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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.

Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Position Overview:

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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Setup and breakdown of AV equipment and building lighting for presentations, meetings and special/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 troubleshoot on lighting issues including ballast and daily lamp changing.
  • Coordination and supervision of service contractors and personnel.
  • Seasonal tech coverage of special/private events
  • Supervises 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 taking 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
  • Excellent 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, vision, 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.

Education Programs Coordinator (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Supervisor Title: Vice President of Education

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:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
  • 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.

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.

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

Supervisor Title: Vice President 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


  • 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: 

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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