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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. 

Building Engineer 2
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Reporting to the Vice President and Curator of Museum Experience, 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 33 ton 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
  • 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.
  • Maintenance, repair and troubleshoot on lighting issues including ballast and daily lamp changing
  • Coordination and supervision of service contractors and personnel
  • This full-time position will require a work schedule that will include one weekend day as well as occasional evening work and taking 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 comfortable working on ladders and elevated heights
  • Ability to operate a forklift and skidsteer a plus

Email resume and cover letter to:
Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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

Human Resources Assistant
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is seeking a Human Resources Assistant to work four hours per day Monday through Friday. 

This important position will report to the HR Director and handle a variety of tasks including but not limited to:

  • Assist with daily administration and annual enrollment for all benefit programs, including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, FSA.
  • Review and reconcile monthly benefit statements.
  • Assist with 401K enrollment.  Assist employee connection to outside advisors.
  • Assist with FMLA compliance and administration.
  • Assist with recruitment efforts, including posting positions, scheduling and confirming interviews, completing and sending follow up correspondence, background checks.
  • Assist with on-boarding new employees.
  • Assist with off-boarding employees.
  • Maintain and update personnel files, including electronic files on Paylocity system.
  • Complete background checks and annual updates for all employees, volunteers and contractors. 
  • Completing and submitting paperwork to external agencies including worker’s compensation claims, unemployment claims, verification of employment, etc.
  • Assist with organization and coordination of museum-wide museum training, including but not limited to the emergency training. 
  • Assist with employee communications.
  • Maintain employee postings.
  • Assist organization and coordination of with museum wide events for employees.
  • Maintain and update organization charts.
  • Maintain job descriptions.
  • Provide administrative and clerical support to HR director and Finance

This position requires accuracy, strong organizational skills, positive attitude and ability to work well with others. Strong experience with Word and Excel required. 

The position requires consistent hours every day, but does have some flexibility as to what those hours could be.  The museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is located at Fullerton and Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park.  Please send resume and cover letter to

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
  • Develops programs and events around key museum exhibits and events, in order to deepen our relationship with members and visitors and to broaden our base of support
  • 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 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 prioritize and manage multiple projects and 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.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please

Teacher Programs Coordinator
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Reports to: Senior Director of Education

Status:  Full Time

Position Summary: 

The Teacher Programs Coordinator has primary oversight of Nature Museum programming designed for individual educators. This includes our two largest teacher professional development programs, Science on the Go! and the Science Teaching Network. It also includes custom professional development workshops as requested and support for pre-service programs with university partners.

Minimum Education Required:

  • Master’s degree in science and/or education related fields.
  • Teaching Certification preferred.

Minimum Experience Required:

  • Three years experience working in a formal (classroom) or informal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting strongly preferred.
  • Experience teaching or training adults. Experience with teachers preferred.
  • Formal evaluation experience or training a plus.

Principle Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a wide variety of programs for educators with an emphasis on Science on the Go and Science Teaching Network.
  • Work with external partners to develop and implement collaborative programs.
  • Seek out new opportunities and partnerships that promote the Museum’s mission and reach new audiences.
  • Evaluate existing and new teacher programs.
  • Support all regular functions and programming of the Education Department.
  • Complete animal handling training.
  • Some weekends and evenings are required.
  • Participate in special Museum-wide events and planning committees when appropriate.
  • Maintain all records related to teacher programs including attendance, room usage, teacher stipends, teacher CPDUs and credits received for programs, etc.
  • Act as Instructor of Record for university partners providing credit and/or CPDUs for teacher programs and maintain all paperwork necessary to grant credit.
  • Develop and maintain program budgets.

Brief List of Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the K-12 Framework for Science Education, Common Core, and/or Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Knowledge and ability to teach science, nature, and environmentally-based content to a diverse population of learners, especially teachers.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other educators, school administrators, outside partners, volunteers, and Museum staff.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Windows XP.
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
  • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Comfort handling live animals and non-living specimens.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required. 

Email resume and cover letter to: Please include “Teacher Program Coordinator” 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. 

Visitor Studies/Exhibit Evaluator
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Department: Museum Experience

Objective: Visitor Studies/Exhibit Evaluation will help the Museum determine how visitors interact with exhibits by completing observational surveys and visitor surveys. Observational and visitor surveys will help the museum in the planning of future exhibit development, such as interactive components, exhibit design layout, and signage.


  • Develop formative and summative evaluations, questionnaires and interactive prototypes for current and future exhibits.
  • Distribute surveys and collect survey data
  • Supervise data collection volunteers
  • Produce final evaluation reports


  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and consistency in reporting observations
  • Creativity in developing visual prototype tests
  • Ability to approach visitors to ask their opinion of museum exhibits
  • Adept with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Project
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics, data analysis and psychology 
  • Ability to interpret social interactions and behavior within a museum environment

Time Commitment: 15 to 20 hours a week (split between two or three days). Days are flexible. Amount of average hours may vary based on each project.

Compensation: Visitor Studies Contactors will work at a negotiated hourly rate. 

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. 


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