Join Our Team
The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is looking for a few “out of this world” people to join the team!
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Bonnie Halsell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Education Staff at the Challenger Learning Center must possess knowledge of and/or the desire to learn and share their knowledge in STEM subject areas. Members of the Challenger Learning Center’s Education staff work closely with all center management and staff to facilitate the education process. We currently have openings for individuals with elementary education and middle school backgrounds as well as those with STEM knowledge. Those seeking degrees in elementary education, secondary education, or STEM fields or seeking experience in these areas are also encouraged to apply.
Preference will be given to individuals with the following:
- Experience working with children in a formal or informal educational setting
- Knowledge or desire to learn STEM subject material
- Proficiency in educational pedagogy
- Able to work effectively with coworkers and management
- Outgoing and energetic personality
- Public speaking skills
Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
- Facilitating hands-on science activities for grades K-8
- Facilitating space mission simulations
- Implementing classroom and camp programs
- Performing various science demonstrations for grades K-8
- FacilitatingSaturdayScience Programs
- Assisting with weekend birthday parties
Must be available a minimum of two days a week from 9:00am to 2:00pm and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends, and holiday breaks. Training will be provided for all programs.
The Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee is looking for Planetarium Instructors to help with public and private events and hands-on activities for K-12 school groups. These events involve activities that supplement planetarium programs and teach astronomical concepts. We are looking for someone who can lead activities for groups of up to 128 students. As some school groups might not have been introduced to astronomy before, being able to communicate complex astronomical concepts at an introductory level is strongly preferred. Other tasks might include operating telescopes for star viewing events, setting up and running activities for public events, and providing A/V assistance for planetarium rentals. Hours will vary depending on the planetarium schedule.
The responsibilities of the job include, but are not limited to:
- Operate digital audio and visual and computer to present Planetarium shows, which include night sky tours and answer questions for customers (including school groups grade K-12)
- Assist Theatres Manager with the maintenance and operation of planetarium equipment which includes: a full dome digital projection system, sound system, cove lighting system, etc.
- Assist Theatres Manager with digital show presentations
- Other duties as assigned in the Planetarium facility
Must have knowledge of:
- Basic telescope use to view the night sky
- Star types, star names, constellation identification, and celestial motions
- Some image manipulation software and techniques
- Basic computer skills
- Good speaking and presentation skills
- Interpersonal skills including enthusiasm and patience
Must have ability to:
- Clearly describe astronomical concepts to audience members of all ages
- Communicate effectively with large crowds including young children
- Troubleshoot basic electronic problems
- Work under time constraints and unexpected equipment malfunctions
- Accept and assimilate constructive criticism regarding presentation skills and student interactions
- Knowledge and understanding of Astronomy and Space Science, including knowledge of the night sky. Basic understanding of audio and video equipment, signal flow, and cabling
- College coursework in Astronomy
- Knowledge of some deep sky objects and some mythology
- Knowledge of astronomy and science history
- Knowledge of historic and recent developments in space travel and exploration
- Public speaking experience
- Planetarium experience
- Experience operating digital planetarium theatre software (e.g., Sky Skan’s DigitalSky)
- Knowledge of the fundamentals of computer programming
- Experience with computer scripting
- Experience with photography and Photoshop
- Lighting variations include total darkness, dim lighting, very bright lighting, strobe lights and diurnal motion during Planetarium shows and night sky tours
- Loud music or explosive video special effects (on occasion)
- Hearing and speaking to exchange information
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate assigned equipment
- Bending, flexing, moving moderately heavy equipment
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12pm to 10pm Sundays
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Challenger Learning Center is located on the beautiful Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee.