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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. 
 

New to Mid-America Science Museum this summer 2018 is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first outdoor dinosaur exhibit, the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek will be a permanent display of 18 dinosaurs dispersed throughout the museum's outdoor landscape. Visitors will hear and marvel at prehistoric dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, and many other exciting dinos!

 

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

Jim Miller – Director of Marketing

Jeremy Mackey – Director of Education

Jamie Perisho-Webb – Director of Guest Services

Jack Breckenridge – Director of Facilities and Grounds

Dylan Kuchel - Director of Exhibits

Irene Perros-Hart – Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Lori Arnold- Exhibit Designer   

David Hiebert – Exhibit Technician

Audrey Pickett - Education Coordinator

Christi Hodges – Educator

Nancy Bell – Education Associate

Hayley Chronister – Education Associate

TJ Heron – Education Associate

Chris Hough – Education Associate

Kimari Watson - 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

Janet Lewis – Housekeeper

Dillon New – Housekeeper

Joshua Kress – Exhibit Technician

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

 

Now Hiring!

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to jeremym@midamericamuseum.org. 

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

Mid-America Science Museum Official Job Description

Title: Educator

Job Summary:

Must have a desire to educate, engage and entertain people of all ages with science-based presentations that are fun and enlightening through an infectious enthusiasm and strong charisma. Basic schedule management, database management and departmental inventory regulation will require strong organizational and time management skills. Premium customer service is required at all times while representing the Mid-America Science Museum. The Educator is responsible for visitor interaction on the museum floor and will use informal and phenomena-based learning techniques to facilitate exhibits and provide demonstrations for visitors. The Educator will assist with the check-in of field trips and other groups and will work closely with other education staff and volunteers to provide a positive experience for visitors. The Educator leads museum classes of up to 30 students and performs science demonstrations in the museum and in outreach venues as assigned.

Department: Education

Reports to: Director of Education

Education: Bachelor’s Degree or related experience preferred in education, science or related field.

Experience Required: Three years teaching or related experience.

Description of Duties:

* Assist visitors with exhibit operations on museum floor by facilitating exhibits

* Use inquiry and other informal learning techniques to engage and inspire visitors of all ages

* Assist with field trips and group visits to the museum

* Assist in training new volunteers

* 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 and Digital Dome shows as needed

* Must work proportionate share of special events

* Participate on team projects in writing educational programming in area of specialization and as assigned by the Director of Education.

* Present classes and demonstrations in museum and in outreach venues as assigned

* Maintain all teaching supplies, props, models, specimens, etc. in classroom and office areas

* Organize and maintain supplies and materials used for programs and ensure cleanliness of all work areas

* Provide museum floor coverage as scheduled

* Provide general backup to present programs as assigned

* Lead museum camps as assigned and provide backup assistance to other staff members during camps

* Perform educational outreach programs at schools, libraries, and other public events as assigned

* Conduct programming for special events, mini-events, and special programming

* Provide feedback on educational programming, experiments and events to promote constant improvement

* Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Special Skills and Abilities

* Bachelor’s degree or related experience in education, computer science, chemistry, biology, environmental science, geology, physics, astronomy or a related field

* Experience in 3D printing, micro technology, engineering or robotics preferred

* Must be able to work independently and with a group

* Teaching experience preferred

* Organizational and time management skills are a must

* Proficiency in Microsoft and Mac operating systems and related software are preferred

* 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

* Must be available for evening and weekend work hours and work proportionate share of those time

* Be able to lift up to 30 lbs

* 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 mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to jeremym@midamericamuseum.org. 

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to noreenk@midamericamuseum.org. 

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

Mid-America Science Museum Official Job Description

Title: Volunteer Coordinator (Part-Time) 

Job Summary: To recruit, train and supervise adult and teen volunteers to serve in various capacities within the Museum; interview and place volunteers; acts as liaison between staff and volunteers for assignment; record and compute volunteer hours monthly; create and update/maintain volunteer brochures and training manual; assist with Team Tesla program as needed.  To arrange for volunteers to be recognized and rewarded appropriately. 

Department: Operations

Reports to:  Chief Operations Officer

Education:  College level coursework

Experience Required:  Experience working with volunteers

Special Skills:

Computer skills:  proficient in basic computer applications

Excellent organizational skills

Strong communication skills

Demonstrate good customer relations skills in dealing with donors, members, volunteers, museum visitors and staff

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the museum.
  • Create and or update/maintain volunteer brochures and training manual.
  • Maintain volunteer service descriptions for each volunteer assignment.
  • Survey staff regularly to assess needs for volunteer assistance.
  • Ensure volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations, to include guest services, education, exhibits, marketing, and special events.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers.
  • Schedule all volunteer activity.
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service.
  • Organize and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events.
  • Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to recommend and implement changes as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation.
  • Record and compute volunteer hours monthly.
  • Host and attend recruiting events with in the community to attract qualified candidates
  • Coordinate/chair assigned special events, mini-events, and special programming.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations with the area.
  • Identify community outreach opportunities such as fairs, festivals, local markets and organizations.
  • Work with marketing director to publicize opportunities for volunteers.
  • Develop and oversee program budget.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to noreenk@midamericamuseum.org. 

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. Applications may be mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 or they may be emailed to noreenk@midamericamuseum.org. 

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


 

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.