Camp Assistant Educator

Pacific Science Center Foundation, 200 2nd Avenue N., Seattle, Washington, United States of America Req #300
Friday, January 5, 2024
At Pacific Science Center, our mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Our colleagues are passionate lifelong learners who live our mission every day.  Each of us commits to bring an inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) focus in every aspect of our work. Join our collaborative team and help steward our warm, welcoming, community-learning environment at PacSci.
As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, we’re invested in building teams with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. If you have some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed and you share PacSci's values and support our mission, we encourage you to apply.

Position Summary

The Camp Assistant Educator will work with a Camp Educator in facilitating safe, interactive science camps to school age children to spark lifelong curiosity, and significantly enhance the participant’s experience and expand Pacific Science Center’s role as a driving force for science education.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Working with the Camp Educator to facilitate interactive STEM camps of various themes
  • Modeling safe, effective and equitable science facilitation methods
  • Assess risk and ensure camper safety including responding to first aid situations
  • Exhibiting effective and appropriate classroom and behavior management
  • Support with setting up, maintaining, and cleaning classroom area and camp supplies
  • Supervise campers during lunch and breaks, providing recreational activities as needed
  • Complying with all camp procedures including COVID-19 and other health and safety policies and supporting campers and others in the camp space with doing the same
  • Support Camp Educator in maintaining supply and attendance records including confidential health information
  • Providing feedback and program evaluation to Camp for Curious Minds leadership
  • Welcoming and assisting campers and parents/caregivers during drop-off/pick-up, answering questions, and conveying necessary information
  • Communicating guest feedback and concern to Camps for Curious Minds leadership
  • Assist Camp Educator in writing daily camp letters to communicate program activities to families and caregivers
  • Other duties as assigned


Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of (or the ability to learn):

  • Basic science content
  • Customer service best practices
  • Behavior management best practices


  • Working with children in a youth development, camps, or education setting
  • Classroom management skills including teaching/facilitating, modeling appropriate behaviors, program set up and clean up, and using appropriate behavior management
  • Work effectively and respectfully with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Flexibility and adaptable in rapidly changing environments
  • Excellent customer service skills; being approachable and having a welcoming demeanor


Ability to:

  • Supervise campers unaccompanied for periods of time
  • Ensure campers of all ages and from diverse backgrounds are safe, welcomed and served in a manner that makes their experience positive, memorable and consistent with the Pacific Science Center’s mission, vision, and values
  • Approach each interaction individually and without expectation or judgment of content knowledge, level of interest, or background in science
  • Remain calm in fast-paced environments
  • Take initiative and act independently, as well as within a team
  • Quickly learn and apply new content, policies, and procedures
  • Maintain safety and security procedures at all times




  • Demonstrated teaching experience and classroom management skills, solid problem solving and decision-making skills
  • High School Diploma (or equivalent experience)
  • At least 18 years of age at the start of camp
  • Attending training sessions at beginning of summer season
  • Experience working with youth from grades Pre-K – 8th
  • First Aid/AED/CPR certification or willingness to obtain
  • WA State Food Handlers permit or willingness to obtain
  • Available to work a minimum of 6 full weeks of the summer season (June 24-August 30)


  • Informal education experience
  • Past summer camp experience
  • Passion for science education and early child development
  • Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree (or currently in pursuit) or equivalent experience
  • Available to work all 10 weeks of the summer season (June 24-August 30)
  • This is a temporary, full-time summer position that begins before the start of camps
  • Due to a variety of camps and locations, hours can vary daily, typically totaling 40 hours per week during the camp season
  • Some camps are full day while others are half day, this position remains full-time
  • Uniform T-shirts are provided and required to be worn while on the job


Pay is based on several factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and years of experience.  


Starting Base Salary Rate:  $20.50 / hour


In addition to base salary, Pacific Science Center offers the following benefits to  temporary employees:

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings
  • Employee PacSci Membership


This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

Pacific Science Center stands with those who are courageously fighting against hate, racism, and injustice. We recognize that not being racist is not sufficient. We must be actively anti-racist, and we commit to doing so.  We prioritize inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in everything we do. Curiosity and critical thinking are essential to the dialogue and changes that need to happen.

Pacific Science Center complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at

Other details

  • Job Family 1 Entry & Early Career
  • Job Function Exhibits, Education & Outreach
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Seasonal
  • Min Hiring Rate $20.50
  • Max Hiring Rate $20.50
  • Job Start Date Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Job End Date Friday, August 30, 2024
Location on Google Maps
  • Pacific Science Center Foundation, 200 2nd Avenue N., Seattle, Washington, United States of America