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ILLUSION Specialist

Date: 04/14/2014
Dept: Exhibits
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Hours: Part-time

General Job Description:


The ILLUSION specialist supports the Fleet Mission and Visitor Experience Philosophy by facilitating the interaction of museum visitors and school children with the ILLUSION exhibition and the scientific principles behind it. Specialists enhance the educational experience of visiting school children and public by initiating informal conversations with visitors, conducting informal demonstrations and stimulating curiosity and interest in related scientific phenomenon. Responsibilities also include ILLUSION gallery monitoring for both the safety of the visitors and the artwork on display.

The ideal candidate has a particular interest in science and arts or the Fleet Science Center and is able to draw upon their own interest and knowledge of science. Ability to engage visitors is more important than deep content knowledge of the topic. ILLUSION Specialists MUST have the ability and desire to make others happy through exemplary service skills.  Training on specific content related to the ILLUSION exhibition will be provided.


Featuring a host of installations that deceive the eyes of the visitor, ILLUSION shows that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe. Artworks and interactive demonstrations will offer further insight into the human mind through an exploration of the motivations and mechanisms of sensory deception.

We will be hiring multiple Illusion Specialists - at least six!

Please note that the above job description is not all inclusive of actual job duties and is meant to give an applicant a basic summary of the job opportunity being offered.

Basic Selection Factors:

To be considered qualified for the job, applicants should meet these basic selection factors:

  • Experience and interest in magic and sleight of hand welcome.
  • Experience with and a desire to interact with children and our diverse visitor population.
  • Experience with large group presentations and/or public speaking.
  • Ability to work in crowded noisy atmosphere, standing and/or walking for entire shift.
  • Ability to maintain focus during very busy periods and coordinate many functions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Basic knowledge of safety procedures a must.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person a must.
  • High School level science classes required, college coursework in neuroscience, biology, psychology a plus.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Must be available for weekend shifts.
  • Knowledge of Fleet Science Center and educational programs a plus.

Please note: final applicants may be tested on their Microsoft Office computer skills and may be asked to demonstrate writing, proofreading and mathematical skills.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

To be considered for the job, applicants must be able to perform with reasonable accommodation, all physical & mental requirements of the position.

Medium Work:  Position involves ability to frequently or constantly exert up to 20 pounds of force and occasionally exert up to 50 pounds of force to move objects.

Physical Demands:

The following activities indicated by a Y (YES) are used in performing the job.


Y Balance N Carrying 1-10 lbs daily
Y Crawling Y Far vision
Y Grasping Y Kneeling
N Legs and arms (ladder) N Lifting 11-20 lbs occasionally
Y Near vision Y Reaching
Y Right finger dexterity Y Standing
Y Talking Y Walking
Y Working inside the building N Ability to push a wheelchair
Y Working with others N Climbing
N Carrying 11-20 lbs daily N Crouching
Y Feeling Y Hearing
Y Left finger dexterity Y Legs only (stairs)
N Lifting 21-50 lbs daily Y Pulling
N Repetitive Motions Y Shoulder mobility
Y Stooping N Travel (via car)
N Working outside the building Y Working alone
Y Ability to spend entire shift standing and/or walking    


Does occupation involve exposure in these areas (yes or no)?

Y Hazardous machinery N Vibration N Dust or Fumes
N Cluttered floors N Poor ventilation N Possible burns
N Electrical hazards Y Noise N Wet areas
Y Poor lighting Y

Crowded areas


Persons who wish to be considered for this job must submit the following documents to Human Resources.

Please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Employment Application

To: Human Resources Department (ISP12-0414REF)
Fleet Science Center
P.O. Box 33303
San Diego, CA 92163

Or, via email to: with "ILLUSION Specialist (ISP12-0414REF)" in the subject line.

Or by fax at 619-685-5771.

Please reference where you learned about position using the appropriate job code or by naming the source.

Please send resume in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader.
*** Please note: our firewall blocks all emails containing .zip file attachments. ***

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS REGARDING APPLICATION STATUS. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to respond to inquiries.

The Fleet Science Center is an equal opportunity employer. The Science Center does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or any other protected status as provided by law.