Science Presenter

Explorer Dome

Direct Entry Job Permanent South-West, UK

Uploaded 15 Jan 2019

Job Description

We are searching for a fabulous, new part time science presenter

Our brilliant presenters are at the heart of everything we do here at Explorer Dome. When schools book a visit from us, they expect to receive the best quality science shows from presenters who are knowledgable, highly trained, passionate about science education and, most importantly, fun!

Explorer Dome presenters work on a part-time, freelance (self-employed) basis by arrangement, between 2-4 days per week during term-time and occasionally during the school holidays. You will receive expert training in science communication, live presentation and working with schools, you will expand your knowledge of many aspects of science and become part of a very friendly team.

A typical day working with Explorer Dome involves travelling to school to arrive for a cup of tea at 8am to set up the inflatable dome. A school can be anything from 5 minutes to 2½ hours’ drive from Bristol, so you must be energetic enough to deal with this part of the job. You always work in a team of 2 which improves diversity, quality, great interaction with the children, maintains a lively pace in the shows and makes the working day far more enjoyable for us.

Person Specification

First things first, you will be travelling around the country in a van. It is going to be vital that you have held a full, UK driving licence for at least 12 months. You do not need to have had previous experience of driving vans, but if you are not able to drive, this outreach job is not for you... or perhaps it is, but you need to learn to drive first and come back to us in a year's time!

You will need to be a self-motivated person, passionate about science and the value of education and science communication. An undergraduate degree in a scientific subject is a huge benefit, as you will be communicating aspects of space science, physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science and geography as our main output. However, enthusiasm and dedication to learn more about a wide range of scientific subjects is far more valuable.

For this job you do need excellent face-to-face communication skills to enable you to be professional yet approachable for children too.

Being organised in yourself as well as being happy and able to 'think on your feet' is a huge asset. Creativity is also encouraged. Once you are familiar with the equipment and shows, we hope you will explore your own interests within the show scripts and bring your personality and suggestions of how you feel we could do things differently to constantly improve and stay up-to-date with our content and approach.