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Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum team. Please direct all resumes to the contact listed on each job description. 

Marketing Manager
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Marketing Manager, reporting to the Vice President, External Affairs, leads the marketing and promotional activities for the Museum – now the 6th most attended Museum in the Park in Chicago!

This is an outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, advancing the museum – its programs, exhibitions, events and partnerships.

Key responsibilities include: 
  • Acts as a central strategist, developing targeted marketing and promotional campaigns, and advancing the brand awareness of the Museum and its programs and exhibits 
  • Executes comprehensive marketing and promotion plans for key exhibits, programs and activities, along with major fundraising efforts and Museum-wide initiatives (including the annual 5K walk/run). 
  • Integrates PR, social media, advocacy and promotions into supporting programs and events Identifies sponsorship opportunities – for exhibits, programs and events -- and prepares materials and sponsorship proposals for donor solicitations. 
  • Works closely with sponsors to assure all sponsor benefits are delivered and to jointly market and promote exhibits and programs 
  • Works with outside public relations counsel and the Web and Social Media Coordinator to assure presence in the media, including print, online and social media 
  • Works with volunteers and board leadership on key Museum projects, priorities and goals 
Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required: 
  • A Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public affairs or related discipline with measurable experience in marketing or a related field 
  • Experience in a museum or art related environment, a plus. 
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who thinks both strategically and executes effectively 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Experience working with a creative team; ability to build and maintain strong internal relationships within a diverse institutional environment; ability to meet deadlines and prioritize to manage multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines at once Demonstrated effectiveness in sales and strong interpersonal and persuasion skills 
Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for Marketing Manager position: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

Museum Educator (High School Programs)(Part Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Reports to: Senior Director of Education
Coordinator, Teen and Young Adult Programs 

Status: Part Time (20 hours/week) 
Wednesday evenings and Saturdays required. Remaining work hours will typically occur M-F between 9am-5pm 

Start date: September 21st, 2015 

End date: May 21st, 2016 

Organization Description: Celebrating over 150 years of science exploration and education, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences. The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science through the preservation and display of native specimens, classroom activities, and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Today the Museum continues the Academy’s tradition of research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through educational outreach, participatory exhibits and programs, and ongoing scientific activity. Its collections, due to their age and type, are among the most important in the region. The Museum distinguishes itself through its extensive involvement in schools and the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close. 

Position Summary: The Nature Museum is seeking a Part Time Educator, with a background in environmental science, ecology, environmental education, and/or youth development, to assist with the “Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science” (TEENS) school year program. TEENS is an out-of-school time program that engages a cohort of 15-20 Chicago high school students in a detailed study of ecosystems found in the city’s parks, neighborhoods, and forest preserves. Youth contribute data to existing local, regional and global research projects, and develop their own research questions to investigate. TEENS participants learn how to perform a wide range of environmental science field and laboratory methods, investigate the living and non-living components of urban ecosystems, and participate in environmental stewardship activities such as habitat restoration. Students use global positioning system (GPS) enabled tablets to collect spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) software to analyze data and create maps and other visualizations of project data. This position will assist with the planning, implementation and evaluation of TEENS school year program curriculum and mentor youth as they develop field-based research projects. 

Principle Roles and Responsibilities: 
  • Be available to work from September 21st, 2015 –May 21st, 2016. Required core hours are Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:00pm & Saturdays 8:00am-4:00pm. Remaining work hours will be set in collaboration with the program coordinator and will typically occur M-F between 9am-5pm 
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of a teen-driven, inquiry-based curriculum emphasizing environmental science and ecological concepts, mobile data collection, digital mapping, data visualizations and analysis. 
  • Lead groups of 15-20 high school aged youth during lab and field-based science investigations, and stewardship activities at the Nature Museum and off-site. 
  • Guide youth in developing and carrying out investigations focused on urban ecology. 
  • Provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for the participants. 
  • Exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills and professional behavior to support a positive and successful workplace environment. 
  • Assist with other program activities as necessary. 
  • Support regular functions of the Education Department as necessary 
  • Knowledge of and ability to present general science, nature, and environmental education content to a diverse population of learners 
  • Experience teaching science in formal and/or nonformal education settings to high-school or middle-school students 
  • Interest in facilitating educational activities both indoors and outdoors in a full range of weather conditions; experience teaching in both classroom and outdoor settings preferred. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other educators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff. 
  • Comfort handling live animals and preserved specimens. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Drive. 
  • Experience with field mapping, GPS, GIS, and other digital tools a plus. 
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus. 
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and spend long periods of time outdoors in a full range of weather conditions 
  • Valid driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one) is required. 
  • Must pass a criminal background check required by After School Matters. 
  • First Aid or CPR certification preferred. 
  • Available to work hours and dates described above. 

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

To apply for Museum Educator position: Email resume and cover letter to: 
Please include “Museum Educator (High School Programs)” in the subject line. 

No phone calls please. Qualified candidates will be contacted.
Museum Exhibit Developer
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Supervisor Title:  VP and Curator of Museum Experience

Summary of Position:   The Nature Museum prides itself on original, creative, educational exhibition that inspire our visitors to learn more about world around them.  The Exhibit Developer acts in all facets of exhibition creation, from concept development to prototyping and installation, working collaboratively in teams, including scientists, artists, collections management, educators and designers for the research, development, interpretation and writing of permanent and temporary exhibitions. This is a full time exempt position located at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

  • Develops original content for temporary and permanent
  • Acts under the direction of the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience and manages outside contractors (eg. Writers, evaluators) where necessary
  • Primary office is located in Museum, occasional regional travel required.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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 in house displays
  • Research, write and edit exhibit labels, visitor handouts and other exhibition interpretation materials
  • Research, develop and prototype exhibit interactives
  • Serve as project manager during in house exhibit implementation phase.
  • Research and compile leased exhibition possibilities.
  • Coordinate with exhibiting artists and supervise contract exhibit designer


  • 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 demonstrated commitment to nature, conservation, and community improvement.

To apply for Exhibit Developer position: 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.

Visitor Services Associate
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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:

1)      Greeting and processing Museum visitors at the front desk

2)      Working the register in the store/café

3)      Monitoring our Butterfly Haven

4)      Working the coat check window

5)      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!  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer located at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive.  Please send your resume to


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