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
The Discovery Museums offer 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
We are looking to fill a key position on our Development team. The Grants Manager will assume responsibility for independent management of all aspects of the grants process to achieve the museum’s stated fundraising goals. S/he will be a positive and professional representative of the Office and the Museums at all times, and be able to initiate and maintain productive and congenial relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and prospective funders.
The position collaborates closely with the CEO, Chief Development Officer, the museum’s Senior Management Team, and consultants/external subject matter experts to ensure the development of compelling, factual, and engaging funding requests.
This position is full-time, but a flexible work schedule is possible for the right candidate. Please click here for the full position description.
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Marie Beam, Chief Development Officer, The Discovery Museums, at email@example.com. 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 Museums, 177 Main St. Acton, MA 01720. No phone calls please.
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.
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.
Are you a retired teacher, a parent with kids in school in the morning or a student (ages 14+) who loves exploring with children and their caregivers? Consider volunteering at The Discovery Museums. If you enjoy helping others and seeing a child smile, please contact us!
All volunteer positions require completion of our volunteer application.
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 we look for a minimum commitment of three months. If interested, please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129.
The Development Department seeks an intern to start in February/March 2017 and work through mid-May 2017, approximately 20 hours per week. The intern will report to the Chief Development Officer with a primary focus on coordinating our annual online auction. Our last online auction in Spring 2016 raised more than $25,000 to support the Museums. The intern will research prospective donors; contact and follow up with donors via mail, e-mail, and phone; and assist with promotion, management, and fulfillment of the auction. In addition to supporting the auction, he/she will assist with the Annual Giving program, cultivation and stewardship of events, communications, and research. This is a great opportunity to learn more about fundraising and development operations, areas that are essential to the success of all nonprofit organizations. Required skills: excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; computer literate, with a working knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel; interest and enthusiasm to learn about development; attention to detail; and discretion. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Karen Kerns.
Gardens and Grounds
Discovery happens outdoors too! The Discovery Museums have many garden spaces and wooded areas on the museum property, as well as Discovery Woods, our outdoor nature playscape with a fully accessible treehouse. Volunteers will assist in maintaining gardens and grounds. Work ranges from light gardening and planting to jobs with heavier lifting. Scheduling is flexible with a minimum requirement of two months of four two-hour shifts per month. If interested, please email Molly Bloom or call 978-264-4200 ext. 129.
Public Programs Volunteer
Help out with some of our signature programming! Program volunteers assist visitors as they engage in hands-on science, engineering and art activities and challenges. Volunteer after-school and on the weekends at our Science Discovery Museum helping visitors take apart every day electronics, experiment with simple kitchen chemistry, discover the tiny world of nano technology and more! Each volunteer shift involves working with education staff to set-up, facilitate and clean-up that day’s unique programming. Schedule is flexible and we look for a minimum commitment of three months. If interested, please email Liz Leahey or call 978-264-4200 ext. 119.
Traveling Science 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.