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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. 

Exhibit Technician/Fabricator (Part Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Supervisor Title:  Exhibit Production Supervisor

Position Summary:

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a part time Exhibit Technician to assist with the creation of new environments and displays and maintain the overall look and function of all museum exhibits. The Exhibit Technician will be part of a team that produces world class exhibits and experiences. The candidate must have strong fabrication, design, and visualization ability.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of 2D and 3D displays.
  • Engineering and fabrication of in-house temporary and permanent exhibits.
  • Sourcing and ordering materials and supplies  from new and established vendors
  • Installation of leased exhibits
  • Installation of flat artwork using museum standard practices.
  • Lighting of 2/D and 3/D displays.
  • One weekend day and occasional evening hours will be required

Qualifications:

  • Must possess exceptionally strong design, construction and fabrication skills including woodworking, metalworking and mold making. 
  • Must have at least 5 years experience in exhibit /display design and fabrication
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 60 lbs and be comfortable working at elevated heights.
  • Desire and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Proficient in the use of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electronic and audio visual equipment
  • Must be able to read construction documents and blueprints
  • Proficiency in industry standard CAD software such as VectorWorks, AutoCAD or SketchUP a plus
  • Previous experience in interactive prototyping a plus. A demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation, and community improvement.

Compensation:

Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExhibitTech240@naturemuseum.org.

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. 

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


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

Reports to: Senior Director of Education

Position Summary: 

This 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 school and community outreach education, after school programming, and museum settings is essential.  

Minimum Education Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science and/or education.
  • 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.

Principle 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:

  • 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.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
  • 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: EducationJobME2@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.


Operations Support (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Supervisor Title:  VP, Exhibits and Museum Experience

Position Summary:  

Operations Support will report directly to the VP of Exhibits and Museum Experience. You will be responsible for scheduling supervision of setups and technical coverage for special events. You will need to work with security and facilitates for those events. You will also facilitate all communication between facilities and security with other departments. On high volume days you will coordinate security as needed to ensure proper coverage inside the museum. You will also coordinate all audio visual equipment and third party contracts.

The nature of this work can be somewhat unpredictable; as a result this positions responsibilities and tasks are subject to change at any time by the VP of Exhibits and Museum Experience.

Key Skills:

  • Demonstrate high attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate across a wide spectrum of stakeholder, i.e., clients, staff, security, etc.
  • Strong organizational, communication and planning skills
  • Communicate with customers when needed
  • Order museum supplies
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work in a fast paced and constantly changing environment

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience managing budgets, schedules, contracts and working within tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Able to direct small teams of contractors and vendors

Compensation:

  • Core Hours: 8am to 4pm Monday – Friday
  • Seasonal Hours: 8am to 4pm Tuesday – Saturday
  • PTO: 24 days a year, loaded quarterly
  • Medical Benefits
  • Some weekends and evening hours required

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExhibitTech240@naturemuseum.org

No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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


Production Supervisor (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Supervisor Title: VP, Exhibits and Museum Experience

Position Summary:  

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is seeking a Production Supervisor to manage the exhibitions fabrication team. Must be able to fabricate, install, and repair temporary and permanent museum exhibitions. Duties will include fabrication, installation, troubleshooting, repair, and lighting of 2D and 3D exhibits. Diagnostic/electronic skills and light electrical wiring skills are also needed. Candidates must possess the necessary skills for working with interactive exhibits including knowledge of mechanical, electronic, and audio/visual equipment as well as carpentry, wall prep, painting and the ability to hang flat artwork. Individuals must have the ability to lift up to fifty pounds and be comfortable working at elevated heights. Previous experience working in a museum and/or gallery setting is ideal. All candidates should possess a demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation and community improvement.

Key Skills:

  • Engineering and fabrication of in- house temporary and permanent exhibits.
  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of 2D and 3D displays.
  • Sourcing and ordering materials and supplies from new and established vendors
  • Installation of leased exhibits
  • Installation of flat artwork using museum standard practices.
  • Lighting of 2/D and 3/D displays.
  • One weekend day and occasional evening hours will be required

Qualifications:

  • Must possess exceptionally strong design, construction and fabrication skills including woodworking, metalworking and plastic forming.
  • Must have at least 3 years experience in exhibit/display design and fabrication
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs and have the ability to ascend, descend and work on ladders and personnel lifts.
  • Desire and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Proficient in the use of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electronic and audio visual equipment
  • Proficiency in industry standard CAD software such as VectorWorks, AutoCAD, SketchUP a plus.
  • Previous experience in interactive prototyping a plus.

Compensation:

  • Commensurate with experience
  • PTO: 24 days a year, loaded quarterly
  • Medical Benefits
  • Some weekends and evening hours required

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExhibitTech240@naturemuseum.org.

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)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Position Summary:

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has openings for part-time Visitor Services Associates.  These busy positions handle a variety of duties, including:

  • Greeting and processing Museum visitors at the front desk
  • Working the register in the store/café
  • Monitoring our Butterfly Haven
  • Working the coat check window
  • Assisting with school group processing

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 to prepare for our annual fundraiser, the Butterfly Ball.

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

How To Apply:

Please send a resume to zater@naturemuseum.org.

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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