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Engineering Education Associate [Museum of Science, Boston, MA]


The Engineering Education Associate will facilitate programs to engage large numbers of museum visitors (often 150 guests per hour or more) in activities and interpretations presenting engineering design, “maker” skills, and computational thinking. The Engineering Education Associate will help maintain materials and spaces, and assist with the ongoing professional development for part-time staff and volunteers – developing and delivering briefings, and help develop innovative activities and experiences for introducing museum guests to technologies in our designed world.

  • Facilitate engineering and computational thinking activities, interpretations and presentations for Tech Studio (up to 3-5 hours working directly with the public daily)
  • Develop 4-9 briefings for Tech Studio volunteers per year
  • Deliver 3-5 briefing sessions for Tech Studio volunteers per week.
  • Develop and implement 3-5 new engineering and design-based learning activities/workshops annually.
  • Assist in the training of 20-30 volunteers and 2-6 part time staff annually.
  • Work with other museum departments to organize and coordinate continuing research on engineering and computational thinking education in informal environments. (1-2 research efforts per year)
  • In conjunction with the Program Manager and Coordinator, supervise programs and mentor staff to ensure the proper presentation of programs and activities (daily programs with 20-30 volunteers per week)
  • Work one weekend day per week and some holidays as agreed on with Program Manager.


This position is full- time, 40 hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday or Sunday-Thursday. One weekend day and some holidays required.

Manager, Informal and Engineering Computer Science Learning

  • One (1) year or more of Science and technology education experience.
  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated communication skills (verbal/oratory and written).
  • Proven ability to provide customer service in a high volume environment as well as comfort working in large groups.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in science and technology education.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously, paying close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team (1 – 8).


Non-Exempt (Hourly).

Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!
The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.
No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

Overnight Program Instructor [Ecotarium, Worcester Natural History Society, Worcester, MA]

Title:   Overnight Program Instructor                   Department:  Education: Night Journeys

Effective Date:  September 2017                     Reports to: Overnight Program Coordinator

Status: Hourly/ Non-Exempt; Paid training; Minimum of two shifts per month expected during the busy season from January to May on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights from 5:15 pm to 8:45 am; Overnight season runs from September through June

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature, seeks creative and engaging program instructors to assist in delivering interpretative programs for Night Journeys (overnight programs). Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, in our digital planetarium, and outdoors on our 55-acre site. Teaching is primarily through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning.

Candidates must enjoy working with families and children, possess a keen interest in science, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education. Participation is required for three evenings of paid training to become familiar with workplace policies, science and nature content, program materials, and teaching skills for various audiences. Separate paid animal-handling training with Wildlife staff is also required.


  • Minimum 18 years of age and completed one year of college or equivalent experience
  • Background in physical science, astronomy, biology, education or related fields preferred
  • Demonstrated previous experience in formal, informal, inquiry-based and/or experiential learning desirable
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Good customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Interest in and/or experience working with diverse audiences
  • Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, stay stationary for long periods of time, work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • An ability to move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs desirable
  • Pass CORI/ SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines


  • Work as part of a team to provide an exceptional visitor experience and deliver museum-quality, hands-on educational programming on a variety of science and nature topics through formal and informal contacts
  • Conduct outdoor programming and navigate trails in all types of weather conditions
  • Prepare, tidy, and maintain museum spaces and program materials including technical equipment and other supplies
  • Report any issues with programming, guests, staff, wildlife, or exhibits to Senior Overnight Program Instructor and participate in preparation meetings and evening staff debriefs
  • Take initiative in problem solving, leading programs, and fostering effective interactions between guests and staff
  • Present a positive attitude and engender a sense of fun for guests where appropriate
  • Handle animals for use in programs
  • Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned

Please send cover letter, resume and list of three references to: Human Resources, Attn: Overnight Program Instructor Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604 or email: with “Overnight Program Instructor Search” in the subject line.

Review begins September 15, 2017, applications accepted until position is filled.


Curator of Education and Interpretation [Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Sante Fe, NM]

Overview of Position

As a leader and active partner within the Collections and Interpretation Division, the Curator of Education and Interpretation is responsible for developing a creative, mission-driven strategy that values authentic experiences with original works of art and collection objects to position the Museum as a vibrant center for self-discovery, dialogue, and learning. The position will oversee all phases of the interpretive content development process, including concept generation, design, delivery, evaluation, and documentation. As a key member of the exhibitions team, the Curator of Education and Interpretation will work collaboratively to generate innovative, dynamic, creative approaches to audience engagement.

The Curator will be responsible for the development and implementation of a programmatic calendar of events, including general coordination, budget preparation, identifying staffing needs, and logistics. The position will direct interpretation and interaction through the training and development of interpretive guides, staff and docents at our facilities in Santa Fe and the historic properties in Abiquiu and at Ghost Ranch.


  • Work with exhibitions team to generate interpretive framework and realize innovative and engaging exhibition techniques for diverse audiences
  • Develop interpretive techniques and approaches to engage and inform visitors, and provide training, support and coaching to Museum and historic property guides and other staff
  • Provide direction and support to the docent program, including identifying, training, overseeing and evaluating docents

Community Engagement

  • Understand the needs of the communities served by the Museum, define target audiences, and develop specific strategies and programs to meet defined needs, objectives and priorities
  • Creating partnerships and collaborations with community organizations to extend our reach and deepen our impact
  • Maintain a visible presence in the local, state, and national professional community by presenting information about the Museum’s education programs and establishing partnerships with other museums implementing exemplary programs
  • Provide direction and support to interns, including identifying, training, overseeing and evaluating internship opportunities and mentor training
  • Demonstrate a positive professional presence, inspiring and building confidence both within the Museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.

Public Programs

  • Develop, execute and evaluate innovative programs aimed at engaging audiences across the spectrum of ages in order to develop lifelong relationships with the Museum
  • Work with community advisors, museum staff, and program participants to research, develop, and assess focused and engaging programs for all audiences in connection with the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collections
  • Develop, implement and track metrics to measure, evaluate, interpret, and analyze the effectiveness and impact of public programs

School Programs

  • Develop and implement strategies for making the resources of the Museum, including collections, staff expertise, and facilities, available to target audience of students and teachers
  • Establish, maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships with K-12 schools identified as Museum partners
  • Develop educational programs related to permanent and temporary exhibitions which are related to New Mexico and National curriculum requirements
  • Develop on-line supplementary educational resources, curricula and activities to support museum-based programs
  • Develop, implement and track metrics to measure, evaluate, interpret, and analyze the effectiveness and outcomes of education programs


  • Provide thought leadership in object and inquiry based pedagogy and programming
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other museum educators regionally and nationally
  • Manage a team of educators and program producers, providing direction and support to department staff and ensuring their activities are aligned with Museum priorities
  • Create, track, and manage departmental budget and expenses
  • Efficiently and effectively manage all education programs by performing and overseeing necessary administrative duties
  • Work as a collaborative partner in a team oriented culture, sharing responsibilities with staff across the organizational structure
  • Problem solving skills, both as an individual and as part of a group

Skills and Experience

  • Proven ability and experience that includes a history of building, mentoring, and developing strong, interdisciplinary teams that intersect with a variety of stakeholders throughout an organization and in the community
  • Considerable working experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of education programs including statistical analysis, ideally in an art museum or closely related setting
  • Experience with visitor research
  • Expertise in free-choice learning, visitor motivation, cultural attitudes, accessibility, and modes of response and participation
  • Must have an authentic belief in and support of accessibility and equity for diverse audiences and learning styles
  • A cultural knowledge of the diverse populations in New Mexico and Spanish language skills desirable
  • Experience managing a team of 3 or more


  • B.A. required (M.A. preferred) and 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience managing, designing and implementing educational programs, preferably in a multidisciplinary museum, cultural, school or community-based setting

To Apply: If you would like to submit your resume for consideration for a position, please choose one of the following options:

By e-mail:
By download: Please download the employee application and mail or email it to the Museum.
By mail: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Human Resources, 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

No phone calls please. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Museum Educator, School Partnership [Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY]

THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ( the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and an AAM-accredited, multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.

This role will report to the Assistant Director, Education

The Museum Educator is responsible for a unique museum studies partnership with grades Pre-K through 2 in an underserved public elementary school adjacent to the Museum. This is a full-time [one year contract, with potential to extend] position dedicated to the facilitation of the entire partnership, including planning with administration and staff, teaching students and teachers at the school and the Museum, coordinating all activities and providers, scheduling, curating the year-end exhibition, and maintaining strong communication between the Museum and the school. The Museum Educator will develop a collaborative relationship with the administration, staff, and students through comprehensive, year-long STEAM programming connecting the school and the Museum, founded on object-based learning, the development of critical thinking skills through observation and inquiry, knowledge-building communities, and project-enhanced learning. The “HRM Museum Studies Partnership for Learning” prioritizes both staff development and direct student services and connects teachers and students with Museum professionals, artists, scientists, and historians to form a museum/school community, building capacity and ensuring sustainability. Through lessons and workshops at the school and the Museum and the culminating student exhibition, the Partnership will make connections between Visual and English Language Literacies, offering a tangible methodology to connect the Visual and Performing Arts with English language Arts, Language Acquisition, Science, Math, and Social Studies. Position to start immediately.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Serves as Museum Educator, Manager, and Coordinator for the dedicated school partnership

  • Oversees all activities related to the Partnership; coordinates all partnership activities with museum personnel, including Education staff and docents

  • Plans and teaches lessons and conducts workshops at school and museum

  • Collects, maintains, and organizes written and visual documentation of partnership

  • Manages communication, planning, logistics, scheduling, paperwork and reports associated with the school partnership

  • Negotiates details of scheduling at the school and Museum with school liaison and Museum staff

  • Serves as the Museum’s representative for the Partnership school activities, meetings, outreach, etc.

  • Secures all materials and supplies required for lesson and workshop delivery, and preparation and installation of in-school exhibition

  • Collaborates with per diem curriculum writer; identifies, plans with, and supervises per diem teaching artists; works with preparator for in-school exhibition; works with consultant in web development of feature dedicated to exhibiting student work

  • Communicates and shares data with program evaluator provided by the school district

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s degree in Museum Education, Museum Studies, Art History, Museum Studies, Education, or relevant field from an accredited institution and minimum five (5) years of experience in museum education, arts administration, classroom teaching, or related area within the museum or education field; or Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Education, Fine Arts, or relevant field from an accredited institution and eight (8) years of experience in museum education, arts administration, classroom teaching, or related area within the museum or education field. NYS Teaching Certification preferred.

  • Excellent knowledge of museum education pedagogy and practice
  • Ability to model museum education best practices for school staff in the classroom and at the Museum

  • Excellent planning, project management and organizational skills

  • Ability to handle sensitive material and information

  • High level of written and oral communication skills

  • Knowledge of NY State and Core Curriculum State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills

  • Ability to organize a cohesive and polished student exhibition that demonstrates partnership outcomes met during the school year

  • Demonstrated experience in teaching young children (Pre-K through Grade 2) of all abilities, with experience in differentiated instructional methods.

  • Demonstrated experience in high level teacher professional development

  • Ability to interact in a professional manner with school and district administration

  • Possession of strong organizational skills, with attention to detail,  and ability manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Ability to be flexible, communicate and negotiate effectively, and work collaboratively in a team environment

  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community and exercise proper situational protocol

  • Proficiency in Microsoft office software, and other specific computer programs related to areas of responsibility. Familiarity with Google Docs.

  • Spanish language skills a plus.

Benefits: The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees, including:

  • Medical, dental, and life insurance

  • 403(b) basic retirement plan

  • Paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, personal days and Museum holidays

  • Flexible spending accounts (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)

  • Discount for staff in Museum shop

  • Access and free admission to numerous museums and cultural institutions

  • TransitChek program

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Include “HRM Museum Educator” in the subject line.

Assistant Director [North Country Children’s Museum, Potsdam, NY]

The North Country Children’s Museum (NCCM) located in Potsdam, NY is a STEAM-based educational organization with an emphasis on the arts, culture, and sciences. NCCM seeks a Museum Assistant Director starting February 2018.  NCCM Assistant Director will have a crucial role in the planning and implementation of programs and strategies related to visitor experiences. This position requires the skills to work both independently and collaboratively. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday with flexibility in hours as needed by the institution. This is a permanent, full time position with benefits.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required
    • Bachelor’s Degree considered with relevant experience
  • Background in informal education, non-profit administration, and/or museum studies
  • Teaching experience (Pre-K to 6) in museum and/or school setting
  • Ability to design and teach innovative and creative interdisciplinary museum programs
  • Enjoy working with children and families
  • Clear and effective communicator
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Experience in seeking and writing grants
  • Excellent attention to detail while setting priorities and meeting critical deadlines
  • Flexibility and creativity solving problems in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in interdisciplinary curriculum including the arts, culture, and sciences
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of best practice in museum education for children and families
  • Experience in training and management (staff and interns)

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach STEAM-based educational programming
  • Research and writing grants
  • Supporting development
  • Train and manage museum staff, interns and volunteers
  • Supervise frontline services including admissions desk, group visits, educational activities, and special events
  • Facilitate positive and effective communication with Museum visitors including information about programs
  • Manage the Museum’s website calendar, social media, and museum emails
  • Develop and run/assist museum programs including educational camps and field trip group visitors
  • Ability to wear many hats in this small, emerging cultural institution
  • Hours: Tuesday – Saturday; some evenings and holidays as needed by the institution
  • Position begins February 2018.

This is a permanent, full-time position

Salary: $40,000 plus benefits

Email letter of interest, resume/CV, and 3 professional references by October 20,, 2017 to:

Sharon Vegh Williams, PhD

Executive Director

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