Mission: Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.
Pacific Science Center brings science to life. We ignite curiosity in people of all ages and inspire creative thinking to fuel tomorrow’s innovations. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year—in their communities, classrooms and on our campus.
Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs.
Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center.
On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated making science fun for 50 years.
Become a part of the Pacific Science Center team. Pacific Science Center’s mission is to inspire a lifelong interest in science, mathematics and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Each staff member plays a vital role in fulfilling the Science Center’s mission.
Pacific Science Center regularly seeks motivated and service-oriented team players. Pacific Science Center offers a variety of career opportunities which vary from entry level positions to supervisory and management roles. These positions range anywhere from handling animals, providing exhibit interpretation, managing planetarium shows, to working in guest services, events, education, or behind the scenes. Regardless of job title, all employees of Pacific Science Center share a common passion for science education and uplifting service, and regularly have the opportunity to undergo skill development.
Working with a mission driven organization is not the only benefit employees enjoy. Regular and temporary employees enjoy varying levels of free annual Membership that include admission to the Science Center, IMAX documentaries, Laser Dome and Planetarium shows, feature IMAX movies and discounted admission to all major travelling exhibits. Employees are also eligible for reduced rates on ORCA cards and receive discounts at the Science Center café and gift shops. Employees also enjoy the positive and vibrant work environment, not to mention the Science Center’s exciting location – nestled between Seattle Center and downtown Seattle.
Full time employees also enjoy alternative service – opportunities to assist colleagues in various departments and projects, ultimately fostering the importance of teamwork and gaining greater exposure to guests and ever changing programs. Alternative service opportunities include canoeing in the Mercer Slough with summer campers, assisting with large scale events such as our annual New Year’s Eve party and major galas, or jumping on a Science on Wheels van to visit a local elementary school with science experiments for the day.
Pacific Science Center offers a wide array of programs and activities including both permanent and rotating exhibits based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Pacific Science Center employees as well as guests enjoy these programs year round. Employees receive discounted prices on admission to most Science Center programming including 21+ events, lectures and featured exhibits. Ever changing events and exhibits are yet another perk of joining the Science Center team.
Pacific Science Center hosts a variety of events for guests of all ages including, annual research weekends, 21+ after-hours access, family activities and lectures. Check our website for the most current event taking place under the arches!
From permanent exhibits such as Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness to blockbuster, travelling exhibits such as King Tut and POMPEII: The Exhibition, Pacific Science Center always has something new to experience.
Pacific Science Center is home to the ultimate IMAX® experience. With two IMAX theaters, Pacific Science Center delivers both documentary and feature IMAX movies in a state-of-the-art setting.
I have been working at Pacific Science Center full-time (More than 5 years)
- Wonderful people, beautiful building, free movies, meaningful mission
- Non profit pay (not competitive), limited professional development opportunities, mismanagement from senior leadership team, sub par benefits package
I applied online. I interviewed at Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA).
Group interview with about 10 other applicants (about 5 applying for the Usher position and the other 5 for the Concessions position). Panel included about 5 or so supervisors from the usher, concessions, and laser departments, as well as the the overall theater operation head. They asked a lot of fairly easy situational questions to the group about how you would interact with guests in a given, usually unlikely, context. We would go to a certain side of the room to signal our answer and they would call on a few people from each side to explain their reasoning. At one point we broke into twos or threes and rotated around the room and talked to each supervisor more personally. At the end they asked the ushers to prepare and give a speech, as if you were actually giving one to an audience (they gave you a sheet with some info about a film to prepare). They also told us to pick one person in the group that we would hire and write it down on a piece of paper. Got an email to submit references a little bit after the interview.