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Opportunity: Learning Lab Collections Screener

Learning Lab Collections Screener [2019-2020]


Do you have an interest in helping to make the Smithsonian LEARNING LAB for every teacher in America? Volunteer to screen user-created collections, to make sure they are appropriate for children and viewing in school settings.


Remote (virtual screeners) volunteers perform the following:

  • Access collections for review as they are presented in a Google sheet
  • Review collections for adherence to guidelines in a Smithsonian-provded rubric
  • Within a Google sheet, flag collections of concern, providing notes

The ideal candidate will love learning and be interested in the application of technology to education.

  • Ideal screeners are retired teachers, pre-service teachers, and museum education graduate students
  • Screeners should have an interest in education, schools, students, teachers, and making Smithsonian collections accessible
  • Screeners must be 21 years or older
  • Have a home computer and internet access
  • Have a Gmail address
  • Spanish-language and other non-English speakers are welcome for screening multi-lingual collections

LOCATION: This is a VIRTUAL opportunity which takes place remotely, over the internet, at your home and on your computer


Complete this online application
Complete an in-person or remote interview
Make a User Account in the Learning Lab and create and publish 1 collection
Pass a federal government background check for low risk conducted through the Smithsonian Office of Protection Services
Read and sign Smithsonian Directive 208 Appendix B


  • Mimimum of 3 month committment
  • 2 days per week
  • Volunteers check the Google sheet once per day on their scheduled day(s)
  • Site review may take 5 minutes or up to one hour based upon the volume and length of submissions


  • Online training in the Learning Lab is available and all candidates will be provided with a screening rubric, as well as 1:1 coaching through email or phone
  • MUST complete a yearly ISAT (online security awareness training)
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