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Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum team. Please direct all resumes to the contact listed on each job description. 

Building Engineer 1 (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Supervisor Title:  Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience

Position Summary:

The Building Engineer performs in all facets of building operations, from HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical maintenance to exhibit and special event support. This full time hourly position is primarily located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park with occasional work located at the museum’s collection facility in the Ravenswood neighborhood. This full-time position will require a work schedule that will include one weekend day as well as occasional evening work and scheduled on call duty.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Service and maintenance of Lochinvar natural gas heaters, 2 million BTU output each and 33ton rooftop chiller including compressors and condenser fans attached to the chiller, filter changes, cleaning of coils and emergency belt changes
  • Routinely perform upkeep and repair of all building systems
  • Control and adjust HVAC system via direct digital control, utilizing computer programs Honeywell Tridium system
  • Service and maintenance of building plumbing as well as effect general plumbing fixture repairs
  • Light electrical repair, carpentry and renovation work
  • Service and maintenance of Butterfly Haven environment mechanicals
  • Maintenance and repair of small equipment, electric and gas motors
  • Assist with the construction, setup and strike of temporary exhibits
  • Assist with building maintenance issues at off-site collections facility
  • Assist in the setup and breakdown of AV equipment and building lighting for presentations, meetings and special events
  • Share responsibility for the scheduling and coordination of contract service personnel, including elevator, fire alarm, pump, fountain, etc.
  • Assist with the coordination and supervision of Maintenance and Security Staff
  • Maintenance, repair and troubleshoot on lighting issues including ballast and daily lamp changing
  • Coordination and supervision of service contractors and personnel
  • Seasonal tech coverage of special events


  • High School Diploma or GED equiv. Bachelors or Associates degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or HVAC installation, service and maintenance preferred.
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication
  • Experience in carpentry and light construction
  • Excellent familiarity with wood/ metal working machinery and equipment
  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs
  • Must be comfortable working on ladders and elevated heights.
  • Ability to operate a forklift and skidsteer a plus

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.  

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Grants Manager (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Grants Manager. Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer the Grants Manager leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in for all our grants and foundation support.

This key position will oversee and execute all grant proposals and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders. The Grants Manager will identify new grant opportunities and manage existing relationships with grantors. Working with all departments in the museum, the Grants Manager will write and submit grants and manage the grant evaluation process. A commitment to nature, conservation and the museum’s mission will be important as the Grants Manager establishes and maintains relationships with grant providers, while working closely with museum staff and Board members.  

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Grant writing experience required
  • Excellent writing, editing and research skills, as well as strong verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with Chicago-based grant makers, preferred
  • Experience in working with other areas of the development
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, preferred

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to: No calls please.


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