Career Opportunities - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Career Opportunities

For rewarding work, join the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) in its mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. To realize our goal, we strive to embrace diversity and community involvement in our team across all departments. BADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE); bilingual and bicultural applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Browse open positions below.

 

Bean Sprouts Cafe

Bean Sprouts Café—the nation’s leading hip and healthy kids’ café—is searching for positive, playful, innovative, and health-conscious people to join their team. (NOTE: Bean Sprouts Café at the Bay Area Discovery Museum is independently operated.) Current openings include:

Kitchen Staff

Barista/Cashier

Birthday Party Assistant

POSITION SUMMARY

Birthday Party Assistants are responsible for facilitating 1 to 8 on-site children’s birthday parties on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Birthday Party Assistants are the face of these parties and have direct interaction with anyone coming to a birthday party at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. This is a part-time, non-exempt, on-call weekend position with a starting salary of $14.00 per hour. Hours will vary from week to week.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Birthday party set-up and clean-up.
  • Greeting host families and guests.
  • Interacting with children, parents, and party guests in a child’s birthday party setting.
  • Party facilitation, which includes but not limited to arts and crafts activities, face painting, playing games, leading treasure hunts, and directing other open-ended creative play activities with children.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children ages 1 to 8 years old in a setting that required interacting and engaging children.
  • A clear understanding of the Museum’s educational philosophy.
  • Experience in a customer service role.
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Dependability and flexibility.
  • An outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, and creative personality.
  • The ability to follow a detailed party schedule daily.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • The ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Comfort working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online here.

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Education Facilitator

POSITION SUMMARY

Education Facilitators are highly motivated and outgoing individuals with excellent interpersonal and customer service skills that provide exceptional experiences to all of our visitors through play, facilitation, and policy enforcement.

This entry-level position spends 100% of their time on the exhibit floor staffing Tot Spot, Look Out Cove, Wave Workshop, Bay Hall, Discovery Hall, Festival Plaza, and the Art Studios, as well as facilitating drop-in programming for visitors to the Museum. Part-time and on-call positions are available immediately; Full-time, part-time and on-call seasonal positions will be available beginning in late May. Starting pay for all positions is $15.00/hr.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Enforce safety and Museum policies in exhibit spaces.
  • Staff exhibit spaces and interact with visitors throughout indoor and outdoor exhibit areas.
  • At all times, demonstrate and model a high level of professional conduct and communication with all visitors and staff.
  • Greet visitors and help orient them to the Museum.
  • Perform opening and closing duties and maintain the upkeep of program spaces and exhibit halls.
  • Model ways to safely play with the Museum exhibits.
  • Model appropriate practices for teaching and learning with young children.
  • Facilitate Art Studio programs.
  • Assist and facilitate Story Time, Toddler Circle Time, Creative Labs, and other drop-in programs.
  • Facilitate programming for festivals, special events, and other programming as assigned.
  • Provide educational experiences through play and create an environment that encourages curiosity, creative thinking, exploration and experimentation by using developmentally appropriate techniques.
  • Participate in regular team meetings.
  • Flexible to change schedule and work extra hours as necessary. Available to work the first Wednesday of every month (Free Days), mid-November through mid-January during the busy holiday season, and on all Open Mondays and Council Childcare days.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Public Programs Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience and interest in working with young children 0-8 years and their families.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve guest situations.
  • Able to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Capable of speaking in front of large and small groups of visitors.
  • Must be comfortable working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Able to perform physical activities such as bending, moving around and picking up items for 2-3 hours at a time. Ability to stand up for 8 hours and lift and carry up to 25 lbs. short distances.
  • Must have excellent problem solving skills, be dependable, flexible and have an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Some customer service experience desirable.
  • A reliable source of transportation is required.
  • Flexibility to work any day of the week, holidays, and evenings as required.
  • Must be at least sixteen years old.
  • Some college level course work preferred.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Cantonese preferred.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online here.

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Marketing and Communications Associate

POSITION SUMMARY

The Marketing and Communications Associate executes marketing tasks and delivers tactical execution support to the Bay Area Discovery Museum within a broad range of digital and traditional marketing channels. In a fast-paced environment, this individual is organized, able to establish and manage workflow and deliver on long-term projects while being responsive to short-term needs. The Associate loves the art of marketing and understands the science of it. They are a quick learner who is passionate about marketing and looking to gain experience while making a difference in a fast-moving, rapidly growing non-profit. This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Senior Marketing Manager.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in the development of marketing strategy and campaigns for new audience and earned and contributed revenue growth, increased program attendance, exhibit awareness, paid admissions, and membership.
  • With the guidance of the Senior Marketing Manager, and working closely with the Graphic Designer, execute these strategies and campaigns.
  • Execute organic and paid social media strategy and manage social and review platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Yelp, and TripAdvisor.
  • Collect, track, analyze, and report on key marketing metric analytics, tracking progress toward goals.
  • Work with Senior Communications Manager to help develop, execute, and fine-tune blog distribution strategy for optimal results.
  • Work with Senior Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer to create marketing and creative briefs.
  • Manage vendor relationships and meet submission deadlines.
  • Write copy for digital and print material including website, emails, on-site signage, direct mailings, etc.
  • Work cross departmentally to enhance the onsite visitor experience with educational, exhibit, and development messaging and signage.
  • Maintain, manage, and update website.
  • Monitor industry news and conversations, report findings to Senior Communications manager and share out to Bay Area Discovery Museum staff.
  • Work with Senior Marketing Manager to develop email marketing campaigns and set-up automated email campaigns.
  • Manage email database and email communications to membership and email list.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 – 4 years of experience in a marketing role.
  • Experience and comfort with social media and digital marketing best practices.
  • Experience with Google Analytics.
  • Tactical executor and creative thinker who is willing to speak up.
  • Strong organizational skills with outstanding attention to detail.
  • High-energy, positive personality and an appreciation for a fast-moving, agile organization.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team and across departments.
  • Ability to understand constructive criticism and work with a team to produce the best results.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Experience using web content management systems and basic understanding of HTML.
  • Experience using a mail system such as MailChimp or Constant Contact, with filtered lists and template designs.
  • Basic design and layout skills and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Photo and video editing skills.
  • Basic photography skills.
  • Commitment to the Museum’s mission and interest in childhood development, creativity, parenting and neuroscience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training and professional experience in marketing, communications, and/or business.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process. 

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, BADM’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

On-Call Educators

POSITION SUMMARY

On-Call Educators report to the Museum Experience Manager and are primarily responsible for supporting the Education and Development teams with programming during special event days and/or camps. This may include work with festivals, performances, development events, camps and other public program offerings. The On-Call Educator is a part-time position with work available as needed throughout the year. The pay range for this position is $20-$25/hour, dependent on experience.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate drop-in programs on special event days in conjunction with Public Programs staff.
  • Work with the Education team and Development team to facilitate or support a variety museum programming and classes.
  • Work in customer service roles which may include greeting visitors entering the Museum, handing out informational materials, monitoring performances and attendance numbers, and other related tasks.
  • Provide excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and programmatic support as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in education, arts education, early childhood education, museum studies, or relevant field preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working with children ages 0-8 years.
  • Understanding of early childhood development, pedagogy, and developmentally appropriate practice is preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, dependability, flexibility, and an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Comfort speaking in front of large and small groups.
  • Comfort working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Ability to perform physical activities such as bending, kneeling, walking and picking up items for 2-3 hours at a time. Ability to stand for up to 8 hours and carry up to 30 lbs. short distances.
  • A reliable source of transportation is required.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Cantonese is preferred.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

 

Program Assistant, Camps and Enrichment Classes

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Assistant, Camps and Enrichment Classes is responsible for assisting the Program Manager in all aspects of camps and classes management with a focus on administrative support. The Program Assistant serves as a lead facilitator for Bay Area Discovery Museum’s education programs, integrating current research and best practices with the Museum’s educational philosophy. This position is able and willing to facilitate a variety of programs, including enrichment classes, camps, school group visits, drop-in programs, festivals, and offsite programming. The Program Assistant has a primary focus on the facilitation and daily oversight of paid family programs during the school year and camps during the summer months. This part-time, non-exempt position spends about 60% of total time facilitating educational programs and 40% on related administrative duties. This position may be paired with BADM’s Education Facilitator role for applicants seeking full-time employment.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the creation, revision, and adaptation of high-quality curriculum for camps and classes.
  • Develop content for new camps and programs.
  • Plan, develop curriculum, facilitate, and evaluate programs.
  • Assist Program Manager in day-to-day camp and program operations.
  • Ensure standards for customer service and camper safety are met.
  • Track, organize, and ensure completion of all camper paperwork.
  • Assist Program Manager with camp enrollment and staff scheduling.
  • Prepare weekly camp rosters and staff schedules.
  • Facilitate check in and check out of campers.
  • Support camp staff in handling challenging situations.
  • Communicate with parents to ensure a high level of satisfaction in all programs.
  • Assist Program Manager in supporting offsite camps team, including travel to provide support at offsite locations as needed.
  • Assist Program Manager in hiring, training, and supervision of camp instructors and program facilitators.
  • Assist Program Manager with providing professional development opportunities for staff when available.
  • Conduct regular observations and evaluation of camp staff and programming. Assist Program Manager in communicating feedback and coaching camp staff.
  • Ensure classrooms are well maintained and sanitary.
  • Track, order and organize supplies.
  • Supervise campers as needed during lunch, before care and after care.
  • Serve as an instructor for camps as needed.
  • Assist Program Manager with camp enrollment, registration, staff scheduling, and oversight of relevant software.
  • Oversee the tracking, organization and completion of all camper paperwork.
  • Ensure standards for customer service and camper safety are met.
  • Communicate with Facilities and Public Programs teams regarding classroom, program, and storage needs.
  • Serve as onsite point person for camps and classes when Program Manager is absent.
  • Other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or BS, or equivalent professional experience, is required.
  • At least 6 credits in Early Childhood Education preferred
  • Demonstrated teaching skills with children ages 2-8
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required 
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast pace work environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly
  • Knowledge of excellent customer service principles 
  • Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures
  • Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child
  • Proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) required before starting employment
  • LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ child Abuse Index
  • Valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle required
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Chinese preferred 

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Program Coordinator, School Visits and Community Outreach

POSITION SUMMARY

The Program Coordinator, School Visits and Community Outreach serves as a lead and support facilitator for the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s education programs, which integrate current research and best practices with BADM’s educational rationale. The Coordinator is able and willing to facilitate School Visit programs in addition to a variety of other programs as assigned. These include, but are not limited to the following: family classes, camps, drop-in programs, festivals, offsite programming, and staffing BADM’s exhibitions. The Program Coordinator models best facilitation practices and trains and coaches Education Facilitators and Assistants on those best practices. This full-time, non-exempt position spends about 60% of total time facilitating educational programs and 40% on related administrative duties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate educational programming for preschool-5th grade students, teachers, and parents/caregivers, including on- and off-site school programming and library programming.
  • Welcome groups to BADM and lead their arrival and check-in.
  • Develop and maintain trusting relationships with schools, teachers, caregivers and their surrounding communities by prioritizing anti-bias and culturally sensitive teaching and providing exceptional customer service in accordance with Museum standards.
  • Communicate with educators about School Visits, including confirming visit information, answering logistical questions, and receiving payments.
  • Participate as a team member in the development of educational content and materials for preschool-3rd grade children, teachers, and parents/caregivers including off-site and museum visits. Regularly reevaluate programming and implement improvements as fit. Assist in translation of educational materials, if applicable.
  • Participate as a team member in the organization of program materials and supplies including ordering, stocking, maintenance and storage.
  • Prepare, organize and maintain educational materials and classroom set-ups daily for School Visits and other programs as assigned.
  • Maintain calendar and databases for scheduling visits, coordinating use of BADM program spaces, handling payments, and evaluating programming metrics.
  • Participate as a team member to ensure goals and objectives for School Visits are met, including administering and tracking on-going evaluations and recording and documenting progress of the program.
  • Train and supervise volunteer activities and/or paid Museum staff when they assist with School Programs.
  • Participate as a team member and collaborate on assigned projects to ensure goals and objectives of School Visits and other BADM departments are met.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A. or B.S. in early childhood, science or art education, museum studies or relevant field strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual (particularly Spanish or Cantonese) strongly preferred.
  • Two years related experience facilitating programs in informal learning environment preferred.
  • Familiarity with early childhood learning and pedagogical approaches, some coursework units or willingness to obtain them.
  • Prior experience as an Education Facilitator or Educator at the Bay Area Discovery Museum preferred.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Basic computer skills including web-based survey/questionnaire services required.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Excel) is required.
  • Experience in customer service.
  • Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED for adult, infant and child.
  • Must possess current driver’s license and have reliable access to a car; local travel required.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Fab Lab Programs Intern

POSITION SUMMARY
The Bay Area Discovery Museum has opened the world’s first Fab Lab specifically designed for early childhood, a model to be scaled and replicated internationally. A Fab Lab is a modern workshop or makerspace which includes computer-based innovation, design, and fabrication that intentionally builds STEM skills through hands-on learning. Originally designed by MIT as an outreach project to promote local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs now comprise a rapidly expanding, global network. The model has increasingly been adopted by middle and high schools for hands-on STEM education, but has yet to be adapted for early childhood.

The Fab Lab Programs Intern reports to the Fab Lab Specialist and is primarily responsible for supporting the Fab Lab Team with all aspects of programming including prep, administration, facilitation, documentation, evaluation, and other duties as assigned. This will include work with on-site programming, performances, festivals and special events.

The Fab Lab Programs Intern is a part-time, unpaid internship position with a flexible work schedule from 15 to 24 hours/weekly. The intern must receive college credit for their time at the Museum.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitates Fab Lab programming for visitors, members, school groups, camps, and donors.
  • Assists in creating, documenting and recording a curriculum suitable for the age ranges of each program.
  • Serves as administrative lead for the Fab Lab and Fab Lab Assistant Manager
  • Assists in collecting and recording evaluation from program participants.
  • Works directly with the Fab Lab Assistant Manager to create projects and curriculum.
  • Assists in all aspects of the daily operation and use of the Fab Lab.
  • Design program material pieces for fabrication in the Fab Lab
  • Creates projects using various design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, and 3d CAD software, and supports children’s use of these programs.
  • Operates machines during events and programming as needed.
  • Assists with completing large production/manufacturing projects.
  • Interacts with and explains process to visitors while working on projects.
  • Assists in the setup and clean-up of class sessions and maintains general cleanliness and organization of the space.
  • Orders and organizes supplies for programming and production. Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Assists in organizing Fab Lab events and collaborative projects with other departments.
  • Provides excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned, including general programmatic support for the Museum.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • In the process of obtaining a B.A, B.S, or BFA in a related field of study.
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit.
  • Curriculum design experience strongly preferred.
  • High quality administrative experience strongly preferred.
  • Detail oriented, punctual, and dependable.
  • Experience working with design software including but not limited to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and some 3d CAD preferred.
  • Working knowledge of fabrication equipment such as a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3d printer, and CNC machine preferred.
  • Ability to solder and understand basic circuit design preferred.
  • Knowledge in coding, wiring, and programming microcontrollers preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and excellent customer service skills required.
  • Ability to take initiative, work, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Ability to learn new technology quickly required.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese preferred.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of a background/criminal check, if extended an offer for an internship position. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

 ABOUT US
Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER
The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members and volunteers contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. We offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.