Evaluation Assistant

Company Name: 

Pacific Science Center


200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109





Job Description: 


Evaluation Assistant

Division/Department: SEO / Evaluation

Reports to: Evaluation Specialist

Location: Pacific Science Center

Status: Part-time; Temporary; Hourly


Job Summary

The Evaluation Assistant provides critical support for evaluation of Pacific Science Center’s hands-on maker space – Tinker Tank. This position’s work entails handling a variety of data collection tasks such as distributing surveys, interviewing guests, conducting observations, coordinating studies, as well as entering and managing data. Evaluation studies generally aim to provide insight into how visitors utilize our spaces and what they take away from their experience. This particular study aims to understand how our visitors learn in and engage with the activities offered in Tinker Tank.

This is a part time, temporary, grant-funded position with a duration of 21 months (December 2018 – August 2020). The schedule is 20 hours a week. Days to be worked are flexible; however, weekend availability is required. The ideal candidate is curious and motivated by learning, is capable of working independently but enjoys working on a team, and is calm and approachable. Pay is $16.25/hour.

To apply, complete the online application, include a resume and cover letter in pdf format, and respond to the supplemental questions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect data via survey and/or interview techniques and/or structured and unstructured observations
  • Fulfill data collection goals for all studies
  • Enter data promptly and accurately
  • Interact respectfully and enthusiastically with Science Center guests during data collection activities, and whenever out on the floor
  • Communicate with Science Center staff in a timely manner about data collection and scheduling
  • Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the institutions discretion.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Knowledge of:

  • Social research methods
  • Principles of learning in informal environments
  • Frameworks for growth mindset and/or making and tinkering


  • Fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English
  • Fluency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in a language other than English commonly spoken in the Seattle area (such as Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Mandarin, Vietnamese) is helpful
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs

Ability to:

  • Learn new software programs
  • Work independently, handle data responsibly, maintain confidentiality
  • Adhere to intercept/interview protocol
  • Maintain consistent attendance record
  • Remain calm in a busy environment

Other Requirements:

  • Work on weekends required