Our philosophy starts with the simple belief that kids are capable of incredible things. Our job is to nurture that ability; our goal is to support kids' healthy development. Play is how kids learn--here, it is in both a STEM-rich environment and inviting outdoor experience.
Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities
Discovery Museum offers a creative, fun, and flexible work environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Due to our work with children, all positions require an interview with a supervisor and a satisfactory CORI check.
Current Job Openings
Education Programs Assistant
Come and work in a fun and educational environment at the Discovery Museum! The Education Programs Assistant will facilitate activities designed to engage children and families with nature, science, art, and engineering through play. This position promotes enjoyable and meaningful visitor experiences and supports Discovery Museum’s mission to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning. The Education Programs Assistant will collaborate with the Outdoor and Environmental Educator and the Assistant Director of Learning Experiences to choose and schedule programs both indoors and outdoors, and, with the support of the Education team, will independently facilitate, document, and evaluate these programs. The Education Programs Assistant will also have the opportunity to interact with Visitor Experiences staff on the museum floor as well as members of our Teen Volunteer program.
Qualifications: We seek applicants with the ability to create a welcoming and supportive environment for our diverse audience, including children of all ages and abilities along with their parents and caregivers. Applicants must be comfortable working with children, working both indoors and outdoors, and walking over uneven terrain; standing, stooping, and some lifting required. A passion for learning through play is required and education experience is preferred but not required. A CORI check will be required at time of offer.
Hours and Pay: 20 hours per week, schedule will be somewhat flexible and set in collaboration with the Outdoor and Environmental Educator and the Assistant Director of Learning Experiences. Fridays and weekend availability are required. $13/hr.
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Liz Leahey, Assistant Director of Learning Experiences. No phone calls, please.
Director of the Museum Experience
The Director of the Museum Experience supports and collaborates with senior leadership, staff, and the community to carry out the museum’s mission and vision through all experiential, mission-based offerings and visitor services. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, participative manager and will lead and develop internal teams, as well as external partners, to support the Museum to fully implement the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan calls for the development of a strong sense of belonging among all touched by the museum; the growth of the impacts of the museum including the continued welcoming of all; being an articulate advocate for the museum’s values; more effectively supporting the people who further our mission; and ensuring a sustainable museum. The Director will develop annual objectives in furtherance of this plan.
The Director will ensure the organization has operating excellence, integrity, and creativity in public programs and exhibits (indoors, outdoors and for all ages), and day-to-day museum operations. The Director will be focused on improving the coordinated planning and delivery of the museum going experience and growing the impact of the museum. Click here for the complete job description including qualifications.
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume via email only to: Neil Gordon, CEO. No phone calls, please. Review begins immediately, applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Traveling Science Workshops Teacher
We're growing! Help us to bring fun, hands-on science to preschool, elementary and middle school classrooms in MA, RI, and NH. Our Traveling Science Workshop (TSW) teachers work with classrooms of up to 25 students at one time and serve up to five classrooms in a day. Our teachers share their expertise on a wide variety of subject matter from PreK Bubbles to Sound to Physical Changes of Matter, engaging children in meaningful science explorations that enrich classroom learning and support current curriculum.
Qualifications: Applicants must be experienced, organized, enthusiastic educators. TSW teachers work two to three days each week for three to seven hours each day depending on the school and program. Travel time to and from a school is typically 45 to 60 minutes. Applicants must also be able to pick-up/drop-off program kits at the Museum before and after each use as kits are shared with other instructors.
To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Jill Foster or mail to Traveling Science Workshops, Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls please.
Weekend and Events Manager
Come and work in the fun and educational environment of the Discovery Museum! Weekend and Events managers are a primary contact to Museum visitors and are responsible for ensuring a positive visitor experience while also maintaining a safe and welcoming space. Responsibilities include: supervising floor and admissions staff; opening and closing the museum; supervising general museum operation; interacting with visitors; operating point-of-sale system for daily admissions and museum store transactions; and managing event rentals, which occur after regular hours when the museum is closed to the public. This is a part-time position that involves flexible scheduling: availability to work both evenings and weekends is required, approximately 16-24+ hours per month.
Qualifications: We are seeking reliable, proactive, and outgoing personnel with experience supervising staff and excellent customer service skills. Interest in education and museums a plus. Weekend and evening hours required.
Hourly Pay: $14.00 per hour
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Cara Lonardo-Roy at email@example.com or via postal mail to Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls, please.
Brain Building Together Explorer/Parent Educator
The Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer/ Parent Educator operates the museum's BBT early childhood exhibit for caregivers and children ages birth-3 by ensuring safety, cleanliness, and an enjoyable visitor experience. This position supports the exhibit’s educational goals by engaging caregivers in conversations about children’s learning.
Qualifications include: Ability and interest in working with caregivers and young children ages birth - 3; demonstrated ability to communicate with and support diverse families of young children; background in early childhood education and child development; professional experience as a parent educator, infant/toddler educator, or family support provider and/ or a BA in related field preferred; excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills. For the full job description including the full list of qualifications please click here.
Schedule and Pay: This is a part-time, hourly position at $14.00 per hour
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alli Leake at firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720.
Make someone’s visit memorable and fun! Explorers engage visitors with our hands-on exhibits and dynamic programs as well as help maintain a friendly, safe, and clean exhibit floor. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have excellent communication skills, exceptional customer service skills, the ability to work with young children and adults in a fun, fast-paced environment.
Hourly Pay: $12/hour
Qualifications: We are looking for week day and weekend availability, 9-24 hours per week. Physical requirements: must be able to stand for four hours at a time, and be comfortable stooping, kneeling, and crouching.
We are looking for friendly Admission staff members who operate as reliable, proactive, and outgoing individuals who represent the museum. Duties include greeting visitors, answering the phone and general inquiries, light clerical duties, and gift shop sales.
Hourly Pay: $12.25/hour
Qualifications: A strong candidate will have exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, a pleasant personality, strong reliability, and the ability to work well under pressure when the museums become a quick paced environment. Basic computer skills required, cash handling experience is an advantage. Weekday hours required (hours of operation) in addition to occasional evenings and weekends. High school diploma required; Bachelors degree preferred.
Are you a retired teacher, a parent whose children are in school in the morning, or a student (ages 14+) who is interested in learning about museums or looking to develop new skills? If you enjoy helping others and working with children and families, please contact us about volunteering at the Discovery Museum!
Positions are available for Volunteers (18+) as well as Teen Volunteers (ages 14-17). Teen Volunteer applications are accepted on set deadlines for the Spring, Summer, or Fall seasons; all other volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about our Teen Volunteer Program.
Make someone’s visit memorable and fun! Explorers engage visitors with our hands-on exhibits and dynamic programs as well as help maintain a friendly, safe, and clean exhibit floor. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have excellent communication skills, exceptional customer service skills, and the ability to work with young children and adults in a fun, fast-paced environment. Scheduling is flexible, and positions are also available for the Teen Volunteer Program. Please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129 for more information.
Gardens and Grounds Volunteer
Discovery happens outdoors too! There are many garden spaces and wooded areas on the museum property, as well as Discovery Woods, our outdoor nature playscape. Volunteers will assist in maintaining gardens and grounds. Work ranges from light gardening and planting to jobs with heavier lifting. Positions are also available for the Teen Volunteer Program. If interested, please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129.
Public Programs Volunteer
Help out with some of our signature programming! Public programs volunteers assist visitors as they engage in hands-on science, engineering, and art based activities and challenges. Volunteer after-school and on the weekends helping visitors take apart household electronics, experiment with simple kitchen chemistry, engage in everyday engineering, and more! Each volunteer shift involves working with education staff to set-up, facilitate, and clean-up that day’s unique programming. Volunteers can also assist with our Early Childhood Education programs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Scheduling is flexible, and positions are also available for the Teen Volunteer Program. Please email Liz Leahey or call 978-264-4200 ext. 119 for more information.
Traveling Science Support Volunteers
Help the Traveling Science Workshop program prepare materials for children to use in our workshops! Hands-on learning is at the heart of each workshop we share, and a lot of time goes into the preparation of materials. Volunteer and learn about some of these fun projects while you cut, fold, sort, and count. We encourage friends to volunteer together. We offer a flexible schedule that includes 2 to 3 hours/week for four or more weeks throughout the summer. If interested, please email Jill Foster or call 978-264-4200 ext. 118 to learn more.
Are you looking to learn more about behind-the-scenes work at a nonprofit and acquire office skills? If so, consider volunteering with our Development, Marketing, and Membership departments. We are looking for help with a broad range of tasks that can include maintaining databases, researching contacts, working on events, organizing media clippings, and organizing mailings. Must be 18 years or older. Please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129 for more information.
Discovery Museum Teen Volunteer Program is for students ages 14 through 17 who are looking for experience working with children, opportunities to complete community service requirements, and the chance to learn and build new skills! Students apply to volunteer for a four-month-long cycle, which provides an opportunity to train at the museum and become comfortable working in a fun, fast-paced environment. Upon completion of the cycle, volunteers will meet with a volunteer supervisor to give and gain feedback; we hope that volunteers decide to continue volunteering at the museum after completion of a cycle.
The aim of our Teen Volunteer Program is to provide valuable work experience and an opportunity to give back to the local community. We look for volunteers who show initiative and enthusiasm for learning new things! In addition to gaining the necessary tools to work with the public, our program helps teen volunteers learn skills such as going through an application and interview process, managing their own schedules, communicating directly with supervisors, and working independently. If you are a teen interested in joining our program, please fill out an application and contact us!
Teen Volunteer Cycles: Dates and Deadlines
Fall Cycle: September 1st through December 31st; completed applications due August 1st
Spring Cycle: January 1st through April 30th; completed applications due December 1st
Summer Cycle: May 1st through August 31st; completed applications due April 1st
Please contact Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129 with any questions about the Discovery Museum Teen Volunteer Program.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities for an employee or student service day? The Discovery Museum often has larger-scale group projects including outdoor maintenance, preparing materials for educational programs, and light gardening and planting. Please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129 for more information.