The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is one of the premier science, research and cultural institutions in the country. The Human Origins Education Lab is a unique space within AMNH. During the week we conduct interactive, hands-on learning experiences for visiting middle school and high school students. These experiences include topics such as genetics, human evolution, forensics, and neuroscience. On Saturdays and Sundays, the lab is open to all museum visitors from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the weekend we engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds to communicate new scientific research and address misconceptions and misunderstandings. The lab is looking to hire two teaching assistants to help with weekday school group visits and weekend outreach.
Responsibilities & Duties
• Prepare materials for weekday school groups including worksheets and scientific equipment.
• Assist the instructor during school visits.
• Assist the main facilitator in preparing and running the weekend drop-in.
• Help maintain lab materials such as skull casts, microscopes, and genetics equipment.
• Help manage and maintain Airtable database and material requests.
• Assist in public programs relating to human evolution and neuroscience.
• Ability to work at least two mornings during the week and one day on the weekends.
• Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with museum visitors.
• Comfortable working with children and adults.
• Must be dependable and show up on time.
• Must have completed at least one semester of college.
• Express an interest in human evolution and related topics.
• Background in biology or related field.
• Experience working with children.
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