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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

Qualifications:

  • 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 buildingengineer@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.


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

Supervisor Title:  Exhibit Production Supervisor

Position Summary: 

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a full time Exhibit Fabricator to assist with the creation of new environments and displays and maintain the overall look and function of all museum exhibits. The Exhibit Fabricator will be part of a team that produces world class exhibits and experiences. The candidate must have strong fabrication, design, and visualization ability.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engineering and fabrication of in- house temporary and permanent exhibits.
  • Sourcing and ordering materials and supplies  from new and established vendors
  • Installation of leased exhibits
  • Installation of flat artwork using museum standard practices.
  • Lighting of 2/D and 3/D displays.
  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of 2D and 3D displays.
  • One weekend day and occasional evening hours will be required

Qualifications:

  • Must possess exceptionally strong design, construction and fabrication skills including woodworking, metalworking and mold making. 
  • Must have at least 5 years experience in exhibit /display design and fabrication
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 60 lbs and be comfortable working at elevated heights.
  • Desire and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Proficient in the use of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electronic and audio visual equipment
  • Must be able to read construction documents and blueprints
  • Proficiency in industry standard CAD software such as Vectorworks, AutoCAD or SketchUP a plus
  • Previous experience in interactive prototyping a plus. A demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation, and community improvement.

Compensation:

Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExhibitTech240@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.


Summer Camp Assistant Director (1 position available)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Seasonal Position Duration: June 15, 2017 – August 25, 2017

Department:  Education

Background:

The Nature Museum summer camps offer children (ages 4-11) the opportunity to engage with and explore our local urban habitats. Our camp curricula are designed to enhance campers’ critical thinking and problem solving skills as they engage in inquiry, develop science process skills, and cultivate a love for nature. The Summer Camp Assistant Director (“AD”) is essential for ensuring the success of the camp programs. The AD is responsible for leading summer staff in planning and trainings, developing effective curricula, leading camp activities, assisting in parent communication, and managing counselor and camper schedules for each camp session.

For detailed description of the Nature Museum’s Summer Camp, please visit www.naturemuseum.org/summercamp.

Responsibilities:

Attend 12 days of training to participate in and lead skills trainings, develop curricula, and prepare for camp sessions. The AD will work closely with the Camp Co-Directors to complete the camp schedules and weekly supply lists, organize camp materials, mentor camp staff in environmental education best practices, finalize field trip logistics, and co-author the daily “parent page” communication material. 

Following the training and curriculum development period, the AD will facilitate planned activities with staff and campers during camp sessions. The AD will support the Camp Co-Directors in the supervision and mentoring of Head Counselors and Counselors by modeling good judgment with campers, giving feedback on implementation and professionalism, and supporting in any way necessary. By completing the training, the AD will be able to show competencies in operational management, curriculum development, informal education instruction, written and oral communication, and environmental science content knowledge of our local habitats. 

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled junior year of college students and above;
  • Knowledge and interest in science, nature-based learning in informal learning environments, and educational pedagogy.
  • An enthusiasm for engaging children with nature.
  • Interest and ability in mentoring and leading high school and college aged counselors in meaningful environmental education.
  • Strong organizational skills, management skills, and an aptitude for presenting information in an engaging way to a wide range of learners.
  • Ability to react quickly, use best judgment, and troubleshoot.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Preferred:  Current First Aid/CPR certification is a plus, but not required, as a certification class will be offered.

Compensation:  $13.25 per hour

Time Commitment: The term of this position is from June 15 to August 25. The AD is scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  In addition, the AD is also expected to attend several evening Camp Open Houses and a CPR and First Aid Training if not currently certified.   

How to Apply:

To complete the application process, please submit an online application here and e-mail a cover letter and resume to camps@naturemuseum.org. Please include “Summer Camp Assistant Director” in the subject line. A cover letter, resume, and online application are required for this position. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please advise if you need accommodations to complete the application process. Nothing in this job posting should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.  


Summer Camp Head Counselor (6 positions available)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Seasonal Position Duration:  June 19, 2017 – August 25, 2017

Department:  Education

Background:

The Nature Museum Summer Camp programs offer children (ages 4-11) the opportunity to engage with and explore our local urban habitats. Our camp curricula are designed to enhance campers’ critical thinking and problem solving skills as they engage in inquiry, develop science process skills, and cultivate a love for nature. Summer Camp Head Counselors are essential for ensuring the success of the camp programs. Head Counselors are responsible for developing effective curricula, leading camp activities, and managing camper groups for each camp session.

For detailed description of the Nature Museum’s Summer Camp, please visit www.naturemuseum.org/summercamp.

Responsibilities: 

Attend a two-week paid training to participate in skills training sessions, develop curricula, and prepare activities for camp sessions. Head Counselors will use the Museum’s resources to write environmental education camp curricula. Head Counselors are responsible for creating and/or gathering all supplies needed for activities within a given budget and time frame.

Following the two-week training and curriculum development period, Head Counselors will facilitate planned activities with campers during camp sessions. Head Counselors will supervise up to thirty campers with the help of a fellow Head Counselor and up to three high school Counselors. Head Counselors are encouraged to support the Camp Co-Directors and the Assistant Camp Director in the supervision and mentoring of the Counselors. Head Counselors who are assigned to facilitate the 7 through 11 year old camps will also manage off-site field trip programs along with the Camp Co-Directors and the Assistant Camp Director. By completing the training, Head Counselors will be able to show competencies in curriculum development, informal education instruction, written and oral communication, group management, and science content knowledge of our local habitats. 

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in sophomore year of college through graduate level students;
  • Knowledge and interest in science and nature-based learning;
  • An aptitude for presenting information in a relevant, appropriate, and engaging manner;
  • Lesson planning/implementation experience;
  • Strong organizational, management, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to share enthusiasm for nature and high-energy charisma with kids ages 4 to 11 years old;
  • Ability to react quickly, use best judgment, and troubleshoot;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • A basic understanding of child learning-styles and teaching techniques.
  • Preferred:  Current First Aid/CPR certification is a plus, but not required, as certification class will be offered.

Compensation:  $11.75 per hour

Time Commitment: The term of this position is from June 19 to August 25 (end date negotiable for those returning to school). The Head Counselors are scheduled to work up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. In addition, the Head Counselors are expected to attend several evening Camp Open Houses and a CPR and First Aid Training if not currently certified. 

How to Apply:

To complete the application process, please submit an online application here and e-mail a cover letter and resume to camps@naturemuseum.org. Please include “Summer Camp Head Counselor” in the subject line. A cover letter, resume, and online application are required for this position. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please advise if you need accommodations to complete the application process.  Nothing in this job posting should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.  

 

 
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