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Summer Camp 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 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 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. 


  • Lead hands-on informal science activities for campers 
  • Lead camp games, songs and skits 
  • 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  

Actual Pay Rate: $15/ hour

Position Requirements

Key Qualifications:

  • 2+ years' experience or study in education, science, or related field  
  • Previous experience teaching in a formal or informal education or camp 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 
  • 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. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bi-lingual Proficiency  
  • 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 15.00/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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