Expanded Learning and Young Engagement FWS Role

Updated: 13 days ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: PartTime

Job Title:

Expanded Learning and Young Engagement FWS Role

Job Summary:

Position Title: USF Student Worker
Department: Expanded Learning and Youth Engagement
Supervisor: Leah Kalish
We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications for the position.

Full Job Description:


Careers in Science (CiS) is a multi-year, year-round, paid internship and workforce development program for San Francisco high school aged students (ages 14-18) who come from communities underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Interns learn, teach, and do science at the Academy and through remote engagement. In the process, they develop life and job skills, receive college and career mentorship, and learn science and sustainability concepts in an authentic, paid work environment. 

Reporting to the Manager of Youth Engagement, the USF Intern will provide administrative and operational support for the Careers in Science program, and will interact with Academy interns during program activities. The program will meet in-person Tuesday through Saturday. When the program meets remotely, the USF Intern will coordinate the use of online learning platforms, including Google Meet, Google Classroom, and Zoom. The USF Intern will help activity facilitators track attendance, record meeting notes, and encourage interns to participate in small-group discussions. This is an opportunity for an emerging educator to learn about informal STEM education, workforce development, and youth engagement in a fun and dynamic setting.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.


  • 8-12 hours per week

  • Scheduled work hours are between 3:30pm-6:30pm Tuesdays-Thursdays and 9:30am-4pm on Saturdays.

  • This role will work primarily in-person at the California Academy of Sciences or at nearby locations in and around Golden Gate Park. Some remote work may be required. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Assist with planning, preparation, and implementation of Academy activities and events.

  • Interact with youth during in-person classes, workshops, trainings, trips, and meetings; facilitate small-group discussions and encourage active participation.

  • During remote learning activities, assign breakout rooms, manage the chat box, and provide additional technical support as needed. 

  • Assist with the onboarding of new youth participants, including orientation, health and safety training, and other in-take procedures.

  • Help collect and file paperwork, maintain program records, purchase and ship or store supplies, organize spaces, and book meetings.

  • Help coach and mentor interns on work skills, goals development, college preparation, science understanding, science interpretation, and public speaking / presentation techniques.

  • Maintain digital assets including photos, videos, and associated permissions.

  • Follow all CAS safety regulations and policies.

  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • At least 1 year of college coursework or equivalent experience.

  • Declared major (or on track to declare a major) in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline.

  • Experience working with groups of teenagers.


  • Comfort with group facilitation and public speaking.

  • Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail. 

  • Ability to access the Internet while working remotely.

  • Comfort using basic computer and cloud-based software, including Google Suite and Zoom.

  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with Academy staff, youth, families, volunteers, and guests. 

  • Awareness of racial justice issues and sensitivity to the lived experiences of CiS interns.

  • Knowledge of life sciences or earth sciences preferred.

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups and individuals. Bilingual in Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, or Cantonese a plus but not required. 

This is a mandated reporter designated position. Academy staff whose duties include direct contact and supervision of children are deemed mandated reporters under California Law. Mandated reporters have certain specific reporting obligations in the event that they know of, observe or reasonably suspect that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect. The Academy provides mandated reporters with training of their rights and obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. This training will be done virtually. All adults working with youth will be required to undergo a criminal background check via Live Scan, including fingerprinting at a licensed Live Scan facility. 


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by individuals to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, individuals are frequently required to, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 85% of the time. Must be able to lift 20 lbs.


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