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Celebrating 160 years of science exploration and education, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences.  The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science through the preservation and display of native specimens, classroom activities, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Today, the Museum distinguishes itself through extensive involvement in schools, providing more hands-on science instruction than any other museum in Chicago, and the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close in exhibits such as its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. The Museum also continues the Academy’s tradition of research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach and ongoing scientific activity.  Its collections, due to their age and type, are among the most important in the region.

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.

  • Assistant IT Support Technician (Part Time)
  • Education Programs Coordinator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full Time)
  • Exhibit Designer (Full Time)
  • Teacher Programs Manager (Full Time)
  • Visitor Services Associate (Part 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: EdJob1@naturemuseum.org. Please include “Education Programs Coordinator” 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.


    Teacher Programs Manager (Full Time)

    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum          

    Position Overview: 

    The Teacher Programs Manager has primary oversight of Nature Museum programming designed for individual educators and teacher teams. This includes two of the Museum’s largest teacher professional development programs, Science on the Go and the Science Teaching Network. It also includes custom professional development workshops as requested and support for pre-service programs with university partners.

    Minimum Education Required:

    • Master’s degree in science and/or education related fields.
    • Teaching Certification preferred.

    Minimum Experience Required:

    • Three years experience working in a formal (classroom) or informal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting strongly preferred.
    • Experience teaching or training adults. Experience with teachers preferred.
    • Formal evaluation experience or training a plus.

    Principal Roles and Responsibilities:

    • Develop and implement a wide variety of programs for educators, with a primary emphasis on Science on the Go and Science Teaching Network & a significant role supporting other CAS/PNNM school partnership programs.
    • Work with external partners to develop and implement collaborative programs.
    • Seek out new opportunities and partnerships that promote the Museum’s mission and reach new audiences.
    • Evaluate existing and new teacher programs.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and revise curriculum units.
    • Guide and support a team on program development, operations, and implementation for teacher programs.
    • Support all regular functions and programming of the Education Department.
    • Act as Instructor of Record for university partners providing credit and/or PD Clock Hours for teacher programs.
    • Maintain all administrative operations and records related to teacher programs including attendance, program metrics, teacher stipends, PD Clock Hours, paperwork related to granting graduate credits, and space usage Event Notifications.
    • Develop and maintain program budgets.
    • Complete animal handling training.
    • Some weekends and evenings are required.
    • Participate in special Museum-wide events, initiatives, and committees when appropriate.

    Brief List of Qualifications:

    • Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, K-12 Framework for Science Education, and Common Core.
    • Knowledge and ability to teach science, nature, and environmental education content to a diverse population of learners, especially teachers.
    • Ability to lead, organize, and manage multiple projects and tasks.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other educators, school administrators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff.
    • Ability to support, lead, and guide other educators with diverse working styles and experience levels.
    • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, Google suite of apps (G Suite), and Windows XP.
    • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
    • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
    • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors.
    • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens.
    • Daily travel to schools and community sites throughout city of Chicago and Chicagoland region is required.

    How to Apply:

    Email resume and cover letter to: EdJob2@naturemuseum.org 
    Please include “Teacher Programs Manager” 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.


    Visitor Services Associate (Part Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Overview:

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has openings for part-time Visitor Services Associates. These busy positions handle a variety of duties, including:

    • Greeting and processing Museum visitors at the front desk
    • Working the register in the store/café
    • Monitoring our Butterfly Haven
    • Working the coat check window
    • Assisting with school group processing

    Your pleasant and professional customer service attitude will be critically important to this position!  The position offers between 16-20 hours per week and requires work on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) and some holidays. We will make every effort to establish a work schedule that fits with your other commitments. The Museum is open 7 days a week – 362 days per year. We are closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and the first Friday in May to prepare for our annual fundraiser, the Butterfly Ball.

    Come join our Museum at this exciting time as we offer our visitors a wonderful science and nature experience! 

    How to Apply:

    Please send your resume to vsjob@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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