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Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum team. Please direct all resumes to the contact listed on each job description.
All 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 Registration Coordinator
Part Time Position (20 hrs/week)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Assistant Registration Coordinator focuses on registering outside individuals and groups to participate in a variety of education programming at the Museum, processing payments from registered programs, distributing confirmation materials, maintaining the education database and supporting the regular functions of the Registration Office.

Essential Duties:

  • Promptly answering and returning phone calls to teachers and tour organizers interested in booking field trips to the Museum 
  • Promptly answering and returning phone calls to teachers, group leaders, Nature Museum camp parents and scout organizations for programming offered through the education department
  • Coordinating and distributing all visit confirmation packet materials to outside individuals, groups, and Nature Museum department contacts
  • Facilitate weekly meetings with Visitor Services and Student Programs to synchronize group attendance and programming
  • Monitor and record attendance and revenue for programs requiring registration
  • Upkeep of the VISTA database
  • Assist with education events such as Educator Previews, Public Overnighters, and Teacher In-Services as needed
  • Support the regular functions of the Education Department based on special needs

Brief List of Qualifications: 

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at once 
  • Organizational and project management skills needed 
  • Detail oriented
  • Work in a fast-paced environment, ability to meet deadlines
  • Work well within a team setting while also being self-motivated and able to complete tasks with minimal supervision

Minimum Education Required:

  • High School Diploma; some college preferred

Minimum Experience Required:  

  • Experience working with database and/or reservation software
  • 1-2 years cash handling experience

Email resume and cover letter to: registrationposition141@naturemuseum.org
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Building Engineer 2
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Reporting to the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience, the Building Engineer 2 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.

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
  • 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.
  • Maintenance, repair and troubleshoot on lighting issues including ballast and daily lamp changing
  • Coordination and supervision of service contractors and personnel
  • This full-time position will require a work schedule that will include one weekend day as well as occasional evening work and taking call duty

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

Email resume and cover letter to: engineerposition343@naturemuseum.org
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Chicago Conservation Corps Program Assistant
Part Time Position (20 hrs/week)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Reporting to the Vice President of Education, the C3 Program Assistant is responsible for maintaining all communications avenues of the program. This will require timely updates to the program website, the release of regular email newsletters to all program participants, and communication with C3 partner organizations to gather event and activity information. The Program Assistant will also be present at some C3 activities to support other staff and to engage with participants.

Minimum Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication or marketing preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, biological sciences, sustainability, environmental sciences, and/or related field considered.

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Experience with online outreach campaigns, especially newsletters and blogging
  • Familiarity with environmental service programs in Chicago, particularly the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and its partner organizations

Principle Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain awareness of environmental and sustainability service opportunities in Chicago
  • Plan, research, write, and disseminate monthly newsletters for three different audiences: program volunteers, teachers, and the general public and assure all newsletter production timelines are met
  • Manage and design web content at www.chicagoconservationcorps.org
  • Manage and increase social media presence for the Chicago Conservation Corps
  • Assist with program recruitment efforts
  • Develop relationships with the volunteers, partners, and other members of the communities we serve
  • Maintain contact and performance measurement databases 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and reach of C3 communication
  • Support volunteers in project planning and implementation 
  • Participate in special events and planning committees when appropriate
  • Support the C3 Leader and Student Clubs Programs as needed
  • Support all regular functions of the Education Department 
  • Some weekends and evenings may be required

Brief List of Qualifications:

  • Skill with any/all of the following: Wordpress, Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, search engine optimization, Google calendar, and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Knowledge and ability to share general science, sustainability, nature, and environmental content
  • Community engagement/organizing and/or volunteer management experience and interest preferred
  • Strong written communication skills, including impeccable grammar
  • Attention to detail and strong time management skills
  • Collaborative
  • Efficient
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other educators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff
  • Demonstrated leadership ability 
  • Valid driver’s license is required. Access to own vehicle preferred

Email resume, cover letter, and one-page writing sample on an environmental topic to: EducationJobs1@naturemuseum.org. Please include “C3 Program Assistant” in the subject line.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Coordinator of Logistics for Private Events
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s 6th most visited museum, as the Coordinator of Logistics for Private Events.

Reporting to the Manager of Private Events and Logistics, this position will be responsible for coordinating logistics, on behalf of the Museum, for clients who rent the museum for private events including weddings, corporate events, special occasions, and birthday parties. This busy and fast paced job will work varied hours, depending on events, and will also provide opportunities to participate in the sales process for event rentals.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Represent the museum in final planning for events, including managing and assuring smooth event logistics, working with clients and their vendors
  • Supervise events at the museum as the museum representative, including events on evenings and weekends
  • Coordinate event logistics (including room set up and clean up) with other museum departments including security and facilities management 
  • Coordinate museum activities with our preferred vendors, including caterers.
  • Promote and sell the museum space for private events such as weddings, corporate events and birthday parties
  • Bring new ideas to generate additional revenue
  • Maintain accurate and monthly revenue reporting

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public affairs or related discipline with measurable experience in marketing or a related field
  • Experience in event sales and execution, preferred
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in sales and strong interpersonal and persuasion skills
  • Some weekend and evening hours required

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs5events@naturemuseum.org.
Qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.


Director of Development
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the
Director of Development. Join the External Affairs team in the exciting task of advancing the museum.

Reporting to the Vice President, External Affairs, the Director leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in solicitation of annual, endowment and special gifts to the Museum.

The job will include: identifying key prospects; cultivating and soliciting donors; creating and executing campaigns; managing donor acknowledgements and recognition; and planning and developing stewardship events, including our major fundraising event of the year – the Butterfly Ball. The Director will have an opportunity to support, in a leadership role, a capital campaign, as well as Trustee cultivation and solicitation. The Director will work closely with the other areas of external affairs including grants, marketing and membership.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Significant, measurable experience in development particularly with annual, major and event based giving programs
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, preferred. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Experience in a museum or art related environment, a plus.
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who understands the importance of both strategy and execution

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs1development@naturemuseum.org. No calls, please.


Manager, Private Events and Logistics
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, as the Manager, Private Events and Logistics.

Reporting to the Vice President, External Affairs, the Manager of Private Events and Logistics will be responsible for promoting and advancing the Museum as a venue for rental for private events including weddings, corporate events, special occasions, and birthday parties. This busy and fast paced job will utilize your past experience and engage you in the exciting work of this Museum.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Promote and sell the museum space for private events such as weddings, corporate events and birthday parties
  • Respond to incoming inquiries, meet with potential clients and handle contract negotiations
  • Coordinate outreach and promotion with our preferred list of vendors, including caterers
  • Develop and reach out to a target list of corporate/non-profit/hotel meeting planners 
  • Bring new ideas to generate additional revenue
  • Represent the museum in final planning for events, including managing and assuring smooth event logistics, working with client and their vendors
  • Supervise events at the museum as the museum representative, including events on evenings and weekends
  • Maintain accurate and monthly revenue reporting

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public affairs or related discipline with measurable experience in marketing or a related field
  • Experience in event sales and execution
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who thinks both strategically and executionally
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in sales and strong interpersonal and persuasion skills
  • Occasional weekend and evening hours required

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs4events@naturemuseum.org.
Qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.


Manager, Volunteers and Interns
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Manager of Volunteers and Interns.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Manager of Volunteers and Interns is responsible for leading over 300 volunteers and interns in a dynamic program that is crucial to the Nature Museum’s daily operations and its long-term success.

Essential Duties

  • Respond to incoming volunteer inquiries; interview and place qualified applicants in appropriate and meaningful service roles
  • Ensure retention of volunteers by providing a welcoming environment and organizing appropriate training sessions, field trips, and social gatherings
  • Plan and execute annual volunteer recognition dinner and awards ceremony
  • Plan and execute intensive eight-week training course for volunteers
  • Plan and execute annual Chicago Volunteer Expo, a gathering of nonprofit organizations from around the city to promote volunteerism and service
  • Cultivate new volunteer groups such as the Monarch Network, an ambassador program for museum supporters
  • Oversee the internship program and ensure its compliance with federal standards
  • Prepare reports to senior management on quantitative and qualitative aspects of the volunteer program on a quarterly basis
  • Represent and promote the Nature Museum’s volunteer and internship programs in professional and community networks, serving as a leader among volunteer managers in the Chicago area

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree required; Masters degree preferred. Fields such as nonprofit management, psychology, sociology, and social work a plus
  • At least 2 years experience working with volunteers in a leadership role
  • Must be willing and eager to work evenings frequently and adjust work schedule to cover all seven days of the week on a regular basis
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Friendly demeanor and excellent listening skills are essential

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send cover letter and resume to: Job2014Volunteer@naturemuseum.org No calls, please.


Museum Educator
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Reporting to the Vice President of Education, the Museum Educator 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 outreach education, after school programming, and museum settings is essential.

Minimum Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or education
  • Training in the field of science education preferred
  • Teaching certification a plus

Minimum Experience Required:

  • One year 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

Principle Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Implement science and environmental science programs in Chicago area schools, Nature Museum programs, and community based programs
  • Assist in the development of programs as needed
  • Assist in the evaluation of education programs
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with the teachers, parents, students, and other members of the communities we serve
  • 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/or Next Generation Science Standards
  • Knowledge and ability to present general science, nature, and the environment content to a diverse population of learners
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Windows XP
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once
  • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other educators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff
  • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
  • Valid driver’s license is required 
  • Access to own vehicle preferred

Email resume and cover letter to:  EducationJobs1@naturemuseum.org. Please include “Museum Educator” 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 Position (20 Hours/Week)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has an opening for a part-time Visitor Services Associate. This busy position handles a variety of duties, including:

  • Greeting and processing Museum visitors at the front desk
  • Working the register in the store/café
  • Monitoring guest interaction in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
  • Checking coats, strollers and other large items
  • Assisting with school group processing and direction

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

Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send cover letter and resume to VSJobs3@naturemuseum.org. No calls, please.


Web and Social Media Coordinator
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.


Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum as the Web and Social Media Coordinator. Join a dynamic External Affairs team in coordinating the Nature Museum’s digital outreach and marketing efforts.

Reporting to the Marketing Manager, the Web and Social Media Coordinator will handle day to day management of the Nature Museum website, social media platforms and electronic communications. Working closely with the Marketing Manager, help shape the vision of the Internet strategy and be proficient in creating and expanding a social media brand via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. A high degree of organization and time management is required.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Experience working with a CMS to create and edit website content 
  • Highly proficient in measuring and presenting reports that track progress with high engagement rates and strong social media buzz
  • Experience creating and implementing communications emails such as newsletters, special alerts and program announcements
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Bachelors degree 
  • CMS, HTML, Photoshop knowledge a plus

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send cover letter and resume to jobs3web@naturemuseum.org. No calls, please.


 

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