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

Company Overview:

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 fulltime 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.


  • 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, writing samples, 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.

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.

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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