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 employment 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 for employment 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

*This employer participates in E-Verify.



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 employment 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.

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.

Major Gifts Officer

Working with the Vice President of Development, the Major Gifts Officer will create and execute both short-term and long-term strategies for increasing contributed revenue streams while building sustainable relationships for OSC. The Major Gifts Officer will assist the Orlando Science Center in the creation of a stable financial base by growing relationships and increasing contributed and campaign revenue from individuals. Working with the Vice President of Development, the Major Gifts Officer 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 major 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 and campaign 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. 
  • Ensures proper presentation of materials and other deliverables as necessary. 
  • Meets comprehensive campaign revenue goals to ensure long term growth of the Science Center.  
  • Leads and develops a robust planned giving program to create a more sustainable future for the Science Center. 
  • 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 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. 

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.

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.

Preschool Teacher

The Preschool Teacher is responsible for the general supervision and management of a class of preschool (3-5 yr) children, planning and executing the Early Childhood education program in accordance with the goals, objectives and standards set forth by the Orlando Science Center Preschool in alliance with Early Childhood developmentally appropriate practices, FL Department of Children and Families licensing requirements, Teaching Strategies “Creative Curriculum”, NAEYC and Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) standards and guidelines. The Preschool Teacher is also responsible for instructing children (3-5 yr) in activities designed to promote social/emotional, physical and intellectual growth needed to be successful individuals related to their peer group, environment and community.

Essential Functions: 

  • Embraces STEM education and informal teaching methodologies and strategies as essential functions of the Science Center Preschool and curriculum approach.
  • Establishes clear objectives for lessons, units, themes, activities, and projects and communicate (written and verbal) to children Demonstrate commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, guiding principles, and values.
  • Organizes and directs activities/materials to promote physical, mental, social development such as games, art, music/movement, storytelling.
  • Arranges indoor and outdoor environments to facilitate creative play, motor development, and safety.
  • Maintains the safety and health standards of the classroom and outdoor environment through cleaning, visual and personal inspection.
  • Provides variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning and imaginative play.
  • Prepares materials and classroom for activities. Organizes and labels materials and a child’s work that is age-appropriate and perceptual skills.
  • Uses literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, and motor development for individual, small, and large group activities to provide children opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Establishes and maintains rules of behavior and procedures in regards to class control. Greets all arriving and departing children and parents/guardian. Open communication (verbal and written) with children, families, Director, and Preschool staff.
  • Observes and evaluates a child’s performance, behavior, social development and physical health to be discussed with Director, parents/guardian, and other childhood resources to help in providing the best methods of learning for the child
  • Follows and adheres to all administrative policies and rules governing the Preschool and its employees as OSC employees, DCF license, and accreditation requirements.
  • Works collaboratively with Preschool staff, Director and OSC Education staff to provide appropriate programs, activities, and projects.
  • Participate in online professional development, early childhood practices, STEM activities or OSC Education department training to maintain and improve professional competence. Required number of in-service hours and/or CEUs will be provided according to licensing and accreditation requirements.
  • Maintains a professional attitude at all times.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, guiding principles, and values.
  • 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: 

Must be at least 21 years old and meet requirements of the licensing agencies.

  1. Education: A degree (Associate or above) in Child Development, Early Childhood, Pre-Kindergarten – Primary, or Elementary education, Exceptional Student Education, Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Florida Department of Education Child Care Apprenticeship Certificate (CCAC), certified National CDA is required.
  2. Experience: Experience working with children 0 – 8 years old.
  3. Certifications: FL DCF staff credential, CPR, and Basic First Aid Certification
  4. Clear Level 2 Background screening. May not be on site until this is established.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 45 hours DCF mandated child care courses (provide a current DCF transcript).
  • Three to Kindergarten standards (DCF and Department of Education).
  • Communication skills-presentation, public speaking, and written.
  • Reliable, organized, self-starter. Ability to work with little supervision.
  • Active listening, instructing, speaking, reading comprehension, learning strategies, writing, monitoring, and time management skills.

Physical demands: 

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 45 lbs.
  • Tasks involve the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work involving stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.
  • Sensory requirements are visual perceptions and discrimination, oral communication, and ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • This position primarily works Monday – Friday between the hours of 7:30 – 6:00pm. Occasional weekend hours may be needed.

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 100% of the time.

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.

Barista

The Barista is responsible for ensuring Florida State regulations and Orlando Science Center standards are met in coffee and food handling. This position is responsible for providing exceptional service to Orlando Science Center visitors and educating visitors on the history of coffee.

Essential Functions: 

  • Knowledgeable about all menu items and beverages served.
  • Able to answer visitor’s questions regarding such with confidence and accuracy.
  • Prepares all coffee drinks to specifications.
  • Has complete knowledge and skill of operating/maintaining coffee equipment for daily use.
  • Maintains a clean, organized, and sanitized work area.
  • Maintains a high level of customer service with OSC Visitors and Members.
  • Adheres to health and safety standards at all times.
  • Able to effectively explain the “journey of coffee”.
  • 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: High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience: Some customer service, cash handling experience, and 1 year Barista experience preferred but not mandatory.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proficient with Point Of Sales applications.
  • Barista, customer service or hospitality experience preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Food Management certification a plus.

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to stand for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to lift, carry push or pull up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to climb flights of stairs, bend, twist, reach and turn with complete flexibility.
  • Must be able to operate coffee equipment and be comfortable with loud noises.

Expected Hours of Work:

  • Must be able to work weekends. Occasional early morning or evening work required. Hours vary based on need.

Travel:

  • Travel required – for third-party training and as needed to pick up supplies and materials.

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 100% of the time.

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.

Educator

The daily functions of this position consist of but are not limited to: engaging and educating school groups and teachers about various sciences and STEM content with the use of demonstrations and hands-on activities in an informal setting. The Educator will deliver educational content in one the following ways: classroom instruction on and off museum grounds, large capacity auditorium programming on and off museum grounds, and floor demonstrations. Educators will be expected to study curriculum and supplementary materials to gain proficiency in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts taught by the institution and improve upon existing content knowledge and teaching/presentation skills. Educators will be responsible for designing, prototyping, and writing curriculum for the Education Department.

Essential Functions: 

  • Responsible for delivering education programs and engaging students and guests in hands-on activities and demonstrations.
  • Effective presentation skills while speaking in front of audiences of all sizes and guests of all ages.
  • Writes and develops science curricula for on-site, off-site, virtual, camp and other programs.
  • Assists in educational training of new staff and seasonal employees.
  • Demonstrates effective communication, ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision, and excellent customer service skills.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSC's vision, mission, and values.
  • 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
  2. Experience: At least 2 years' experience working with youth or the general public in an educational environment. Applicant should have experience in curriculum development for an informal setting (museum, zoo, nature preserve).
  3. Certifications: Employee must have a valid driver's license, maintain an acceptable driving record as stipulated by OSC’s insurance carrier. Must be comfortable driving an OSC vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A passion for science, education, theater, or communications, with college coursework in the science field.
  • Background in public speaking, or performance
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent coordination and project management skills, including ability to take initiative
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at once
  • Working knowledge of Science and Engineering process skills
  • Experience teaching informally or in a classroom is preferred

Physical demands: 

  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods.
  • Position requires ability to work in an active indoor and outdoor environment
  • Ability to pull weight up to 50 pounds. Ability to lift up to 55 pounds to waist.
  • Ability to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

Travel:

  • Day travel required. Most travel occurs in Central Florida region.

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.

Science Program Interpreter

The Science Program Interpreter is responsible for educating the general public about various sciences with the use of demonstrations and hands-on activities in an informal setting. The Science Program Interpreter will deliver educational content in the following ways: large capacity auditorium programming on and off museum grounds, guided tours and presentations, exhibit hall facilitation, and floor demonstrations. The Science Program Interpreter requires individuals who are comfortable speaking in front of large audiences and delivering science instruction to guests of all ages. Science Program Interpreters will demonstrate a willingness to learn and educate themselves on all topics of science as well as be expected to study curriculum and supplementary materials to gain proficiency in the sciences taught by the institution and improve upon existing content knowledge and teaching/presentation skills. The Interpreter will develop content for instructional use in all facets of the department assigned by Director of Visitor Experience and/or Manager of Public Programs. Interpreters must have the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision, and demonstrate excellent customer service skills. Full-time, benefited position.

Essential Functions: 

  • Engages Science Center members and general public about various sciences with the use of demonstrations and hands-on activities in an informal setting in a professional and welcoming manner
  • Works with a high degree of independence on multiple projects in parallel.
  • Reports regularly on project progress, and oversees budgets and resource allocations as necessary.
  • Develops content with a creative approach to new ideas and projects.
  • Creates new live science demonstrations, programs, and shows that supplement special events and exhibits
  • Exhibits exemplary written and oral communication skills
  • Able to problem-solve with flexibility and demonstrate good judgment in a variety of situations.
  • 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: Degree-seeking or hold a bachelor’s degree in science education, chemistry, physical science, physics, astronomy, or other related sciences.
  • Experience: The candidate should have experience speaking in front of a large audience or teaching either informally or in a classroom setting.
  • 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: 

  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Improv and/or theater background is preferred.
  • Crafting/maker skills including experience with any of the following: woodworking, 3D printing, computer design, textiles, paper crafting, leatherworking, basic tools, soldering.
  • Knowledge of soundboards and light boards within a theater environment is desirable.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • The Science Program Interpreter is occasionally tasked with developing and implementing staff training for specific programs including live shows, demonstrations and STEM zones. Interpreters work closely with part-time staff and volunteers during special events to ensure they are trained and comfortable with themed programming.

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to push/pull up to 45 lbs.
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must have availability to work a minimum of 3 weekdays (Mon. Tues. Thur. Fri.) and both weekend days (Sat. & Sun.) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Occasional late night and early morning hours required for special events & media opportunities.

Travel:

  • Local travel is occasionally required for offsite programs and supply runs. Long-distance travel is rare, but can be required for professional development opportunities.

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 80% of the time.

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.

Guest and Member Relations Coordinator

The Guest and Member Relations Coordinator is responsible for our most important assets, the guests of Orlando Science Center. This position assures that our front-line customer service is world-class. Responsibilities will include managerial support for the entire front line staff, providing leadership and administration of all operations for Guest and Member Relations area. This individual is responsible for meeting annual membership revenue goals and supporting all aspects of the member renewal process. This position requires excellent problem-solving skills, and this person is flexible and willing to change with organizational needs. The position engages in the work and performs all duties of the frontline staff, with office time as secondary requirement.

Essential Functions: 

  • Promotes and sell the organization’s memberships.
  • Assists Senior Manager of Guest Relations with recruiting, hiring and evaluating staff as needed
  • Supports onboarding and training of staff, interns or volunteers assigned to Guest Services or Member Relations, and keeps training documents accurate and current
  • Creates and maintains staff, intern or volunteer schedules with a high level of accuracy
  • Assists in processing and managing most aspects of membership program, including producing and mailing membership cards as needed, maintaining an accurate membership database, processing checks and credit card payments, generating new and renewal membership sales, checking in current members, generating membership reports, and actively engaging in member outreach.
  • Supervises and coaches Guest Services team in membership sales and assists as needed.
  • Ensures renewal efforts ate kept on track and participates as needed, including mailings, phone calls and emails
  • Provides administrative and operational support to Senior Manager of Guest Relations
  • Facilitates team meetings
  • Performs temperature screenings of guests upon their arrival
  • Responds promptly to inquiries from prospective members, members, and the general public by phone, email or in writing and follow-up with an agreed timeframe.
  • Demonstrates a high level of proficiency in the ticketing systems used by Orlando Science Center
  • Ensures data entry tasks are kept on track, and participates as needed, including Lost and Found, Garage Tracking, Daily Activity Sheet, Member Gate Log etc
  • Conducts inventory and processes supply requests for Guest Services and/or Member Relations
  • Promotes a positive, professional image of the Orlando Science Center and provides excellent customer service at all times.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSC’s vision, mission, values and IDEA work
  • Possesses good organizational, written and verbal skills
  • 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: High school diploma required.
  • Experience: Minimum of two years customer service experience, preferably within a membership based organization.
  • Certifications: Possesses a valid Florida Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proficient with Microsoft office applications.
  • Customer service, sales or hospitality experience.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, flexible, creative.
  • Cash handling experience required.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Involved in the training and development of the Guest Services team.

Physical demands: 

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended amounts of time.
  • Ability to lift up to and beyond 25 lbs.
  • Ability to climb stairs, bend, twist, and squat.

Expected Hours of Work:

  • This position is a full-time salaried role, nights and weekends required.

Travel:

  • 0%-10%

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 100% of the time.

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.

KidsTown Presenter and Program Designer

We are seeking a friendly, positive individual to provide quality play and learning experiences for the Science Center’s youngest learners. The KidsTown Presenter & Program Designer is responsible for the creation of developmentally appropriate content for children ages 0-7 and their families as well as the presentation of this content on the exhibit floor. This role is expected to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision and demonstrate excellent customer service skills.

Essential Functions: 

  • Maintains a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for all KidsTown visitors.
  • Engages comfortably with young children and their accompanying adults through a range of educational content, programs, and activities.
  • Researches, develops, and facilitates developmentally appropriate content for young children and families on the exhibit floor, in daily programming, and for special events.
  • Works with the Manager of KidsTown to plan and coordinate content, community partners, schedules, and logistics for KidsTown events as assigned.
  • Assists in training new staff members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Completes regular cleaning tasks as assigned, including tidying the exhibit space and cleaning activity materials.
  • Staffs each area of the KidsTown exhibit hall.
  • Stays up to date on offerings in KidsTown as well as building-wide in order to best assist guests.
  • 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: Degree-seeking or hold a degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Science, or a related field.
  • Experience: Proven experience working with children and families in a formal or informal setting, experience creating developmentally appropriate educational content for children ages 0-7

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with theatrical performance, improv, or public speaking.
  • Bilingual a plus.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • This position regularly oversees volunteers and interns.

Physical demands: 

  • Reading, writing, vision, hearing, talking, standing, sitting, walking, lifting, pushing/pulling/reaching, bending/twisting, squatting, crawling.
  • Ability to work in an office setting.
  • Ability to work in an active indoor setting.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and school breaks. Typical hours are 8:45am-5:15pm. These hours may adjust based on scheduling and event needs. This role is expected to work 40 hours per week.

Travel:

  • Occasional travel may be expected if departmental needs arise.

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 80% of the time.

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.

KidsTown Coordinator

We are seeking a friendly, positive individual with excellent customer service and organizational skills to provide administrative and operational support for the KidsTown team. The KidsTown Coordinator will be expected to provide quality play and learning experiences for the Science Center’s youngest learners, provide leadership for part-time staff, volunteers, and interns, and complete administrative tasks with minimal supervision. This role acts as the main point of contact for KidsTown staff, interns, and volunteers when the KidsTown Manager is not present.  

Essential Functions: 

  • Works with a high degree of independence on multiple projects in parallel.
  • Engages comfortably with young children and their accompanying adults and demonstrates a high level of proficiency in all KidsTown interactions, activities, and programs.
  • Creates and maintains daily staff, intern, and volunteer schedules with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Maintains organizational, tracking, and scheduling tools for the team including the KidsTown program schedule for the website, training calendars, cleaning schedules, and program number logs.
  • Assists the KidsTown Manager in onboarding and training new staff as well as keeping staff and training documents accurate and up to date.
  • Provides support for onboarding and training all KidsTown interns and volunteers as well as any projects assigned to them.
  • Processes supply orders for KidsTown programs, events, and week-to-week needs as well as maintains an inventory of regularly needed supplies and materials.
  • Works with other full-time KidsTown staff to provide support for all KidsTown events.
  • Maintains a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for all KidsTown visitors.
  • 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: Degree-seeking or holds a degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Museum Studies or a related field.
  • Experience: Proven experience working with children and families in a formal or informal setting, demonstrated customer service experience.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with theatrical performance, improv, or public speaking.
  • Administrative or management experience.
  • Bilingual a plus.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • The KidsTown Coordinator supervises part-time staff, interns, and volunteers.

Physical demands: 

  • Reading, writing, vision, hearing, talking, standing, sitting, walking, lifting, pushing/pulling/reaching, bending/twisting, squatting, crawling, ability to work in an office setting and an active indoor setting.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must be available to work a minimum of 3 weekdays (generally Monday, Tuesday, and Friday) and both weekend days (Saturday & Sunday), including holidays and school breaks. Typically the hours scheduled are between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening or early morning hours may occasionally be required for special events, etc. This role is expected to work 40 hours per week.

 Travel:

  • Occasional local travel may be expected if departmental needs arise.

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.

Education Specialist: Early Childhood

This individual project manages special projects relating to early childhood programs for children 0-7 years old. They are responsible for developing all early childhood STEM curricula for the Education Department including: workshops, educator professional development, family programs, conference presentations and camps. The daily functions of this position consist of but are not limited to: engaging and educating children ages 0-7, early childhood educators and their caregivers about STEM and various sciences with the use of age appropriate, inquiry based, hands-on activities in an informal setting. In addition, they will deliver educational content in one the following ways: hands-on workshops, educator professional development, family programming both on and off museum grounds.

Essential Functions: 

  • Performs the function of project manager for assigned special projects relating to early childhood programs.
  • Works in conjunction with the Vice President of Education to foster relationships with external partners, develop timelines and contracts as needed to ensure completion of all grant and sponsor deliverables for assigned projects.
  • Develops all early childhood science curricula for the Education Department including; workshops, educator professional development, family programs, conference presentations and camps.
  • Delivers early childhood programing in accordance with the STEM Discovery Center’s brand and values to engage young children, educators and their caregivers in high-quality hands-on activities and instruction.
  • Creates and delivers education staff trainings for early childhood programs and pedagogy.
  • Completes routine education staff program evaluations and provides coaching and feedback.
  • Ensures all programs are developmentally appropriate and align with Florida State Early Childhood Domains and preschool requirements as needed.
  • Creates assessments, pre and post tools, and evaluations as needed for reporting requirements.
  • Monitors quality control for all early childhood education curricula and updates existing programs and content as needed.
  • Maintains a safe and secure environment for guests and staff.
  • Keeps current in science and education related to OSC’s content and exhibits.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSC's vision, mission and values.
  • 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: A Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, education, or science with a minimum of 2-3 years experience working with children ages 0-7 years. Degree may be substituted for 5 years relevant work experience in the field of early childhood or informal learning.
  • Experience:
    • Prior teaching experience with early childhood (0-7 years old) children, educators and caregivers.
    • Knowledge of preschool and early childhood systems including best practice.
    • Ability to work in a fast pace, team oriented environment.
    • Ability to establish and maintain an effective rapport with others.
    • Excellent communication skills; presentation and public speaking.
    • Reliable, organized, self-starter; ability to work with little direct supervision.
    • Enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing; must love working with people
  • Certifications: Employee must have a valid driver’s license, maintain an acceptable driving record as stipulated by OSC’s insurance carrier. Must be comfortable driving an OSC vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Prior experience working with age appropriate technologies and tools used to engage young learners (i.e. robotics, coding, etc.).
  • Knowledge of informal education and museum practices.
  • Experience writing and delivering programs to K-12 students.
  • Experience writing and delivering PreK-12 professional development.

Physical demands:

  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Position requires ability to work in an active indoor and outdoor environment.
  • Ability to pull weight up to 50 pounds. Ability to lift up to 55 pounds to waist.
  • Ability to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • This position primarily works Monday – Friday. Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, nights and weekends as necessary.

 Travel:

  • Some travel required. Travel primarily consists of Central Florida.

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.

Exhibit Designer

Our Exhibit Designer should demonstrate a passion for Science, excellent problem solving capacity and be a curious individual. This position works in conjunction with the Experience Design and Production team to research and develop fun, educational, and memorable exhibit experiences supporting the Science Center’s mission. Working under the direction of their Director or project lead, the Exhibit Designer helps to establish visual representation for all new exhibits and establishes experiential goals while working with the team to conduct research and support the content development process. The Exhibit Designer may develop exhibit research documents and draft punchy, compelling and relatable exhibit copy. Overall, this position is responsible for visual conceptualizing, writing and editing copy for Science Center exhibitions and the website, conducting project-related research, designing exhibit content ideas; assists in acquiring multimedia, and works with external advisors or contractors and other experts to see the vision come to life.

Essential Functions: 

  • Collaborates closely with their Director or project manager to develop design concepts and plans for temporary exhibits and new permanent installations. Creates three dimensional models, quick concept sketches and renderings as needed. Works in Using scaled images of objects, prepares accurate drawings-to-scale in VectorWorks, AutoCad, Sketchup. 
  • Writes educational and instructional exhibit labels and oversees overall theming of exhibit experiences.
  • Conducts thorough research to ensure scientific information is clearly expressed and accurate.
  • Collaborates with graphic design, technology and education interpretation on graphic, technology and interpretive elements of each exhibition or installation.
  • Provides a clear, focused narrative voice that is consistent across exhibits.
  • Oversees placement of collection objects or informational materials in exhibit framework and art gallery.
  • Receives design direction and critiques from the partners and colleagues to create a stronger, better end result.
  • Operates effectively under time constraints and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, both alone and in teams.
  • Must be detail oriented, able to prioritize tasks and able to work under pressure with multiple deadlines.
  • Be aware of relevant health and safety issues with design implementations and adheres to ADA requirements when necessary.
  • Oversees a team of volunteers to execute data collection, conduct surveys and evaluations, and prototype visitor experiences.
  • 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: No formal educational requirements.
  2. Experience: Three to five years of work experience in the field of exhibit design and/or development, or a general background in museum studies combined with knowledge of the exhibit topics and experiential objectives may be substituted for advanced academic degrees.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Journalism and editorial experience preferred
  • Experience with scientific research and statistical data analysis
  • Ability to design in Software such as Adobe Suite
  • Large format graphic design experience a plus
  • 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:

  • Trains and mentors adult volunteers and interns in evaluation, data analysis, and surveying techniques.

Physical demands: 

  • Must be able to stand for long periods and be able to lift 30 lbs.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must be able to work weekends. Occasional evening work required.

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

Theater Operator

The Theater Operator is responsible for assisting visitors in and out of the CineDome and Digital Adventure Theater, operating theater control systems, maintaining the cleanliness of all theater areas, and ensuring the safety, security, and accessibility of the theaters to all visitors.

  

Essential Functions: 

  • Operates theater presentation equipment such as lighting, doors, and announcements.
  • Ensures all theater safety, security, and accessibility procedures are followed.
  • Answers visitor questions as needed and collects visitor feedback in the form of surveys.
  • Accurately records the total attendance for each show.
  • Facilitates the attendance of groups to the theaters, including assisting with their load in and load out and verifying the accuracy of attendance vouchers received.
  • Distributes, collects, cleans, and maintains 3D glasses.
  • Assists in the cleaning and organization of all theater areas.
  • Provides a high level of customer service to all OSC visitors and employees.
  • Performs light administrative tasks and other related duties as assigned.

   

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: High school senior/graduate or equivalent.
  • Experience: Some experience operating audiovisual equipment.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Some college education preferred.

 

Physical demands: 

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

 

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Part time, hours vary based on need.

  

Educator

The daily functions of this position consist of but are not limited to: engaging and educating school groups, teachers and students about various sciences and STEM content with the use of demonstrations, hands-on activities in an informal setting, and virtual programming. The Educator will deliver educational content in one or more of the following ways: classroom instruction on and off museum grounds, large capacity auditorium programming on and off museum grounds, floor demonstrations, and virtual live facilitation. Educators will be expected to study curriculum and supplementary materials to gain proficiency in the sciences taught by the institution and improve upon existing content knowledge and teaching/presentation skills.

Essential Functions: 

  • Responsible for teaching discovery labs, homeschool programs, offsite programs, facilitating educational groups in exhibits, break camp programs, summer camp programs, virtual programs and overnights.
  • Responsible for delivering OSC curriculum and engaging students and guests in hands-on activities and demonstrations.
  • Demonstrates good communication, has the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision, and demonstrates excellent customer service skills.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of audiences of all sizes, delivering science and STEM instruction to guests of all ages and has strong classroom management.
  • Demonstrates commitment to OSC's vision, mission, and values.
  • Other 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

  2. Experience: At least 2 years' experience working with youth or the general public in an educational environment.

  3. Certifications: Employee must have a valid driver's license, maintain an acceptable driving record as stipulated by OSC’s insurance carrier. Must be comfortable driving an OSC vehicle

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A passion for science, education, theater, or communications, with college coursework in the science field.
  • Background in public speaking, or performance
  • Professional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Experience teaching informally or in a classroom is preferred

Physical demands: 

  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods.
  • Position requires ability to work in an active indoor and outdoor environment
  • Ability to pull weight up to 50 pounds. Ability to lift up to 55 pounds to waist.
  • Ability to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, nights and weekends as necessary.
  • Must have three days of weekday open availability with two of those days being Thursday and Friday

Travel:  

  • Day travel required. Most travel occurs in Central Florida region.

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.

Birthday Party Assistant

The Birthday Party Assistant is responsible for assisting the host in general party set up and breaking down including, but not limited to decorations, food, experiments, and clean up. Additionally, the Birthday Party Assistant will aid the Birthday Party Host in keeping birthday guests engaged and safe.

Essential Functions: 

  • Assists the Host in facilitating the party including disbursement of cake, ice cream, and beverage, educational programming, science make and take projects, and general clean up.
  • Demonstrates a full understanding of birthday party themes, and the educational component including the science content.
  • Reports an accurate guest count to the Birthday Coordinator within 30 minutes of the party.
  • Maintains cleanliness of birthday rooms, classrooms, and the surrounding areas.
  • Works effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Fulfills scheduling requirements by having full weekend availability.
  • 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: Completion of 10th grade, H.S.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or A.A.
  • Coursework in Education or Science field.
  • Some experience in customer service.
  • Experience working with children K-12.

Physical demands: 

  • Must be comfortable speaking in large groups to a ranging age group.
  • Must be able to sit/stand for an extended period of time.
  • Must be able to climb stairs.
  • Must be comfortable working in a loud environment.

Expected Hours of Work:  

  • Part-time, hours vary based on need.

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.

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.

Preferred Qualifications: 

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

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 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Must be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

Telecommuting:

  • This position is required to be onsite 100% of the time.

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.

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.