August 22, 2016: All positions have been filled! Thanks to everyone who applied and helped us spread the word.
We have several part-time volunteer positions available for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested, please read through the information below and then go here to apply! Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 5, 2016.
Letters to a Pre-Scientist (LPS) is a volunteer organization with the mission of inspiring and empowering underprivileged middle school students to pursue careers in science and technology. We do this by facilitating year-long mentorships with scientists from around the world through a snail mail pen pal program. Our program is a cross-curricular experience where students learn science content while improving their reading and writing skills and broadening their understanding of world geography and culture. They get exposed to many different science careers and make connections between middle school units and real jobs. We believe that every student is a pre-scientist, and we aim to give them the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century.
Benefits of working with LPS
Being a part of LPS is great experience for anyone interested in a career in science outreach and education. You will be in contact with scientists from around the world, and you will work hands-on with a teacher who is actively engaged in improving his/her students’ lives. Your work will have a direct, positive impact on children in low-income communities.
Please note: all positions are unpaid. Letters to a Pre-Scientist is 100% volunteer-run at this time.
1. Social Media Coordinator
Letters to a Pre-Scientist (LPS) needs a volunteer to help promote our program through social media. This volunteer will play a key role in keeping current program participants up to date with what is going on in our teacher’s classrooms, as well as getting new followers familiar with our program. Coordinator will work closely with the LPS leadership team and classroom teachers to capture all aspects of our program using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. Ideal candidates will be organized, consistent with email communication, have experience with successful social media campaigns, and have an interest in STEM education and or education inequality. Coordinator can work remotely from anywhere in the US and must be able to commit an average of 2 hours per week.
- Post regular updates to the LPS Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Edit and manage the LPS blog using WordPress.
2. Science Classroom Program Coordinator
Letters to a Pre-Scientist (LPS) currently seeks a volunteer to coordinate between our classroom teachers and our scientist volunteers. This volunteer will help LPS maintain strong relationships with both teachers and scientists through frequent email communication. Coordinator will work closely with the LPS leadership team and classroom teacher to ensure that each student is matched with a scientist pen pal and that letters are sent and received according to the program deadlines. Ideal candidates will be organized, have excellent communication skills, and have an interest in STEM education and or education inequality. Coordinator can work remotely from anywhere in the US and must be able to commit an average of 2 hours per week.
- Act as the LPS liaison for one teacher and a group of scientist volunteers.
- Coordinate the assignment of pen pals throughout the school year.
Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016. The positions run from August 22, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
The online application form is available here.