On a Microscopic Scale

The Micro World Investigate Lab is a hands-on science education lab where the public is encouraged to discover nature on a microscopic scale. Using state-of-the-art scientific tools and techniques, visitors explore topics ranging from cellular processes such as photosynthesis and bioluminescence to how researchers isolate and analyze molecules essential for life such as DNA and proteins. Up to seven different hands-on activities are available during public hours. While the topics presented in the lab are targeted at middle school students and up, adults with younger children are encouraged to work with and make connections for their budding scientists.

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Current Hours of Operation

Lab Classes

The Micro World Investigate Lab offers a variety of classes to different audiences throughout the year.

Employment Opportunities

Part-time Micro World Investigate Lab Staff Member

The Micro World Investigate Lab has a part-time, grant-funded position available. This position is primarily to provide coverage of the Micro World Investigate lab and assist with the variety of activities that take place. The work environment is collaborative, as all members of the Lab provide backup and support for each other and work as a team to execute the Museum’s mission.
Application deadline is May 25, 2018

This person will work with senior Micro World staff to:

  • Run the Micro World Investigate Lab during public hours, which includes greeting visitors, introducing them to the Lab and its policies/requirements, directing them to open activity stations and answering any questions they might have.
  • Interact professionally with Museum staff, interns, volunteers and Museum visitors.
  • Assist in the setup of lab class equipment for the next day’s classes, then in resetting the lab after classes.
  • Perform necessary lab maintenance (e.g. cleaning of lab-ware; eye wash station checks; Vernier sensor fluid changes; maintenance of invertebrate cultures; iPad or laptop updates; etc.)
  • Assist with any ongoing project tasks as needed
  • Assist Micro World Investigate Lab interns with their projects or new volunteers with their training

20 hours/week; Wed afternoon (4 hours, 12:30-4:30pm); Thurs & Friday (8 hours each, 8:30am-4:30pm or 9:00am-5:00pm)

Minimum requirements

  • Required: College degree
  • Required: Strong computer skills: MS Office, iPads, etc.
  • Required: Previous teaching experience in a formal or an informal science setting
  • Required: The individual needs to be flexible in working with a wide range of visitors, can handle busy times, is a self-starter, organized, and has a passion for sharing the exciting world of science with all ages.
  • Preferred: Experience working with multi-age, multi-ability, varied background groups
  • Preferred: Experience teaching and/or working in a natural science field

Grant funded position paid at $15.00/hour, from June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019; longer if grant is renewed.

Application deadline is May 25, 2018

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Questions or comments, please email microworld@naturalsciences.org.

Volunteering and Internship Opportunities

The Micro World Investigate Lab staff welcomes the help of volunteers and interns. Volunteers greet visitors at the lab’s front door and invite them to investigate the tools, techniques and concepts of scientific research. Interns are assigned projects to complete and are often awarded credit hours by their institutions. More information about volunteering or interning at the Museum can be found at http://naturalsciences.org/volunteer.