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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)
  • Guest Experience Associate (Part Time)
  • Independent Contractors

  • 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: 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.

    Guest Experience Associate
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Supervisor Title: Director of Guest Experience & Engagement

    Status: Part-time

    Position Summary: 

    The Guest Experience Associate is a multi-faceted position that requires an energetic and welcoming individual who thrives to work in a team environment providing our visitors and guest a dynamic science and nature experience.

    Desired Experience/Education:  

    Previous customer service experience at a cultural institution such as a museum, art gallery, or theater with some college experience.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Greeting and processing Museum visitors and selling memberships.
    • Professional and engaging personality that promote a spirit of positivity to guest and fellow teammates.
    • Working the register in the store/café as well as stocking, cleaning, and organizing.
    • Monitoring our Butterfly Haven.
    • Working the coat check window.
    • Assisting with school group processing.
    • Able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
    • Dependable and has a gregarious spirit.

    We are looking for the best talent!  If this sounds like you, come join our Museum at this exciting time as we offer our visitors a wonderful science and nature experience. We will make every effort to establish a work schedule that fits with your other commitments.

    How To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter 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.

    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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