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Youth Science Institute (YSI) is looking for passionate, dedicated people to join our team of Instructors. At YSI, our instructors work with students leading hands-on activities that are designed to engage students and help students develop critical-thinking skills. As part of the YSI education team, you will gain practical experience working with children and be part of a team that serves nearly 30,000 students per year in Santa Clara County. This part-time, flexible position is ideal for students working towards a degree in education, child development, or a science-related field.
• Assist in the implementation of educational programs at sites throughout Santa Clara County including our 3 Science & Nature Centers (Alum Rock Park, Vasona Lake County Park, Sanborn County Park), school sites, community events, festivals, etc.
• Teach science and place-based lessons to children and adults in an outdoor, field-trip setting
• Set-up before and clean-up following education programs
• Assist with materials preparation for events and education programs
• Maintenance of exhibits
• Maintaining indoor and outdoor facilities
• Handling of live animals (training provided)
• Maintenance and care of live animals (including holidays and weekends)
• Other projects as necessary

• Passionate about science education and working with children
• Able to work in varying conditions (indoor and outdoor)
• Positive and enthusiastic
• Interested in working for a non-profit
• Flexible and willing to take on a variety of tasks
• Able to work autonomously or in a group
• Dedicated to the ideals stated in the Youth Science Institute’s mission

• 2 or more years of experience in a teaching or related field
• A degree in science, education, or environmental studies preferred or equivalent experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Computer literate in MS Office Suite
• Can work independently and respond to changing priorities
• Posses a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and have access to a car
• Must undergo criminal background checks, including fingerprints, through the database of the California Department of Justice and the national FBI criminal database. Must also show evidence/verification of a negative TB skin test reading less than two (2) years old.
• Ability to stand for extended periods of time
• Lift up to 30 pounds
• Must have and maintain current certification by a nationally recognized provider of training for adult and child First Aid, CPR, and AED; acquired by end of first 30 days of employment at YSI

Salary Range:
$19-$23/hour depending on experience.

This part-time, flexible position may be scheduled to work Monday through Friday and weekends based on the needs of YSI.  Shifts vary by day and by week.  The field trip season peaks in the fall and spring, with limited teaching hours available during winter and summer.  Additional summer hours may be available working with summer camps.  Adjunct Instructors are assigned to out of office sites by the Program Director or Executive Director.  Adjunct instructors are required to work at least 20 hours per month.  For accommodations, see Executive Director.

To Apply: Please email a completed Employment Application and resume to or mail to:

Youth Science Institute
Attn: Program Director
296 Garden Hill Drive
Los Gatos, CA  95032