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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

Summary of Position: 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


  • 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.


Commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter in PDF format 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.

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

The IT Support Technician will serve as network and system administrator for all CAS/PNNM software and equipment (PCs and Macs), while working closely with third-party vendors and consultants on more complex technical issues. The IT Support Technician will report to the Chief Financial Officer and will be responsible for providing software, hardware and network problem resolution to all staff.


  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot computer and peripheral equipment, operating systems and application software.
  • Install and test hardware and software upgrades.
  • Administer user, computer and e-mail accounts.
  • Support file transfer, file backup and file recovery.
  • Provide end user support, prioritizing and responding to requests in a timely manner.
  • Work with outside consultants to implement and/or upgrade IT solutions.
  • Work with outside consultants to maintain telephone system and troubleshoot any issues.
  • Perform routine maintenance schedule.
  • Maintain and update hardware and software inventory.
  • Register and maintain warranty records.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 2-4 years professional/technical experience in information technology, computer systems or similar field.
  • Associates degree.
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical solutions in a user-friendly, professional manner. Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Strong Windows and Microsoft Office experience.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationship with staff.
  • Strong project management skills with ability to respond to changing priorities, new job assignments and interruptions.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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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