Join the Science-U Team for Summer 2017!

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Welcome to the Science-U employment application page! If you're passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and are looking for a summer job that is rewarding, creative, and tons of fun, you've come to the right place! Applications for our Science-U 2017 staff positions are now open, so read below to find out more and learn how to apply!

Positions

Each summer, there are a wide variety of full-time and part-time positions, as well as volunteer positions, available for the following:

 

Application Process

Review the position descriptions below to decide what position you would like to apply for. Before clicking the appropriate link to submit your application, make sure to prepare the following items:

  1. Letter of Interest (Cover Letter)
  2. Resume detailing previous work experience
  3. The names and contact information of two references.


(1) Science-U Curriculum Mentor (Fixed Term II) - Click HERE to apply

The Office of Science Outreach in the Eberly College of Science is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants for Curriculum Mentors for the Science-U summer science camp program to engage and educate K-12 youth in a high energy, hands-on science setting at University Park, PA. Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be prepared to fulfill all job duties related to the Curriculum Mentor position, which include: delivering science content to K-12 children, leading laboratory or field activities, and managing camper safety. 

Requirements: Demonstrated success and enthusiasm with K-12 students, excellent interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, experience working with children, and the ability to multi-task and learn on-the-job. Must be a proactive self-starter with willingness to adapt to changing position requirements. Reliability and flexible schedule (including weekend hours and possibly evenings during the months of June and July) are essential. First Aid/CPR certification preferred. Remuneration: Stipend commensurate with position. For complete position description, please go to Science-U employment website. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter with a statement of teaching/outreach experience and a resume. Applicants must supply the names and contact information for at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.

 

(2) Science-U Summer Staff (Wage Payroll Positions) - Click HERE to apply 

The Office of Science Outreach in the Eberly College of Science is currently seeking enthusiastic applications for positions for their Summer Science Camp Program. Successful applicants will engage and educate K-12 youth in a high energy, hands-on science setting on the University Park, PA Campus. Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be prepared to fulfill all job duties related to one or more specific positions, including: Lab Coordinators - responsible for organizing materials and supplies, preparing and implementing experiments, and conducting inventory and clean-up; Summer Program Assistants - responsible for assisting the administrative team in preparing materials for opening and closing ceremonies, maintaining various data bases, assisting with marketing efforts such as the Science-U newsletter, and providing on-site assistance at all camps; Camp Videographer - responsible for filming and documenting the science outreach camp programs, taking digital footage of all assigned camp program participants and staff science activities, edit video footage and create short films for camp website and YouTube channel, and deliver completed videos of camp programs by date determined by program director; Evening Mentors - responsible for overnight supervision of residential campers, organizing evening activities, and managing camper safety; Extended Care Facilitators - responsible for supervising campers in morning and afternoon extended care hours. 

Requirements: Demonstrated success and enthusiasm with K-12 students, excellent interpersonal, organizational and verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, experience working with children, and the ability to multi-task and learn on-the-job. Must be a proactive self-starter with willingness to adapt to changing position requirements. Reliability and flexible schedule (including weekend hours and possible evenings during the months of June and July) are essential. First Aid/CPR certification preferred. Hourly rates will be determined based on position and experience. For complete position descriptions, please go to Science-U employment website. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter with a statement of teaching/outreach experience and a resume. Applicants must supply the names and contact information for at least two references.

 

Interviews

Interviews will be taking place from January 2017 until positions are filled. Please submit your online application and materials no later than March 31st, 2017. All interviews are held in Room 201 Ritenour Building.  Business professional attire is expected. Positions are filled as interviews are conducted. You are encouraged to apply early!

Initial offers will be extended in February and March, yet interviews will be ongoing until all positions are filled. You are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to maximize your chance of receiving an interview and position offer.

 

Clearances, Background Check, and Mandated Reporter Training

All staff and volunteers working with minors at Penn State via Science-U must complete all required background checks, clearances, and child abuse training. Please refer to this page for more information on how to become an Authorized Adult at Penn State.

 

Staff Training and Expectations

Science-U staff training has always included an 'above-and-beyond' effort to educate Science-U staff and instructors about daily processes, camper safety protocols, pedagogy, and methods to design and establish successful learning environments.

Our staff is held accountable and is always challenged to uphold the highest level of excellence when it comes to providing a safe, creative, and immersive learning experience for all participants. Please contact us for more information on our advanced staff training and preparation.