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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.

  • Education Programs Coordinator (Full Time)
  • Independent Contractors
  • Summer Camp Assistant Director (Seasonal)
  • Summer Camp Head Counselor (Seasonal)

  • Education Programs Coordinator
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Supervisor Title: Vice President of Education

    Status: Full-Time

    Position Summary: This Education Programs Coordinator position requires a multi-dimensional educator with natural science content knowledge and a passion for teaching. It entails implementation of onsite and offsite science and environmental education programming for a wide variety of audiences varying in ages from pre-K to adults. Some program development responsibilities, especially curriculum writing and revision, 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 at 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:

    • 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, G-Suite, and Windows operating systems.
    • 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 (including multiple times per week) to schools and community sites throughout Chicago and Chicagoland region is required
    • Some evenings and/or weekends are required. 

    How 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. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.


    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 CAScontractor@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. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.


    Summer Camp Assistant Director (Seasonal)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Seasonal Position Duration: June 8-August 21, 2020

    Department: Education

    Background: The Nature Museum Summer Camps offer children (ages 4-11) the opportunity to connect with and explore our local urban habitats. Our camp is 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.naturemuseumcamp.org.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities: 

    Attend 12 days of training between June 8 and June 26 to participate in and lead skills trainings, develop curricula, and prepare for camp sessions. The AD will work closely with the Camp Directors to mentor camp staff in environmental education best practices, lead camp groups in activities, complete the camp schedules and weekly supply lists, organize camp materials, finalize field trip logistics, and co-author the daily “camper page” email communication. 

    Following the training and curriculum development, on a daily basis the AD will work with any or all of the camp groups to facilitate and support planned activities with other camp staff, often with living and preserved specimens. The AD will support the Camp 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: 

    • Completion of junior year of college or above.
    • Knowledge of 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 summer camp counselors in meaningful environmental education.
    • Ability to lead activities both outdoors and indoors.
    • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials throughout the Museum and its grounds.
    • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens.
    • Strong organizational skills, management skills, and an aptitude for presenting information in an engaging way to a wide range of learners.
    • Flexibility and willingness to lead campers 4 to 11 years old daily.
    • 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: $15.75 per hour

    Time Commitment: The term of this position is the week of June 8-12 through August 21 (end date negotiable for those returning to school). The AD is scheduled to work up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. 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 edjob2@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. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.


    Summer Camp Head Counselor (Seasonal)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Seasonal Position Duration: June 15-August 21, 2020

    Department: Education

    Background: The Nature Museum Summer Camps offer children (ages 4-11) the opportunity to connect with and explore our local urban habitats. Our camp is 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.naturemuseumcamp.org.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    Attend a two-week training from June 15 to June 26 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 training and curriculum development period, Head Counselors will facilitate planned activities with campers during camp sessions. Head Counselors will supervise a group of campers with the help of one to two Counselors. Head Counselors will support the Camp 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 Directors and/or 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:

    • Completion of sophomore year of college or above.
    • Knowledge of 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 lead activities both outdoors and indoors.
    • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials throughout the Museum and its grounds.
    • 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: $14.75 per hour

    Time Commitment: The term of this position is from June 15 to August 21 (end date negotiable for those returning to school). The Head Counselors are scheduled to work up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. 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 edjob2@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. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.

     
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