Teen Research Program Instructor

The Teen Research Program Instructor position is an ideal opportunity for an Undergrad or Graduate Student interested in the intersection of STEM and education. As a Teen Research Program Instructor, you will facilitate fun, engaging, and meaningful hands-on science learning for teens. It is a great opportunity for professional growth and you will gain valuable experience in teaching STEM to highschoolers.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to joannaoren@berkeley.edu.

Dates, Titles, and Required Content Expertise

  • Non Residential On Campus High School Teen Research Programs
    • Full time June 12-16, 2023 + ~20 hrs preparation prior:
      • Biotech Engineering: knowledge of and experience with CRISPR technology and related lab skills
      • Bioinspired Design: have taken Dr. Robert Full’s Bioinspired Design course at Cal
      • Science of Social Media and Attitudes: research methods in social science or psychology, strong data skills
  • Residential Off Site High School Teen Research Programs
    • Full time June 11-16 Sunday-Friday + ~20 hrs preparation prior:
      • Marine Biology at Bodega Bay: marine biology, including ecosystems and field and lab research methods, strong data skills
    • Full time June 25-30 Sunday-Friday + ~20 hrs preparation week prior:
      • Forest Ecology at Sagehen Field Station in Truckee National Forest: forest ecology, including ecosystem management and field research methods, strong data skills
  • Non Residential On Campus Middle School Teen Research Programs
    • Full time July 10-14, 2023 + ~20 hrs preparation prior:
      • Designing and Engineering Bridges: some structural engineering and/or physics background
      • Coding and Engineering Nano-Satellites: experience with Scratch and Python and some knowledge of satellite technology
      • Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations: knowledge of human body systems and human health, e.g., pre-med coursework


  • Develop an understanding of, and the ability to facilitate STEM Teen Research Camp programming in a fun, engaging, hands-on environment while supplying accurate scientific information. This may involve further reading or research on a subject or topic.
  • Present programs in an energetic, appropriate, and way that actively engages teens.
  • Manage a learning environment for participants’ well being and safety.
  • Serve as an enthusiastic role model and mentor for teens grades 10-12.
  • Be responsible for material management, including set-up, clean-up, and storage.
  • Thoroughly understand the building safety and security and implement emergency procedures.
  • Adhere to all of the policies and procedures of UC Berkeley and The Lawrence.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Responsible, organized, and healthy work ethic capable of working independently and collaboratively with an educational team.
  • Strong customer service and verbal communication skills.
  • Experienced and excited to share science experiences with teens grades 10-12.
  • Demonstrated creative teaching methods in informal or formal learning environments.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or a post-secondary education program in science, education, youth development, or related field.
  • Required content expertise based on the specific program to which you are applying to teach (see below)–you can apply for more than one program title
  • Reliable, punctual, and available to work full time during your assigned program plus ~20 hours the week prior for training.
  • A good sense of humor, flexibility, and ability to think quickly and adapt.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds (carts are available).

Pay: $21-26/hr

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to joannaoren@berkeley.edu.