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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. 

All opportunities are listed below. If there are no current positions listed, please check back often as we post job openings as they become vacant.

  • Assistant IT Support Technician (Part Time)
  • Education Programs Coordinator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full Time)
  • Entomology Technician (Temporary Part-Time)
  • Exhibit Designer (Full Time)
  • Graphic/Multimedia Designer (Full Time)

  • Assistant IT Support Technician (Part Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Overview:   

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is seeking a part-time Assistant IT Support Technician to work in its Lincoln Park location.

    If you are excited by the opportunity to be part of a new IT team and help shape how technology is utilized at the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, this may be the job for you!

    Job responsibilities will include configuring and upgrading PCs and Macs; organizing and inventorying hardware and software licenses; and responding to daily help desk requests.

    In addition to technical skills, the ideal candidate will have a great attitude and be energized by challenges; enjoy creating solutions and understand that IT involves the interaction between people and technology; and be well organized.

    Qualifications:

    • Experience with Windows and Mac OS configuration and desktop support.
    • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Active Directory administration.
    • Exposure to network configuration and administration.
    • Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs unassisted, climb and work on ladders, work with hands above shoulder level and work in enclosed, cramped places.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in a nonprofit organization
    • Basic proficiency in:
      • Windows server administration
      • Microsoft Exchange administration
      • Google G Suite
      • Firewall Configuration
      • Apache, Wordpress, Drupal
      • Network wiring
      • SQL or FMP databases

    How To Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume to ITSupportAsst@NatureMuseum.org.

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

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


    Education Programs Coordinator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Overview: 

    This Education Programs Coordinator position requires a multi-dimensional bilingual educator with natural science content knowledge and a passion for teaching.  It entails implementation of onsite and offsite science and environmental education programming (in English and Spanish) for a wide variety of audiences varying in ages from pre-K to adults.  Some program development responsibilities especially curriculum writing and revision (in English) are also required. Classroom experience that is transferable to school and community outreach education, teacher professional development, after school programming, and museum settings is essential.

    Minimum Education Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or education field.
    • Teaching certification preferred.

    Minimum Experience Required:

    • Two years teaching experience working with K-12th grade students in a formal educational setting.
    • Experience working in a non-formal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting a plus.

    Principal Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Implement science and environmental science programs to students and teachers in Chicago area schools, at the Nature Museum, and as community-based programs.
    • Assist in the development of programs.
    • Assist in the evaluation of education programs.
    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the teachers, parents, students, and other members of the communities the Museum serves.
    • Participate in a collaborative curriculum development process which includes sharing ideas, writing, and editing.
    • Assume a leadership role for programs or initiatives when appropriate.
    • Participate in special Museum-wide events and planning committees when appropriate.
    • Support all regular functions of the Education Department.
    • Some weekends and evenings are required.
    • Complete animal handling training.

    Brief List of Qualifications:

    • Bilingual (Spanish, fluent)
    • Knowledge of the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Knowledge of and ability to present general science, nature, and environmental education content to a diverse population of learners, including students and teachers.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other educators, school administrators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff.
    • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once.
    • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Windows XP.
    • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors.
    • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
    • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens.
    • Regular travel to schools and community sites throughout Chicago and Chicagoland region is required

    To Apply:

    Email resume and cover letter to: EducationJobME2@naturemuseum.org. Please include “Museum Educator” in the subject line.

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

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


    Entomology Technician (Temporary Part-Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Supervisor Title: Associate Curator of Entomology

    Position Overview: 

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a temporary part-time technician to assist with indexing arthropod biodiversity within Kane County forest preserves. Light trap, yellow pan trap, pitfall trap, sweep net, and Berlese samples were collected this past summer from two sites. The next step in this project is to sort, identify, and catalog these collected specimens. 

    Responsibilities:

    • Sorting arthropod field samples by taxa
    • Identifying insect specimens to family level
    • Detailed labeling, record keeping and organization of specimens
    • Pinning and preservation of insect specimens
    • Data entry

    Flexible schedule. The total time commitment of the position is a maximum of 165 hours. Work will be completed at the Museum’s Lincoln Park location. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Compensation is set at $12/hour. 

    Qualifications:

    • Priority given to applicants with completed coursework in insect classification or taxonomy
    • The applicant must be able to work independently
    • Completed four semesters of undergraduate studies or equivalent
    • Proficiency with dichotomous keys
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0
    • Desired majors: Biology or related field

    How To Apply:

    Please email resume and cover letter in PDF or Word format, along with three references to HR-Ento@naturemuseum.org. Please include “entomology technician” in the subject line.

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

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


    Exhibit Designer (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Supervisor Title: VP of Exhibitions and the Museum Experience

    Position Overview:

    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a full time Exhibit Designer / Project Manager to assist with the creation of new environments and displays. The Exhibit Designer will be part of a team that produces world class exhibits and experiences. The candidate must have strong, design, visualization and organizational ability.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Ideate and design exhibit components for temporary and permanent exhibits
    • Produce 3-D renderings and models of exhibit component
    • Produce CAD construction drawings of display components and Capital Improvement Projects
    • Specify fixtures and furnishings using ADA and Universal Design Guidelines
    • Sourcing and ordering materials and supplies from new and established vendors
    • Act as Project Manager for special project assignments and temp exhibit installations
    • Assist with the installation of temporary and permanent exhibits
    • Assist with the installation of flat artwork using museum standard practices.
    • Coordinate the construction and installation of temporary exhibits
    • Facilitate purchasing and departmental asset inventory management

    Qualifications:

    • Must possess exceptionally strong design, visualization and organizational skills
    • Must have at least 5 years experience in exhibit/display design and fabrication
    • Desire and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
    • Knowledge of mechanical, electronic and audio visual equipment
    • Proficiency in industry standard CAD software such as VectorWorks, AutoCAD, SketchUP
    • Must possess a thorough understanding of construction and fabrication techniques
    • Proficiency in Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator a plus
    • Knowledge of AV media editing tools such as Final Cut Pro and After Effects a plus
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience

    How To Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume to: ExhibitDesignerJob@naturemuseum.org. 

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

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


    Graphic/Multimedia Designer (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


    Position Overview:

    Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as Multi Media Designer. Join the team in the exciting task of advancing the museum – its programs, exhibitions, events and partnerships.

    Reporting to the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience, the Multi Media Designer will have responsibility for developing and overseeing the production of visual materials for museum exhibits and for , marketing, fundraising, and education initiatives. Working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment, the Multi Media Designer will maintain the Museum’s brand across all channels of communication while overseeing all graphic and exhibit design from concept through completion. The Multi Media Designer provides strategic leadership for communication initiatives, fully understanding and supporting the goals and mission of the Museum.

    Duties: 

    • Design and execute a variety of visual communications for exhibit ,print and web based media
    • Produce renderings, concept visuals and ideation materials for exhibit development
    • Produce motion graphics/comics, animations ,scenic projections and environmental images for exhibitions
    • Concept and development of graphic elements and user interface for computer based interactives
    • Maintain the integrity of the Nature Museum brand across all communication channels.
    • Oversee and manage design related contractors or freelancers.
    • Coordinate project schedules, maintain productive workflow and meet deadlines.
    • Manage and work within strict budgets, overseeing the graphics portion of large-scale, on-going project budgets.
    • Manage multi-department projects when appropriate.
    • Communicate with outside vendors for pricing and production.

    Qualifications: 

    • BA in graphic design, film or similar, required
    • 5+ years of experience, preferred
    • Excellent creative, design, layout, typography and production skills
    • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in a Mac environment
    • Strong knowledge of printing and pre-press
    • Ability to think spatially and conceptually, designing large format, environmental and motion graphics
    • Knowledge of design and production for the web
    • Knowledge/interest in interactive media, a plus
    • Knowledge of Dreamweaver, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Premiere, a plus
    • Knowledge of VectorWorks, AutoCad, and Sketchup a plus
    • Ability to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills

    Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package.

    How To Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume to: GraphicsJob@naturemuseum.org.

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

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

     
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