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The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Thank you for your interest in joining our dedicated, enthusiastic staff!

Use the filters below to view full-time, part-time, cafe/event and preschool positions. Once you have identified a position to apply for:

  • Complete SCI’s application materials.
  • Email application materials, including a cover letter and resume, to scihr@sciowa.org or send to 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309.

For more information, contact scihr@sciowa.org.

Positions

  • Custodian

    Classification: Full-Time; Non-Exempt

    Department: Building and Grounds

    Reports to: Director of Facilities

    Position Overview: 

    This position will perform custodial duties to assure the general maintenance of the Science Center of Iowa. Position also performs room setup as directed for varying events and uses for rentals, special events, meetings and programs.

    Responsibilities:

    • Vacuuming and shampooing carpeted areas
    • Cleaning and upkeep of public restrooms including replacing paper, hand soap, etc.
    • Emptying trash receptacles
    • Washing windows and other glass surfaces
    • Setting up and tearing down tables and chairs for meetings, classes and rentals
    • Cleaning the IMAX theater between presentations
    • Operating commercial floor maintenance machines
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Custodian experience preferred
    • Supervisory experience a plus
    • Experience with floor maintenance equipment
    • Neat, clean appearance
    • Positive job and personal references
    • Able to lift 50 lbs.
    • Must be able to be flexible on working hours                   

    Working Hours: Full-time, including weekends.

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


  • Communications Intern

    Position Overview:

    The Communications Intern will work with SCI's Marketing and Communications team to develop and implement a communications plan for the 2018 Summer of Making and the 5th Annual Des Moines Mini Maker Faire. This flexible summer internship provides the opportunity to create content and develop ownership over two important SCI programs.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work with Director of Marketing & PR and Communications Coordinator to design and implement a social media plan for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire
    • Manage social media accounts for the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire (Facebook and Twitter) in compliance with SCI and Maker Faire branding
    • Create content to be used for Des Moines Mini Maker Faire and Science Center of Iowa social media accounts (including but not limited to photos, videos, graphics and testimonials)
    • Work with community partners to collect stories and tell the story of making in Iowa
    • Attend community events as needed
    • Assist with other marketing and communications tasks as needed
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Experience using a variety of social networks for marketing and communications purposes (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram required)
    • Outstanding writing, editing and proofreading skills
    • Motivated self-starter with ability to multitask
    • Able to work independently, being flexible, dependable and resourceful
    • Graphic Design experience a plus
    • Photography/videography experience a plus
    • Blog experience a plus
    • Sales and customer service experience helpful

    Working Hours: 10-12 hours per week, typically between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hours will be determined by candidate and Director of Marketing & Public Relations. This position also will be required to attend the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire on Monday, September 3, working from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. This is an unpaid internship.

    To Apply: Email your resume, cover letter and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Programs Assistant Intern

    Position Overview:

    The Programs Assistant helps and supports materials and content related to seasonal project and programs. This position carries out prepping, packing, delivering, organization and retrieving of materials for teacher professional development and other programs as needed. This includes email communication, planning of materials and organization for preparation for programs. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Innovative STEM Teaching, this position will focus on supporting exhibits, programs, camps and preschool through materials management, data collection, evaluation and project management. The position is also responsible for delivering materials for programs to various locations outside the museum.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop and maintain database of program information
    • Survey visitors, analyze and report data
    • Provide support, planning and implementation of SLT programs
    • Schedule workshops, trainings and travel for SLT staff
    • Manage materials and supplies for SLT programs to support seasonal demand
    • Develop, administer and process evaluations that support SLT programs
    • Communicates, written and verbal, in a clear professional fashion to help coordinate the organization of materials
    • Support other SCI programming and education components when necessary
    • Track and manage the growth and development of SLT successes and achievements
    • Drives to deliver and retrieve materials throughout the season
    • Participate in educational workshop opportunities as available or needed
    • Additional duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • BA or BS degree in Education, Science Education, or related fields preferred
    • Must have experience with Excel and other data management products
    • Must have excellent communication and organization skills
    • Must be organized and able to work with little or no supervision
    • Must be able to drive a 15-passenger van
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
    • Must uphold the values, commitment to excellence and Visitor Bill of Rights of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours: This position will require some flexibility but will work a 40-hour week that may include evenings, weekends and holidays. Overnight availability is also a requirement due to some travel.

    To Apply: Email your resume, cover letter and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • IMAX Dome Theater Projectionist

    Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
    Department: IMAX/Retail Operations
    Reports To: Chief IMAX Projectionist

    Position Overview:

    This position will operate SCI's IMAX Projection System and related components.

    Responsibilities:

    • Operates and maintains IMAX Dome Theater Projector, sound system and all ancillary equipment used in theater programs on a daily basis to ensure continuous and flawless operation
    • Perform preventative and emergency maintenance on projection, sound and ancillary theater equipment
    • Ensure efficient operation and cleanliness of theater equipment and mechanical spaces
    • Ensure the quality of the IMAX Dome Theater experience to all guests
    • Deliver presentations and answers questions about the theater projection systems to staff and guests
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • High school diploma or GED required
    • Bachelor's or technical degree preferred
    • Must have mentality and aptitude for electronics and computers
    • Ability to lift 50 pounds
    • Ability to follow technical instructions
    • Must be able to work well under pressure

    Working Hours: Mainly evening and weekend hours, with the possibility of weekday day-time shifts as needed depending on SCI events and film schedule

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


  • 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 Cafe 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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