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Summer Camp Educator 

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 Seasonal  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Summer can't get here fast enough! Encounter animals. Concoct experiments. Build robots. No matter what you love, every day of summer will be packed full of adventure, excitement, and opportunities to explore science and know wonder. Our camps embrace hands-on learning, where campers explore science and embrace it as a way of knowing.

The Museum of Life and Science (MLS) offers one-week, full-day, hands-on science camps for children age 4 through grade 8 that run June 10- August 23, 2018 at its campus on Murray Avenue in Durham. The MLS also offers one-week, full-day camps for children age 4 through grade 5 at the Montessori Community School, located in the Chapel Hill area.


  • Lead hands-on informal science activities for campers
  • Work closely with Site Directors, Camp Assistants, and full-time Museum staff to prepare and present pre-developed science programs
  • Act as point of contact between parents, Site Directors, and full-time Museum staff
  • Maintain safety and well-being for up to 18 campers at a time
  • General classroom and materials management
    • Design and scheduling of individual camp activities
    • Set up activities and clean up the classroom before and after camp day
    • Monitor classroom supplies and request replenishments when needed
  • Facilitate afternoon curbside pickup and communicate daily activities to parents
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Additional duties as assigned
Position Requirements

Key Qualifications:

  • College degree in education, science, or related field, or have 2+ years equivalent experience
  • Previous experience teaching in a formal or informal education setting
  • An interest in informal science discovery
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure with a positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to spend the day actively engaging the campers following pre-written outlines
  • Must be able to be on their feet for up to 6 hours at a time, walk distances of up to one mile over varying terrains, be able to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to work outside in heat and humidity; some camps occur in an outdoor classroom and many camps spend time outdoors.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bi-lingual Proficiency (Spanish-English, Chinese-English, Korean-English, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest and background in natural sciences and/or technology
  • Experience working with youth with disabilities

For applicants interested in technology-based camps:

  • Programming in Java script
  • Game Modding
  • Robotics building and programming including LEGO Robotics platforms
  • Digital video editing – 2D and 3D
  • Experience operating a 3D printer and/or laser cutter


Important Note… Summer Camp Educators do not have to work the entire summer schedule and will be asked to detail their summer availability during the interview process. Preference will be given to those able to work more weeks. First time Educators at the Museum site are expected to be available the week of July 1-July 5 (Camp is held on July 4th).

Shift Days  
Pay Range $12.75/hour (non-negotiable)  
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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