OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 09-Apr-2018 to 30-Apr-2018 (PST)
  • Education
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $11.80 - $14.47
  • Hourly
  • Regular - Part-Time

Eligible for Oregon Sick

The Space Science Educator is responsible for the console operation of public astronomy and laser shows in the Planetarium.  This position primarily implements interpretive programming for the visiting public, including schools, families, children, and adults. The educator will provide both structured interpretive programs and casual interpretative experiences for these audiences.

Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization.
  • Supporting OMSI's Program Team mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Programs and Events Teams as necessary to enhance visitor experience.

 Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Operate and maintain the console operations for the Planetarium including: theater automation, Digistar 3 system, multimedia equipment, audio system, and laser equipment;
  • Presents astronomy and laser educational programs to museum visitors in the planetarium.  Interact with the audience on current astronomy and aerospace issues.  Roles include, but are not limited to: exhibit interpretation, demonstrations, classes, and casual interpretation;
  • Delivers all reserved planetarium lab programs;
  • Participates in education events, community events, and teacher in-service programs;
  • Maintain a positive attitude, ensure the public's safety and provide quality presentations and good customer service;
  • Assume responsibility for the integrity and appearance of the planetarium on a daily basis;
  • Interactwith visitors to help them explore and learn from planetarium;
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors and staff;
  • Keep current in science and education, and serve as an internal and external resource.
  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly. 
  • This position is regular part-time, scheduled for 19 hours/week.

Working Conditions

  • Physical Demands: 60% Sitting  30% Standing 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling  5-10 Pounds   
  • Flexible schedule, to work on weekends, holidays, and evenings, as required.
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Noise level ranges from very quiet (examples: forest trail, isolation booth for hearing test), to very loud (examples: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert).

 Secondary Functions:

  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Space Science Education.



  • Good attention to detail.
  • Excellent coordination and project management skills.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to follow basic instructions.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility.
  • Computer literacy and mechanical aptitude, including working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.


  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Museum experience.

Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor's Degree in science, education, or communications, with college course work in science or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Working knowledge of Science and Engineering process skills;
  • Minimum 2 years delivering educational programming;
  • Minimum of one year experience teaching in an informal setting (museum, zoo, nature preserve).


  • Astronomy and Space Science background.
  • Minimum 1 year Planetarium experience.
  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.
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