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Public Education Specialist, Summer Camp (4166U), Lawrence Hall of Science 29461
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 31, 2022
Title Public Education Specialist, Summer Camp (4166U), Lawrence Hall of Science 29461
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Science Education

Public Education Specialist, Summer Camp (4166U), Lawrence Hall of Science 29461

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley's public science center. Our mission is to inspire and engage through science discovery and learning in ways that advance equity and opportunity. We do this by working with audiences that include learners, who experience our programs and products; educators, who work both in and out of school settings; and partners, who conduct research, build capacity for learning, and transform education systems. Research underlies everything we do, and we design all of our programs and products to have high impact beyond the walls of The Lawrence.

Since we were founded in 1968, The Lawrence has been at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. The Lawrence is unique among science centers as it is a Learning Lab. We design, develop and study a wide array of science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning programs and products for youth, families and adults from diverse backgrounds in our specialized facilities and through our community partnerships. Our spaces and partnerships offer unique opportunities for public engagement and learning, curriculum and instructional materials design, professional learning, and research on learning, instruction, and pathways towards STEM careers. We disseminate and scale-up our effective and innovative learning programs and materials in ways that broaden participation in STEM and have local, national, and global impact.

As UC Berkeley's public science center, the Lawrence provides a window into Berkeley's cutting-edge research and discoveries, and their transformative applications. The Lawrence supports learners to use the "big ideas" of science to solve problems, improve their lives and communities and make the world a better place. Equity is at the heart of our mission; we pay special attention to engaging those from low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. Lawrence Hall of Science programs are designed to meet three critical goals: (1) activating youth interest in STEM learning and careers; (2) improving scientific and environmental literacy for youth and the public; and (3) increasing the number of underrepresented youth who pursue STEM. The Lawrence's portfolio is diverse and far-reaching, contributing to the local and national agenda to inspire, prepare, and diversify the STEM workforce.

Want to share your excitement for science? For 50 years, the Lawrence Hall of Science has been providing fun and engaging science experiences for youth. Now you can be part of the magic of science summer camp and
  • Inspire youth with curiosity, excitement, and passion for science.
  • Engage them in multiple modalities like engineering, design, coding, and art.
  • Empower them with interdisciplinary learning ranging from Astronomy to Zoology.
  • Mentor them on a journey of exploration, investigation, discovery, and invention!

The Summer Public Education Specialist position is an ideal opportunity for undergraduate / graduate students with a science-oriented mind and a relationship-oriented personality. In this position you will facilitate fun, engaging, and meaningful hands-on science learning for in-person camps and teen programs at The Lawrence. It is a great opportunity for professional growth and you will gain valuable experience in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • Responsible for material management of individual camp sessions, including appropriate set-up, clean-up, and storage.
  • Develop an understanding of and the ability to facilitate camp programming in a fun, engaging, hands-on environment while supplying accurate scientific information. This may involve further reading or research on a subject or topic.
  • Present programs in an energetic, appropriate, and professional way that actively engages participants.
  • Manage a learning environment for participants' well being and safety while managing expectations of behaviors.
  • Serve as an enthusiastic role model and mentor for youth ages 4-18.
  • Thoroughly understand the building safety and security and help implement emergency procedures when deemed necessary.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of the Lawrence Hall of Science.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Responsible, organized, and healthy work ethic.
  • Strong customer service and verbal communication skills.
  • Experienced and excited to share science experiences with youth entering K through grade 12.
  • Demonstrated creative teaching methods in informal or formal learning environments.
  • Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree or a post-secondary education program in science, education, youth development, or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Available to work May 31 - August 12, 2022. *Priority selection will be offered to those committed to working the entire summer and partial summer schedules may be available.
  • Reliable, punctual, and committed to an assigned schedule up to full time, 40-hrs a week, Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-5:00PM and includes one 45 minute lunch break and one 15 minute break.
  • Capable of working independently and collaboratively with an educational team.
  • A good sense of humor, flexibility, and ability to think quickly and adapt.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds (carts are available).

Salary & Benefits

The hourly pay range of the position is $20.69-$25.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a Limited appointmnet. Duration: May 31, 2022-August 12, 2022

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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