Educator – Portland, OR
Portland, OR, USA
$31,650 - $35,600
Regular - Full-Time
Eligible for full benefits.
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The Food Science Educator develops and 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, primarily assigned to
programs that further OMSI's topic area of Health and Wellness, and more
specifically, food science.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Operations (60% of time)
o Hiring, Training and On-going support for
Interns, Volunteers and Work Study Students
o Ensure regularly scheduled Cart Demos Wednesday
through Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
o Maintain records of financial expenses and plans with support from Museum
• Content Management (30% of time)
o Develop and Deliver Lab Experiences
o Develop and support delivery of regularly scheduled demos and activities
o Support Food Science Events through development
and delivery of special programs
o Support development of new content for Theory
Display Cases and Photo Galleries
• Partnership Development and Stewardship (10% of time)
o With support from Director of Guest Engagement to identify and seek out new
partnerships with area food related companies and businesses through content
• This position is 0 non-exempt, paid 0 hourly 1 exempt 1 salaried
• This position is 1 regular full-time 0 regular part-time 0 On-Call 0
Special Project, scheduled for 40 hours/week.
• This position is grant funded expected to run through October 21, 2017.
This date subject to change.
• Physical Demands: 20% Sitting 70% Standing 10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling
• 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), and ability to adjust focus (ability to
adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
• Much of the programming will take place within Theory, the eatery at OMSI,
but may be located in other existing exhibit halls and/or labs as directed by
the Science Education Manager.
• Work environment includes wet or humid conditions (non-weather), fumes or
airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold (non-weather),
extreme heat (non-weather), risk of electric shock, and work with explosives.
• Noise level ranges from moderate (examples: business office with computers
and printers, light traffic) to loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department,
large earth-moving equipment).
• Maintains a safe and secure environment for guests and staff.
• Maintains integrity and appearance of OMSI's exhibits on a daily basis.
• Keeps current in science and education related to OMSI's exhibits.
• Serve as liaison to exhibits and marketing departments for exhibits
development and promotion.
• Work with content area advisory groups for ancillary programming in the
• Assume responsibility for documentation and timely reporting as required by
grants and/or OMSI administration.
• Assumes tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Science Education
• Background in food science or chemistry or equivalent experience;
• Ability to follow basic instructions;
• Strong customer service skills;
• Professional communication skills, both written and oral;
• Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills;
• Good attention to detail;
• Excellent coordination and project management skills, including ability to
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel;
• Ability to present science process and content in an engaging way with a
diverse population of learners;
• Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at once;
• Visual, perceptual, cognitive and judgment ability in order to recognize
and respond appropriately to safety and security issues'
• Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.
EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor's Degree in science, education, culinary or communications, with
college course work in food science or equivalent combination of education
• Working knowledge of Food Science process skills;
• Minimum 3 years delivering educational programming;
• Minimum of one year experience teaching in an informal setting (museum,
zoo, nature preserve).
• Fluency in a language in addition to English to support OMSI's Total Guest
Experience (TGE) and Customer Service mission and objectives;
• Experience working with volunteers;
• Early childhood education experience.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES, INCLUDING LICENSES AND
• Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.
• Valid food handler's card.