Part Time Temporary Summer Camp Instructor

Carnegie Science Center

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Carnegie Science Center is looking for high-energy camp instructors who will deliver innovative and engaging science programming during summer camps. Instructors will facilitate hands-on activities in a wide variety of science topics to groups of preK-12 campers, and assist in summer camp operations. Curriculum, content, and job training will be provided. The ideal candidate has strong organizational skills, experience managing groups of children and leading activities, and will be available for most of the summer, including the first few weeks of August.



Facilitate and present hands-on STEM lessons and activities, demonstrations, and project-based experiences for preK-8 grade campers.

Assist in summer camp operations which may include preparing supplies, pre/post camp supervision, and other duties as assigned.

Collaborate with staff and partners to customize STEM curriculum and contribute suggestions and new ideas through frequent feedback

Remain current on developments in STEM.

Become familiar with the history and challenges of women and minorities in STEM fields.

Ensure that experiences are relevant for participants.

Present accurate information on STEM topics and careers.

Share enthusiasm about STEM careers and topics.

Serve as a role model for participants.

Assemble and facilitate safe handling of equipment and supplies.

Attend meetings, program outings, and training sessions.

Become familiar with what the Science Center has to offer, especially the STEM Education Department.

Become familiar with the personnel and operations of the Science Center.


Maintain excellent working relationships with other staff including volunteers.

Assist in the overall functioning of the team, helping to ensure a successful science experience for participants attending.

Be the front-line source of action by contacting the appropriate people (security, managers, etc.), when medical or other emergencies occur, knowing where emergency equipment is stored and being familiar with proper emergency procedures.

Maintain equipment/ supplies in the area of assigned duties by proper use of equipment, assistance in simple cleaning activities, and continual attention to the state of the equipment in use.


Lead participants with designed content and curriculum via the use of science demonstrations, presentations, and explanations. Provide excellent customer service by assisting with problem solving and crowd management.

Stay current with new exhibits and programs in the Science Center.


Work with STEM Department staff to provide organized content and science delivery of assigned camp curriculum.


Strive for excellence in all aspects of job performance. Consistently demonstrate positive work outcomes, modeling successful skills and strategies for colleagues.

Actively seek professional growth opportunities and keep abreast of new and emerging technologies, techniques, and applications within both the science/technology field and the museum field to grow professionally and to ensure the highest-quality experience for visitors at CSC.

When required, serve as a representative of your department, always championing CSC’s mission, and the interests of CSC staff and visitors.

At all times, uphold CSC’s Four Keys of Operation: Safety, Courtesy, The Experience, and Efficiency; interact with all colleagues in a professional and respectful manner in accordance with CMP Core Competencies and CSC Community Norms.

Serve at all times as an exemplary advocate for and model of Carnegie Science Center’s values and policies related to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, and act in accordance with the organization’s strategic vision.

Work collaboratively with other CSC departments and/or CMP components to eliminate programmatic silos and create a holistic visitor experience.

Perform basic departmental duties and other activities as required by your supervisor.

Complete Mandated Reporter Training within 2 weeks of hiring.

Other duties as assigned.




Experience working with children is required. Previous experience working in the classroom, camp or in an after-school environment is recommended. A degree in education and/or experience facilitating science or camp activities is preferred.


Part-Time Temporary Summer Camp Instructor schedules are typically M-F 7am-1:30pm or 11:00am-5:30pm, working 30-32 hours average per week. PT Instructors may be called upon to fill in for FT Instructors (average of 40 hours/week) as needed.


Demonstrate strong communication skills, have excellent customer service skills, be well organized, able to function effectively in a team environment, and be able to manage student groups of varied sizes. Must have a passion for the values of first-hand engagement with science, and the priority of increasing students’ interest and involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Must be engaging, personable, approachable, highly adaptable, creative, and flexible in solving problems in a high energy environment. Must be able to work independently and in a team. Must be able to work collaboratively with other members of the STEM Education department to develop and refine programs, assemble materials, and perform logistical functions. Students pursuing degrees in science, museum studies, and/or education are encouraged to apply.


Job is primarily mobile in nature.

Programs involve full mobility and require the ability to lift about 20 pounds.

Position works with foods processed in facilities with nuts, eggs, and dairy products.

Chemicals vary by program.

Must attend safety trainings regularly and be current on SDS compliance.

How to Apply

Please submit all applications materials through Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Career Site.

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Posted on January 24