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Summer Camp Assistant Educator 

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 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 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.

Position Objective: Supports the Museum mission by working with the Museum staff and together with the Summer Camp Educators in providing memorable and meaningful experiences of science as a way of understanding and experiencing the world while fostering an inclusive caring, and fun camp environment. 


  • Works together with an Educator in providing hands-on, informal science learning activities.   
  • Assist in leading camp games, songs and skits 
  • Helps to prepare and present pre-developed programs of science activities to groups of up to 18 children.  
  • Act as point of contact for parents and educator 
  • Maintain the well-being and safety of campers while in their care 
  • Facilitate morning and afternoon extended care programs 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings 
  • Represent the museum in a professional manner during interactions and while out on the Museum floor 
  • Additional duties as assigned  


Actual Pay Rate: $14/ hour

Position Requirements

Key Qualifications:

  • High school degree, GED equivalent, or previous work experience  
  • Candidate must be able to spend the day actively engaging the campers following pre-written outlines 
  • Experience working with children 
  • Interest in informal science discovery 
  • Ability to work well with others  
  • Ability to communicate an enthusiasm for science to children  
  • 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, and be able to lift 25 pounds 
  • Complete COVID-19 Vaccination (Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer) 
  • Ability to work outside in heat and humidity; some camps occur in an outdoor classroom and many camps spend time outdoors 


  • Bi-lingual Proficiency 
  • Demonstrated interest and background in natural sciences and/or technology 
  • Experience working with children with disabilities 
  • Photography 



For technology-based camps: 

  • Programming in Javascript 
  • Game Modding 
  • Robotics building and programming including LEGO Robotics platforms 


Important Note… Camp Assistants 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 Assistants 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 14.00/hour  
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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