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

Admissions Staff

We are looking for friendly Admission staff members who operate as reliable, proactive, and outgoing individuals who represent the museum. Duties include greeting visitors, cash handling for admissions and gift shop sales, answering the phone and general inquiries, and light clerical duties.

Hourly Pay: $14.50/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.

How to Apply: Please submit an employment application to to Nina Sabettini, stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Scheduling Manager

The Scheduling Manager is responsible for all aspects of the reservation process for field trips, Traveling Science Workshops, birthday parties, and evening rentals—and for the customer satisfaction with that process.  Responsible for interacting with diverse customers, enforcing and interpreting policies, and working closely with all departments to coordinate a successful customer experience from the initial contact, through the reservation process, to the Museum experience itself.

Responsibilities include: Serves as initial point of contact for potential and repeat customers, in a warm and professional manner; maintains accurate records of detailed reservations, including payment records, in multiple database systems and complicated calendars; coordinates routinely with Assistant Director of School and Group Programs, Field Trip Manager, Traveling Science Workshop instructors, Materials Prep staff, and Visitor Services; and more. Please see the full job description for a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 24 to 32 hours per week

To apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Kathie Watt with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Field Trip Manager

The Field Trip Manager oversees school and group visits to the Museum ensuring that each visit is fun, well-organized, and meets the learning goals of the school or group while maintaining a safe and welcoming experience for all visitors. We recognize schools as partners and the Field Trip Manager strengthens these partnerships by maintaining ongoing communication and providing educational experiences that support the STEM learning goals of PreK to Grade 8 classrooms. This position works closely with the Visitor Services team and reports to the Assistant Director of School and Group Programs.

Responsibilities include: Manage the daily group visit experience including pre and post communications, arrival, orientation, exhibit floor and campus experience, departure, and evaluation; support an enriching STEAM experience which aligns with current curriculum standards by maintaining pre and post visit guides, hands-on museum orientations, and meaningful exhibit interactions; collaborate with the Director and Assistant Director of School and Group Programs and Director of Visitor Services to develop trainings and practices for Explorers that support a strong learning community and promote effective interpretation techniques; and more. Please view the full job description for a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications. 

Schedule: Tuesday through Friday, and Mondays as needed; 24 to 30 hours per week

To apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Kathie Watt with the position title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Director of Environmental and Outdoor Education

The Director of Environmental and Outdoor Education is a critical member of the Museum Experience department and Management team. They are responsible for developing and implementing engaging outdoor and environmental learning opportunities for all visitors; helping to realize the Discovery Museum’s sustainability plans; building relationships with relevant local and national partners; and working closely with other Directors to provide a comprehensive and excellent visitor experience.

Responsibilities include: Develop and implement an innovative outdoor and environmental education plan aligned with the Museum’s mission, strategic goals, and newly developed sustainability plan to build and foster connections for all visitors with the natural world; introduce visitors to Discovery Woods, Fairyborough, and the neighboring conservation land through creative experiences; build visitors’ comfort and enjoyment being outdoors and cultivate ideas of environmental responsibility; together with Programs team Educators, deliver an annual suite of nature-based programs and experiences focused on conservation and advocacy, as well as efforts and outcomes from the Museum’s sustainability plan; and more. Please see the full job description for a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications.  

Schedule: This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, Sunday through Thursday. 

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


Finance and HR Specialist

The Finance and HR Specialist will provide support to the Director of Finance and Admin in all operations relating to business and programmatic services supporting the Discovery Museum.  Overall responsibilities include assisting in HR payroll processing and on-going HR support along with maintaining integrity of financial records in QuickBooks.

Responsibilities include: Maintain employee records and process the bi-weekly staff payroll using the Harper’s Payroll System; prepare weekly vendor disbursements, using QuickBooks, ensuring appropriate authorization and expense classification is in place prior to payments; prepare, reconcile and record all revenues including bank deposits and cash management assistance; and more. Please view the job description for a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications. 

Schedule: This is a part-time position, 15-20 hours per week. 

To apply: Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to amstrong@discoveryacton.org; applicants may include salary history and requirements. 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.

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 both weekday and weekend availability, 10-26 hours per week, both this summer and during the school year. This is not a seasonal summer-only position, so unfortunately we cannot accept high school applicants at this time.  Pay rate is $13.50 per hour.

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


Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer

The Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer operates the BBT early childhood museum 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. Qualified candidates should have a background in early childhood education and child development, and an ability and interest in working with caregivers and young children.

Responsibilities include: Engaging with families in the BBT exhibit in positive and supportive ways; 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 the exhibit team to provide feedback and further develop and implement a high quality learning and play environment. Please view the full job description for responsibilities and qualifications.

Schedule and pay: This position is part-time, approximately 15-20 hours per week with weekday and weekend shifts required. There is some flexibility in scheduling. Pay rate is $14 per hour.

To apply:Kindly submit an employment application to Nina Sabettini, stating the title of the job in the subject line. 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!

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 Nina via email for more information. No calls, please.