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Jobs at Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Below is a listing of job opportunities currently available at the Art & Science Museum. Please contact the museum about these open positions only.
Applying: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and references email@example.com. References will only be contacted with your permission.
Director of Interpretation for Science and Planetarium Director
Education, Experience, and Aptitude: A degree in astronomy, physical sciences, or science education is preferred. Proven leader with five years experience as an innovative science educator. Has the ability to think and plan creatively and strategically. Having knowledge of a broad range of audio-visual technologies is helpful.
- Is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated educator
- Has excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Is personally engaging and outgoing
- Is an experienced and effective team leader
- Is self-motivated
- Has exceptional organizational and time-management skills
- Has ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
Job Description: As the “Planetarium Director” the successful candidate will advance the Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s vision for a community of lifelong learners inspired by art and science and will create engaging programming that fulfills the institution’s Interpretive Plan. The candidate will lead a talented planetarium staff that includes planetarium educators and program presenters, a planetarium producer, a technical director, and a planetarium technician. As the planetarium’s principal interpreter and educator, the director will actively engage the community, drive repeat attendance, and create innovative initiatives and partnerships with groups in the Greater Baton Rouge area. As the “Director of Interpretation for Science,” the candidate will supervise museum science educators to develop and implement programming for the public and school groups. The candidate will work with the museum’s counterpart for interpretation, the Museum Curator, for collaborative interdisciplinary art and science programs and exhibitions.
Louisiana Art & Sceince Museum's Mission: The Louisiana Art & Science Museum seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art and science for general audiences and students by presenting unique, educational and entertaining experiences that encourage discovery, inspire creativity, and foster the pursuit of knowledge.
About the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium: The planetarium opened in 2003 and has a 60-foot dome, 171 seats, Sony SRX 4K projectors, 15,000 watt 5.1 surround sound, AVI SKYLASE laser system, LED cove lights, and 4K dome master in-house slicing farm. The dome is used for planetarium content programs as well as large format movies. The planetarium has two portable domes, one 6m and one 5m. The staff includes two educators, a producer, technical director, technician, and a weekend presenter/technician.
About the Louisiana Art & Science Museum: The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is defined by the belief that the disciplines of art and science shape and inform one another and that interdisciplinary experiences enhance the audience’s ability to make connections and discover new ways of seeing and thinking. The Art & Science Museum is located in a 1925 historic railway station, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in a thriving downtown area. The Art & Science Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has an annual attendance of 175,000, with approximately one-half of this audience being schoolchildren. The institution also presents fine art exhibitions, an extensive school curriculum, and hands-on galleries, along with weekend programming for families.
Education, Experience, and Aptitude: The successful candidate must possess the following minimum requirements: a four-year bachelor’s degree in art history, studio art, or the humanities; be a resourceful problem solver with excellent project management skills; experience handling fine art (preferably in a museum or gallery environment); and considerable experience using tools and performing manual work.
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Exceptional organizational and time management skills
Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
Ability to lead and to be an effective team member
Excellent computer skills
Job Description: The successful Exhibitions Manager advances the Art & Science Museum’s mission by coordinating and presenting a wide range of temporary exhibitions in a professional and engaging manner that enhances the museum’s educational goals and interpretive narratives. The Exhibitions Manager is responsible for coordinating, handling, and installing temporary exhibitions; assisting with the conception, design, and mounting of small teaching exhibits and exhibitions; assisting with the research and writing for the development of interpretive content; and assisting with the implementation of collections management initiatives and projects.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Mission: Louisiana Art & Science Museum seeks to enhance the understanding and appreciation of art and science for general audiences and students by presenting unique, educational, and entertaining experiences that encourage discovery, inspire creativity, and foster the pursuit of knowledge.
About Louisiana Art & Science Museum: Louisiana Art & Science Museum is located in a 1925 historic railway station, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in a thriving downtown area. The Art & Science Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has an annual attendance of 176,000 to 200,000, with approximately one-half of this being schoolchildren. The museum presents fine art exhibitions of nationally and internationally recognized artists, is home to a planetarium of international rank with technically advanced capabilities, and offers popular hands-on galleries. The Art & Science Museum has just completed conceptual master plans for the future that envision a community of life-long learners inspired by art and science.
How to Apply: Send a letter introducing yourself and resume with references to Elizabeth Weinstein, Director of Art Interpretation/Museum Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Exhibitions Manager.” References will not be contacted without your permission.
Applicants may apply in person at the visitor services center, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or may email their resume to email@example.com.
Museum Guide (rolling applications accepted)
Museum guides play an important role at Louisiana Art & Science Museum and contribute to the successful operation of the museum by:
- presenting museum programs to school groups and the general public
- working in coordination with the museum’s operations staff to manage school group visits
- monitoring art exhibitions, interactive exhibits and public spaces to insure that they are safe and secure
- providing visitors with accurate information on the museum's operations, exhibits and programs
- maintaining an orderly and functional work space
The successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree with an aptitude for science and a love for art. Teaching or education-related experience is preferred.
Outgoing, positive personality
Excellent communication skills
Superior organizational and time management skills
Energetic, adaptable disposition to engage diverse groups of students (Preschool - Grade 7)
Ability to work a flexible schedule of up to 25 hours per week, primarily on weekdays with occasional weekend activities
Interested applicants may submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: Part-time Science Educator).