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Food Science 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.


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 Education Manager
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 development
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.
Working Conditions:
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 10 Pounds
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 hall.
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 manager.



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 take initiative;
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.



Bachelor's Degree in science, education, culinary or communications, with college course work in food science or equivalent combination of education and experience;
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.


Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check and reference checks.
Valid food handler's card.


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