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.
All positions require an interview with a supervisor, a satisfactory CORI check, and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Current Job Openings
Director of Community Partnerships
The Director of Community Partnerships, a critical member of the Museum Experience team, is responsible for building and sustaining meaningful community relationships with organizations serving diverse populations of children and caregivers; working closely with other Museum Directors to provide an excellent experience for all audiences; and serving as the Museum’s point person for accessibility-related endeavors. The ideal candidate is an outgoing and mission-driven professional who thrives on building strong relationships with community-based organizations, co-creating and providing resources for children and families, and has experience in managing collaborations in a multicultural setting. The Director of Community Partnerships is a key external representative of the Discovery Museum and exemplifies the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and belonging.
Responsibilities include: Oversee and advance the Museum’s vision for community engagement and ensure its understanding of family and community interests, needs and priorities; identify opportunities for the Museum to listen and respond to community needs by inviting conversation and collaboration to build fruitful relationships with potential partners, rooted in listening and learning to identify shared goals; develop and maintain community relationships that may enrich the Museum’s offerings and extend its reach to include more children and families who face barriers to access; manage and grow partner-based initiatives, supporting and leveraging the Museum’s community-focused partnerships across departments; lead development of the Museum’s longstanding position on accessibility, serve as the primary contact for accessibility-related inquiries, and collaborate with other departments to provide an excellent experience for all visitors; create and host a variety of accessibility events, including an annual slate of Especially for Me programs, in collaboration with community partners; and more. Please see the full job description for additional responsibilities.
Qualifications & Skills: Enthusiasm for the mission of the Museum; 3+ years of professional experience working with historically marginalized communities or facilitating community outreach programs; experience with child- or family-focused education and advocacy programs; excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills, and ability to facilitate meetings and build consensus; ability to think strategically and establish long-term goals; willingness and ability to travel throughout the Greater Boston region; valid driver’s license and personal transportation preferred; multi-lingual fluency a plus. A successful CORI check and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required at time of offer.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Brindha Muniappan, with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls please
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 is 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. A successful CORI check and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required at time of offer.
Responsibilities include: Supervising Explorer 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 $15.00 per hour.
To apply: Please email application, resume and cover letter to Nina Sabettini, No phone calls, please.
Make someone’s visit memorable and fun! Explorers engage visitors and students with our hands-on exhibits and dynamic programs and help to maintain a friendly, safe, and clean exhibit floor and outdoor playscape. 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. A successful CORI check and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required at time of offer.
Responsibilities include: Help to open and close Museum galleries; make all visitors feel welcome and that they belong; provide fun and educational engagement opportunities to visitors of a variety of ages and learning styles. Please view the full job description for responsibilities and qualifications.
Schedule and pay: We are looking for applicants with weekday and/or weekend afternoon availability, 10-26 hours per week. Pay rate is $13.50 per hour.
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.
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! A successful CORI check and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be required at time of offer.
Please note that we require teens themselves apply to the program; applications or inquiries from parents will not be accepted.
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 15th
Summer Cycle: May 1st through August 31st; completed applications due April 1st