Whitaker Center
Serving our Community through
Education + Entertainment + Art

Careers

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Whitaker Center team!

Located on Market Street in downtown Harrisburg, Whitaker Center is Central PA’s premier destination for entertainment and education. From hands-on science in our Harsco Science Center, to a premium large format movie experience in Select Medical Digital Cinema, to live performances inside Sunoco Performance Theater there’s always something exciting going on at Whitaker Center! Join our team and help us further our mission of serving our community through education, entertainment, and art.

If you have a passion for delivering excellent guest service and love the idea of working to fulfill a mission with a dedicated group of individuals, then we encourage you to apply. Whitaker Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our employees enjoy these perks:

  • A complimentary Family membership to Whitaker Center
  • 15% discount at the Wonders Store, digital cinema concessions and Whitaker Center sponsored events
  • Banking partnership with Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union and Members First Credit Union
  • Downtown parking options

 Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits:

  • Generous Vacation and Personal Time Off
  • PPO Health Care Plan, Dental, Vision and Prescription
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Pension Plan
  • Vanguard 403(b)(7) Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Opportunity to purchase supplemental policies through AFLAC

 
Current open positions

POSITION:  Educator

Application materials for this position are due Friday, June 30 by 2:00 pm.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  This is an hourly position (this position can be part or full-time) reporting to the Director of Education at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY:  The Educator develops, delivers and evaluates educational programming including Discovery Labs, Surgery Live!, Discovery Camps, other workshops offered by the Education Department and programming within designated areas of Harsco Science Center including KidsPlace. Tracks inventory of program supplies and ensure that multimedia and science equipment is properly maintained. Interact directly with Harsco Science Center guests to facilitate their learning and enjoyment. Assists guests in having a safe, fun and educational experience. Present educational demonstrations and programs and provides information to guests. Assist in hosting groups during their visits. In the absence of the Director of Education and the Guest Services Supervisor, the full-time Educator provides functional oversight to part-time Educator(s), Interactors and guidance to volunteers and interns during scheduled shifts.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBLITIES:

  1. Serve as an instructor in Discovery Labs and Surgery Live! sessions during the school field visit experience including preparation for the days’ labs and clean-up of the room at the conclusion of the day. Facilitate educational programming in designated areas within Harsco Science Center including KidsPlace when not conducting Discovery Lab workshops or another project.
  2. Facilitate a variety of educational workshops offered by the Education Department including Discovery Camps and teacher professional development offerings.
  3. Initiate the revision of curriculum, including development and revision of lesson plans, multimedia presentations and student data sheets, for Discovery Labs, Surgery Live!, Discovery Camps and other workshops offered by the Education Department, as assigned by the Director of Education.
  4. Maintain inventory record and alert Director of Education when supplies need to be ordered.
  5. Assist with the field testing of new educational curricular materials.
  6. Provide functional oversight to Education programs staff and volunteers in the absence of the Director of Education and Guest Services Supervisor. Serves as “point person” for customer service issues and refers escalated situations to appropriate member of the management team. (FT only)
  7. Pro-actively engage guests and explain exhibit- and program-related science concepts in a fun, age-appropriate manner.
  8. Build and maintain an appropriate knowledge of exhibit- and program-related science concepts by participating in training opportunities and independent study.
  9. Answer routine questions from guests and maintain necessary familiarity with exhibits, programs and amenities of Harsco Science Center and Whitaker Center.
  10. Assist in host group visits, including greeting, check-in, orientation, escorting groups from one location to another within Whitaker Center, lunches and departures as assigned.
  11. Maintain familiarity with emergency procedures and assist in implementing them when necessary.
  12. Participate in team activities to continuously improve the quality of our guests’ experience, including attending departmental and all-staff meetings and keeping informed about exhibits, programs and amenities of Harsco Science Center and Whitaker Center.
  13. Work with minimal supervision, assess situations and make necessary decisions on the job in order to maintain and improve the quality of the guest experience, and inform the Director of Education of actions taken.
  14. Attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.
  15. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Director of Education.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in elementary or science education required. Coursework in science education strongly recommended.
  2. PA Teaching Certification and working knowledge of PA Academic Standards required.
  3. Excellent interpersonal and guest service skills are required. Must enjoy working with families and groups of children.
  4. Must be poised, self-motivated and a positive influence on team dynamics. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly is essential.
  5. Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed, including weekends, evenings, holidays, and special events.
  6. A sense of humor and fun are necessary.
  7. Must be able to work independently to a high standard of reliability and quality.
  8. Must be able to be a positive, professional representative of Whitaker Center to the community.
  9. Must have good oral communications skills, including the ability to speak clearly and project your voice on a daily basis.
  10. Must be able to teach a variety of age groups with enthusiasm, energy, and much creativity.
  11. Must communicate professionally with educators and positively with children.
  12. Ability to stand for long periods, climb stairs frequently and lift up to 30 lbs.
  13. Must be able to understand and obey safety rules and regulations related to equipment and chemicals.
  14. Must have a willingness to utilize newest educational technologies available in all educational programs.
  15. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to general public, co-workers and volunteers. Positive and friendly attitude at all times.
  16. Prior supervisory experience preferred (FT Educator only).
  17. Exhibit strong writing, analytical, presentation and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit, and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
  18. Ability to work as part of a high performance team and be a strong team player.
  19. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

EQUIPMENT SKILLS:

  1. Computer literate; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft and Internet research procedures and database application.
  2. Working knowledge of telephone, computer, printer, fax machine, copier and calculator.

DIRECT REPORTS:  None at this time.

 

POSITION:  InterActor

Application materials for this position are due Friday, June 30 by 2:00 pm.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  This is a part-time, hourly, position reporting to the Education Services Coordinator at Whitaker Center of Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY:  The InterActor is responsible for interacting directly with Harsco Science Center guests to facilitate their learning and enjoyment. Responsible for assisting guests in having a safe, fun and educational experience. Present educational demonstrations and programs and provides information to guests. Monitor the condition and operation of the science center’s exhibits and public areas and helps keep them safe, clean and in good working order by working with guests and appropriate Whitaker Center personnel. Assist in hosting groups during their visits.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBLITIES:

  1. Present educational programs and activities to Harsco Science Center guests, including science demonstrations, Field Station and Science a la Carte activities, and Birthday Science Birthday (BSB) Party programs.
  2. Pro-actively engage with guests and explain exhibit- and program-related science concepts in a fun, age-appropriate manner.
  3. Build and maintain an appropriate knowledge of exhibit- and program-related science concepts by participating in training opportunities and independent study.
  4. Monitor and work with guests to maintain a safe, enjoyable environment within Whitaker Center.
  5. Answer routine questions from guests and maintain necessary familiarity with exhibits, programs and amenities of Harsco Science Center and Whitaker Center.
  6. Participate in daily science center opening and closing procedures.
  7. Assist in hosting group visits, including greeting, check-in, orientation, escorting groups from one location to another within Whitaker Center, lunches and departure.
  8. Monitor the condition and operation of the exhibits, activity areas and public spaces within the science center and work with appropriate personnel (such as exhibit technicians and custodial staff) to help keep them working, safe, clean and comfortable.
  9. Maintain familiarity with emergency procedures and assists in implementing them when necessary.
  10. Assist in the development of new educational programs, including suggesting program ideas and researching program content.
  11. Participate in team activities to continuously improve the quality of our guests’ experience, including attending departmental and all-staff meetings and keeping informed about exhibits, programs and amenities of Harsco Science Center and Whitaker Center.
  12. Works with minimal supervision, assess situations and make necessary decisions on the job in order to maintain and improve the quality of the guest experience, and alerts the Education Services Coordinator with any concerns.
  13. Attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.
  14. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Education Services Coordinator.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent. Some college preferred.
  2. Candidates must be poised, self-motivated and a positive influence on team dynamics. Ability to make appropriate decisions quickly is essential.
  3. Formal training in science at the college level is helpful but not required.
  4. Previous experience in informal education is ideal. Experience in working with children in an educational environment is very helpful.
  5. Must have good oral communications skills, including the ability to speak clearly and project your voice on a daily basis.
  6. Ability to stand for long periods, climb stairs frequently and lift up to 30 lbs.
  7. Must be able to understand and obey safety rules and regulations related to equipment and chemicals.
  8. Ability to memorize and understand science demonstration scripts and related material.
  9. A sense of humor and fun are necessary!
  10. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to general public, co-workers and volunteers. Positive and friendly attitude at all times.
  11. Exhibit strong writing, analytical, presentation and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit, and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
  12. Ability to work as part of a high performance team and be a strong team player.
  13. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  14. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

EQUIPMENT:

  1. Computer literate; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft and Internet research procedures and database application.
  2. Working knowledge of telephone, computer, printer, fax machine, copier and calculator.

DIRECT REPORTS:  None at this time.

 

POSITION:  Stagehand

Application materials for this position are due Friday, June 30 by 2:00 pm.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  This is a part-time, hourly position, reporting directly to the Production Manager at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible for performing tasks required for the safe and timely load-in and load-out of show productions, including artist's instruments and equipment and the preparation, maintenance, and restoration of the theater for all events.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Venue specific on-the-job training will be provided to familiarize stagehands with procedures and equipment, however a basic knowledge of the items referenced below is necessary.

  1. Load-in and load-out sound, lighting and other theatrical equipment required for events.
  2. Follow instructions from Whitaker Center supervisors and tour supervisors in a timely and efficient manner.
  3. Safely operate equipment, tools or instruments required for the set-up and presentation of an event, including, but not limited to: Genie lift, counterweight rigging, lighting instruments, and lighting and audio control boards.
  4. Maintain a positive, professional demeanor through all interactions with Whitaker Center employees, volunteers, event staff, and visiting artists while working effectively together to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
  5. As assigned, perform duties as event Lighting or Sound Technician. Eligibility for these additional duties will be determined by the Production Manager during periodic performance appraisals.
  6. Attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.
  7. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Production Manager.

This position description is relative to major requirements and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High school diploma or GED required. Technical school preferred.
  2. Two (2) years experience as a stagehand in a performance setting.
  3. Previous experience with theatrical production or the music industry is essential.
  4. General aptitude with basic tools of stagecraft.
  5. Must be able to lift at least fifty (50) pounds and perform physically demanding tasks.
  6. Assist with maintaining safety and fire laws.
  7. Ability to work well under pressure with a variety of personalities while maintain an open and positive perspective that reflects confident professionalism and an unconditional dedication to providing consistent superior services.
  8. Ability to be prompt and work a flexible schedule that includes days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Employees need to be ready to work at the designated time and place.
  9. Ability to successfully complete a Pennsylvania State Police Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information obtained by submitting a full set of fingerprints to the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent for submission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

EQUIPMENT SKILLS:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of computerized stage lighting and digital sound reinforcement systems.
  2. Ability to work on Genie lift at heights up to 60 feet.
  3. Skilled in Fall Arrest Systems.
  4. Knowledge in the use of miscellaneous hand tools.
  5. Computer literate; demonstrated understanding of Microsoft and Internet research procedures.

DIRECT REPORTS:  None at this time.


We’re always looking for Volunteers to serve as ushers and interactors at Whitaker Center. We offer great perks and flexible shifts!

Looking for an Internship? We have several internship positions available in over a dozen departments.

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