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Employment Opportunities


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. 

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 IT Support Technician (Part Time)
  • Grants Manager (Full Time)
  • Human Resources Manager (Full Time)
  • Public Engagement Facilitator (Part Time)

  • Assistant IT Support Technician (Part Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Overview:   

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is seeking a part-time Assistant IT Support Technician to work in its Lincoln Park location.

    If you are excited by the opportunity to be part of a new IT team and help shape how technology is utilized at the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, this may be the job for you!

    Job responsibilities will include configuring and upgrading PCs and Macs; organizing and inventorying hardware and software licenses; and responding to daily help desk requests.

    In addition to technical skills, the ideal candidate will have a great attitude and be energized by challenges; enjoy creating solutions and understand that IT involves the interaction between people and technology; and be well organized.


    • Experience with Windows and Mac OS configuration and desktop support.
    • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Active Directory administration.
    • Exposure to network configuration and administration.
    • Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs unassisted, climb and work on ladders, work with hands above shoulder level and work in enclosed, cramped places.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in a nonprofit organization
    • Basic proficiency in:
      • Windows server administration
      • Microsoft Exchange administration
      • Google G Suite
      • Firewall Configuration
      • Apache, Wordpress, Drupal
      • Network wiring
      • SQL or FMP databases

    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.

    Grants Manager (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Grants Manager. Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer the Grants Manager leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in for all our grants and foundation support.

    This key position will oversee and execute all grant proposals and reports for foundation, corporate and government funders. The Grants Manager will identify new grant opportunities and manage existing relationships with grantors. Working with all departments in the museum, the Grants Manager will write and submit grants and manage the grant evaluation process. A commitment to nature, conservation and the museum’s mission will be important as the Grants Manager establishes and maintains relationships with grant providers, while working closely with museum staff and Board members.  

    Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

    • Grant writing experience required
    • Excellent writing, editing and research skills, as well as strong verbal and interpersonal skills
    • Familiarity with Chicago-based grant makers, preferred
    • Experience in working with other areas of the development
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, preferred

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

    How To Apply:

    Please send cover letter and resume to: No calls please.


    Human Resources Manager (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Overview:

    The Human Resources Manager, a full time position, will report to the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Administration.  This position will be responsible for all human resources activities for the Museum’s staff of 70+ full time and part time employees.  The Human Resource Manager will work closely with the Museum’s President & CEO, Director of Finance, and interface directly with all departments within the Museum. 

    Key responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

    • Managing daily administration and annual enrollment for all benefit programs, including 401(k), medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and FSA.
    • Managing FMLA administration and compliance.
    • Completing paperwork for external agencies including worker’s compensation claims, unemployment claims, verification of employment, etc.
    • Managing recruiting efforts, including posting open positions, applicant screening, scheduling and conducting interviews, and conducting reference and background checks.
    • Managing the on-boarding process for new employees.
    • Addressing personnel related issues and tracking employee performance documentation.
    • Participating in disciplinary and termination meetings and conducting exit interviews.
    • Maintaining and updating personnel files, including electronic files in the Paylocity system.
    • Maintaining and updating the employee handbook.
    • Creating and updating organization charts and job descriptions.
    • Overseeing the employee review process.
    • Organizing and coordinating museum-wide employee communication, training and events.
    • Ensuring museum actions conform to employee handbook and labor laws and working with legal counsel as necessary to discuss human resources related issues.
    • Creating and enforcing policies and procedures, as appropriate.

    Skills & Experience Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree in human resources management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Knowledge of current labor law.
    • Experience in a museum or non-profit organization.
    • Self motivated with an ability and willingness to learn new tasks quickly.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.
    • Familiarity with payroll systems; experience with Paylocity a plus.
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

    Work in the museum’s Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to

    No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be contacted.

    Public Engagement Facilitator (Part Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring part-time Public Engagement Facilitators to join our Public Engagement team.

    The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is Chicago’s oldest museum in the newest building. Our mission is to create a positive relationship between people and nature through collaborations, education, research and collections, exhibitions and public forums to grow our region’s urban connection to the world of nature and science. The public engagement facilitator will advance this mission by facilitating interpretive programs for museum guests of all ages and backgrounds.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Facilitate interpretive programs in the museum’s exhibits for audiences of all ages and backgrounds
    • Coordinate and supervise volunteers who assist and facilitate programs
    • Handle live animals including snakes, turtles, and invertebrates in front of a public audience
    • Deliver a butterfly release program in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that involves live insects
    • Read stories and play games with children ages 0-7 in our Hands-on Habitat exhibit for young children
    • Engage children and adults in interpretive talks using age-appropriate techniques


    • Excellent presentation skills
    • Ability to work with volunteers
    • Certified Interpretive Guide or similar training certificate a plus
    • Experience handling live animals preferred; willingness to be trained to handle animals required
    • Knowledge of age-appropriate techniques preferred
    • Must be able to work 10 am to 3 pm at least two days per week
    • Ability to work additional evenings as scheduled strongly preferred
    • Passion for nature, science, sustainability, and urban ecology a must

    Part-time position; $12 per hour

    How To Apply

    Please send cover letter and resume to: PublicEngagement1@naturemuseum.orgNo calls, please.  EOE.

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