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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)
  • Education Programs Coordinator - Bilingual-Spanish (Full Time)
  • Exhibit Designer (Full Time)
  • Graphic/Multimedia Designer (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

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

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

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

    Position Summary: 

    This Education Programs Coordinator 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 (in English and Spanish) for a wide variety of audiences varying in ages from pre-K to adults.  Some program development responsibilities especially curriculum writing and revision (in English) are also required. Classroom experience that is transferable to school and community outreach education, teacher professional development, 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 teaching 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, fluent)
    • 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.

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

    Supervisor Title: VP of Exhibitions and the Museum Experience

    Summary of Position: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a full time Exhibit Designer / Project Manager to assist with the creation of new environments and displays. The Exhibit Designer will be part of a team that produces world class exhibits and experiences. The candidate must have strong, design, visualization and organizational ability.

    Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Ideate and design exhibit components for temporary and permanent exhibits
    • Produce 3-D renderings and models of exhibit component
    • Produce CAD construction drawings of display components and Capital Improvement Projects
    • Specify fixtures and furnishings using ADA and Universal Design Guidelines
    • Sourcing and ordering materials and supplies from new and established vendors
    • Act as Project Manager for special project assignments and temp exhibit installations
    • Assist with the installation of temporary and permanent exhibits
    • Assist with the installation of flat artwork using museum standard practices.
    • Coordinate the construction and installation of temporary exhibits
    • Facilitate purchasing and departmental asset inventory management


    • Must possess exceptionally strong design, visualization and organizational skills
    • Must have at least 5 years experience in exhibit/display design and fabrication
    • Desire and ability to work both independently and within a team environment
    • Knowledge of mechanical, electronic and audio visual equipment
    • Proficiency in industry standard CAD software such as VectorWorks, AutoCAD, SketchUP
    • Must possess a thorough understanding of construction and fabrication techniques
    • Proficiency in Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator a plus
    • Knowledge of AV media editing tools such as Final Cut Pro and After Effects a plus
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license

    Compensation: Commensurate with experience

    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.

    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:

    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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