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
Assistant Manager of Visitor Services
Work in the fun and educational environment of the Discovery Museum! The Assistant Manager of Visitor Services is a primary contact for Museum visitors and responsible for ensuring a positive visitor experience while also maintaining safe and welcoming spaces.
We are seeking a reliable, proactive, and outgoing individual with excellent customer service skills and experience supervising staff. Interest in education and museums a plus.
Responsibilities include: Supervising Floor and Admissions staff, opening and closing the Museum, interacting with visitors, operating the point-of-sale system for daily admissions and the Museum store, handling on-site emergencies, and managing evening rentals. Must be able to uphold Discovery Museum's COVID-19 safety policies and procedures.
Schedule and Pay: This position has a flexible schedule of 8-25 hours per week Friday - Sunday and occasional evenings. Pay is $14 per hour.
Brain Building Together Explorer
The Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer 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; ability to uphold Discovery Museum's COVID-19 safety policies and procedures; 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 or via postal mail to Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720.
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 below.
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.
Gardens and Grounds Volunteer
Discovery happens outdoors too! There are many garden spaces and wooded areas on the Museum property, including 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.
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 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 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 Hayley Cooke for more information.
Group Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities for an employee or student service day? Discovery Museum often has larger-scale group projects including outdoor maintenance, preparing materials for educational programs, and light gardening and planting. Please email Hayley Cooke 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: October 1st through December 31st; completed applications due September 1st
Spring Cycle: January 15th through April 30th; completed applications due December 1st
Summer Cycle: May 1st through August 31st; completed applications due April 1st