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On-Call Research & Evaluation Assistant - Exploratorium

On-Call Research & Evaluation Assistant - Exploratorium

This position is responsible for assisting with visitor learning research and evaluation of museum exhibits and programs. Responsibilities include: conducting interviews with visitors, recording interviews and survey responses, soliciting written consent for audio and video taping, conducting audio and video taping, entering and coding various types of data, and actively suggesting improvements to instruments and methods being developed.  Applicants who are bilingual in English and either Spanish or Cantonese will be given priority.  The position reports to the Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation.


  • Conduct open-ended and semi-structured interviews with visitors using questions provided by senior research staff.

  • Conduct interviews in English (and in either Spanish or Cantonese if bilingual).

  • Generate appropriate non-leading questions to further clarify visitors’ responses.

  • Solicit written consent from visitors to be audio and video recorded.

  • Audio and video record visitors using multiple camera system, including troubleshooting as needed.

  • Store and manipulate audio and video files and documents according to established protocols.

  • Input visitor interview data into spreadsheets and other electronic documents, and code/score data using coding schemes developed by senior research staff.

  • Assist in the improvement of evaluation instruments and methods.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Excellent listening and communication skills

  • Accurate, rigorous, and detail-oriented

  • Ability to take and follow direction from senior evaluation staff

  • Interest in and/or experience with learning research

  • Available on weekends (at least one weekend day required) and weeknights (up to one per week)

  • Flexibility in terms of availability, ranging from no work up to half time in any given week.

  • Ability to perform general office tasks including using a computer terminal and office equipment, move from place to place, lift and carry up to 25 pounds.

  • Fluent and biliterate in English and in either Spanish or Cantonese a plus.

  • Ability to set up and troubleshoot audio and video data collection systems a plus.

  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel and Word; familiarity with FileMaker Pro a plus

  • Familiarity with Studiocode or other video-editing software (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.) a plus

  • Interest in and/or experience with holistic scoring and/or learning sciences a plus


This position is open until filled


This is an on-call position that does not include benefits. On-Call positions have no set schedule and hours vary from week to week between zero and half-time. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page. Please no phone calls in regards to this job.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.