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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. 


Director of Development (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 Director of Development. Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer 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
  • Bachelor's 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.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs1development@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please.


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

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is celebrating 160 years of connecting people with nature and science. Originally founded so that scientists and nature lovers alike could study and share the specimens they collected, we continue to build on our legacy of natural history education at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum through immersive exhibits, critical conservation and research initiatives, public engagement and education programming.

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. Your mission will be to communicate that through content development and creative storytelling that delights and engages our audiences.

Summary of Position:  

The Nature Museum prides itself on original, creative, educational exhibits that inspire our visitors to learn more about world around them.  The Exhibit Developer will act as a storyteller in each exhibit. You will bring forth your own experience with nature through the mission of this organization.  The Exhibit Developer will lead the conversation while also playing a vital role as a key team member of the Exhibits Department.

This role will act in all facets of exhibition creation, from concept development to prototyping and installation, working collaboratively in teams, with content experts, scientists, artists, collections managers, educators and designers for the research, development, and interpretation of permanent and temporary exhibitions. This is a full time exempt position.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts under the direction of the Vice President and Chief Curator of the Peggy Notebaert Museum and manages outside contractors (eg. Writers, evaluators) where necessary
  • Develops original content for temporary and permanent
  • Participate and lead exhibit concept development for in house temporary exhibitions.
  • Participate as the primary exhibit content developer for both in house and leased exhibitions.
  • Conduct primary topic research and develop Content Resource Document for self curated exhibits
  • Research, write and edit exhibit labels, visitor collateral and other exhibition interpretation materials
  • Research, develop and prototype exhibit interactives
  • Assist in project management during in house exhibit implementation phase.
  • Research and compile leased exhibition possibilities.
  • Occasional regional travel may be required at times

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree (MA preferred) in museum education, environmental education, anthropology or related field. Minimum 5 years experience in exhibition development.
  • Experience in interactive development and prototyping
  • Proven ability to communicate complex ideas with a wide range of audiences
  • Extensive research, writing and copy editing experience
  • Experience managing budgets, contracts and working within tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and a basic understanding of VectorWorks and AutoCAD a plus
  • Experience in digital interpretation, development and initiatives a plus
  • A demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation, and community improvement.

How to Apply for Exhibit Developer position: Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format to ExDeveloper216@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.


Program Development Specialist (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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. You will advance this mission by developing educational programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to engage the public in hands-on activities and substantive discussion of nature and science topics.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring a Program Development Specialist to join our Public Engagement team reporting to the Senior Director of Public Engagement. The Program Development Specialist will take a leadership role in creating and implementing programs for multiple audiences in multiple formats, including both free and fee-based programs; programs for families, children, and adults; and special museum events that involve several programs happening simultaneously.

The Program Development Specialist will work closely with many colleagues around the Museum, including our scientists and collections staff, educators and program facilitators, events, exhibits, and marketing teams. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a demonstrated ability to develop high-quality educational programs; manage multiple projects simultaneously; and lead interdepartmental teams with vision, energy, and passion.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of programs for multiple audiences and program formats
  • Keep the Museum’s program offerings fresh, relevant, and competitive
  • Collaborate with expert colleagues to integrate sustainability and urban ecology into every program in audience-appropriate ways
  • Work with Senior Director to plan programs for a full year in advance
  • Write facilitation guides for all programs and test in collaboration with lead program facilitator
  • Liaise with external partners
  • Serve on event planning and other interdepartmental committees
  • Track expenses, attendance, and other data for programs and events
  • Train colleagues on new programs as they are developed and ensure departmental capacity to facilitate
  • Facilitate programs as assigned
  • Keep detailed written records of program plans and facilitation guide

Qualifications:

  • Experience in interpretive program development for multiple age groups
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience
  • Certified Interpretive Guide or similar training certificate, a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience with adult learning and current trends in programs and events for adult audiences
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills, as email etiquette, collaborative team communications, and program facilitation for many different audiences will be required
  • Experience in a museum or nature center environment, a plus
  • Passion for nature, science, sustainability, and urban ecology a must
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who understands the importance of both strategy and execution
  • Must be able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule
  • Frequent evening work required

What We Offer:

A dynamic work environment located in the heart of Lincoln Park, an outstanding benefits package, and the opportunity to help grow our organization’s mission.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to: PublicEngagement1@naturemuseum.org. No calls please.  EOE.


Research Scientist
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a mid-career research scientist, Ph.D. strongly preferred, to develop a conservation biology program at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. The candidate will have the opportunity to engage in research that supports the conservation of imperiled species or ecosystems in Northeastern Illinois, or that advances knowledge of urban ecosystems. Research interests that incorporate citizen science are especially welcome. The scientist will be responsible for providing content expertise for the development of museum exhibits, serving as a representative of their research to the print, broadcast, and online media, and speaking on a range of topics to diverse audiences. We are seeking an individual with a proven publication record, a history of successfully funding their work, a good working knowledge of the ecosystems of the Chicago region, and a clear vision for the future of their conservation research.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct original research on select aspects of conservation of the biota of Northeastern Illinois.
  • Manage long-term research projects with regular deliverables.
  • Work closely with Chief Curator to design, implement and deliver research projects.
  • Seek funding from a variety of sources to support research.
  • Be an active presence in the conservation and ecological restoration communities.
  • Present research findings through publication and presentation, including peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings of professional meetings.
  • Serve as content expert for the development of museum exhibits.

Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Highly motivated, with demonstrated success working as a team member in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to thrive in both independent and in a team-oriented settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate findings with a diverse array of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in a museum or nature center environment desirable.
  • Passion for field of inquiry, be it nature, science, sustainability, or urban ecology, is essential.

What We Offer

A dynamic work environment located in the heart of Lincoln Park, an outstanding benefits package, and the opportunity to help grow our organization’s mission.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and statement of research interest to: ResearchScientist1@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please.  EOE.


Volunteer and Intern Coordinator
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hiring a Volunteer and Intern Coordinator to join our Public Engagement team reporting to the Senior Director of Public Engagement. The Volunteer and Intern Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, orienting, and scheduling all volunteer positions within the institution. These positions reside in every department, and the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator will work closely with many colleagues around the Museum, including our scientists and collections staff, educators and program facilitators, event organizers, and exhibits teams. The ideal candidate will be a team player with a demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships with volunteers and take the initiative to improve processes and procedures when needs arise.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit volunteers and interns to fill all ongoing and periodic needs within the institution
  • Keep detailed and up-to-date records of volunteer and intern onboarding progress and hourly service
  • Provide a high-quality and engaging orientation to all incoming volunteers and interns
  • Maintain regular email communications with all volunteers through newsletters and personal correspondence
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with volunteers and interns through face-to-face communication and your warm, welcoming presence in the volunteer lounge
  • Work in partnership with colleagues to craft meaningful, appealing, and realistic volunteer and intern positions
  • Ensure that the internship program meets all applicable legal requirements
  • In partnership with colleagues, develop and implement in-depth training courses for key volunteer positions throughout the year, including the annual six-week Museum Naturalist Course
  • Train staff members on how to work effectively with volunteers
  • Organize and present the annual Volunteer Recognition Event in celebration of National Volunteer Week
  • Lead the organizing committee for the Nature Museum’s annual Chicago Volunteer Expo

Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in volunteer coordination, ideally at a museum, zoo, nature center, or other cultural institution
  • Experience with unpaid internship programs and the relevant legal considerations
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills, as email etiquette, collaborative team communications, and presentations to student and adult audiences will be required
  • Ability to show the utmost courtesy and tact to all volunteers, even in difficult situations
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Passion for nature, science, sustainability, and urban ecology highly preferred
  • Must be able to rotate schedule at least every two months in order to cover all days of the week (for example: work Monday-Friday one month, Tuesday-Saturday the next month, and Sunday-Thursday the next month)
  • Evening work required at least twice per month

What We Offer

A dynamic work environment located in the heart of Lincoln Park, an outstanding benefits package, and the opportunity to help grow our organization’s mission.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to: VolunteerCoordinator2430@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please. EOE.

 

 
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