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

Outdoor Programs Assistant (part-time/temporary)

Get outside and play this summer and fall with caregivers and children in Discovery Woods, our fully accessible outdoor playscape and treehouse designed for all ages and abilities!  The Outdoor Programs Assistant will facilitate outdoor activities designed to engage families with nature and the environment through play.  This position promotes enjoyable and meaningful visitor experiences with the outdoors and supports the Discovery Museum’s mission to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning.  The Outdoor Programs Assistant will collaborate with the Outdoor and Environmental Educator to choose and schedule programs, and will independently facilitate programs in Discovery Woods and on the adjoining Conservation Land.

Qualifications: We seek applicants with the ability to create a welcoming and supportive environment for diverse parents, caregivers, and children. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors and with children, walking over uneven terrain, standing, stooping, and some lifting required. A passion for being outdoors is required and environmental education experience is preferred but not required.  A CORI check will be required at time of offer. 

Hours and Pay: July 1st through November 1st. Part time (~10 to 15 hours a week, about three 3-hour shifts per week): schedule will be set in collaboration with the Outdoor and Environmental Educator. Occasional weekend shifts required.  Friday morning shifts (9am-12pm) required. Pay is $13/hr.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Rachel Danford, rdanford@discoveryacton.org. No phone calls please.


Brain Building Together Explorer/Parent Educator

The Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer/ Parent Educator 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; 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 $13.00 per hour

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alli Leake at aleake@discoveryacton.org or via postal mail to Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720.


Weekend and Events Manager

Come and work in the fun and educational environment of the Discovery Museum! Weekend and Events managers are a primary contact to Museum visitors and are responsible for ensuring a positive visitor experience while also maintaining a safe and welcoming space. Responsibilities include: supervising floor and admissions staff; opening and closing the museum; supervising general museum operation; interacting with visitors; operating point-of-sale system for daily admissions and museum store transactions; and managing event rentals, which occur after regular hours when the museum is closed to the public. This is a part-time position that involves flexible scheduling: availability to work both evenings and weekends is required.

Qualifications: We are seeking reliable, proactive, and outgoing personnel with experience supervising staff and excellent customer service skills. Interest in education and museums a plus. Weekend and evening hours required.

Hourly Pay: $13.00 per hour

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Cara Lonardo-Roy at clonardoroy@discoveryacton.org or via postal mail to Discovery Museum, 177 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720.


Development Assistant

The Development Assistant will assume responsibility for supporting the Discovery Museum’s annual giving and events program, and general Development Office operations. S/he will be a positive and professional representative of the Office and the Museum at all times, and be able to interact and work well with colleagues throughout the organization, volunteers, and donors. This position works most directly with the Assistant Director of Development, and reports to the Chief Development Officer. This position is part-time, 8-10 hours a week to be determined in conversation with the final candidate. Please click here for the full job description. 

To Apply:  To apply, send resume and cover letter to Marie Beam at mbeam@discoveryacton.org. 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.


Explorer Staff

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.

How to Apply: Please submit an employment application to Cara Lonardo-Roy stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.


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, 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.

How to Apply: Please submit an employment application to Cara Lonardo-Roy stating the title of the job in the subject line. No phone calls please.

 

Volunteer Positions

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

All volunteer positions require completion of our Teen Volunteer application or Volunteer application


Explorer Volunteer

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.


Administrative Volunteers

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.



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.

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.