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Biology Gallery Interpreter Volunteer Position

Position Summary: Gallery Interpreters will use conversation, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and games to engage visitors and spark excitement, curiosity, and appreciation for the natural world in Life and Great Salt Lake Exhibits.

Department: Public Programs

Supervisor: Gallery Programs Coordinator, Paulmichael Maxfield

Responsibilities:

  • Create an engaging atmosphere for visitor interaction and questions
  • Facilitate hands-on activities, demonstrations and games
  • Effectively communicate information to visitors about the galleries and the Museum

Qualifications:

  • Enjoyment of lifelong learning, especially regarding science
  • Sincere interest and/or background in science and serving the general pubic
  • Ability to be courteous, respectful, and patient with visitors
  • Desire to learn as well as teach
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing education to develop interpreter skills and knowledge
  • Cooperative nature, including the ability to accept instruction and correction
  • Ability to adapt quickly in changing circumstances
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Professional manner and neat appearance
  • Ability to stand and talk for extended periods of time

Training Commitment:

One 4 hour general Orientation for all new volunteers (choose one) -

  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013  9am-1pm
  • Saturday October 19, 2013  9am-1pm

One 3-hour class on interpreter basics –

  • Saturday, October 26, 2013  9am-12pm

Two  3-hour classes on gallery specific information - 

  • Saturday, November 2, 2013  9am-12pm
  • Wed, November 6, 2013  6-9pm

Time Commitment:

  • Weekday GIs: One 3 ¼ hour shift per week
  • Weekend GIs: One 3 ¼ hour shift every other week 
  • Weekday and Weekend shifts available from 10:00am-1:15pm and 12:45-4:00pm
  • Strongly encouraged to volunteer for at least 1 Free Monday (Monday, October 14, January 13, April 14, July 14)
  • A one year commitment of service. On the floor training and regular shifts begin Nov. 3, 2013. 

Age Requirement: 18 years or older

Background checks are required for all volunteers.


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