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Special Events Associate- PT 

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:  Support the Museum’s mission by being a positive and proactive member of the Special Events Team, providing exemplary customer service to Museum guests and patrons at Family Fundraising and Adult AfterHours events. This position would be ideal for candidates looking for a secondary source of income. 


  • Provide excellent customer service to all event attendees by anticipating guest needs and being knowledgeable about the Museum facility, policies, exhibits, and events.
  • Support the set-up of events including but not limited to tables and chairs, assisting with decorations as needed and providing entrance into Museum facilities for volunteers and vendors.
  • Maintain a warm, friendly, safe Museum environment while, checking in ticketholders, monitoring Museum exhibits and spaces, ensuring that NC ABC Laws, Durham County smoking ordinance, COVID safety requirements and applicable Museum policies are maintained and enforced.
  • Support the clean-up of events, including but not limited to removing trash and recycling, resetting exhibits, breaking down tables and chairs, ensuring guests and vendors leave the facility as they found it and with all belongings.
  • Follow Museum procedures for emergencies by assisting the Emergency Coordinator and other Museum staff in emergency situations as directed.
  • Take direction from and support the Fundraising Events Team staff with other duties as needed.


Actual Pay Rate: $14.00/ hour

Position Requirements
  • High school diploma/GED
  • 3+ years’ customer service experience
  • Works well independently, with keen observation skills and desire to be proactive about visitor needs and guest environment
  • Ability to respond appropriately to emergencies with provided training
  • Available to work a mix of daytime, evenings, and weekends. Events are on an inconsistent schedule from one per month to many evenings in a row. Shifts range from 2-8 hours.
  • Capable of working outside in changing weather conditions
  • Ability to move materials up to 20 lbs. and assist team with setup and breakdown of events.
  • Ability to travel long distances across campus on varying terrain
  • Valid US driver’s license


  • Able and willing to embrace Museum mission of “science as a way of knowing”
  • Previous event day-of experience
  • Bilingual (Spanish-speaking)
Shift Various Shifts  
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 Fundraising  

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