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Founded in 1857, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s oldest museum with the newest building. For more than 160 years, the Nature Museum has been dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science.

Today, the Nature Museum distinguishes itself by providing more hands-on science instruction than any other museum in Chicago, and by the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close in exhibits such as its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. The Nature Museum also focuses on research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach, and ongoing scientific activity.

Thank you for your interest in opportunities at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. All current opportunities are listed below. If there are no current positions listed, please check back often as we post job openings as they become vacant.

  • Building Engineer 1 (Full Time)
  • Independent Contractors

  • Building Engineer 1
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Summary of Position:   As the urban gateway to nature and science, the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum prides itself on a clean, well functioning, and safe museum environment that connects people to nature and inspires audiences to learn more about the world around them.

    The Building Engineer 1 performs all facets of building operations, from HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical maintenance to exhibit and private event support; reporting to the VP & Curator of Museum Experience. 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.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Service and maintenance of Lochinvar natural gas heaters, with 2 million BTU output each, and 33-ton rooftop chiller, including compressors and condenser fans attached to the chiller, filter changes, cleaning of coils, and emergency belt changes.
    • Perform routine upkeep and repair of all building systems.
    • Control and adjust HVAC system via direct digital control, utilizing computer programs, e.g. the Honeywell Tridium system.
    • Perform service and maintenance of building plumbing as well as make general plumbing fixture repairs.
    • Light electrical repair, carpentry and renovation work.
    • Service and maintenance of Butterfly Haven environmental systems.
    • Maintenance and repair of small equipment, including electric and gas motors.
    • Assist with the construction, setup, and strike of temporary exhibits.
    • Assist with building maintenance issues at off-site collections facility.
    • Setup and breakdown of AV equipment and building lighting for presentations, meetings and special or private events.
    • Assist in private event furniture/fixture set up and breakdown.
    • 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 troubleshooting on lighting issues, including ballast and daily lamp changing.
    • Coordination and supervision of service contractors and personnel.
    • Seasonal tech coverage of special and private events.
    • Supervises the Engineer 2 position.

    This full-time position will require a work schedule that will include one weekend day as well as occasional evening work and on-call duty.


    • 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 skid steer is a plus.

    Core Values Include:

    • Passion for excellence
    • Excellent Work Ethic
    • Punctuality
    • Great demeanor and works well under pressure
    • Great attention to details
    • Great collaborator/Team player

    Salary is commensurate with experience.

    Work in the museum’s Lincoln Park location with full benefits including medical, dental, visions, flexible spending, generous PTO, 401K and LTD.

    How to Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to Subject line, please put Building Engineer 1 position.

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

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

    Independent Contractors
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring independent contractors to install and dismantle temporary exhibitions in the Special Exhibitions Gallery and for other events during the year on a temporary basis- generally winter, late spring, and early fall.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    Requirements vary for each exhibition. Most contractors will be required, under direction of the Exhibit Production Supervisor and/or the Lead Exhibit Fabricator to:

    • Assist in preparing the gallery (including new construction, and repainting).
    • Assist the forklift operator loading and unloading trucks at the dock.
    • Handle crates to and from the dock, the freight elevator and the 2nd floor gallery.
    • Pack and unpack exhibit components and move empty crates to and from storage.
    • Distribute and assemble or disassemble components per provided instructions and drawings.
    • Assist in hanging, moving, and focusing lighting instruments in the gallery.
    • Clear and clean the gallery and the exhibition in preparation for opening.
    • Ability to lift and hold up to 60 lbs.
    • Familiarity with the safe use of hand and power tools, dock equipment and personal protective gear, and general carpentry/assembly experience are preferred.
    • A positive attitude toward the work and the exhibition team, pleasant and professional conduct toward all museum staff and visitors, and self-motivation to complete assigned tasks are required.

    Compensation: Compensation starts at $15 per hour working 6-10 hours per day.

    Some evenings and/or weekends are required. 

    How To Apply: 

    Please send 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.

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