Museum Educator, Public Programs Coordinator

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The EcoTarium, a Museum of Science and Nature, seeks an innovative and creative educator to develop, deliver and facilitate engaging programs for the general public and groups, both on-site and off-site for all ages. 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. 

The educator is responsible for coordinating the museum’s public programs, including “Science Discovery” floor programs and programming in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater. Ongoing projects include coordinating, developing and documenting curriculum, training staff, and oversight of day-to-day and seasonal maintenance of the planetarium.

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. Competencies in astronomy, physical science, computer science and/or math are desirable. Formal and/or informal teaching experience expected.  The successful candidate will have experience working on a team and bring a commitment to running creative educational programs with an entrepreneurial spirit. 


  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters a plus) in a scientific field or education
  • General science background with knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred: life sciences, earth science, astronomy, engineering, physical science, computer science
  • Seasoned educator with experience developing, teaching and evaluating education programs in informal settings
  • Early childhood education (ages 6 and under) experience a plus
  • Curriculum development experience desired
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring and training
  • Ability to develop budgets and meet budgetary and income goals
  • 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
  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  • 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



  • Coordinate day-to-day “Science Discovery” programming, including scheduling, program development, documentation and evaluation
  • Handle all aspects of the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater; oversee day-to-day and seasonal maintenance of the space and act as primary point of contact with Sky-Skan
  • Develop, document, and evaluate inquiry-based curriculum for the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater; screen and evaluate content acquired from external sources 
  • Train educators and program instructors on public program curriculum, policies, and procedures both on the museum floor and in the planetarium. Train educators to be able to train instructors in these tasks
  • Coordinate and participate in a rotating schedule of oversight of the day-to-day floor program operations including seasonal activities, i.e. Tree Canopy Walkway and Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit
  • In conjunction with Marketing, represent and promote the museum off-site, as well as work collaboratively on marketing strategies for public programs, including the planetarium
  • Budget development, including tracking and forecasting for public programs and planetarium


  • Develop and deliver hands-on, inquiry based, participatory programs for the general public and groups indoors as well as outdoors in any type of weather
  • Lead school, public programs 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
  • Include evaluation as a component of all program development
  • Assist with team members on the development of grant proposals
  • Administer grant related projects and programs as assigned
  • Assist in hiring and 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:  Museum Educator, Public Programs Coordinator Search, EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA  01604

or email: sends e-mail) with “Public Programs Coordinator Search” in the subject line.

Review begins November 28, 2016, applications accepted until position is filled.