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
Business Administration Specialist
The Business Administration Specialist will provide support to the Director of Business Administration in all operations relating to business and programmatic services supporting the Discovery Museum. Major responsibilities of the Business Administration Specialist include, Accounts Payables processing and revenues using QuickBooks, bi-weekly Payroll processing using the Harper’s Payroll System, grant reconciliation, and administrative support in human resource management. Please click here for the full position description and qualifications.
- Experience with QuickBooks or similar software.
- Proficiency in Excel.
- Experience with on-line purchasing and reporting systems.
- College degree in business administration or related field preferred.
- Proficient in general bookkeeping principles.
- Understands the importance of teamwork and working with confidential information.
- The person in this position must be able to occasionally ascend/descend stairs, operate a computer and other office productivity equipment, and lift 25 lbs.
- Must possess a current driver’s license and have an excellent driving record.
To Apply: Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org; applicants may include salary history and requirements. No phone calls, please.
Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer/Parent Educator
Share Brain Building Moments with caregivers, infants, and toddlers through supportive conversations and play in the new, Brain Building Together (BBT) early childhood exhibit in our all-new museum opening February 2018! BBT Explorers/Parent Educators operate the BBT exhibit, designed for adults with children ages birth – 3. This position promotes enjoyable and meaningful visitor experiences, maintains a safe and clean environment, and supports the exhibit’s educational goals by helping adult caregivers understand their role in their child’s healthy development through casual conversations and play. BBT Explorers/Parent Educators collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Education to further develop and implement this new, high-quality, learning and play exhibit environment for families with infants and toddlers. Please click here for the full position description.
Qualifications: We seek applicants with the ability to create a warm, welcoming, developmentally appropriate, and supportive environment for diverse parents, caregivers, and young children. Applicants must have a background in early childhood development. Must be comfortable standing, stooping, and sitting on the floor. Professional experience as a parent educator or infant/toddler educator is preferred but not required. Other preferred qualifications include: experience with educational documentation, knowledge of a language other than English, and/or skill in a creative enrichment area.
Hours and Pay: Part time: morning, afternoon, and weekend shifts available. Some flexibility in scheduling is required. $13/hour
To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alli Leake. No phone calls, please.
Traveling Science Workshops Teacher
We're growing! Help us to bring fun, hands-on science to 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 Rocks and Minerals to Sound to Physical Changes of Matter. Spend 1 to 3 days each week during the school year 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 one 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 30 to 60 minutes. Applicants must also be able to pick-up/drop-off program kits 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.
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: $11/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: $11.25/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.
Our aim for our volunteer opportunities is to provide valuable work experience, create a great environment for gaining community service hours, and provide an opportunity to experience giving back to the local community.
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.