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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

 Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.
Closed on September 9 - 10, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Employment opportunities

Please note: We have temporarily suspended hiring due to the COVID-19 situation. You are welcome to apply for a position of interest and when the suspension ends, we will review resumes and contact qualified applicants. 

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are proud to offer a quality, full time benefits program with  comprehensive medical, dental and vision packages that include company paid life insurance, two weeks of paid vacation, 10 days of holidays and more.

 


CURRENT OPENINGS:

Program Presenter (part time - as needed)

Job description
Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center. ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines.
 
Position overview
ASC is expanding its education opportunities here and across the city! We will be providing more outreach programs, STEM labs, and science demonstrations for school groups. Your primary responsibility will focus on presenting these day-to-day educational demonstrations and activities for children from various organizations and schools either at the museum or offsite. This position requires strong communication skills, a commitment to guest experience, and a passion for learning and sharing the principles of science, technology, engineering and math.

 
Essential functions
  • Present some school programming at ASC, including but not limited to STEM learning labs and science demonstrations for school groups
  • Assist with outreach programs such as Family STEM events and conference booths
  • Assist with group check-in as needed by orientating students on the bus with rules and wristbands
  • Maintain current knowledge of museum exhibits and program content, including temporary exhibitions and planetarium shows
  • Report maintenance and supply needs for program materials
  • Assist with break camps as needed
Job knowledge, skills, abilities and traits
  • Enthusiasm for learning and teaching
  • An approachable, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Strong presentation skills including demonstrated effectiveness working with school groups
  • Ability to effectively engage all students with different learning styles
Qualitifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a STEM related field preferred, but not required.
  • Current college students studying towards education, museum studies, or STEM related field will be given preference.
  • Prior experience working with children and families is preferred.
  • Theatre / improv training or experience with public speaking is a plus.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Availability to work occasional weekends required.
  • Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.
To apply:
 
To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.
 
Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 
This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to be performed. This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position.
 
Job Type: As Needed

Director of Exhibitions (full-time)

This position is located in Nashville, TN 

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center.  ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. ASC supports STEAM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.  

Position Summary

The Director of Exhibitions is responsible for overseeing the creation of engaging exhibitions that that highlights science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and inspire curiosity for every visitor in ASC’s growing, diverse audience.   

As lead of the department, the Director of Exhibitions is charged with the development of existing and new talent.  With special emphasis on creating a strong exhibitions team, this role will help equip the team to develop, evolve, and evaluate existing and proposed exhibits, with the goals of engaging guests and increasing visitation as well as ensuring accessibility, ease of maintenance, and effectiveness at achieving ASC’s mission. 

This position has multiple direct reports within the exhibitions department. This position will also work closely with the Facilities Manager and Planetarium Manager (Sudekum Planetarium), to support their efforts in achieving the goals of ASC.  

The Director of Exhibitions must exhibit excellent leadership skills and develop a creative environment by possessing a passion for informal science and learning. Experience managing museum exhibition development, installations, and exhibition teams; knowledge of forthcoming exhibition trends and technology; possessing creative talent are all essential.  Experience with maintenance staff is a plus.

Qualifications

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.  In lieu of a degree, 5-7 years with proven track record in exhibition management, preferably in the context of a museum opening or major exhibit renovation.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in successfully managing human and material resources in the supervision and maintenance of museum exhibits.
  • Experience working in a museum environment and working with physical and digital interactive exhibits

Job Essentials

  • Generate and maintain understanding of existing and forthcoming exhibition trends and technology, to ensure ASC remains at the forefront of understanding emerging innovations in our region and beyond.  Including, but not exclusive of:
    • Provide direction for the evolution of ASC’s exhibitions, working closely with CEO, VP and all stakeholders to ensure that exhibits support the mission and vision of ASC.
    • Lead in a positive manner that demonstrates the value of the guest as the ultimate client for the continuation advancement of ASC.
    • Maintain a dynamic array of collaborators ranging from industry, academia, scientific, research, and education communities to allow for new ideas to manifest in ASC’s exhibitions and exhibits. 
    • Create and manage a two year operating budget for exhibition creation, revision and maintenance.  
    • Determine staffing, supervision, training and assessment required for excellence and cost effective exhibition operations.
  • Establish the short and long-term exhibition and exhibit goals for the museum and manage a plan of work to achieve these goals, including but not exclusive of:
    • Help in formulating the museum’s long-range plan for implementing major exhibitions (e.g. Health, Sports and Human Performance) that provide the highest quality experience possible for guests.
    • Assemble a highly skilled team of Exhibit Technicians and Volunteers to ensure excellence within the department and ASC.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of the museum’s exhibits using quantitative and qualitative information gathering and assessment.
    • Help bring together and coordinating content advisory teams for major ASC exhibition to:  help build relationships and engage a wide array of talent; foster collaboration and ensure diversity of thoughts and voices be incorporated into ASC exhibitions; engage ASC’s audiences early in the exhibit development process; solicit feedback and ensure that exhibits exceed audiences’ needs and expectations.
    • Coordinate a network of agencies and/or individuals that can assist the museum with exhibition design, fabrication and multimedia creations, needs and maintenance; Solicits proposals and evaluates bids from these groups or individuals.
    • Build and supervise an efficient exhibit maintenance tracking system to understand costs of exhibit maintenance including labor, exhibit downtime, parts lists and maintenance notes to ensure that budget expenses are controlled.
    • Manage overall workload and work plan of all personnel to implement cost-effective, daily exhibit maintenance and revision.

This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to be performed.  This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position.

Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check. 

To Apply:

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org.  Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message.  No phone calls please.  Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Planetarium Manager (full time)

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center. ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines.
 
POSITION OVERVIEW
 
The Planetarium Manager is responsible for the daily operation, supervision and fiscal management of Sudekum Planetarium, including but not limited to – show research, writing, design and presentation; equipment upkeep, original show production, maintenance and renewal planning; budgeting; strategic planning; fundraising support; supervising staff and volunteers, and serving as planetarium spokesperson. This position reports to the Director of Learning and Collaboration. Occasional evenings, weekend and holiday hours required. May require occasional overnight travel for show sales at conferences.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Education: Bachelor degree required in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, physical science or related field from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum five years planetarium or observatory experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • High degree of technical ability and interest in maintaining complex projection systems and related equipment, including experience with planetarium technical equipment.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills that captivate an audience. A passion and ability to share and communicate knowledge of astronomy and space science is essential.
  • Ability to effectively manage budgets and project deadlines
  • Ability to plan and think creatively
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Premiere Pro) as well as 3D modeling and rendering software, and Microsoft Office Suite
 
JOB ESSENTIALS
  • Ensure highest quality of content, program delivery and guest satisfaction with the goal of growing attendance. Implement processes to measure effectiveness, success and guest satisfaction of programs.
  • Supervise activities of planetarium staff, volunteers and interns including selection, training, scheduling, work assignments and performance evaluations.
  • Oversee the maintenance, alignment, and upkeep of all planetarium projection and computer systems; diagnosing and correcting common problems that arise during the operation of these systems. Lead the selection, planning, and implementation of technology upgrades. Coordinate with Facilities and Housekeeping staff to maintain physical condition of the theater.
  • Design, schedule and present engaging planetarium programs (live and recorded) for a variety of audiences (both children and adults) including; schools (grades PK-16), community groups, and the public with a focus on fostering maximum attendance and revenue.
  • Develop new program offerings as needed to broaden planetarium audiences and experiences.
  • Evaluate, select and negotiate leases for programs to complement the in-house show library and maintain public interest. Modify and install new programs. Research, write, produce and update existing programs as needed.
Customer Service
  • Proactively engage guests in personal, inspiring interactions 
  • Anticipate guest needs and solve guest issues with a positive, courteous and professional attitude 
 
 
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
 
· Majority of work is performed in a professional office environment and in the planetarium, including dim lighting and high volume levels. Some offsite work is required including outdoor, visual astronomy programs. Must be able to stand for extended periods, as well as lift and move supplies and equipment (up to 50 lbs.).
· The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms; use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.
 
This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to be performed.  This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position.
 
Our  Values 
 
We are playful and passionate experimenters.
We think big, embrace risk, and evolve our ideas in order to lead.
We are collaborative with each other and our whole community.
We foster diversity, curiosity and creativity to make our experience unique. 
 
Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check. 
 
To apply:
To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications; submit a letter of interest (outlining experience and how it relates to the position), professional resume and three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org . Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference Planetarium Manager in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews. 
 
Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Adventure Guide (part-time)

Job Description

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is totransform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation,and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination sciencecenter. ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines.

POSITION OVERVIEW

This position is a PART TIME position. It is responsible for presenting activities in an exciting and enthusiastic manner for museum guests. Effective communication skills, commitment to guest experience, and a passion for learning and sharing the principles of science, technology, engineering and math are essential attributes for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma
  • Current college students and those with completed college coursework will be given preference
  • Strong communication skills and comfort with presenting to small and large groups
  • Prior experience working with children and families is preferred
  • Theatre/improv training or experience is a plus.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and teaching while engaging with guests of all ages.
  • An approachable, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Availability to work weekends required

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Present a variety of educational floor programming, including but not limited to daily science demonstrations, exhibit-gallery focused activities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of museum exhibits and program content, including temporary exhibitions and related public programming.
  • Report technical,maintenance, safety, and security needs on museum floor to the appropriate staff members and departments.

Job Ad statement:

This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to beperformed. This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position

Qualified candidates will go through anapplication process, interview process and must successfully complete abackground check.

To Apply:

To be considered for this position, applicantsmust meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please. Due to the volume of applications received,we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Part-time

Exhibit operator (part-time)

Exhibit Operator

Adventure Science Center’s purpose is to transform lives through extraordinary experiences in science and innovation, and our vision is to become a nationally renowned destination science center.  ASC provides powerful exhibitions and inspiring programs with exceptional guest experiences that deepen the engagement of all ages in science and science-related disciplines. ASC supports STEAM education and workforce development through industry collaboration by presenting science in an engaging, innovative manner.

Position overview

This position is responsible to assist guests with one or more of our exhibits. Learn and comply with all safety procedures with 100% consistency while maintaining orderly and educational atmosphere with a positive, enthusiastic delivery.   This position is responsible for simultaneously giving all guests a memorable experience by providing a safe, educational and fun encounter. 

Qualifications and skills

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Fun, energetic person with a positive attitude
  • Encourage candidates pursuing a college degree at local universities to apply
  • Capable of working in a positive manner with children and guests of all ages
  • Responsible, reliable and professional work ethic
  • An approachable, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Focus and ability to multitask
  • Eager to learn and educate guests of all ages
  • Strong communication skills with a customer service oriented focus
  • Demonstrate ability to follow instructions and procedures
  • Must be capable of general physical movement, standing and bending throughout the day.
  • Availability to work peak days and hours, combination of weekdays, weekends and holidays.
  • A flexible willingness to learn, with an excitement and appreciation for expanding the minds of our guests.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • You will be interactive while assisting and teaching guests with one or more of our exhibits during their visit to Adventure Science Center.
  • You will learn fun, interesting information to convey and teach to the guests in an enthusiastic, and safe manner. Always mindful of safety issues with the exhibits.
  • Setting an example of quality customer service
  • Be aware of safety requirements and comply as you work each day while creating an engaging experience for our ASC guests

Benefits:

  • We offer flexible part-time schedules
  • An exciting, fast-paced environment
  • Opportunity to learn and grow with cross training opportunities
  • Free employee parking
  • Great work location-easy interstate access
  • Great part time employee perks
  • Develop lifelong skills that will benefit you in any career
  • Plenty of variety from day to day
  • Work with a positive, motivated team
  • Put your creativity and problem solving skills to work

This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to be performed. This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position.

Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.

To apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message.  No phone calls please.  Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Gift shop associate (regular part-time and part-time-seasonal)

Adventure Science Center is expanding our Guest Services team. There are positions available for the weekend schedule at this time. We're looking for professionals who can display a strong work ethic, professionalism and upbeat positive attitude in a fast-paced customer service environment. .

To be considered as an applicant we require a professional cover letter, resume and references.

Gift shop responsibilities and duties:

  • Provide quality retail customer service through guest interactions and sales
  • Stay current on product and sales approaches by maintaining product knowledge
  • Keep gift shop stocked, organized and merchandised to retail managers standards
  • Assist in maintaining accurate inventory through proper receiving methods, cycle counts, and periodic full inventories
  • Gain and share full retail knowledge of Adventure Science Center products and services in order to service guests
  • Assist guests with finding educational games, kits and other store products to promote learning at home
  • Learn information to convey to guests in a an enthusiastic manner
  • Gift shop lead position added responsibilities as assisting manager in several retail functions as well as capability of running gift shop in manager’s absence.

Qualifications and skills:

  • High school diploma
  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Encourage candidates pursuing a college degree at local universities to apply
  • An approachable, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Responsible, reliable and professional work ethic
  • Focus and ability to multitask
  • Eager to learn and educate our guests of all ages
  • Past retail or sales experience a plus for gift shop applicants
  • Strong communication skills with a customer service oriented focus
  • For gift shop retail position cash handling experience preferred. For gift shop lead position, minimum 2 years retail experience preferred.
  • Must be capable of general physical movement i.e. standing and bending throughout the day.
  • Availability to work peak days and hours, combination of weekdays, weekends and holidays

Benefits:

  • We offer flexible part-time schedule
  • An exciting, fast-paced environment
  • Opportunity to learn and grow with cross training opportunities
  • Develop lifelong skills that will benefit you in any career
  • Plenty of variety from day to day
  • Work with a positive, motivated team
  • Put your creativity and problem solving skills to work

To apply:

Send cover letter, 3 professional references and resume to hr@adventuresci.org

No phone calls, please.

Guest services representative (regular part-time and part-time-seasonal)

Position Overview

Adventure Science Center is expanding our Guest Services team. Part time Positions available on all shifts, weekday and weekends. The daily schedule is 8:45 to 5:30 and will vary.  We're looking for professionals who can display a strong work ethic, professionalism and upbeat positive attitude in a fast-paced customer service environment. Currently the open positions are for Guest Services Representative.

To be considered as an applicant we require a professional cover letter and resume and references.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • High School Diploma
  • Basic knowledge of customer service principles, techniques systems and standards
  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Bilingual skills/Spanish a plus
  • Encourage candidates pursuing a college degree at local universities to apply
  • An approachable, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Responsible, reliable and professional work ethic
  • Availability to work peak days and hours, combination of weekdays, weekends and holiday

Guest Services Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Greeting and assisting guests in making choices for daily activities with superior customer service
  • Up-selling and cross-selling Adventure Science Center Programs and memberships
  • Willingness to learn and gain full knowledge of exhibit, products and services
  • Capable of resolving guest concerns with professional, friendly customer service approach
  • Balancing Cash drawer daily
  • Become a reliable point of contact for guests to establish strong customer service relationship

Benefits of Working with ASC:

  • We offer flexible part-time schedule
  • An exciting, fast-paced environment
  • Opportunity to learn and grow with cross training opportunities
  • Free employee parking
  • Great work location-easy interstate access
  • Great Part time Employee Perks
  • Develop lifelong skills that will benefit you in any career
  • Plenty of variety from day to day
  • Work with a positive, motivated team
  • Put your creativity and problem solving skills to work

Job Ad statement: 

This is intended to be a job ad providing information of a general nature and level of work to be performed.  This position profile should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in this position.

Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.

TO APPLY:

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to hr@adventuresci.org.  Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message.  No phone calls please.  Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Summer day camp staff (seasonal)

POSITION OVERVIEW

Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth ages 5-12.  Programs combine science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We inspire a life-long passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Encourage a positive learning environment, fostering passion for science and Adventure Science Center.
  • Supervise and interact with campers, facilitating activities and experiments with a focus on scientific content
  • Identify the needs of campers and guests and work to make each experience a positive one
  • Delegate tasks to in room volunteers while creating a positive experience
  • Proactively engage campers in personal, inspiring interactions
  • Anticipate campers needs and solve guests issueswith a positive, courteous and professional attitude

 

SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND TRAITS

  • Enthusiasm for kids and education
  • Must be willing to take initiative, be flexible and possess a “can-do” attitude
  • Reliable, courteous and collaborative team player

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS   

  • Summer shifts may vary week to week: Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • This is a full-time temporary, seasonal summer job
  • Candidates must be available the following 2019 summer camp dates:
    • May 28 through May 31 for camp training
    • June 3 through June 28  SUMMER CAMP IN SESSION
    • July 8 through August 9 SUMMER CAMP IN SESSION

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Ability to manage large groups in a fun, educational environment
  • Positive attitude required: strong desire to work with and inspire children and adult guests from diverse backgrounds in a fun, learning atmosphere

Please note this job ad is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Qualified candidates will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check.

TO APPLY:

To be considered for this position, applicants must meet qualifications, submit a cover letter (outlining experience and how it relates to the job description), resume and contact information for three professional references to camps@adventuresci.org. Electronic submission required for all materials. To expedite processing, please reference the position title in the subject line of your message.  No phone calls please.  Due to the volume of applications received, we will only contact candidates selected for interviews.

Adventure Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

800 Fort Negley Blvd. Nashville, TN 37203
615-862-5160
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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