Employment

We are looking for highly passionate and dedicated people to help support our mission of inspiring science learning for life.

The Orlando Science Center offers a variety of job opportunities which vary from entry level positions to supervisory and management roles. These positions range anywhere from handling animals, providing exhibit interpretation and developing educational content to working in guest services, coordinating events, or maintaining our building behind the scenes.

OSC Guiding Principles:

  • Act with the highest integrity
  • Commit to excellence
  • Embrace teamwork and collaboration
  • Treat all with respect
  • Be innovative
  • Be a responsible steward of all resources

OSC Individual Principles:

  • Always act safely
  • Exceed expectations
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Embrace change
  • Be trustworthy
  • Be impactful
  • Communicate effectively

How to Apply:

Cover letters, resumes, and/or job applications can be submitted in a variety of ways:

Email

HRSpecialist@osc.org
Please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

In Person

You may leave your cover letter, resume, and/or job application with our Guest Services Team on Level 2.

Mail

Orlando Science Center
ATTN: Human Resources Department
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Employment Application

Background Check Form



Due to the number of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to those applicants who best match our current openings. We are not able to respond to individual calls or emails regarding the status of your application.

Positions currently open are listed below. 

Our Human Resources Team will process applications and resumes for current job openings only. Applicants must specify the job title on applications, resumes, and cover letters to ensure proper handling. Unsolicited applications and resumes are not accepted, i.e. applications for "any" or "open" positions are not kept on file.

Current Openings

Full-Time Positions

Vice President of Development

Full-time benefitted position that reports to the CEO, this position is responsible for raising funds as required to achieve OSC’s short and long-term goals and objectives. This position will lead OSC’s efforts to plan and execute the development/fundraising activities for OSC, including individual and corporate giving and annual campaigns, endowment giving, capital campaigns, and major gifts. The Vice President of Development will lead and supervise development staff and assist the President and CEO as requested in working with the Board of Trustees.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Leads all fundraising efforts.
  • Raises funds for OSC’s endowment, annual and capital campaigns, through written and in-person solicitations.
  • Coordinates the fundraising efforts of the President/CEO and Board of Directors through activities such as identification, evaluation, cultivation, and solicitation of prospective donors.
  • Leads, plans, and implements OSC’s campaign efforts, to include the development and preparation of campaign materials and procedures.
  • Responsible for creating and updating a Development Plan including identifying stakeholders, resources, and formally documenting the cycle of involvement for stakeholders.
  • Maintains close working relationships with Board Members; ensures active, ongoing, and smooth functioning of the Board and its committees as they seek to increase private and public sector funding for OSC.
  • Responsible for raising budgeted revenue goals through individual, corporate, foundation, and public support.
  • Works closely with all grant activities, directly manages grant writers.
  • Provides for quality stewardship of current and past donors.
  • Works and meets with community leaders, prospective donors, volunteers, staff, and guests.
  • Supervises, coaches, trains, and evaluates the development of staff and volunteers.
  • Develops, prepares, and monitors department budget.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Competencies

1. Teamwork

2. Decision Making

3. Work Standards

4. Motivation

5. Reliability

6. Problem Solving

7. Adaptability

8. Planning and Organizing

9. Communication

10. Integrity

11. Initiative

12. Customer Service and Quality

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Experience: 8-10 years of successful fundraising experience, supervisory experience, and knowledge of nonprofit organizations required.

  • Certifications: CFRE certification of like certification preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, delegate, and get results through others
  • Previous success in multicultural development
  • Strong work ethic and a high degree of professionalism
  • Computer literacy
  • Vision for growth
  • Strong computer skills, familiarity with standard MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate early morning, late evening, or weekend events as needed.
  • Calm and composed in working to meet critical deadlines.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Expected Hours of Work:

  • Hours will need to be flexible for the needs of the business.

Travel:

  • Some travel is required. Travel not to exceed 30% of the job.

Director of Development

Working with the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development will create and execute both short-term and long-term strategies for increasing contributed and earned revenue streams while building sustainable relationships for OSC. The Director of Development will assist the Orlando Science Center in the creation of a stable financial base by growing relationships and increasing contributed revenue from individuals. Working with the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development is in charge of Individual Giving and will research and develop a comprehensive plan for enhancing individual giving to the Orlando Science Center.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Builds and maintains strategic relationships with individual prospects and donors; manages a dynamic portfolio of at least 175 donors

  • Initiates and solicits gifts for the Orlando Science Center with a focus on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual prospects with the potential to support the Center with gifts of 10,000 and above.

  • Prepares written proposals to solicit prospects for gifts in support of the Orlando Science Center using persuasive language to promote visionary gift opportunities.

  • Develops and documents a robust pipeline of proposals and meets annual fundraising goals; establishes and achieves benchmarks for constructive growth; measures progress against institutional goals.

  • Adheres to established protocols.

  • Ensures reporting requirements are completed in a timely and accurate manner; utilizes automated systems for tracking and reporting; develops and maintains prospect lists in donor database.

  • Works with the Events team to support annual events targeted toward individuals including but not limited to the annual Inspire Science Breakfast and the annual Orlando Science Center Gala.

  • Ensures proper presentation of materials and other deliverables as necessary.

  • Participates in the launch and implementation of a successful comprehensive campaign for the long term growth of the Science Center.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree appreciated.
  • Experience: A minimum of five years of major gifts experience with demonstrated accomplishment in the acquisition of gifts from individuals, including direct ask experience. The demonstrated ability to strategize, formulate, and close gifts of five and six figures and above, and reach annual fundraising goals and targets. General understanding of tax and other aspects of all planned giving vehicles; ability to recognize and cultivate planned giving prospects; experience soliciting, structuring and closing planned gifts preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication and negotiation skills

  • Demonstrably strong planning and organization skills

  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with attention to accuracy and detail.

  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently and the ability to collaborate with others for productive outcomes.

  • Superb judgment in all areas related to frontline fundraising.

  • Process- and detail-oriented; strong project management; proactive.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Experience managing others including setting goals for performance and deadlines in ways that comply with Orlando Science Center’s plans and vision. Organizing workflow and ensuring that employees understand their duties or delegated tasks. Monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback and coaching.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.

Expected Hours of Work:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evenings and weekends required.

Travel:

  • Some local travel required. Minimum travel outside of tri-county area required.

Reservationist

The Reservationist position is responsible for all field trips, camps, homeschool, overnights, offsites, preschool, afterschool, workshop programs, and birthday party sales. This individual should be extremely comfortable with telephone and email sales and computer ticketing systems.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for all reservations pertaining to all education programs including: field trips, homeschool, offsites, overnights, preschool, afterschool, camps, birthdays, and any other fee based programs.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the ticketing software systems, including all reservation data input, payment processing, data retrieval, and report printing.
  • Serves as liaison between schools, day cares, parents, churches, and all other group institutions to make reservations and answer guest questions.
  • Creates itineraries including lab, film, exhibit, and lunch scheduling for field trips.
  • Handles reservation confirmations on all sales.
  • Collects and follows up on deposits and payments received for fee based programming.
  • Responds to email inquiries, web-sale requests, and faxes regarding fee based programming.
  • Assists in the day-to-day operations of the Reservations Office.
  • Assists with check-ins and other duties as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Competencies:

1. Teamwork

2. Decision Making

3. Work Standards

4. Motivation

5. Reliability

6. Problem Solving

7. Adaptability 8. Planning and Organizing

9. Communication

10. Integrity 11. Initiative

12. Customer Service and Quality

 

Minimum Qualifications: 

1. Education: High School Diploma or equivalent.

2. Experience: Prior cash handling experience and experience with Point of Sales (POS) systems or ticketing databases.

3. Certifications: N/A

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with ticketing systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly organized, attention to detail a must.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • N/A

Physical demands: 

  • Must be able to sit or stand for an extended period of time

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • The Reservations Office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm. Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, nights and weekends as necessary.

Travel:

  • N/A

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

Manager of NatureWorks

An engaging and outgoing individual passionate about animal care and conservation is desired to lead the NatureWorks department at the Orlando Science Center. Full-time, benefited position. This position reports directly to the Director of Visitor Experience. The Manager of NatureWorks is responsible for the overall supervision and management of the NatureWorks exhibit, staff, and volunteers. This includes management of all physical and support systems within the exhibit, animal husbandry, and medical procedures.

Essential Functions: 

  • Must be able to work weekends.
  • Works with a high degree of independence on multiple projects in parallel.
  • Prepares and feeds daily ration of frozen, fresh and dry commercial foods.
  • Maintain exhibit aesthetics through regular cleaning of habitats and exhibits.
  • Presents public programs to diverse groups.
  • Participates in departmental and special events both at the science center and off property.
  • Keeps up to date records and logs on animal’s diets, health and husbandry.
  • Trains and supervises staff, interns, adult and youth volunteers on all OSC and department SOPs.
  • Maintains records and permits.
  • Determines donations, collection procurement, and specimen placement within the exhibit.
  • Administers medicines and medical care to OSC animals and works with consulting veterinarians to develop and administer proper medical care of living collection.
  • Helps to develop and oversee department budget while working closely with vendors to ensure the highest quality and lowest price available.
  • Responsible for training staff and volunteers in proper animal handling procedures.
  • Communicates effectively internally and externally with other departments such as public programs, exhibits, education and facilities.
  • Represents the Orlando Science Center in a professional manner with all guests and staff.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Competencies

1. Teamwork

2. Decision Making

3. Work Standards

4. Motivation

5. Reliability

6. Problem Solving

7. Adaptability

8. Planning and Organizing

9. Communication

10. Integrity

11. Initiative

12. Customer Service and Quality

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, animal sciences, zoology or psychology.
  • Experience: Applicants should possess the equivalent of 3-5 years’ experience in a zoo, aquarium, museum, park or a similar facility including animal husbandry and public programming.
  • Certifications: Employee must have a valid driver's license, maintain an acceptable driving record as stipulated by OSC’s insurance carrier, and have access to reliable, legal transportation that can be driven on behalf of OSC for business purposes.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience speaking in front of large audiences is desirable.
  • Experience with life support systems, basic animal husbandry, veterinary care, and snorkeling is preferred.
  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft Office Software
  • Must be highly motivated, organized, and demonstrate a willingness to adapt positively to corporate change.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Responsible for the hiring, training, and development of part-time and full-time staff.
  • Onboard, train, evaluate and schedule NatureWorks staff, interns and volunteers

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs and be on feet for extended periods of time.

  • Must be comfortable in and around water.

  • Must be comfortable working on slippery, uneven surfaces.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Must be able to work weekends. Occasional early morning or evening work required.

Travel

  • As needed for the transport of animals and pick up husbandry supplies and materials.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Animal Keeper

Responsible for the daily care of a diverse collection of animals within the NatureWorks exhibit. Additionally, Animal Keepers will perform conservation-based keeper talks and hands-on live animal interactions with Orlando Science Center guests.

Essential Functions: 

  • Prepares and feeds daily rations of frozen, fresh and dry commercial foods.
  • Maintains exhibit aesthetics through regular cleaning of habitats and exhibits.
  • Presents public programs with and without live animals to diverse audiences.
  • Participates in departmental and special events both at the science center and off property.
  • Presents daily conservation presentations on a microphone and performs live stage shows with animals.
  • Proficient at opening and closing duties of the NatureWorks exhibit.
  • Monitors and observes animals’ health and welfare and report any concerns to Lead Keeper.
  • Maintains aquatic exhibits with life support systems.
  • Maintains record system using ZIMS and keeping daily logs.
  • Trains youth volunteers, adult volunteers, and interns.
  • Represents the Orlando Science Center in a professional manner with all guests and staff.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Competencies

1. Teamwork

2. Decision Making

3. Work Standards

4. Motivation

5. Reliability

6. Problem Solving

7. Adaptability

8. Planning and Organizing

9. Communication

10. Integrity

11. Initiative

12. Customer Service and Quality

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: Associates’ degree in life science or related field or equivalent education plus experience
  • Experience: Applicants should possess the equivalent of 2 years’ experience in a zoo, aquarium, museum, park or a similar facility including animal husbandry and public programming
  • Certifications: N/A


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with life support systems and basic animal husbandry in a zoological setting.
  • Experience snorkeling.
  • Comfortable with speaking to both small and large diverse audiences in a public setting.
  • Must be proficient in all Microsoft Office Software.
  • Must be highly motivated, organized, and demonstrate a willingness to adapt positively to corporate change.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Mentors youth volunteers, adult volunteers, and interns.

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs and be on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must be comfortable in and around water.
  • Must be comfortable working on slippery, wet, and uneven surfaces.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Must have availability to work a minimum of 5 days, with open availability on Saturdays and Sundays.

Travel

  • N/A

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Part-Time Positions

Exhibit Maintenance Technician

This entry level position is responsible for minor maintenance of Orlando Science Center’s permanent and traveling exhibits and related exhibit support equipment. This position is primarily responsible for exhibit startup or shutdown, scheduled monitoring, reporting exhibit issues, and replenishing exhibit props as needed.

 

Essential Functions: 

  • Starts up or shuts down of OSC’s exhibits.
  • Routinely monitors exhibit halls and addresses exhibit challenges and cleanliness.
  • Keeps exhibit halls and props organized.
  • Replenishes exhibit consumables as needed.
  • Reports any exhibit challenges daily.
  • Performs general cleaning, dusting, and organizing of exhibit components, exhibit halls and production shops.
  • Troubleshoots and make minor repairs to exhibits as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

   

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: High school senior/graduate or equivalent.
  • Experience: Previous experience working with hand tools, drills, multimeter and soldering iron required.

 

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to walk/stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to climb a ladder.

 

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • This position works five days a week up to 20-30 hours per week. Hours are subject to change to suit the needs of the organization. Nights and weekends as required

  

The Orlando Science Center is committed to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. It is the policy of the Orlando Science Center to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected-class status.