Local students encouraged to apply for position at the Exploratorium


By Veronica Feyling

Bay Area youth already know how fun it is to visit the Exploratorium. What local students may not know is they have an opportunity to work there, as well.

The Exploratorium offers students above age 15 – including those from West County — a chance to get hired at the museum as an Explainer. The Explainers are a group of students who engage the public with exhibits, lead demonstrations and run several museum operations. No science background is required for the position. 

Explainers are paid San Francisco’s minimum wage of $14 per hour. The position is a four month program and students work from about 12 to 19 hours per week – shift times vary depending on age.

Rebekah Chavarin, a former Explainer from Richmond, lauded the program where she worked from May 2015 through September 2016.

“The experience taught me that everyone has something to offer,” Chavarin said. “Learning about [math and science] in a space that felt inclusive allowed me to see the ways that different people learn and appreciate each and every person for the unique way they see the world they live in.”

About 3,500 students have been Explainers since the program was introduced to the public in 1969. From September 2009 to August 2010, 10.2-percent of those students were from the East Bay.

While students from Richmond may shy away from applying due to the commute, Chavarin said, “I was always excited to go to work.”

There are 130 paid positions a year, and the upcoming Fall session is vastly approaching. Explainers are hired every four months.

From July 23 through to Aug. 5, applications can be submitted online. Check out details on how to apply here.