Join the Science-U Team for Summer 2018!

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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 2018 staff positions are now open, so read below to find out more and learn how to apply!
2018 Science-U Staff

2018 Science-U Camps

Our brochure for the 2018 Science-U camp program is now available! Check it out here to learn more about the camps that you could be involved with this summer!

Positions

The following are the positions that the Science-U team is hiring for via the PSU Jobs portal. Please see the descriptions of each role and application links in the sections below.  

  • Curriculum Mentors
  • Summer Wage Staff Positions (Lab Coordinator, Program Assistant, Extended Care Mentor)
  • Evening Mentors
  • Camp Videographers
 
If you are interested in volunteering, or you are a faculty member or K-12 teacher interested in directing or instructing a camp, please reach out to Jessica Kim-Schmid (jxk721@psu.edu).

 

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 to facilitate development of science inquiry skills, 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 
*This job posting covers the 3 Science-U positions listed below: Lab Coordinator, Program Assistant, and Extended Care Facilitator. In your cover letter, please note which of these you are interested in.*

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; 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.

 
 

(3) Science-U Evening Mentor (Wage Payroll Position) - Click HERE to apply 

The Office of Science Outreach in the Eberly College of Science is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants for Evening Mentor positions for the Science-U summer science camp program. Successful applicants will be responsible for arranging and supervising evening activities for residential campers outside of daily camp program hours on the University Park, PA campus. Applicants must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be prepared to be responsible for overnight supervision of residential campers, organize evening activities, and manage camper safety. These positions are ideal for students who want to have daytime hours free for class or lab work. For complete position descriptions, please go to Science-U employment website.

Requirements: These positions are open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is at least 21 years of age and in good standing with his/her university. You need to be capable of sustaining a fun and exciting environment for young people aged 7 to 18. You must be prepared to live in the dormitories from Sunday evenings through Friday mornings of every applicable week of camp. You will supervise campers from 4:00 p.m. through the night to 9:00 a.m. the following morning. First Aid/CPR certification preferred. Remuneration: Hourly wage and any relevant overtime pay for each of the camps you mentor. Room and two meals are included for the weeks you are assigned to camp. 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 also supply the names and contact information for at least two references.

 

(4) Science-U Camp Videographer (Wage Payroll Position) - Click HERE to apply 

The Office of Science Outreach in the Eberly College of Science is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants for Videographer positions in the Science-U summer camp program. For assigned camps, Science-U videographers are expected to take the necessary digital movie footage of Science-U campers and staff during program hours, edit video footage to create short films with closed captioning for future marketing or digital outreach utilization, and deliver completed video(s) by dates determined with the Science Outreach Director. Videographers will discuss filming, editing, and delivery schedules as well as the expectations for finished video products with the Science Outreach Director before each camp they are assigned. Videographers are expected to be efficiently responsive to Science Outreach staff comments on videos before finalizing videos and posting them to requested social media channels. Individuals should be punctual, creative, dynamic, and know how to use Final Cut Pro or Premier editing software or have skills in other software to produce quality videos under time-sensitive deadlines. Science-U videographers work up to 20 hours per week, so this position is ideal for students who need summer hours for class or other obligations. 

Essential Requirements: Demonstrated success with and enthusiasm for K-12 students, excellent interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, 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 evenings) are essential. Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter that with a statement of relevant outreach and film 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 the positions have been filled.

 

Interviews

Interviews will be taking place from January 2018 until positions are filled. Please submit your online application and materials no later than March 31st, 2018. All interviews are held in Room 247 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.