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Innovation & Learning Experiences (ILE) Fellow 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

This position supports the Museum's mission by developing and implementing informal education experiences and supporting the strategic objectives of the Innovation and Learning Experiences (ILE) team.

While there is room for variance, this is typically a two-year program that provides opportunities to develop facilitation skills and curriculum writing through floor programs, school programs, homeschool classes, workshops, and camps. This position is seasonal, mostly during the Fall and Spring, requiring a minimum of 20-25 hours a week with regular weekend work.


  • Delivery of facilitated experiences and programs for visitors, including:
    • Paid programs for children, families, adults and groups (summer camps, school programs, family events, scout sleepovers, etc.)
    • Informal, on-the-floor programs for visitors
    • Off-site programs
    • Special programs as they arise
  • Management of space for delivery (e.g. classroom), storage areas and materials (including animals)
  • Work with the ILE team to develop short and long-term goals for the department
  • Work on cross-departmental teams as needed
  • Support general Museum activities
  • Occational evenings and regular weekends required
  • Other duties as needed
Position Requirements


  • Passion for informal education, particularly related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), computational thinking, and/or design thinking
  • Willingness to work with and handle vertebrate and invertebrate animals
  • College or technical degree completed or in progress
  • Ability to engage with children and adults in a friendly, outgoing and professional manner
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creativity, dependability, flexibility and enthusiasm
  • Must be able to travel distances of up to one mile over varying terrains and lift up to 25lbs (reasonable accommodations can be made)
  • Valid driver’s license

Desired Requirments:

  • Experience developing and implementing inquiry-based, materials-rich curriculum to children, families and/or adults
  • Experience working in a museum or other informal educational setting
  • Advanced degree in science or engineering discipline, education, design, or related field
  • Fluency in language other than English (with particular interest in Spanish)
  • Experience using technology to augment and enhance curriculum and program delivery
Shift Various Shifts  
Pay Range $12.75/hr  
EOE Statement The Museum is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Education  

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