Museum Educator, Part Time

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Worcester, MA
United States

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Department: Education
Effective Date: August 1, 2016
Reports to: Manager of Education
Status: 22.5 hours/week including a weekend day; more hours may be available during busy times of year.  Position includes school vacation weeks, and some holiday and evening/overnight hours.

Position Summary: 

The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science and Nature, seeks an innovative and creative Educator to deliver and facilitate interpretive programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and includes interpretation of museum exhibits, digital planetarium, Tree Canopy Walkway, and outdoor programs on a 55-acre site, as well as programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit.  Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning. 

Candidates must have a degree in a scientific field or education, enjoy working with families and children, and possess a keen interest in science and a commitment to furthering their own education in the field.  Informal and/or formal teaching experience expected.  The successful candidate will have experience working on a team, enjoy collaboration and bring a commitment to running creative educational programs.   


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field or education
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: biology, earth science, astronomy, engineering, physical science
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience developing and teaching informal and/or formal teaching (program evaluation experience a plus)
  • Ability to plan, initiate and carry out education programs
  • Curriculum development experience desired
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Knowledge of good customer service principles and excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Candidate should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Interest in and/or experience working with diverse racial/socioeconomic populations
  • Multi-lingual skills a plus
  • Must be able to get to off-site program locations and meetings
  • Able to navigate the building, grounds and Tree Canopy Walkway under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 40 lbs, stay stationary for long periods of time, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines


  • Develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry based, participatory programs for guests and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Lead school programs, public programs, planetarium shows and camp sessions on a variety of science topics, both on-site and off-site
  • Be familiar with overnight program, occasionally lead programs and serve on rotation schedule for meeting and greeting groups
  • Execute programming, facilitate play, and monitor use of supplies in the Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit
  • Attend training and occasionally cover shifts on Tree Canopy Walkway
  • Administer grant related projects and programs as assigned
  • Assist in training of on call and/or seasonal staff and volunteers
  • Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
  • Handle animals for use in programs
  • Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions: 

Serve on staff ad-hoc committees when needed
Other duties as may be assigned.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:

Human Resources, Attn:  Part Time Museum Educator Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604

or email: with “Part Time Museum Educator Search” in the subject line.

Review begins June 15, 2016, applications accepted until position is filled.