Be a part of the Challenger Learning Center

If you have an interest in being a part of the Challenger Learning Center team and helping us inspire the next generation of innovators, check out our job opportunities!


Flight Director (Program Facilitator)  Part-time (10-25 hours/week): Flight Directors lead the Challenger Learning Center’s simulated space missions and other STEM programming both at the Center and at off-site locations.

Note: You must apply through Ferguson-Florissant School District. In addition to the application, please email a cover letter to and let us know why you are interested in this position.

Anticipated start: Early 2023

One part educator, one part astronaut, Flight Directors lead the Challenger Learning Center’s simulated space missions and other STEM programming around the St. Louis region. Watch this 2-minute video to learn more: 


  • Lead simulated space missions for school, community, public and corporate groups.
  • Facilitate after-school programs at community organizations.
  • Facilitate on- and off-site workshops and other programs as needed.
  • Represent the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis at marketing fairs and other related events as needed.
  • Attend regular staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Free membership to St. Louis Science Center
  • Flexible schedule (see qualifications, below, for details)
  • Get to do the fun parts of teaching (doing fun STEM stuff with kids!) without the lesson planning, grading, or parent meetings.
  • Mileage reimbursement


Work schedule varies week to week. (Average 10-25 hours per week during school year, up to 40 hours during summer.) Ideal candidate will have the following availability:

  • Biweekly meetings Friday mornings
  • Minimum three days a week (M-F) and occasional weekends
  • 3- to 6-hour shifts, 8:30AM to 6:00PM


  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Teaching experience in formal or informal education
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both children and adults
  • Ability to problem-solve and improvise in real time
  • Comfortable with technology and willing to learn new software
  • Experience with populations underrepresented in STEM fields
  • Strong interest and/or background in STEM/ space science
  • Ambulatory to move around all areas of the building
  • Driver’s license and willingness to drive personal car to off-site programs
  • 60 hours college credit earned or demonstrated pursuit of STEM learning preferred

Please include a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications – or send it to Erin: .

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is a partnership of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Saint Louis Science Center and EducationPlus.

Please Note: Challenger Learning Center staff are employed through the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Candidates wishing to apply for a position can get the most up-to-date information at Ferguson-Florissant School District employment opportunities and follow the instructions. Please contact the Ferguson-Florissant HR department at (314) 506-9158 or email with any questions.


The Challenger Learning Center has volunteer opportunities for assistant Flight Directors to help facilitate a variety of programs, including simulated space missions, rocket workshops, camps and planetarium programs.

Ideal candidates have some type of teaching experience (formal or informal) and can commit to a regular schedule of at least five hours/week Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am – 2pm.

If you have an interest in volunteering, please contact us at or (314) 521-6205.


There are internship opportunities at Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis in the areas of Marketing and Program Facilitation. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year.

  • Assistant Flight Director Internship: The intern will assist the crew with numerous Challenger Learning Center programs which include simulated space missions and other space-science education programs for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade. Applicants should be in or studying in the field of education with an emphasis on science.