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Early Childhood Educator - OMSI

Early Childhood Educator - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

The Science Educator Early Childhood Engagement primarily provides developmentally-appropriate interpretive programming for the visiting public in the Science Playground and in the Curium in both structured and informal settings. Science Playground is designed for children ages 0-6 and families; the Curium is designed for ages 4-8 and families. The Educator will be responsible for selecting, training, supervising, and scheduling unpaid staff, managing daily operations in the ECE spaces, as well ordering supplies and tracking the budget. This position is a 1-year, grant-funded positon that will provide significant opportunities for growth and leadership during the grant period. 


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

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization.

  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:


Content Management

  • Presents developmentally-appropriate STEAM-based educational programs to museum visitors. Roles include, but are not limited to: exhibit interpretation, demonstrations, and teaching classes.

  • Teach reserved lab programming to PreK and Kindergarten students.

  • Participates in education events, such as volunteer training, community events, and teacher in-service programs.



  • Keeps current in science and education practices related to all aspects of early childhood education.

  • Provides support for day-to-day functioning of Discovery Lab and Science Playground, including:

  • Schedules monthly content for activities and rotating experiences.

  • Assists in training, supervising, and scheduling unpaid staff (volunteers, work-study students, and interns) to work with the public and deliver informal science experiences.

  • Maintains a safe and secure environment for guests and staff.

  • Follows established procedures to keep up integrity and appearance of the ECE spaces on a daily basis.

  • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly

  • This position is regular full-time, scheduled for 40 hours/week.


Working Conditions:

  • Requires working a schedule Sundays - Thursdays.

  • Ability to bend, stoop, crawl, and sit on the floor multiple times a day.

  • Ability to clean surfaces and pick up items multiple times a day.

  • Physical Demands: 20% Sitting   70% Standing   10% Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 20Pounds

  • 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), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).

  • Noise level is moderate to loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic, large crowds).


Secondary Functions:

  • Assumes tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Early Childhood Education Manager.




  • Experience working with pre-school age children and knowledge of early childhood educational theory.

  • Ability to present science process and content in an engaging way with a diverse population of learners.

  • Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.

  • Ability to model and support a positive team dynamic with paid and unpaid staff.

  • Strong customer service skills.

  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.

  • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility.



  • Nonprofit experience.

  • Museum experience.

  • Fluency in a language in addition to English to support OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE) and Customer Service mission and objectives


Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor's Degree in education, science, math or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Working knowledge of early childhood educational theories and practices.

  • Minimum 2 years of working with young children and/or families.

  • Minimum of one year of informal experience in teaching (museum, zoo, nature preserve).



  • Experience working with volunteers.

  • Experience working with young children and/or families.


Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


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