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Executive Director 

Posting Date : 12/31/19

The South Dakota Discovery Center is seeking an executive director who will be responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The SD Discovery Center is an established 501(c)3 entity. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

General Duties: Provide strategic leadership that uses the unique resources and mission of the SD Discovery Center to the maximum benefit of the people of our community and state. Develop & carry out programs, organizational and financial plans. Conduct grant writing & fundraising. Promote the SD Discovery Center in the community and statewide. Please see the job description for more information.

Salary: Compensation will be commensurate to credentials and experience. Pay will be dependent on qualifications, starting at $52,000. Insurance, vacation and sick leave are negotiable benefits.

To Apply: Interested parties should send a cover letter, resume, and phone & e-mail contacts for three references in pdf format to

The position will remain open until filled.

Project Coordinator

Posting Date: 12/31/2019

The South Dakota Discovery Center is seeking a Project Coordinator to organize and manage grant-funded project activities related to planning, implementing, marketing and reporting. The project coordinator reports to the Executive Director of the South Dakota Discovery Center.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage, control and coordinate project schedules and implementation to make sure the project is completed on time and in accordance with the proposal or contract.
  • Help prepare project proposals, timeframes, schedule, and budget.
  • Coordinate activities, resources, equipment and information.
  • Monitor and track project progress and handle issues that arise.
  • Coordinate committee activity and communications. Report committee progress to Executive Director and project partners.
  • Promote project activities and products through press releases, social media, and public presentations.


The project, at this time, involves the design and build of environmental education exhibits; development of a K-8 curriculum and educator professional development, and science communication training for scientists/volunteers.

There will be other projects/tasks, as assigned.

Pay/Benefits: This position may be offered as a part-time or full-time position. Compensation will be based upon credentials and experience, starting at $18/hr. Insurance, vacation and sick leave are negotiable benefits.

To Apply: Applicants should send - in pdf format - a cover letter, resume and phone and e-mail contact information for three references to

The position will remain open until filled.


Posting Date: 1/14/2020

Position: Hands-on STEM Educator Internship (3 positions available)

Rate of Pay: $10 – $14/hour

Hours: 20-30/week

Start and end dates are negotiable. Prefer at least a 10 week commitment.

The STEM educator plans and leads hands-on STEM programming for pre-school – middle school youth in central South Dakota both in our science center and at schools and afterschool programs.

This position will also include assisting with events and preparing educational materials.

Training in a variety of STEM curricula and resources is provided including but not limited to: Great Explorations in Math & Science, NASA GLOBE & other NASA resources, numerous robotics and coding resources, and environmental education resources. The intern will be encouraged and supported in the effort to complete the National Geographic Educator Certification during this internship.

The opportunity for university credit is an option that can be initiated by university students with support from SDDC staff.

Travel is required so a valid driver’s license is required. Ability to lift up to 40lbs is needed.

Education or STEM majors are preferred. High school students, college students or recent college graduates are eligible to apply. Good communication skills, experience working with children, reliability, and ability to work independently are important.

There is potential for this internship to lead to a permanent position.

To apply: E-mail a cover letter (include dates of availability), resume and names and phone numbers for three references to


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Friends of the South Dakota Discovery Center. 
Friends provide on going support so that the
children and families in our community have access to hands-on science learning, now and in the future.

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