Saint Louis Science Center

  • Research and Evaluation Assistant I - (Regular Part-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(12/21/2018 4:36 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Research and Evaluation
  • Overview

    The Research & Evaluation Assistant I conducts data collection, through interviews and observations, for Science Center exhibit and program evaluations and market research studies.  The Research & Evaluation Assistant I also assists full-time department staff in project research, including data entry. 


    Essential skills include being comfortable working with the public in a positive and friendly manner and being able to accurately follow detailed instructions for data collection and data entry procedures.  This is a part-time, permanent position, 15-25 hours per week, scheduled 3-4 days per week, including at least one weekend day.


    • Conducts interviews/observations in an assigned location for a designated time, recording data according to a specified protocol.
    • Makes judgments about categories of responses according to protocol.
    • Distributes visitor satisfaction rating cards according to a specified protocol.
    • Conducts a positive interaction with visitors and refers them to appropriate Science Center staff or locations to meet other needs.
    • Enters data in spreadsheet computer packages.
    • Attends scheduled department meetings for training on data collection protocols for new projects.
    • Assists department staff with project administration.
    • May conduct traffic pattern surveys or be assigned specific gallery observations.
    • May conduct observations and interviews and write up field notes.
    • May conduct literature searches via internet and libraries to support departmental research projects.
    • May participate in meetings to coordinate data collection and analysis with other evaluation team members.
    • Attends scheduled institutional meetings.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Ability to conduct interviews/observations and record responses according to set protocol with a high degree of reliability and accuracy.
    • Ability to interact with the public in a pleasant and productive manner.
    • Proficiency with computers for data entry for both quantitative and qualitative data.
    • Good analytical skills.


    High school diploma required.  College level classes in marketing research, social science research, survey research, museum studies, or other related fields.



    • Experience with data entry into spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel or SPSS.
    • Experience interacting with the public.
    • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions regarding data collection procedures, including being able to make judgements about categories of responses according to a specified protocol.


    • Ability to speak English clearly so as to be easily understood by visitors.
    • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions given both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to accurately and legibly record visitors’ verbal response to survey questions.


    Ability to do basic arithmetic calculations.



    Ability to stand/move quickly around the galleries for a 4-5 hour data collection period.



    Data collection primarily occurs in the Science Center’s galleries and lobbies.  Project support activities, such as data entry, occur in an office environment.  Variable work schedule – will include occasional weekends and holidays; may include evenings.


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