Employment at the Science Center of Iowa

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Click the tabs below to view Full-Time, Part-Time, Cafe/Event and Preschool positions.

  • Visitor Services Associate
  • Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

    Department: Retail Operations

    Reports To: Box Office Coordinator

    Position Overview: The Visitor Services Associate is a member of the Retail Operations Team, the first and last line of contact at the Science Center of Iowa. The Retail Operations Team is responsible for ensuring a positive experience for the visitor at all times. The Retail Operations Team includes the Box Office, A-Ha! Store, Blank IMAX Dome Theater, Food Chain Café, school/group sales, birthday parties and facility rentals.

    Responsibilities:

    • Greet all guests promptly and in a friendly manner
    • Give accurate information to the visitors 100% of the time
    • Complete all transactions accurately and efficiently
    • Prepare accurate daily balance reports
    • Maintain a clean, neat, and well-stocked work area
    • While taking tickets, greet and welcome all visitors and groups into the Blank IMAX Dome theater
    • Assist any visitors or groups that may need extra time getting into the theater
    • Maintain a high level of cleanliness inside and outside the theater
    • Communicate effectively and appropriately over the phone, radio and through e-mailwith all SCI staff
    • Be ready to assist within all areas of the Retail Operations Team
    • Report to work in a timely manner
    • Maintain flexibility to work days, nights, weekends and holidays
    • Attend mandatory quarterly staff meetings
    • Perform other tasks, as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Previous cash handling experience required. Retail experience preferred.
    • Pleasant, outgoing and professional personality at all times
    • The ability to work well with the public or all ages and backgrounds and be comfortable in crowded situation while communicating effectively
    • Must be honest, dependable and able to work independently and with a team
    • Must be flexible to work in multiple areas throughout the day
    • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
    • Well groomed, clean and presentable
    • Ability to multi-task in a fun, loud, and high-energy environment
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time as well as stoop, bend and climb stairs
    • Must uphold the values and integrity of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours: Varies with SCI and IMAX operating hours, but will include evening, weekend, Holiday and some daytime hours.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org. Application materials are located at www.sciowa.org.

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  • Cafe Associate
  • Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

    Department: Retail Operations

    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator

    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons visiting SCI’s Food Chain Café.   Under guided leadership from the Café Coordinator and the Director Retail Operations, the Café Associate will also be responsible for operational duties, as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests and patrons visiting SCI. 

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a commitment to excellent guest service in Café and all areas of SCI
    • Greet and tend to the needs of all guests in a timely manner
    • Processing all cash and credit card Point-of-Sale transactions accurately
    • Provide knowledgeable information regarding product offerings and general SCI information for guests
    • Accurately check all identification necessary to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for the purchase of alcohol products
    • Maintain the cleanliness of tables, floors, counters and windows
    • Maintain optimum food safety standards as required
    • Stock, Merchandise and Inventory Café supplies and products
    •  Assist Café Coordinator with various tasks and duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Must be of legal age to sell alcoholic beverages in accordance with the State of Iowa
    • Must have food service, retail, and/or strong customer service related experience
    • Must maintain a professional and polite demeanor at all times
    • Enjoy working with people in a public setting
    • Have great problem solving skills
    • Needs to have accurate and efficient bookkeeping/money handling skills
    • Well groomed, clean, and presentable
    • Ability to multi-task various duties and projects
    • Ability to lift 35 lbs. 
    • Must uphold the values and integrity of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours:

    Part-time hours varying between the hours of operation for SCI and the Blank IMAX Dome Theater – this may include a combination of shifts during days, nights, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply:

    Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.

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  • Bartender
  • Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

    Department: Retail Operations

    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator

    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons of the Science Center of Iowa, especially at any special events, to guests or clients. Under guided leadership from the Café Coordinator and the Director of Retail Operations, the Bartender Associate will also be responsible for operational duties as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests, patrons, and clients of the Science Center of Iowa.

    Responsibilities:

    •  Independently execute bar operations for internal and external events and facility rentals
    •  Accurately process all cash and credit card transactions
    • Consistently check identification of guests to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for alcohol purchases
    •  Maintain cleanliness of work area
    •  Maintain optimal food safety practices
    • Stock merchandise and inventory as needed
    • Assist Café Coordinator with tasks and duties related to events
    • Additional duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    •  Must be of legal age to sell alcohol in accordance with Iowa Laws
    •  Must have food & beverage service, retail, and strong customer service experience
    • Must have a personable, enthusiastic, and engaging personality
    •  Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
    • Must be able to multi-task and accomplish various duties
    •  Must be flexible, open-minded and able to react to guest and organizational needs
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 35 lbs.
    • Knowledge of alcoholic beverages
    • Well groomed, clean, and presentable
    • Must uphold the integrity of SCI

    Working Hours:

    Part-time hours will be assigned to support special events in addition to daily operations.  Shifts may include some evenings, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply:

    Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.

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  • Part-Time Preschool Teacher
  • Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

    Department: Preschool

    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Scope:

    This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teach to devise daily plans and prepare material for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents on any discipline problems that might arise
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parents/preschool special events during the school year
    • Create and design classroom games and materials
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandatory Reporter credentials
    • Complete a full physical examination and TB test every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communications skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varies based on class schedules—typically Monday thru Friday 3:00-5:30 pm

     

    To Apply:

    Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by April 1, 2017.

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  • Substitute Preschool Teacher
  • Classification: Hourly, Non-exempt

    Department: Preschool

    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Scope:

    This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teacher to prepare materials for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents on any discipline problems that might arise
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parent/preschooler special events during the school year, if desired
    • Create and design classroom games and materials

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandatory Reporter credentials
    • Pass a physical examination and TB every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communication skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varied hours; Needs to be available during normal school hours Monday-Friday 7:15am - 5:30pm

     

    To Apply:

    Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.

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Des Moines, IA 50309

Main Number (515) 274-6868

  • General Info & Sales ext.222
  • Box Officeext. 228 after 5pm
  • MembershipOption 4
  • Support & Developmentext. 223
  • Media Inquiriesext. 233
  • Facility Rentalext. 311
  • Preschoolext. 239
  • Fax Number(515) 274-3404
  • SCI's Blank IMAX® Dome Theater515-274-IMAX [4629]
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