History + Mission

A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Serving as a unique destination for generations of families now for nearly 40 years, Mid-America Science Museum continues to provide an escape for families and individuals seeking a safe and fun learning atmosphere. 

Located less than one mile from Hot Springs National Park Mid-America Science Museum is surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. Receiving a $7.8 million dollar grant courtesy of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Mid-America Science Museum added more than 100 new state of the art exhibits that include the new Arkansas Underfoot Gallery, the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk and the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater where guests may view the night sky and tour the solar system using the newest digital planetarium software. 

The newest exhibit to come to Mid-America Science Museum is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first outdoor dinosaur exhibit, guests may now hike among the 18 permanent dinosaur displays dispersed throughout the museum's 21-wooded acre outdoor landscape. The journey begins beneath the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, where visitors may trek through the forested landscape while listening and marveling at prehistoric dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Spinosaurus, Allosaurus, Utah Raptors and more.

Coming in 2019 is Mid-America Science Museum’s 40th Anniversary and the construction of an all-new traveling exhibit hall that will help bring exciting new exhibits for visitors to Mid-America Science Museum.

 

MISSION: 

The mission of Mid-America Science Museum is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences, and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. 

 
 

Staff + Board

Diane LaFollette – Executive Director

Noreen Killen – Chief Operations Officer

Harmony Hurst Morrissey - Chief Development Officer

Niles Ellis – Director of Design

Jamie Perisho-Webb – Director of Guest Services

Jim Miller – Director of Marketing

Jeremy Mackey – Director of Education

Dylan Kuchel - Director of Exhibits

Irene Hart – Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Lori Arnold- Exhibit Designer   

David Hiebert – Exhibit Technician

Joshua Kress – Exhibit Technician

Christi Hodges – Educator

Nancy Bell – Education Associate

Hayley Chronister – Education Associate

Chris Hough – Education Associate

Mandy Monheiser – Guest Services Coordinator

Chris Hall - Guest Services Associate

Darrell House - Guest Services Associate

Katie Ross - Guest Services Associate

Will Sanders – Guest Services Associate

Dillon New – Housekeeper

Board of Directors

Libby Vines, Chair

Senior Vice President, BancorpSouth

Tiffany Tucker, Vice Chair

Attorney, Farrar & Williams, PLLC

Franklin Bass, Secretary

Senior Vice President, Simmons Bank

Brian Gehrki, Immediate Past Chair

Owner, Gehrki Commercial Real Estate LLC

Jeff Stephens

VP Engineered Products

Mid-South Engineering Co.

Mandy Golleher

Director of Marketing & Volunteer Services

National Park Medical Center

Ben Van Wagner

Director of Information Technology

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

Bryan Smith

Purchasing Manager

Alliance Rubber Inc.

Neal Shunk

Marketing Manager, Weyerhaeuser

Ed Copeland

Community Volunteer

Jared Zeiser

Owner, Zeiser Wealth Management

Meredith B. Switzer

Judge, Garland County District Court Division 1 

George Lee

Owner, Ambry Technologies

Carol Freeland

Community Volunteer

Carla Mouton 

Community Volunteer 

Careers

 

Mid-America Science Museum is now Hiring!!

Click the link to download Job Application PDF 

http://www.midamericamuseum.org/site/assets/files/1080/application_for_employment.pdf

Full-Time Exhibit Technician

Reporting Relationships: 

Supervised by Director of Exhibits. Will also assist all other departments in the museum as needed and as directed by the Director of Exhibits. 

Brief Position Summary: 

The Exhibit Technician is a valued team member of the Exhibits Department, which is responsible for ensuring that all exhibits on the museum floor are properly functioning and the presentation of exhibits are up to the quality and standards expected by MASM as a first-class science museum.  Other responsibilities of this position include museum audio/visual elements and grounds and facilities maintenance as assigned.  The Exhibit Technician must be a team player who is willing to help other team members as needed.  This position also works after hours events as requested and participates in the overall cleanliness of the museum. Superior guest service is the primary goal of all team members of Mid-America Science Museum, therefore, the Exhibit Technician must be willing to guide, inform and assist guests in a cheerful and engaging manner. 

 Description of Duties:

  • Conducts regular cleaning and maintenance of all museum exhibits inside and outside the facility. 

  • Repairs broken exhibits and works with museum staff to effectively prioritize a repair schedule for exhibits

  • Upholds exhibits maintenance schedule and checklists with other Exhibit Department team members

  • Works with Director of Exhibits and other team members to install and de-install traveling exhibits

  • Performs daily opening and closing procedures

  • Assists with grounds maintenance, including, but not limited to, trash removal, walkway cleaning and mowing and weed-eating the grounds

  • Assists with housekeeping as needed

  • Works with museum educators and floor staff to ensure quality communication with each other and museum guests

  • Monitors and evaluates museum audio/visual elements including all museum lighting elements, public address system, and music selection

  • Works proportionate share of after-hours events

  • Participates in all training exercises provided by the museum

 Requirements and Special Skills

  • Must have mechanical and electrical abilities and educational background related to engineering and/or skilled trades that apply to the daily tasks required to perform stated position

  • High pressure boiler certified

  • Must have a positive attitude and is a team player who willing to take on extra tasks as assigned

  • Must be well organized, responsive to other team members

  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

  • Ability to lift 30 – 60 lbs

  • Knowledge of heavy equipment operation preferred

  • Museum experience preferred but not required

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 

http://www.midamericamuseum.org/site/assets/files/1080/application_for_employment.pdf

Applications may be emailed to Dylank@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Dylan Kuchel

Part-Time Education Associate:

Job Summary: 

The Education Associate is responsible for visitor interaction on the museum floor.  This person will use informal learning techniques to facilitate exhibits and provide demonstrations for visitors.  The Education Associate will assist with the check-in of field trips and other groups. This person will also work closely with other education staff and volunteers to provide a positive experience for visitors. This position is usually the first step toward becoming an Educator at Mid-America Science Museum.  This position may be part time or seasonal as designated by the Director of Education. 

Department: Education

Reports to:  Director of Education

Education: Some college coursework

Experience Required:  Teaching or related experience.

Description of Duties:

  • Assist visitors with exhibit operations on museum floor

  • Use inquiry and other informal learning techniques to engage all visitors

  • Assist with field trips and group visits to the museum

  • Assist other education staff and volunteers to ensure proper floor coverage

  • Provide excellent customer service to all museum guests

  • Execute floor demonstrations on a daily basis

  • Constantly evaluate and monitor the status of exhibits and work with exhibit technicians to ensure timely maintenance and repair

  • Ensure museum floor is presentable and clean

  • Operate Tesla Coil and conduct theater shows and Digital Dome programs as needed.

  • Maintain all teaching supplies, props, etc. in area of specialization.

  • Provide general backup to present programs as needed and as assigned.

  • Conduct programming for special events, mini-events, and special programming when assigned.

  • Other duties as assigned.

 Requirements and Special Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in education, biology, zoology, science education, physics, chemistry or related field.

  • Must be a team player.

  • Must be engaging, outgoing, patient, and able to relate to and work with a wide variety of individuals and people of all ages

  • Work a flexible schedule occasionally unsupervised

  • Be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

  • Other duties as assigned

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 

http://www.midamericamuseum.org/site/assets/files/1080/application_for_employment.pdf

Applications may be emailed to jeremym@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Jeremy Mackey

Part-time Exhibit Technician:

Job Summary: 

The Exhibit Technician is primarily responsible for ensuring that all exhibits on the museum floor are properly functioning and the presentation of exhibits are up to the quality and standards expected by a first-class Science Museum. This is a part-time position with approximately 20 hours of work per week.

Department: Exhibits and Design

Reports to: Director of Exhibits and Design

Education: Technical training in related fields or relevant experience

 Description of Duties:

  • Responsible for overall museum appearance and working order of exhibits

  • Ensure that all exhibits are maintained and working properly to reflect the high-quality standards of the Mid-America Science Museum and to serve the mission of the Museum

  • Works with museum educators and floor staff to ensure quality communication

  • Works with Senior Exhibit Technician/Director of Exhibits and Design to prepare for and install traveling exhibits

  • Repairs broken exhibits and works with museum staff to effectively prioritize a repair schedule for exhibits

  • Assists with set up and break down of temporary exhibitions

  • Upholds exhibits maintenance schedule with Senior Technician

  • Assists with daily opening and closing of museum

  • Works proportionate share of after-hours events

 Requirements and Special Skills

  • Must have mechanical abilities and educational background related to and/or skilled trades that apply to the daily tasks required to perform stated position

  • Provide a positive contribution to the moral and working environment of the museum

  • Must be well organized

  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation

  • Ability to lift 30- 60 lbs

  • Museum experience preferred but not required

 Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 

http://www.midamericamuseum.org/site/assets/files/1080/application_for_employment.pdf

Applications may be emailed to Dylank@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Dylan Kuchel

Part-time Housekeeper:

Job Summary:

The Housekeeper-Inside Facility performs high cleaning of the building s interior spaces, including high dusting for Mid-America Science Museum. The Housekeeper performs general cleaning of all interior spaces, including but not limited to the cleaning of tile and carpet floors, and daily maintenance of the museum.  

Department: Operations

Reports to: Guest Services Coordinator

Education: High school or equivalent

  •  Meticulously and consistently performs regular housekeeping. Responsible for attention to detail, and consistent and thorough cleaning of the entire museum. Removes stains, spills and/or gum from floors throughout the day.

  • Responsible for cleaning floors, tables, chairs and walls throughout the museum. Responsible for maintaining cleanliness of lounges and meeting rooms.

  • Responsible for inspecting, stocking, supplying and cleaning of restrooms throughout each day. Daily inspections of all areas of the building, reporting and items to be corrected, to the appropriate person.

  • Assists in set-ups for rooms and events, as required.

  • Maintains cleanliness of janitor closets, keeping them neat in appearance and fully stocked. Maintains housekeeping equipment in good, operational condition.

  • Responsible for operating floor equipment to clean floors in snack bar area, lounge areas and restrooms. Removal of cleaning supplies and materials from shipping/receiving dock.

  • Assists with outside grounds maintenance including weeding and lot pick up as needed.

Requirements and Special Skills:

  • Must possess high school diploma or GED equivalent.

  • Two years’ experience preferred in industrial or large public facility housekeeping.

  • Must possess a proven track record of strong customer service.

  • Must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends when scheduled.

  • Must be able to vary normal work schedule, as needed, to provide adequate coverage for the museum.

  • Preferred operational knowledge of and experience using commercial cleaning equipment.

  • Must be able to communicate with one-on-one conversations, and two-way radios with visitors, staff and museum guests.

  • Must be able to able to respond to on-call alerts, as needed.

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects (at minimum 50 lbs), stock inventory and other museum supplies.

  • Must also be able to accomplish both low and high cleaning of the building (ground level to ceiling).

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 

http://www.midamericamuseum.org/site/assets/files/1080/application_for_employment.pdf

Applications may be emailed to Noreenk@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Noreen Killen


 

Press Kit

Please direct all media inquiries to: 

Jim Miller, Director of Marketing

501-767-3461 ext. 118

jimm@midamericamuseum.org

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 
 

Mid-America Science Museum (MASM) is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others except as explained in this statement. MASM collects information from users on our website in some or all of the following ways:

Registration

In order to use certain parts of this website, users may be asked to first complete a registration form. During registration, users may be asked to give their contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used only to contact the user about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest. Users may also be asked to provide demographic information (such as zip code, age, or gender). To support MASM's mission to provide science education to all people, we may share general demographic statistics about the users of our site with other organizations. MASM will not share specific information about an individual user without that user's consent.

Purchases

We request information from our customers during online purchases of goods or services. During purchases, users must provide contact information (like name, shipping address, and email address) and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used only for billing purposes and to fill the customer's order. If we have trouble processing an order, contact information is used to get in touch with the customer. MASM does not share individual purchase information with any other commercial enterprise.

Email Communication

MASM offers regular email communications for visitors interested in opting in to receiving information about upcoming exhibits, shows, and events. MASM and Constant Contact do not sell or rent our email mailing lists. Subscribers may unsubscribe from our email lists at any time by clicking the link provided at the bottom of each email communication.

Log Files

Like most websites, MASM uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track users' movement through the site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Comments

MASM provides ways for users to give us their comments on the MASM website, museum and programs. Personal information provided with these comments is not shared outside of MASM and is used internally only to respond to specific comments.

Surveys and Contests

From time to time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age or grade level, etc). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. In cases where a contest is sponsored by a third party, contest entrants' contact information may be shared with the third party sponsor. Survey information will be used for purposes of science education or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Links

MASM's website contains links to other websites. Please be aware that MASM is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by MASM's website.

Sharing

MASM may share aggregated demographic information to support our mission to bring science education to all people. MASM will not share any personal information that can identify any individual person without that person's permission.

MASM may use outside companies for services such as shipping, order fulfillment or credit card processing. These companies do not retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes.

If MASM cooperates with another party to provide specific services we may share names, or other contact information with the third party for users who request such services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing requested services.

Security

MASM takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline using industry standard systems.

If you have any questions about the security of our website, please email: info@midamericamuseum.org

Notification of Changes to MASM Website Privacy Policy

If MASM decides to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our website so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.