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Facilities Specialist

Summary

  • Under the general direction of the Facilities Director, keeps the Museum safe, functional and attractive
  • Will also work under direction of Exhibits Director in support of  maintenance, repair and fabrication of exhibits

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with the Facilities Director to do a wide variety of physical plant maintenance, including: interior surfaces, alarm systems, HVAC, lighting and seasonal snow clearing and outdoor plantings; diagnosing physical plant problems that need to be addressed by outside contractors; deals with municipal inspectors as necessary
  • Responsible for Sunday facilities management
  • Responsible for Sunday exhibit maintenance
  • Works with the Exhibits Staff to and assist with exhibit repair, moving exhibits and other exhibit related activities as needed
  • In rotation with other staff, turns on facilities and exhibits in the morning and turns them off at closing, monitoring their status and noting the need for repair and cleaning
  • Other duties as assigned

Related Duties and Responsibilities

  • Regular work schedule includes weekends
  • Maintains an orderly and safe workshop
  • Able to delegate and supervise facilities- and exhibit-related responsibilities to volunteers and part-time employees
  • Orders supplies and materials, ensuring adequate stocks on hand
  • Assists in receiving and shipping individual facilities hardware and exhibits
  • Assists staff in preparing for special events and Museum rentals
  • Actively participates in the “on duty” staff rotation as assigned
  • Attends all general staff meetings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of Museum operations
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, arts or a related field, or equivalent experience in a related trade
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, with the ability to handle many projects simultaneously
  • Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems
  • Competence with machines such saws, drill press, hand tools, etc.
  • Knowledgeable with materials (wood, metal, plastics) handling
  • Current driver’s license necessary
  • Ability to work collegially in a small group situation

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and move objects up to 75 pounds consistently with heavier weight necessary at times
  • Must be able to climb a ladder and operate a person lift

Salary

$35,00-40,000

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@aahom.org

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Part-Time General Educator

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Education Department, the Part-Time General Educator will deliver programs in Outreach, Distance Learning, Public Programs, ScienceWorks, and the Preschool Gallery.

Outreach: Under the direction of the Outreach Manager, the Part-Time General Educator will run and supervise off-site daytime and evening programs. The educator will also assist in restocking materials. 

Distance Learning: Under the direction of the Distance Learning Manager, the Part-Time General Educator will deliver 50-minute daytime programs to schools and other locations via video conferencing. The educator will also assist in restocking materials. 

Public Programs: Under the supervision of the Public Programs and Volunteer Manager the Part-Time General Educator will be a key presence on the floor of the museum. They will be responsible for facilitating hands-on activities, answering questions about the Museum, and assisting with activity set-up/take-down.

ScienceWorks: Under the supervision of the ScienceWorks Manager, the Part-Time General Educator will deliver 50-minute hands-on classes for visiting school groups during the week. The educator will also assist in restocking materials.

Preschool Gallery: Under the supervision of the Public Programs and Volunteer Manager, the Part-Time General Educator will supervise the PreK gallery, including facilitating hands-on activities for preK families, enforcing age limits and sibling helper policy, and maintaining the gallery. The educator may also facilitate the Little Scientist Club.

Responsibilities:

  • Deliver interactive activities to the public in a fun and engaging manner
  • Ensure that visitors are using materials safely and in the intended manner
  • Ensure that students, volunteers, and equipment are safe
  • Acquire knowledge of our Museum and specific exhibits
  • Represent the museum both on and off-site
  • Set up and tear down activities in a professional manner
  • Assist with training/supervising Volunteer Activities Facilitators
  • Aid volunteers in becoming comfortable with their activities
  • Interact with students, families and staff
  • Load and unload the van with correct supplies
  • Restock supplies

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds)
  • Ability and willingness to engage students and families
  • Confidence, energy and enthusiasm
  • Prior experience with children or in science is desirable, but not required
  • Ability and willingness to engage visitors, answer questions, and say “I don’t know, but I’ll find out for you!”
  • Desire to learn new science concepts
  • Team player with excellent communication skills
  • Experience and/or coursework in science, technology, or education preferred 

Hours:

This is a part-time position with up to 20 hours per week available on weekdays and weekends.

Pay:

$8.50 per hour with incremental raises

To apply:

Fill out and submit the Online Employment Application.

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Birthday Party Facilitator

Position Description:

Birthday Party Facilitators are responsible for facilitating 2½-hour Museum birthday parties. Parties are for 15 children and 20 adults and include a tour of the Museum, a host-lead science activity, and assistance with food and celebration with the guests.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist families with set-up, clean-up, and celebration
  • Lead children on a tour of the Museum, which includes explanation of the exhibits
  • Lead a hands-on science project
  • Provide supervision of the children the entire span of the party

Qualifications:

  • Positive and friendly attitude at all times
  • Ability to “go with the flow” and handle unexpected situations
  • Comfort with talking to groups of people
  • Punctuality and reliability

Hours:

Weekend hours only, Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Must be available a minimum of 5-6 weekend days a month. Priority given to those that are available year round after the Holiday season.

Pay:

$8.15 per hour with incremental raises up to $9.00

To apply:

Fill out and submit the Online Employment Application.

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Front Desk Staff

Position Description:

Must be a computer literate “people person” who is able to pay attention to details and accurately handle money. The ability to multi-task in a prompt, polite and helpful manner is a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all phases of customer service in the Museum store, including greeting customers, selection and facilitating sales
  • Duties include cash register operation, balancing the cash drawer
  • Pricing new stock, restocking items, keeping store clean and neat and helping with displays and merchandising

Qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with general public
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to handle high volume sales
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Basic math skills and ability to make change

Hours:

Available hours include Monday 9-5:30, Tuesday 8:45-5:30, Wednesday 9-5:30, Thursday 9-8:30, Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-5:30, and Sunday 11:30-5:30. Occasional evening and early morning hours are scheduled based on special events.

Pay:

$8.15 per hour with incremental raises up to $10.50

To apply:

Fill out and submit the Online Employment Application.

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734.995.5439
220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Museum Hours:

Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 9 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 8
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday:  10 - 5
Sunday: Noon - 5

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Admission:
$12 for Adults and Children
$5 after 5pm on Thurs only
Free for Babies 0-23 months