Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

The Discovery Museums offer a creative, fun, and flexible work environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Due to our work with children, all positions require an interview with a supervisor and a satisfactory CORI check.

Current Job Openings

Facilities Director

The Discovery Museum seeks a Facilities Director to be hands-on and oversee all building and grounds maintenance. He/she will supervise, direct and maintain a building and exhibit maintenance program for the Discovery Museum with a total gross square footage of approximately 23,000 and 4.5 acres. He/She will be responsible for ensuring the facilities are safe, clean, and fully operational. The Facilities Director will also be responsible for managing contractors, overseeing a facilities assistant, and working with other museum staff to ensure a high level of visitor satisfaction. Please click here for the full position description.

To apply: Submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Neil Gordon by January 10, 2018.  No phone calls please. Candidates with a wide range of experience are encouraged.

Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer/Parent Educator

Share Brain Building Moments with caregivers, infants, and toddlers through supportive conversations and play in the new, Brain Building Together (BBT) early childhood exhibit in our all-new museum opening February 2018!  BBT Explorers/Parent Educators operate the BBT exhibit, designed for adults with children ages birth – 3. This position promotes enjoyable and meaningful visitor experiences, maintains a safe and clean environment, and supports the exhibit’s educational goals by helping adult caregivers understand their role in their child’s healthy development through casual conversations and play. BBT Explorers/Parent Educators collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Education to further develop and implement this new, high-quality, learning and play exhibit environment for families with infants and toddlers. Please click here for the full position description. 

Qualifications: We seek applicants with the ability to create a warm, welcoming, developmentally appropriate, and supportive environment for diverse parents, caregivers, and young children. Applicants must have a background in early childhood development. Must be comfortable standing, stooping, and sitting on the floor. Professional experience as a parent educator or infant/toddler educator is preferred but not required. Other preferred qualifications include: experience with educational documentation, knowledge of a language other than English, and/or skill in a creative enrichment area.

Hours and Pay: Part time: morning, afternoon, and weekend shifts available. Some flexibility in scheduling is required. $13/hour

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alli Leake. No phone calls, please.

Traveling Science Workshops Teacher

We're growing! Help us to bring fun, hands-on science to elementary and middle school classrooms in MA, RI, and NH. Our Traveling Science Workshop (TSW) teachers work with classrooms of up to 25 students at one time and serve up to five classrooms in a day. Our teachers share their expertise on a wide variety of subject matter from Rocks and Minerals to Sound to Physical Changes of Matter. Spend 1 to 3 days each week during the school year engaging children in meaningful science explorations that enrich classroom learning and support current curriculum.

Qualifications: Applicants must be experienced, organized, enthusiastic educators. TSW teachers work one to three days each week for three to seven hours each day depending on the school and program. Travel time to and from a school is typically 30 to 60 minutes. Applicants must also be able to pick-up/drop-off program kits before and after each use as kits are shared with other instructors.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Jill Foster or mail to Traveling Science Workshops, Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls please.


Explorer

Description: Make someone’s visit memorable and fun! Explorers engage museum visitors and students with our hands-on exhibits and dynamic programs as well as help maintain a friendly, safe, and clean exhibit floor and outdoor playscape.  We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have excellent communication skills, exceptional customer service skills, and the ability to work with young children and adults in a fun, fast-paced environment.

Hourly Pay: $11/hour

Qualifications: We are looking for week day availability, 10-26 hours per week. Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand for four hours at a time, both indoors and outdoors, and be comfortable stooping, kneeling, and crouching.  

How to Apply: Please submit an employment application to Cara Lonardo-Roy stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Admissions Staff

We are looking for friendly Admission staff members who operate as reliable, proactive, and outgoing individuals who represent the museum. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone and general inquiries, light clerical duties, and gift shop sales.

Hourly Pay: $11.25/hour

Qualifications: A strong candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, a pleasant personality, strong reliability, and the ability to work well under pressure when the museums become a quick paced environment. Basic computer skills required, cash handling experience is an advantage. Weekday hours required (hours of operation) in addition to occasional evenings and weekends. High school diploma required; Bachelors degree preferred.

How to Apply: Please submit an employment application to Cara Lonardo-Roy stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.

 

Volunteer Positions

Are you a retired teacher, a parent with kids in school in the morning or a student (ages 14+) who loves exploring with children and their caregivers? Consider volunteering at The Discovery Museums. If you enjoy helping others and working with children, please contact us!

All volunteer positions require completion of our volunteer application.


Explorer

Make someone’s visit memorable and fun! Explorers engage visitors with our hands-on exhibits and dynamic programs as well as help maintain a friendly, safe, and clean exhibit floor. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have excellent communication skills, exceptional customer service skills, and the ability to work with young children and adults in a fun, fast-paced environment. Scheduling is flexible, and we look for a minimum commitment of three months. If interested, please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129.


Development Volunteer

The Development Department seeks an intern to start in February 2018 and work through mid-May 2018, approximately 20 hours per week. The intern will report to the Chief Development Officer with a primary focus on coordinating our annual online auction. Our last online auction in Spring 2017 raised more than $25,000 to support the Museums. The intern will research prospective donors; contact and follow up with donors via mail, e-mail, and phone; and assist with promotion, management, and fulfillment of the auction. In addition to supporting the auction, he/she will assist with the Annual Giving program, cultivation and stewardship of events, communications, and research. This is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising and development operations, areas that are essential to the success of all nonprofit organizations. Required skills: excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; computer literate, with a working knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel; interest and enthusiasm to learn about development; attention to detail; and discretion. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Karen Kerns.


Gardens and Grounds

Discovery happens outdoors too! The Discovery Museums have many garden spaces and wooded areas on the museum property, as well as Discovery Woods, our outdoor nature playscape with a fully accessible treehouse. Volunteers will assist in maintaining gardens and grounds. Work ranges from light gardening and planting to jobs with heavier lifting. Scheduling is flexible with a minimum requirement of two months of four two-hour shifts per month. If interested, please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129.


Public Programs Volunteer

Help out with some of our signature programming! Program volunteers assist visitors as they engage in hands-on science, engineering and art activities and challenges. Volunteer after-school and on the weekends at our Science Discovery Museum helping visitors take apart every day electronics, experiment with simple kitchen chemistry, discover the tiny world of nano technology and more! Each volunteer shift involves working with education staff to set-up, facilitate and clean-up that day’s unique programming. Schedule is flexible and we look for a minimum commitment of three months. If interested, please email Liz Leahey or call  978-264-4200 ext. 119.


Traveling Science Volunteers

Help the Traveling Science Workshop program prepare materials for children to use in our workshops! Hands-on learning is at the heart of each workshop we share, and a lot of time goes into the preparation of materials. Volunteer and learn about some of these fun projects while you cut, fold, sort and count. We encourage friends to volunteer together. We offer a flexible schedule that includes 2 to 3 hours/week for four or more weeks throughout the summer. If interested, please email Jill Foster or call 978-264-4200 ext. 118 to learn more.