At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Museum Educator, Community Programs

Status: Full Time
Start Date: Immediately
Reports to: Educational Leadership Team

Organization Description:
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum serves as an urban gateway to nature and science. Located in an eco-friendly building amidst abundant wildlife and nature in Lincoln Park, hands-on exhibitions allow visitors of all ages to connect with regional wildlife and public programs that inspire green living and sustainability. With a history that spans more than 150 years, the Academy’s conservation efforts study, explore and protect urban wildlife and the unique natural history of the Great Lakes Region. Today, collaborative conservation programs include citizen science initiatives, native habitat restoration and one of the region’s largest environmental education programs.

Position Summary:
The Museum Educator, Community Programs position entails the development and implementation of onsite and offsite nature and environmental education programming for a wide variety of audiences varying in ages from preschool to adults. A significant part of this position will be developing and implementing programs with community partners in the Pilsen, Little Village and Southeast Chicago neighborhoods.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement afterschool and summer programs for children in predominately Latino neighborhoods.
  • Maintain existing and cultivate additional partnerships with the diverse communities of Chicago.
  • Collaborate with education team members and other Museum departments to seek out new opportunities and partnerships that promote the Museum’s mission and reach new and diverse audiences.
  • Develop and implement age appropriate activities for other Museum education programs both on- and off-site.
  • Participate in special Museum-wide events and planning committees when appropriate. Evaluate existing and new programs.
  • Assume a leadership role for programs or initiatives when appropriate.
  • Teach science and nature to a diverse audience.
  • Teach nature and environmental based student programs (pre-K to High School) to visiting school groups.
  • Support all regular functions of the Education Department as assigned.
  • Some weekends and evenings are required.
Brief List of Qualifications:

  • Fluent Spanish language speaking skills (a portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish)
  • Knowledge of general science, nature, and the environment.
  • Ability to present science content to a diverse population of learners.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects and tasks at once.
  • Ability to lead activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, Windows XP.
  • Knowledge of program similar to Scratch, Google Sketch-Up, etc. preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other educators, volunteers, and Museum staff.
  • Ability to handle live animals after training.
  • Ability to physically transport and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum.
  • Ability to travel to off-site programs.
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Access to own vehicle preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
Minimum Education Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field.
  • Formal/workplace based training in the field of education.
Minimum Experience Required:
  • One year experience working in a formal (classroom) or informal (museum, zoo, nature preserve) educational setting strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with K-12 grade students in an educational/recreational setting preferred.
To apply:
Fax, email, or mail resume and cover letter to:
Rafael Rosa
Vice President of Education
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Fax: 773-755-5199

No phone calls. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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