Working at The Discovery Museums

 

Laughter, Silliness and Science…Want To Work Here?

The Discovery Museums offer a creative, fun, and flexible work environment and would value you as part of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Employment at The Discovery Museums

Employment Application

Assistant Director of Visitor Experiences

The Assistant Director of Visitor Experiences (ADVE) is involved in all aspects of visitor services and enhancing the quality of the visitor experience.  This includes managing the public spaces of the museums and frontline staff including Managers on Duty, Admission Staff, and Explorers (paid and volunteer).  The ADVE communicates and works closely with other departments as a team to ensure visitors have a welcoming and fun visit.  The ADVE is responsible for interacting with diverse audiences, responding to their needs, and enforcing museum policies.  Acts as the main point person for Visitor Experiences Volunteer program to recruit, answer inquiries, interview, train, schedule, track, and retain talented volunteers. Responsible for helping to achieve the annual Visitor Experiences Objectives to further the TDM Strategic Plan and supports collaborations with Open Door Connection partner organizations. Takes an active role in the recruiting, hiring, training, and managing VE staff, along with the Director of VE. Responsible for coverage of the exhibit floor, admissions desk, and managing the museum on scheduled days/when needed.  In addition, the ADVE is responsible for ensuring the successful Opening and Closing of TDM, overseeing and supporting operations of frontline staff during peak visitation periods, and responding to visitor questions, needs, and emergencies.  Other duties as assigned by the DVE. 

This is a 40 hour/week, Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm schedule.  One weekend day and some evenings are expected, as well as busy holidays and school vacation weeks. 

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How to Apply: Send resume to clonardoroy@discoverymuseums.org, or Cara Lonardo-Roy, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls please.

Outdoor and Environmental Educator

Help kids get outdoors to play and to discover nature! Join our education team to support our play-based initiative to get families outdoors for healthy physical activity and environmental education. Develop activities and present year-round outdoor family programs on our campus and in adjoining conservation land. This part-time salaried position includes 2-4 weekend days/month, and occasional evenings and holidays. A flexible schedule is collaboratively set 2 months in advance.

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Qualifications: Background or experience in environmental or outdoor education, ability to work outdoors year-round, interest in working with all ages, excellent organizational and communication skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

How to Apply: Send resume to dleblanc@discoverymuseums.org, or Denise LeBlanc, The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls please.

Traveling Science Workshop Teacher

We're growing! Help us to bring fun, hands-on, science to elementary and middle school classrooms in MA, RI, and NH. Traveling Science Workshop 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 available to start this fall. 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.

How to Apply: Send resume to jfoster@discoverymuseums.org or 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 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, the ability to work with young children and adults in a fun, fast-paced environment.

Hourly Pay: $9/hour

Qualifications: We are looking for week day and weekend availability, 9-24 hours per week. Physical Requirements: Must be able to stand for four hours at a time, and be comfortable stooping, kneeling, and crouching. 
 
How to Apply:
Kindly submit an employment application (linked above) to clonardoroy@discoverymuseums.org stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Admissions Staff

Description: 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: $9.25/hour 
 
Qualifications:
A strong candidate must 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: Kindly submit an employment application (linked above) to clonardoroy@discoverymuseums.org stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.

 

Volunteering at The Discovery Museums

Volunteer Application

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 seeing a child smile, please contact us!

Development Intern

We're looking for a couple of great interns who are interested to learn more about fundraising and development operations, particularly online auction fundraisers. Join us February through April to help make our spring online fundraiser a success, and help out with other development programs and activities. Click here for the full job description. This is an uppaid position. If interested, please contact Holly Mansfield at hmansfield@discoverymuseums.org.

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, 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, contact Cara Lonardo-Roy at 978.264.4200 ext. 11 or clonardoroy@discoverymuseums.org

Development Volunteer

Are you looking to acquire office and fundraising skills? If so, consider volunteering in our development department. We are looking for help with a broad range of tasks that can include maintaining databases, researching contacts, working on events and organizing mailings.  If interested, contact Holly Mansfield at 978.264.4200 ext. 13 or hmansfield@discoverymuseums.org.

Gardens and Grounds

Discovery happens outdoors too! The Discovery Museums have 10 garden spaces as well as wooded areas on the museum property. Join Exhibits and Facilities manager Stephen Roake to assist in maintaining gardens and grounds. Work ranges from light gardening and planting to jobs with heavier lifting. Flexible scheduling is available, with a minimum requirement of two months of four two-hour shifts per month.  If interested, contact Cara Lonardo-Roy at 978.264.4200 ext. 11 or clonardoroy@discoverymuseums.org.

Program Assistant, Education

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. Help visitors build cup towers in a FETCH! Lab, discover the tiny world of Nanotechnology or experiment with a model glove box in Reaction Station. Each volunteer shift involves working with education staff to set-up, facilitate and clean-up that day’s unique programming. Average volunteer shift is 2-3 hours.  Minimum commitment of four shifts in three consecutive months. If interested, contact Liz Leahey at 978.264.4200 ext. 19 or eleahey@discoverymuseums.org.

Traveling Science Volunteers

Help the Traveling Science Workshop program prepare materials for children to use this Fall. Hands-on learning is at the heart of each workshop we share this means that 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 through out the summer. Contact Jill Foster at 978.264.4200 ext. 18 to learn more.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please call 978.264.4200 or email: volunteers@discoverymuseums.org.

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