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

Materials Prep Assistant -- Summer only

Discovery Museum seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent organizational skills to inventory supplies, generate purchasing lists, and prepare student materials at our Traveling Science Workshop Distribution Center in North Acton. The right candidate will have the ability to work independently, follow directions, and order and prioritize a variety of tasks. 

Hours: This is a seasonal, part-time position, with 15 to 20 hours/week flexible schedule; June through August 2022.  This is an excellent opportunity for a mature, highly productive high school or college student.

To apply: Please submit an employment application to Jill Foster. No phone calls, please


Director of Visitor Services

The Director of Visitor Services is a critical member of the Discovery Museum’s management team and the Museum Experience team and is involved in all aspects of visitor services, customer satisfaction, and safety. S/he is responsible for overseeing an excellent visitor experience, supervising frontline staff, tracking and reporting on visitation, ensuring campus safety and security, and managing income streams of birthday parties and Museum rentals.

Responsibilities: Responsible for the management and development of all visitor services and amenities to ensure the delivery of an exceptional visitor experience; maintain efficient daily operations of the Museum campus; implement regular assessment of the visitor experience to develop data-driven plans for increasing visitation, revenue, and visitor satisfaction; lead Visitor Services team by example and ensure that all team members are supported in their responsibilities to provide excellent service and a positive Discovery Museum experience; ensure appropriate staffing for general visitation hours, on-site events, birthday parties and rentals, and off-site community events; manage the point-of-sale system for admissions and the Museum store and oversee online reservations and ticketing; maintain the Visitor Services budget and set annual goals for revenue; and more. Please see the full job description for the complete set of responsibilities and required qualifications and skills.

Schedule: This position is full time, 40 hours/week, with a Sunday through Thursday schedule.

Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Brindha Muniappan with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


New position! Marketing Assistant

The Marketing Assistant will support the Marketing and Membershp department with communications projects including surveys, email blasts, website maintenance, research, and marketing resource maintenance.

Responsibilities include: Help to maintain the Museum website; post programs and events to 3rd party websites; create and distribute weekly and monthly program press releases; manage print projects; manage email communications for surveys, blog posts, and events; and more. Please see the full job description for a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications.

Schedule: This position is part-time, 12-15 hours per week over a 2- to 3-days per week schedule; hybrid optional.

Hourly rate: $16-18

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Ann Sgarzi with the position title in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about the position. No phone calls, please. 


Explorer

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 $14.25 per hour.

To apply: Kindly submit an employment application to Brindha Muniappan, stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please. 


School Programs Marketing Assistant

Reporting to the Director of School & Group Programs, the Schools Program Marketing Assistant supports the day-to-day marketing efforts of the School & Group Programs department to grow the Museum’s Traveling Science Workshops and Field Trips programs. Responsibilities include prospect and market research; business analysis; database maintenance; email, print, and phone communications; and conference and trade show support. Please view and download the complete job description for requirements and responsibilities.

Hours: This position is part-time, 15 hours/week, on a 3 to 4 days per week flexible schedule.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Jill Foster with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer

The Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer manages the BBT early childhood exhibit for caregivers and children ages 0-3 years by ensuring safety, cleanliness, and an enjoyable visitor experience. This position supports the exhibit’s educational goals by engaging caregivers in conversations about their children’s learning.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Engage with caregivers and their children in the Brain Building Together exhibit in positive and supportive ways in order to promote enjoyable and meaningful visitor experiences.
  • Extend caregivers’ experience in the exhibit through casual conversations and play while helping them understand their role in their child’s healthy development.
  • Work with others in the Brain Building Team (BBT Explorers and Education Directors) to provide feedback on, further develop, and implement a high-quality, learning and play environment for families with children aged 0 to 3 years.
  • Collaborate with the BBT Team to develop engaging activity kits to be used in the BBT exhibit.
  • Regularly provide experiences such as Story Time, pop-up activities, and other playful explorations for children and their caregivers.
  • Collaborate with the BBT Team to maintain documentation and observations on display in the exhibit to celebrate Brain Building moments and encourage adult visitor participation.
  • Maintain a welcoming, safe, and clean exhibit environment.
  • Support the guiding principles and goals of the BBT exhibit and the Discovery Museum’s mission.
  • Participate in and contribute to staff meetings and trainings.
  • Be able to staff other science and play-based Museum exhibit areas by knowledgably engaging caregivers and their children and maintaining a safe and clean environment, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Ability and interest in working with caregivers and young children ages 0 – 3 years
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with, and support, diverse families of young children
  • Experience or interest in early childhood education or family support
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills
  • Ability to uphold Discovery Museum's COVID-19 safety policies and procedures
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Preferred: Experience with music education, storytelling, or other enrichment area
  • Preferred: Fluency in a language other than English

Schedule: This position is part-time, approximately 15-20 hours per week with weekday and weekend shifts required, and occasional evenings.

To apply: Kindly submit an employment application, resume, and cover letter to Brindha Muniappan with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Discovery Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer by choice.

Hourly pay: $14.75/ hour


Traveling Science Workshop Instructor

Join the growing team of instructors who bring Discovery Museum’s Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) to school classrooms! Instructors travel to schools throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island visiting with up to five classrooms of 25 students a day, two to five days each week for 3 to 8 hours each day. Instructors engage children in meaningful hands-on STEM explorations that enrich classroom learning and support current state curriculum on various physical science topics from Bubbles to Sound to Force and Motion.

Applicants must have experience teaching children in formal or informal settings and be friendly, dynamic, high-energy, and passionate about supporting children’s learning. They will be strong communicators who are highly organized and able to juggle multiple demands at one time. Instructors must be flexible and responsive to the needs of administrators, teachers, parent volunteers, and students. Background working with diverse constituencies and an ability to speak multiple languages strongly valued.

Responsibilities:

  • Travel up to 60 minutes one-way to lead multiple 45- to 60-minute hands-on STEM workshops per day in preschool, elementary, and middle school classrooms. Must have driver’s license and the use of a reliable vehicle.
  • Coordinate with the Materials Preparation Manager to keep a set of workshop kits stocked and well-maintained with both permanent and consumable materials.
  • Maintain regular weekly communication with School Programs Team regarding monthly schedules, material needs, general program feedback, and specific school interactions.
  • Collaborate with other TSW instructors and our School Programs Administration Team to maintain a strong learning community that promotes effective science inquiry practice and provides outstanding enrichment for schools and groups.

Schedule: This position has a flexible schedule Monday through Friday, 2 to 5 days per week, varying hours of 3 to 8 hours per day.

To apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Jill Foster 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 $17.50 per hour.

To apply: Please email employment application, resume and cover letter to Brindha Muniappan,  No phone calls, please.


Volunteer Positions

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. 


Teen Volunteer Program

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

To apply, please submit our Teen Volunteer application to Molly MacFadden. If you have questions, please contact Molly via email for more information. No phone calls, please.