Performer, Experiences

The iconic front steps of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Franklin Institute is looking for energetic performers to enhance the in-building visitor experience. We are looking for performers with high-energy, big personalities, and the ability to captivate an audience. This role would benefit from having someone with comedic skills who can read an audience and has the ability to improvise with guests. 

Performer, Experiences are responsible for engaging guests with scientific content in an educational, fun, and memorable capacity through demonstrations, live shows, group and one-on-one facilitation. 

We are looking for reliable performers with initiative who can work with little supervision, customer service skills, and commit to at least 3 days a week. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekdays, weekends, evenings, and holidays. 

The Performer, Experiences will also be responsible for: 

  • Performing shows and acts in the assigned area according to show schedules and assisting in the daily operation aspects of the assigned show. 
  • Leading science experiences for museum guests, including, but not limited to performing live shows and demonstrations and interacting/facilitating in exhibits. 
  • Performing dissections of animal organs, not limited to but focusing on mammalian. 
  • Developing skills and knowledge to maintain quality show, appearance, and integrity. 
  • Assisting in general cleaning of specified areas. 
  • Working as part of a team to increase productivity and while providing excellent guest service. 
  • Developing an understanding of exhibit content and activities grounded in STEM 
  • Handling of chemicals and materials - (ex: liquid nitrogen, hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, and oxygen gases; dissection scalpels) - training provided. Ability to handle latex balloons. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Position Requirements

  • Interest in learning about science and value the importance of science communication
  • Able to communicate effectively in a professional manner with co-workers, supervisors, and guests 
  • Experience in delivering high-energy, fun performances 
  • Excellent customer service experience
  • Previous experience in education and visitor services in an attraction setting preferred 
  • Ability to stand, walk and work for prolonged periods of time 
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred 

Status: Part-time, 24 hours per week

Please visit our Careers page or contact (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.