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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. 

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

Outstanding opportunity to join the city’s oldest museum, with the newest building, as the Director of Development. Reporting to the Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer the Director leads the cultivation, stewardship and donor relations in solicitation of annual, endowment and special gifts to the Museum. 

The job will include: identifying key prospects; cultivating and soliciting donors; creating and executing campaigns; managing donor acknowledgements and recognition; and planning and developing stewardship events, including our major fundraising event of the year – the Butterfly Ball. The Director will have an opportunity to support, in a leadership role, a capital campaign, as well as Trustee cultivation and solicitation. The Director will work closely with the other areas of external affairs including grants, marketing and membership.   

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Significant, measurable experience in development; particularly with annual, major and event based giving programs
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, preferred
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Experience in a museum or art related environment, a plus
  • A high energy, action-oriented, hands-on, and talented individual who understands the importance of both strategy and execution

Work in our Lincoln Park location; strong benefits package; Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Jobs1development@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please.

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

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 full time 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 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.
  • Valid driver’s license is required. Access to vehicle 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.

Research Scientist (Full Time)
Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences is seeking a mid-career research scientist, Ph.D. strongly preferred, to develop a conservation biology program at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. The candidate will have the opportunity to engage in research that supports the conservation of imperiled species or ecosystems in Northeastern Illinois, or that advances knowledge of urban ecosystems. Research interests that incorporate citizen science are especially welcome. The scientist will be responsible for providing content expertise for the development of museum exhibits, serving as a representative of their research to the print, broadcast, and online media, and speaking on a range of topics to diverse audiences. We are seeking an individual with a proven publication record, a history of successfully funding their work, a good working knowledge of the ecosystems of the Chicago region, and a clear vision for the future of their conservation research.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct original research on select aspects of conservation of the biota of Northeastern Illinois.
  • Manage long-term research projects with regular deliverables.
  • Work closely with Chief Curator to design, implement and deliver research projects.
  • Seek funding from a variety of sources to support research.
  • Be an active presence in the conservation and ecological restoration communities.
  • Present research findings through publication and presentation, including peer-reviewed journals, books, and proceedings of professional meetings.
  • Serve as content expert for the development of museum exhibits.


  • Doctoral Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Highly motivated, with demonstrated success working as a team member in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to thrive in both independent and in a team-oriented settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate findings with a diverse array of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in a museum or nature center environment desirable.
  • Passion for field of inquiry, be it nature, science, sustainability, or urban ecology, is essential.

What We Offer

A dynamic work environment located in the heart of Lincoln Park, an outstanding benefits package, and the opportunity to help grow our organization’s mission.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and statement of research interest to: ResearchScientist1@naturemuseum.orgNo calls please. EOE.


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