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Materials Associate 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective: Supports the Museum mission by performing duties in acquisition, organization, and distribution of supplies for Innovation and Learning Programs. As a member of the Innovation and Learning team, this position also includes facilitation and delivery of educational programming.


  • Oversee organization of program materials, classrooms, and storage spaces
    • Oversee and coordinate organization and packaging of Summer Camp Materials bins, documents, and resources.
    • Replenish supplies for ongoing programs as needed
    • Organize and reshelve materials after program delivery
    • Facilitate regular team cleaning at the end of programming seasons
    • Create general catalogs of materials for storage spaces and system for tracking their use
  • Source and purchase Innovation and Learning programming supplies
  • Organize monthly purchasing reports for delivery to accounting
  • Assist in facilitation of Innovation and Learning programs for children and adults.
  • Curriculum development for Summer Camps and other educational programs as needed.
  • Coordinate across departments to maintain clean and functional learning environments
  • Facilitate work for volunteers
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Some weekend and evening work required
  • Additional duties as assigned
Position Requirements

Vaccination Mandate Policy: The Museum of Life and Science maintains a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for Museum guests, staff, volunteers, and animals. As part of this commitment, vaccination against the Covid-19 virus is required as a condition of employment. If there is a religious or medical reason preventing you from receiving a vaccination, and you have been offered a position at the Museum, you may request an exemption.

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Experience in supply management and purchasing
  • Passion for organizing systems and spaces
  • 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
  • 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 all weather
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Able to pass background check prior to employment


  • Bilingual proficiency
  • Experience with inventory management systems
  • Experience writing curriculum
  • Previous experience teaching in a formal or informal education setting, particular in summer camp settings
Shift Days  
Pay Range $15.50/ hr  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Education  

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