Closing date: Friday 26th January, 12.00 midday GMT
Salary: £90 per afternoon- 2 shows (including one-off training session)
Contract type: Casual
Number of posts required: 7 posts committing to at least 4 afternoons
Purpose of the role:
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is taking part in Operation Earth a national project funded and developed by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and ASDC (Association for Science and Discovery Centres). Operation Earth is a one year programme that will engage, inspire and involve school-age children and their families with NERC’s world-leading environmental science research. The programme will highlight the relevance of contemporary environmental science issues to everyone’s daily lives and to society’s future.
As part of the project the Museum of Natural History will be hosting live science shows. Science Presenters will work in pairs to deliver the shows which feature two characters, Earthy (planet Earth) and a doctor. The main storyline is that Earthy is feeling under the weather and is going to the doctors for a check-up. The target audience for the family show is children aged 6-11 years and their accompanying adults and will last approximately 30 mins. The show will cover a variety of topics exploring human impact on the planet’s land, sea and air, which include climate change, ocean acidification, chemical pesticides, air pollutions and plastics. The show will feature hands-on and interactive experiments and investigations which include audience participation.
This role would suit someone who is studying or has studied a science degree, preferably in the natural sciences, particularly keen to gain more experience in outreach and science communication. We are looking for someone who is passionate about sharing environmental science and the importance of protecting the planet.
· To perform as one of two characters to a large audience in the Museum’s Lecture Theatre (two shows per day).
· To engage families with current NERC environmental science research.
· To act as an ambassador for the Operation Earth project.
· To ensure that all shows and props are correctly assembled, performed and stored, and to ensure your own safety and that of the audience during performances.
· To communicate effectively with the Museum regarding condition of equipment and consumables.
You will need to be available and committed for all of the following:
· Attend a training session on Friday 9th February- 4 hours.
· Observe a show delivered by Museum staff on Tuesday 13th February.
· Presenters must also be able to deliver 4-5 family shows on a rota basis over the period of March – October 2018.
· Shows will be on Saturdays or during the school holidays of no regular pattern (but already programmed) and presenters will be required to be present from 1-4pm, which includes two 30 mins shows.
· Presenters are required to learn a script for both the role of the doctor and Earthy.
What sorts of skills and experience we are looking for:
· A degree or interest/background in natural sciences and previous experience of effectively presenting research to a public audience. Previous experience of delivering science shows desirable but not essential.
· You will be committed to inspiring children to enjoy and see the importance of science.
· You will be outgoing, energetic and enjoy entertaining a diverse family audience- even if it means being silly sometimes!
· You will be approachable, easy-going and helpful in answering any questions that the families may have.
· You will be confident managing families in a museum setting. We will support you in this as you get started.
· You will appreciate the need to present sensitive issues surrounding human impact on the planet in a neutral and considered way.
· This role requires wearing a costume for the duration of the show.
Prior to joining the team presenters will attend a half day training session (Friday 9th February) followed by a practice session to be arranged at a mutually convenient time. The training is designed to support you with the delivery of the family shows and to provide further information about science topics featured in the show.
How to apply:
Please apply by submitting a CV and Covering Letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role. Informal casting interviews will be held at the Museum of Natural History on Wednesday 31st January. Please send your CV and Covering Letter to Carly Smith-Huggins: firstname.lastname@example.org