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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)
  • Building Engineer 2 (Full Time)
  • Collections Technician (Part Time, Term)
  • Human Resources Manager (Full Time)
  • Graphic/Multimedia Designer (Full Time)
  • Museum Educator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full 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.

    Building Engineer 2 (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Supervisor Title:  Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience

    Summary of Position:  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 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 33ton 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
    • 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.
    • 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 events

    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 confortable working on ladders and elevated heights.
    • Ability to operate a forklift and skidsteer a plus

    How to Apply:

    Please send resume to buildingengineer@naturemuseum.orgNo phone calls please.

    Collections Technician (Part Time, Term)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Reports To:  Director of Collections

    Department:  Biology – Collections

    Summary of Position: 

    The Collections Technician is an entry level position that will work closely with the Director of Collections and the Assistant Collections Manager on a grant awarded from the National Science Foundation to digitize specimen data from CAS/PNNM’s malacology and entomology collections. The Collections Technician will assist with the preparation and verification of historical specimen data, cleaning of specimen data, and other digitization activities on the project. The technician will assist with public engagement goals on the project, and collaborate with Education Department staff to develop K-12 curriculum related to the collections in the grant. This position is stationed at CAS/PNNM’s off-site collections facility in the Ravenswood neighborhood and may conduct work periodically at the Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. 

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assist with cleaning and verifying specimen data in the malacology collection, including tasks such as spot-checking physical specimens, reviewing archives material, and researching historic taxonomic nomenclature.
    • Undertake physical collection management projects to improve our intellectual control over the malacology collection, including but not limited to applying catalogue numbers to newly-catalogued specimens.
    • Coordinate with Collections staff and volunteers to set up a malacology specimen photography station, and to achieve specimen photography goals as outlined in the grant.
    • Collaborate with Education and Collections staff to create content for a malacology themed lesson that will be incorporated into K-12 curriculum for CAS/PNNM’s Science on the Go and Nature on the Go
    • Other project related tasks including georeferencing specimen localities, interacting with project interns, and assisting with similar tasks in the entomology collection as needed.
    • Minor departmental duties as assigned.


    • Prior experience working with museum collections preferred.
    • High school degree required. Some university experience required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
    • Be highly organized and have an excellent attention to detail.
    • Possess effective time management skills.
    • Demonstrated competency with MS Office Suite; familiarity with relational databases, digitization software, or other specialized software beneficial. Must have a willingness to learn new computer software and equipment.
    • Must have good interpersonal skills and work well with other staff, volunteers, and visitors of all ages.
    • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Able to follow directions precisely.
    • Possess good communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Be able to solve problems creatively.
    • Physical coordination and ability to handle fragile objects. Ability to work within 32-inch aisles, climb ladders, and lift 25 pounds.


    This is a part-time temporary position (20 hours per week), ending in August 2018. Position is funded through the NSF grant and is subject to grant terms. Compensation is set at $14.42 per hour. The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How To Apply:

    Please email resume and cover letter in PDF or Word format, along with three references to Please include “collections technician” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

    Human Resources Manager (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / 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.

    How To Apply:                    

    Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to

    No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be contacted.

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

    Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as Multi Media Designer. Join the team in the exciting task of advancing the museum – its programs, exhibitions, events and partnerships.

    Reporting to the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience, the Multi Media Designer will have responsibility for developing and overseeing the production of visual materials for museum exhibits and for , marketing, fundraising, and education initiatives. Working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment, the Multi Media Designer will maintain the Museum’s brand across all channels of communication while overseeing all graphic and exhibit design from concept through completion. The Multi Media Designer provides strategic leadership for communication initiatives, fully understanding and supporting the goals and mission of the Museum.


    • Design and execute a variety of visual communications for exhibit ,print and web based media
    • Produce renderings, concept visuals and ideation materials for exhibit development
    • Produce motion graphics/comics, animations ,scenic projections and environmental images for exhibitions
    • Concept and development of graphic elements and user interface for computer based interactives
    • Maintain the integrity of the Nature Museum brand across all communication channels.
    • Oversee and manage design related contractors or freelancers.
    • Coordinate project schedules, maintain productive workflow and meet deadlines.
    • Manage and work within strict budgets, overseeing the graphics portion of large-scale, on-going project budgets.
    • Manage multi-department projects when appropriate.
    • Communicate with outside vendors for pricing and production.


    • BA in graphic design, film or similar, required
    • 5+ years of experience, preferred
    • Excellent creative, design, layout, typography and production skills
    • Proficiency in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign in a Mac environment
    • Strong knowledge of printing and pre-press
    • Ability to think spatially and conceptually, designing large format, environmental and motion graphics
    • Knowledge of design and production for the web
    • Knowledge/interest in interactive media, a plus
    • Knowledge of Dreamweaver, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Premiere, a plus
    • Knowledge of VectorWorks, AutoCad, and Sketchup a plus
    • Ability to work on multiple projects under tight deadlines
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills

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

    How To Apply:

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

    Museum Educator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full Time)
    Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Position Summary: 

    This Museum Educator position requires a multi-dimensional bilingual 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, 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 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 as 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)
    • 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

    To Apply:

    Email resume and cover letter to: 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.

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