers, printers and POS systems
  • Proactively recommend courses of action to maintain cost effectiveness, security, competitiveness and stability of systems environment
  • Evaluate relevant new technologies and make recommendations that improve the company's technology infrastructure and processes
  • Participate in technical documentation process including software installation guides, backup policies and procedures, disaster recovery and end user training
  • Manage technology policies and procedures ensuring compliance regarding federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Maintain external IT related support resources and vendor relationships
  • Consult with all departments to determine IT needs for operations and budgeting purposes
  • Establishing responsible operating budgets that realistically reflect the cost of providing ongoing services and new investments
  • Other duties as requested

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Network Administration, Computer Engineering, or a related field
  • Minimum of three years of professional level experience in IT systems support, five years preferred
  • Experience with high security networks and working knowledge of PCI security standards
  • Knowledge and experience in maintenance of Windows and VMware based systems
  • Knowledge and experience in maintenance of EMC SAN technologies

Competencies:

  • Strong management and motivational skills, with the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize, multi-task and perform under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills, in both planning and logistics
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of SQL databases

  


 

Technician II (Part-time)

Adventure Science Center is looking for a part-time employee 24-28 hours a week to assist with daily facility and exhibit maintenance. Position could become full-time based on budget and evaluation of work performed. ASC provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students, teachers and the general public in science and science-related disciplines and supports STEM education in Tennessee by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.

Position Overview: Part-time, non-exempt position 24-28 hours/week Compensation range is $15-17 an hour depending on skills, education and experience.

Each member of the Adventure Science Center team is expected to:

  1. Contribute to the success of the whole organization.
  2. Contribute to the success of his/her co-workers.
  3. Perform the functions of his/her job.

Essential Functions:

With the direction of the Building Manager:

  • Conduct daily inspection of exhibits and facility equipment
  • Assist with general maintenance and repair of mechanical equipment related to exhibits, HVAC systems and Pneumatic systems
  • Assist with the set-up and tear-down of events, including but not limited to tables, chairs, AV, laptops, projectors and decorations
  • Assist with the installation and strike of temporary exhibits

Specific Job Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Traits:

  • Ability to fill out and complete daily checklist
  • Change out a fluorescent light ballast, receptacle or breakers
  • Grease pumps and motors, change belts
  • Solder wire, diagnose basic AC/DC electronics
  • Basic shop knowledge of drills, saws, various hand tools
  • Knowledge of and practice with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Ability to lift 75 lbs
  • Motivated, flexible and dependable

Qualified applicants will have:

  • 2-4 years previous work experience in one or more of the following fields: maintenance, construction, electrical, or electronics
  • Post-secondary education of at least one year
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be available to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hours events
  • Understanding of the importance and value of working as part of a larger cross-functional and inter-departmental team in a professional, courteous and collaborative way
  • Courteous, professional manner and ability to interact with science center guests

Marketing Assistant

POSITION OVERVIEW:
Full-time, exempt position working minimum 40 hours per week. The Marketing Assistant will help implement the organization's marketing, public relations and development activities, including copywriting, digital/social media, project management and events. The ideal candidate will have the ability to think creatively, work efficiently and have strong verbal communication skills.

WORK SCHEDULE:

  • Monday -- Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., including evenings and weekends as needed

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Write and edit marketing copy for advertising, collateral, promotional pieces, website, social media, etc. 
  • Collaborate among organization's departments to identify promotional needs. 
  • Participate in the design and fulfillment process for collateral materials and e-communications. 
  • Manage vendor communication to ensure project timelines and accounting.
  • Engage with social media audiences via posts and messages.
  • Prepare and distribute news releases and perform follow-up calls to media.
  • Coordinate responses to email requests and general email inquiries.
  • Manage daily updates to the website. 
  • Maintain calendar of marketing, advertising, public relations, digital media and design projects.
  • Coordinate advertising traffic.
  • Assist in the planning, execution and staffing of events.
  • Represent the organization at community events and meetings, as assigned.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Enthusiasm and appreciation for value of museums and informal science education. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and an eye for detail.
  • Ability to set priorities, manage simultaneous projects and meet deadlines in a calm and efficient manner. 
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and priorities in a positive and focused manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to solve practical problems with minimal supervision.
  • Superior interpersonal skills including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in marketing, public relations, communications or other related field is required.
  • Experience: Minimum of one (1) year of marketing and/or public relations experience, including digital/social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, is required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including writing media releases, newsletters and marketing copy, are required.
  • Proficient knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office software, internet based applications and computer equipment. Experience with HTML code and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.  
  • Specialization in tourism and destination marketing is a plus.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Ability to work events at various hours, including evenings and weekends, is required.

Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment background check.

To Apply:
To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications and submit a letter of interest, resume, sample of work and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message. Review of applications begins immediately. Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.


School Programming Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW:
Full-time, exempt position working minimum 40 hours per week. Adventure Science Center seeks a strong STEM educator characterized as innovative and strategic to oversee well-regarded K-12 student and teacher programs. The School Programming Manager is responsible for coordinating, developing and implementing new school initiatives as well as increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of existing programs. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of all teacher professional development courses. This position requires a strong familiarity with inquiry-based pedagogy, project-based learning and previous experience teaching inquiry-based STEM programming. Preference given to candidates with a demonstrated understanding of best practices in informal and formal classroom STEM education, experience in learning research and program evaluation, working with diverse audiences and project management.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 
Programs

·         Lead the Education department team in the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of student and teacher programming

·         Manage ASC's School Programming including: 

o    Coordinate the implementation of ASC education programs that support and enhance Pre-K - 12 Core Curriculum standards and pending Next Generation Science Standards

o    Oversee development of teacher support materials

o    Prepare program and evaluation reports in a timely manner 

o    Create and maintain content for School Program web pages

o    Deliver programming as necessary

·         Manage ASC's Professional Development Program for Teachers and Community Groups (e.g. Scout Leaders) including:

o    Work with the Director of Education to develop and implement plans for expanding ASC's capacity to deliver PD to meet demand from school districts and community groups (i.e. Scout Leaders)

o    Coordinate the delivery of professional development workshops working with ASC program staff and, if any, contract facilitators

o    Manage the inventory of PD materials

o    Coordinate awarding of certificates and/or CEU's to workshop participants

o    Create and maintain content for Teacher Professional Development web pages

o    Deliver programming as necessary

·      Participate in the development of ASC's 12-month revolving Public Program Schedule: ensure STEM accuracy

·      Work with Director of Education and ASC Marketing Director to proactively promote ASC educational program services to school districts and/or schools to increase participation in ASC field trips, school outreach and Teacher Professional Development programs including:

o    Oversee the content and production of annual Learning Expedition Guide

o    Coordinate an annual Open House event for Teachers

o    Oversee the content and production of monthly Teacher E-newsletter

 

 Administrative

  • Prepare program evaluation reports in a timely manner 
  • Assist with preparing and tracking annual education-related program budgets to ensure fiscal visibility of the professional development and school programs  
  • Provide leadership, inspiration, training and coaching; serving as a professional resource/role model for internal staff and Docents who will carry out education programs
  • Collaborate with Development Department on program sponsorships, grant proposals and reports as required
  • Maintain departmental responsibilities (meetings, email, phone, etc.)
  • Keep current with trends and best practices in informal science education and the science center field
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by program need and/or management 

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND TRAITS

  • Strong understanding of, and experience with, non-traditional learning environments and informal learning strategies 
  • Detail oriented; excellent planning, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage teams of professionals, helping them to grow professionally within the established culture of the institution 
  • Understanding of the importance and value of working as part of a larger cross-functional and intra-departmental team in a professional, courteous and collaborative manner
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Learning Sciences or related field. TN teacher certification is a plus.
  • Minimum of four years experience in development and delivering of formal and/or informal STEM education programs for students and/or teachers is required.
  • Strong familiarity with inquiry-based pedagogy, project-based learning and previous experience teaching inquiry-based science programming and project-based learning
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with public schools and their educators and administrators. 
  • Strong familiarity with the TN Pre-K - 12 Core Curriculum and Science Standards. Understanding of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science is a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends and holidays is required.
  • Must possess a valid TN driver's license, the ability to drive to off-site locations and maintain a satisfactory driving record

Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.

To Apply:
To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications and submit a letter of interest, resume, sample of work and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message. Review of applications begins immediately. Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.


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