Public Programs Volunteer
Education: Public Programs
The Public Programs Volunteer is the primary facilitator of hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well as a welcoming way finder for visitors of all ages attending public programs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Public Programs volunteers are dedicated to facilitating hands-on activities/demonstrations in meaningful ways, engaging visitors in the wonder and discovery of the activities and the event experience as a whole.
Public Programs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will include Discovery Days family programing, lectures, Social Science late-night adult educational evenings with dynamic activities/presentations, and other innovative programs.
- Facilitate activities by providing explanation and instruction for assigned activities/task(s) to visitors (includes hands-on experiments, demonstrations, or art-making activities)
- Welcome guests to the program, and provide information about the location and duration of each activity/event (way finding) within the program
- Assist in the set-up and/or clean-up of activity stations for each program according to shift
- Assists guests in any way requested
- Assist in preparing activities before programs (gathering supplies and necessary items for activities) in advance of programming and when appropriate
- Address guests in a friendly, inviting, and professional manner
- Act as an ambassador of the museum; providing general information about museum offerings: exhibits, theater shows and times, as well as other museum programs and activities to inquiring guests
Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge in education, science, or Museum-related fields preferred
- Ability to work with audiences of various ages and backgrounds
- Ability to communicate in a friendly, clear and professional manner
- Maintain a neat, professional appearance
- Ability to stand and walk continuously for at least four hours
- Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
- Must be organized, attentive to details and able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
Training for this position is normally held the day of the event. However, some events may require advanced training.
To be determined.
Most Museum events will take place in the evening. Occasional daytime assistance may be needed.
Examples of some shift schedules are listed below:
- Second Saturdays (Discovery Days): 8am-noon or noon-4pm
- Second Fridays (Preparing supplies/activities for programs): noon-4pm
- First Thursdays: 4-9pm
- Additional dates TBD (lectures, Social Science and other): 4-8pm or 8pm-midnight
Three events per calendar year