Education Intern, Teen Programs (Summer)

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Deadline to Apply:

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:45pm


Chicago, IL
United States

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Who we are:

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 aficionados 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.


The Nature Museum is seeking Education Interns to assist with the “Teenagers Exploring and Explaining Nature and Science” (TEENS) summer program. TEENS is seven week program engaging a group of thirty Chicago public high school students in teen-driven investigations of urban ecosystems and the relationships between humans and nature. Participants collect environmental data, study nature in city parks and neighborhoods, and develop and conduct locally-focused research projects using low-cost and DIY environmental sampling methods. Students use free and open source smartphone apps for mobile data collection, and create web-based maps and other visualizations for media-rich project websites (see In conjunction with the two TEENS Program Educators, Education Interns will assist with the development and implementation of field- and lab-based experiences for TEENS participants and mentor youth as they develop field-based research project in urban ecology. This is an 8 week internship that includes 1 week of training; collaborative planning and preparation prior start of the 7 week TEENS summer program.


The goal of this internship is to gain experience implementing informal science education in an outdoor setting and mentoring high-school aged youth from diverse backgrounds.


  • Be available to work June 19 – August 11, Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:30pm
  • Assist with the implementation of a teen-driven, inquiry-based curriculum emphasizing environmental science and ecological concepts, mobile data collection, digital mapping, data visualizations and analysis
  • Assist instructors leading groups of 15 youth during lab and field-based science investigations at the Nature Museum and off-site
  • Guide youth in developing and carrying out field investigations focused on urban ecology
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Museum staff to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for the participants
  • Exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills and professional behavior to support a positive and successful workplace environment
  • Assist with other program activities as necessary


  • Interest in nature and science
  • Eager to work with teenagers from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience teaching science in formal and/or informal education settings to high-school or middle-school students preferred
  • Interest in facilitating educational activities both indoors and outdoors in a full range of weather conditions
  • Experience with field mapping, GPS, GIS, and other digital tools a plus
  • Experience with Google Drive, and web­making tools and technologies (including HTML and CSS), or a willingness to learn
  • Ability to physically lift, transport, and carry program materials off-site and throughout the Museum
  • Available to work hours and dates described above

Desired year in school:

Post junior year of college or above


Position Start Date:

Friday, May 5, 2017

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How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to:

Please include “Education Intern, Teen Programs” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Qualified candidates will be contacted.

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

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$1500 stipend (paid in three installments)

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