Overview

Position Description: The Discovery Center – Center Assistant

Full-time, Seasonal (9 month) Position – starting Spring 2021

Organizational Overview

The Discovery Center is a joint project of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), Audubon Mid-Atlantic (AMA), and the Strawberry Mansion Community, located in East Fairmount Park. The Discovery Center, which opened in September 2018, includes new headquarters and educational facilities for POBS and AMA, as well as a new public space and educational resource that offers public access to the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, an important stopover on the Atlantic migratory flyway for dozens of rare bird species. The Discovery Center is an asset to the entire region, and seeks to have a special impact on the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood where it is located. To that end, The Discovery Center seeks to engage residents in public programming offered on-site and contribute to a diverse, thriving community.

Role Summary/Responsibilities

The Discovery Center is seeking an energetic, organized, and passionate individual with strong knowledge of the Strawberry Mansion community, as well as the broader region, to help provide excellent visitor service at the front desk; learn about and provide information about The Discovery Center, POBS and AMA to the public; and assist with indoor housekeeping.
-Must be available to work a 37.5 hour work week, including public hours 10:00 – 4:00 during the week, on Sunday, and occasional evenings
-Engage with the public at the front desk
-Promote and enforce public understanding of Center rules, and address any safety concerns
-Answer phones
-Light indoor housekeeping to create and maintain a safe and clean environment

The person hired for this temporary position will work 37.5 hours per week for nine (9) months, and will be on the payroll of the City of Philadelphia as an “RSA” in the Department of Parks and Recreation. $13.75 hourly rate. Must be a City of Philadelphia resident and comply with other City HR requirements (nepotism compliance, medical evaluation, criminal record check, PA child abuse clearance, and FBI clearance).

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Support Staff

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, highly organized, collaborative, and passionate about civic engagement, community-based programming, and the environment. They have a strong knowledge of Strawberry Mansion and excitement for the unique educational attributes that The Discovery Center offers to children and adults from the community and broader region.

Required Skills:

-Be a people-person who is comfortable working with a wide range of audiences
-Have a strong interest in and commitment to the mission of the Discovery Center and its partners
-Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
-Be able to work on their feet, including outdoors and in inclement weather
-Be hard-working, self-directed, creative, and proactive with a positive workplace attitude
-Be able to work some evenings and most weekends
-Have First Aid and CPR training (or will provide)

About The Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is a joint project of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), Audubon Mid-Atlantic (AMA), and the Strawberry Mansion Community, located in East Fairmount Park. The Discovery Center, which opened in September 2018, includes new headquarters and educational facilities for POBS and AMA, as well as a new public space and educational resource that offers public access to the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir, an important stopover on the Atlantic migratory flyway for dozens of rare bird species. The Discovery Center is an asset to the entire region, and seeks to have a special impact on the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood where it is located. To that end, The Discovery Center seeks to engage residents in public programming offered on-site and contribute to a diverse, thriving community.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to [email protected] Applications will be considered as soon as they are received.