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Program Assistant, Teen Science Scholars (Term)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Glendale, Colorado
Closing date
Mar 30, 2023

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Position Type
Full Time
Museum Studies, Science and Technology Studies
Organization Type
  • The Anthropology Department seeks a part-time assistant to work with museum archaeologists and eleven teen scientists on two laboratory projects and one field project this summer.
  • The work will involve supervising and assisting teens accepted into the Teen Science Scholar Program. Students will process paleobonatical flotation samples from an ancient bison-kill site from 10,000 year ago, and wash artifacts from a pueblo community from 1,200 years ago. We will be collecting ancient data that will inform us about diet, environment, and ancient culture. In addition, we will be working on preliminary research (oral history, survey & ground penetrating radar) of a nearby historic site. The Program Assistant will help staff in logistics, supervision and the research process with these students.
  • Work will be dirty, often outdoors, and will involve some heavy lifting and moving equipment. We will take a number of field trips to off-site locations related to the research. The Program Assistant will, at times, supervise at least eleven students directly and will be responsible for their health and safety as well as their research methods.

Work Schedule: This is a part time position that will last for approximately 6 weeks in June and July with some additional dates prior for training. Estimated schedule: Tues, Weds, Thurs, 8:30-3:30 and some Fridays as needed.

Supervises: This position has no supervisory responsibilities for staff, but will direct the work of Teen Science Scholar interns.

Essential duties:
  • Coordinates with staff to implement assignments, field trips, and work plans
  • Participates and supports teens' fieldwork and research process
  • Mentor, supervise and ensure the basic health and safety of teens in program
  • Travels with teens to and from the field when requested to do so
  • Various administrative duties

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:
  • 2 years' experience mentoring teenagers (15-19 years old) from communities that have been historically marginalized from the sciences
  • Current first aid certification or the ability to obtain within 1 week of hire required
  • Ability to work during summer as needed
  • Ability to spend full days outdoors in the sun with extensive walking required
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • The Museum loves science. As a science institution, the Museum believes in the science behind vaccines. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. If you wish to apply for an exemption, please contact Human Resources for the necessary forms. You will be notified of the decision regarding your requested exemption.

Ideal candidate will have/be:
  • Bilingual (There is an additional $1.00/hour pay differential for a Bilingual Program Assistant).
  • Background in anthropology/archaeology
  • Archaeological Field School

Core values:
  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.

Perks of working at DMNS Include:
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match of up to 5% after 1 year of service (Must have worked a minimum of 1,000 hours)
  • DMNS Family+ Membership
  • Free RTD ECO pass
  • Free access to Museum exhibits, IMAX, and Gates Planetarium
  • Free Admission to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, and The Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Discounts at the Museum's Trex café, Grab & Go, and the gift shop
  • Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.
  • Click here to see the full benefits and perks of working at the Denver museum of Nature & Science!

Application Instructions:

Please submit your resume by April 10, 2023. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum's website

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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