Materials Prep Assistant (UC Berkeley Student Job)

Are you seeking behind-the-scenes experience in a science center? Are you someone who enjoys and excels at organizing things? If color-coded labels bring you joy, this may be the job for you! Come join our Prep Hub team at The Lawrence that procures, prepares, organizes, stores, and distributes materials and equipment for a variety of educational science programs.

Job Type: UC Berkeley Student Job

Working Title: Materials Prep Assistant

Working Days and Hours: At least 8 hours per week (up to a maximum of 19 hours per week), during business hours (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm)

Salary: $18.50 per hour

Department Overview

The Lawrence’s Prep Hub procures, prepares, organizes, stores, and distributes materials and equipment for a variety of educational science programs. We work with and support many groups and departments across the Lawrence, including Public Engagement, Community Outreach, Summer Camps, Teen Research Programs, and more. Our goal is to make sure our educators and facilitators have all the materials they need to deliver the very best programs possible!

Job Summary

Materials Prep Assistants work closely with other Prep Hub staff to prepare, set-up, clean-up, and organize materials for our science camps, classes, and other programs for children and families. Note that this is largely a behind-the-scenes role and does not usually involve interacting with science center visitors or students.

At least 8 hours per week (to be scheduled during business hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm) are required during the spring semester, up to a maximum of 19 hours per week.

Availability to continue working during UC Berkeley school breaks, and interest in continuing in the position in future semesters, is preferred.


  • 15% Packing kits of materials to be used for camps, classes, community outreach events, and various other educational science programs for children and families
  • 20% Materials preparation tasks, such as making copies, gathering materials from storage, cutting paper or other materials to size, creating simple signage and visual aids, simple crafting projects to create props, making simple chemical solutions, etc.
  • 20% Putting away materials and equipment in storage areas
  • 15% Sorting, organizing, and labelling items in storage areas
  • 15% Cleaning and organizing work and storage areas, including tasks like washing dishes, doing laundry, sweeping, etc.
  • 5% Labelling and shelving books in our library of children’s science books
  • 5% Restocking first aid and emergency supply kits
  • 5% Additional tasks as assigned

Knowledge & Skills

  • Extremely reliable and able to keep to assigned schedule
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Skills in verbal and written communication in the English language, including active listening, collaboration, asking clarifying questions, offering ideas, and giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lb
  • Ability to complete tasks requiring fine motor skills, such as writing clearly, cutting accurately, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to perform repetitive tasks
  • Ability to contribute to a welcoming work environment for all by respecting others’ identities, perspectives, and abilities, and working effectively with colleagues with diverse backgrounds
  • Background knowledge or interest in science and/or education is preferred, but by no means required.

Education & Training

Academic background, experience, or interest in science and/or education is helpful, but not required.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Katie Thomas at