Saint Louis Science Center

  • Educator - Planetarium (Regular Full-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
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  • Overview



    At the Saint Louis Science Center, our mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning’. We seek to make science fun through informal, interactive learning experiences. We are a team of educators, entertainers and science enthusiasts! Our expert staff, passionate volunteers, educational and corporate partners all work together to make the Saint Louis Science Center one of the top 10 in the country.


    The James S. McDonnell Planetarium at the Saint Louis Science Center has been the gateway to the stars for 55 years! The Planetarium is home to live, interactive Planetarium Shows and so much more! With the Mercury and Gemini Spacecraft, visitors learn about Saint Louis’ influence on the history of the Space Race in the Liftoff Gallery. In Mission: Mars they drive and design rovers to learn about the future of space exploration. The McDonnell Planetarium creates awe moments every day, and it needs you to help it fulfill the Science Center’s mission!



    Planetarium Shows: Learn how to control the UNIVERSARIUM and work with the team to make our live, interactive shows your own. Once they are perfected, you’ll get to bring the universe to our audiences in the largest horizontal dome in the Americas!


    Floor Presence: Engage with our audiences (families, schools, general public) one-on-one outside the dome to bring science to life! Deliver roving demonstrations to guests as well as work floor interactive experiences in the Planetarium, Mission: Mars, and more.


    Program Development: Research and develop Planetarium Shows, gallery programs and educational activates pertaining to Space Sciences and ensure they align education standards


    Daily Operations: Assist with daily operations of the McDonnell Planetarium including opening and closing procedures. Also involved in assisting with new staff and volunteer orientation.


    Cross Training: Learn the Ins and Outs of the other galleries for opportunities beyond the Planetarium!


    Physical Demands: It is required that you have good physical stamina so you can be on your feet most of the day. We also ask that you can lift up to 40 pounds. Due to the nature of this position, standard (with correction) hearing and day/night vision is also required.


    Flexible Schedule: We host a variety of programs, some outside of museum hours (9:00 am-5:30 pm) a flexibility schedule is required to accommodate our needs. This position requires availability during weekends, evenings, holidays and the Science Center’s busiest times. Staff should expect 40 hours per week.


    • Self-starter and lifelong learner who can think on their toes
    • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to interact effectively with audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds.
    • Capacity to work as part of a team with flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm.
    • Planetarium, theater and/or public speaking experience is preferred.
    • BA or BS degree in STEM, education, museum studies or other related fields required.
    • Practical experience in planetaria science education and background in Astronomy or it's subdisciplines required.
    • Familiarity with  interpretation best practices preferred.
    • 2-3 years of experience in a museum or with public engagement preferred.
    • Program development portfolio or STEM curriculum experience preferred.
    • Familiarity with ZEISS planetarium systems is a plus but not required.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and driving record that allows for the use of Science Center vehicles.
    • Be open to become Media trained by the Science Center’s Media team for on and off-site promotion of the Saint Louis Science Center.


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