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Science Communicator, Cambridge Science Centre

31 May 2022 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Closing date is Friday 17th June 

Applications/enquiries to joannestaines@cambridgesciencecentre.org

Role:               Science Communicator

Reporting to: Head of Programmes & Delivery

Location:        Cambridge

Salary:            ~£25,000

 

If you want to help us get young people enthused about learning science and using STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills to better understand the world around them; if you are creative, energetic and enthusiastic; if you want to see your work have life-changing impact; and if you would like to be part of a dynamic, friendly and supportive team, then we would love to hear from you!

 

Cambridge Science Centre

 

Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) is an independent educational charity (Registered Charity No.1146349) dedicated to STEM engagement through hands-on exhibits, shows and workshops for young people (target ages 7 – 13) and their families. Our engaging and informative interventions have reached almost 500,000 people since we opened in 2013. These engagements are delivered at our dedicated exhibition space in central Cambridge or via outreach to schools and communities throughout Cambridgeshire and the East of England.

 

We focus our attention on schools and communities in East Anglia that are most excluded from educational enrichment activities, thereby directly addressing a serious STEM skills gap that persists in this part of the country.

 

See us in action here – https://youtu.be/ATTgCV-uBbs  and https://youtu.be/S0kLIoveGD0 

See also  www.cambridgesciencecentre.org


Role:

 

A Science Communicator at CSC is involved in all aspects of our science engagement with young learners, their teachers and their families. These interventions are hosted at our Centre in Cambridge and taken out to schools and communities (mostly within a 90 minute driving distance of Cambridge). Your work will include both supporting the development of educational materials as well as delivering STEM shows, workshops and activities. Our exciting on-the-road engagements can be in the form of single-day events to schools and communities, or you can be part of the team that sets up, runs and packs-down our multi-day to multi-week pop-up science centre as it travels around the East of England. We also have opportunities to work on the creation of educational science videos and content for our monthly “OpenUpScience” magazine. 

 

Core Duties:

      Explaining the science behind the exhibits, presenting stage shows & workshops (involving some weekend work) in a lively, fun and engaging manner

      Supporting family and schools visits at the Science Centre

      Visiting schools and community centres with our mobile, pop-up science centres

      Supporting events hosted at the Science Centre or at off-site locations

      Gathering and collating evaluation feedback from our educational interventions with the public and schools

      Managing the planning and organisation of events and event teams

      Working with the Exhibitions team when required to design, develop and, as agreed, acquire or produce exhibits and equipment for workshops, shows and activities

      Undertaking the tasks and duties as may from time to time be requested as part of your primary or secondary role

 

Other Duties:

      Maintain clean, tidy and safe work areas in the upholding of Health and Safety standards within the workplace

      Identify any training needs and communicate to the Head of Programmes and Delivery for review

 

Required skills and qualifications:

      Excellent communication skills

      A passion for science, technology, engineering and maths

      Strong teamwork skills, allowing you to work with colleagues across the charity during conversations, projects, meetings or other collaborations

      An ability to organise your own time and prioritise tasks as well as adapt to changing priorities and being able to respond quickly to urgent requests

      Willing to learn new things and do independent research

      Computer literate and excellent presentation skills

      Full clean driving licence

      Achieve a satisfactory DBS check

 

It would be advantageous if you can also bring the following to the role:

      Experience in science communication or of working with families, adults and children

      Exceptional customer service skills and experience

      A Level 3 (or equivalent qualifications) in a STEM subject

      Our outreach must be fully accessible and the successful applicant should be an active advocate for accessibility

      A currently valid certificate in first aid


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