Planetarium Outreach Educator - Bell Museum

UMN - Minneapolis, MN4.2

Required Qualifications:
  • BA or BS degree in science or education and a minimum of 2 years' experience working with K – 12 youth and adults in a formal, informal or museum setting or a combination or related education and/or experience totaling 6 years.
Essential Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of astronomy
  • Demonstrated ability to comfortably present science content and answer questions from public
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage students in a classroom environment
  • Ability to think quickly and respond in a professional manner in challenging situations
  • Commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all learners and an ability to interact with a variety of cultural and socioeconomic groups
  • Formal education or experience in science and STEM program development and experience applying this knowledge to program implementation
  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license and access to a reliable source of transportation for off-site programs
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, and lift heavier items with assistance
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with planetarium software
  • Ability to organize time and work in a highly effective manner
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Must be adaptable, flexible, dedicated and dependable
  • Skills in resourcefulness and creativity
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to experience tight spaces and tolerate fan noise.

We are looking for a motivated, hard-working, and passionate person to implement ExploraDome programming to diverse PreK-12 audiences at off-site locations, maintain a library of programs relevant to standards/school needs, assist in planetarium show production, and implementation of museum events. The position will also collaborate with the Public Engagement and Science Learning team to plan and implement astronomy and Earth science-based public science events and deliver education programs on-site in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and at community events.

Major Areas of Accountability (with percentages):
ExploraDome, Planetarium and Public Program Delivery (60%)
  • Implement programs in the portable ExploraDome Outreach planetarium to school and community audiences up to 4 days per week, with some weekends and pre-scheduled overnight visits
  • During off-site visits, manage and move large equipment with assistance, work with local hosts (including teachers, school administrators, and school volunteers) instructing them on equipment setup and take down procedures
  • Effectively manage students in a classroom environment, and facilitate up to 5.5 hours of instructional programs per day
  • During off-site visits, build relationships with school and community members in support of Bell Museum programming
  • Deliver on-site education programs to K-12 audiences visiting the Bell Museum on field trips, including school labs, tours, and planetarium programs
  • Deliver on-site planetarium programs for public audiences
Curriculum Development (15%)
  • Maintain a library of ExploraDome Outreach programs, including review and modification of existing programs and development of new programs, in alignment of state and/or national science standards in coordination with the Planetarium Programs Coordinator
  • Develop educator guides for ExploraDome Outreach programs in cooperation with the Planetarium Programs Coordinator
  • Assist with the development of new programs for both the on-site and off-site planetariums
  • In collaboration with the Public Engagement and Science learning team, develop and implement astronomy and Earth science-based public science events
Show Production and technology support (15%)
  • Using various media (planetarium software, film clips, photographs, diagrams, etc.) produce visuals to accompany and convey the storylines and science of new and existing planetarium shows
  • Keep up to date on the latest releases of planetarium software and other new media
  • Maintain the equipment in the ExploraDome Outreach planetarium
Support of Public Engagement and Science Learning Programs (10%)
  • Work with museum staff to compile program evaluation data for reports and for grant proposal submissions
  • Attend conferences and fairs to promote programs
Working Hours:
Working hours vary based on school start time schedules. With travel, some days may begin as early as 6am. There may be evening and weekend shifts, approximately 2-3 per month, and working hours will be adjusted to stay within the maximum of the pay period. In addition, multiday visits to greater Minnesota, approximately every 6 weeks, will be required. Travel schedules will be set 3 weeks out.

The mission of the Museum is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world.

For over 140 years, the Bell Museum has collected, preserved, interpreted, and displayed the natural history of Minnesota as the state’s official natural history museum. With the opening of a new museum building in summer 2018, its role is expanding to become the gateway to the sciences at the University of Minnesota. While natural history remains a bedrock for the Bell, astronomy and space science, health and medicine, the environment, and other subject areas afford the Bell opportunities for new partnerships and the development of new experiences for public science engagement.

Applications must be submitted online. Application deadline is Friday, April 5. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "Add Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Bell Museum Diversity Statement

We believe it is essential to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and empowers people from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. In doing this, we will provide equitable access to the Bell’s resources and embrace opportunities to transform our work.

We are committed to upholding the diversity, equity, and inclusion definitions ad values set forth by the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences and the University of Minnesota.

Our work in research, education, and outreach is accomplished when these values inform all activities of the museum, including:

Hiring, recruitment, retention, and advancement of staff and volunteers
Selection, implementation, and evaluation of program and exhibition content
Providing meaningful opportunities for underrepresented communities to participate in planning and leadership
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.