Community Scientist NYC

New York, NY /
Programs /
BioBus, Inc. is pleased to announce a job opening for a Community Scientist. We are seeking someone with rigorous scientific training and a passion for education to join our BioBus team. This role will provide support for our community science programs that take place in schools primarily in the New York Metro Area.
Company Information
BioBus helps K-12 and college students discover, explore, and pursue science. We focus on students excluded from the scientific community due to factors such as race, gender, economic status, and physical access. Through this work, we envision a world where all people have the opportunity to reach their full scientific potential. We’ve reached 300,000 students at more than 800 schools since 2008, primarily in NYC public and charter schools and as far away as California, and even Egypt and Jordan. BioBus students connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds, learn lab and research skills, practice science communication, and take steps to become the next generation of scientists and problem-solvers, making the world better for all of us. Our students access and become part of the scientific community through introductory science labs aboard our mobile labs and science stations at their schools; after-school, weekend, and summer programs; and year-long internships. 

BioBus’ scientific team consists of scientists trained at premier research institutions, who work collaboratively to develop unforgettable learning experiences. BioBus encourages creativity and creates space for all staff to suggest new programs, new methods, and otherwise have a voice in shaping the direction of their team and the organization. We offer a casual work environment, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits, and a friendly and supportive culture.

Community Scientist Qualifications

    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Graduate degree OR significant scientific research experience
    • 1 year teaching or outreach experience, formal or informal
    • Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to children and young adults
    • A passion for science and education!

    • Preferred Qualifications
    • 2 or more years teaching or outreach experience, formal or informal
    • Diverse teaching experience, with multiple student age groups
    • Optical microscopy expertise


    • Teaching 3 days a week, which involves:
    • Leading hands-on activities using state-of-the-art microscopes;
    • Traveling to diverse neighborhoods across the New York City Metro Area and occasional road trips to fun destinations 
    • Working with students grades PreK-12
    • Interacting with hundreds of students per week
    • Imbuing students with a passion for open-ended exploration of the natural world. 
    • Developing and supporting other hands-on, inquiry-driven science programs, such as: 
    • Partnerships with schools and community-based organizations to support student science;
    • Ongoing community science projects
    • Networking activities across the existing STEM ecosystems
    •  Weekend programs for families;Professional development workshops for teachers
    • Public programs for a diverse audience
The minimum salary for this position is $60,000. If hired for this position, a salary offer may include additional compensation based on years of relevant experience and degrees.
Compensation at BioBus is competitive, commensurate with experience, and is in alignment with internal equity. BioBus regularly conducts a thorough study of market-competitive salaries. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair and competitive for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. In addition, BioBus offers a very generous health benefits package, as well as a Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare and commuter expenses, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Benefits preview available here. Additionally, BioBus offers generous time off with pay in order to support a sustainable high performance work culture. Full time staff accrue 25 days of PTO per year, in addition to time off for holidays, personal days and sick days. We also offer a paid sabbatical for full time staff after seven years of service.
This position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific terms and conditions of employment are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
BioBus seeks to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Travel
BioBus puts the safety of our students, our staff, and our partners first. As of January 31st, 2022, in accordance with law, BioBus requires that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an accommodation has been approved. BioBus will comply with applicable federal and state laws, as well as EEOC Guidance and will consider any requests for accommodations for medical, religious or as otherwise required by applicable law. New hires must show proof of being fully vaccinated by the end of the first month of employment