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Summer Camp Site Assistant Director 

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  

Position Objective: The Summer Camp Assistant Site Director contributes to the Museum mission by supervising and supporting the seasonal camp team (Camp Educators, Camp Counselors, and Camp Volunteers) on all day-to-day aspects of summer camp at one of two camp locations.  

  • Museum camps consist of approximately 200 campers per week, 24 paid camp staff, and 13 teen volunteers.  
  • Camp Curiosity (Chapel Hill location) consists of approximately 100 campers, 16 paid camp staff, and 8 teen-aged volunteers.  


The Museum Assistant Site Director is a 13-week position. The Camp Curiosity Assistant Site Director is a 7-week position with the option of working as an educator at the Museum during the other weeks of camp. This position must be available for the entire duration of the Summer Camp Season. 



  • Manage the day-to-day operations of summer camp, which may include but are not limited to: 
    • Act as point of contact between parents, camp staff, and full-time Museum staff 
    • Communicate with Camp Site Director and Camp Program Manager about daily operations 
    • Provide parents with accurate information about the Museum, answer parent questions, and change reservations as needed 
    • Oversee extended care programs logistics, staff, and volunteers 
    • Facilitate camper drop-off and pick-up procedures, monitoring camper safety while coordinating staff and volunteer involvement 
    • Work closely with Camp Educators, Camp Counselors, and full-time Museum staff to prepare and present pre-developed science programs 
    • Update camp social media communications with weekly pictures and insights to camp activities  
    • Monitor classroom and admin spaces for general upkeep and communicate material replenishment needs throughout the summer 
    • Coordinate cross-departmental logistics 
  • Support the camp team when necessary, including 
    • Daily check-ins throughout the week 
    • Behavioral support and mediation 
    • Facilitating programs 
    • Step in as a staff substitute  
    • Coaching of classroom and group management styles 
    • Assist in managing teen volunteers  
  • Maintain general safety and well-being for all campers enrolled in camp for the week 
    • Alert Camp Site Director, Camp Program Manager, and appropriate Museum departments when problems arise and communicate action steps to camp staff. 
    • Demonstrate compassion and empathy while utilizing positive behavior techniques to ensure camper’s follow safety and community guidelines 
    • Be aware, implement, and train staff on Museum policies and procedures 
  • Attend and help facilitate scheduled staff meetings and trainings 
    • Facilitate skill development meetings with Educators and Camp Counselors 
    • Trainings 
      • Camp Admin Training – early May 
      • Virtual Trainings – 1 weekday a week from April- early May 
      • General Camp Orientation – May 18th – 19th  
      • Camp Curiosity Orientation - June 15th 
    • Review written training materials  
  • Represent the Museum in a professional manner during interactions and while out on the Museum floor 
  • Additional job-related duties as assigned  


Actual Pay Rate: $17.00/hour

Position Requirements


  • College degree or 2+ years equivalent experience in relevant field 
  • Previous experience in a formal or informal education setting 
  • Interest in informal science discovery 
  • Supervisory experience of children, teens, and adults 
  • Guest relations or customer service experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure with a positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills 
  • Experience working with children and youth of varying ages 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organization 
  • Skilled at multi-tasking and planning/logistics 
  • The ability to join and learn from the Museum’s team of professional science educators  
  • Availability to work approximately 13 weeks of summer at Museum Camp; consisting of at least 11 weeks between June 3-August 16  
  • OR 
  • Availability to work at least 7 weeks of summer at Camp Curiosity June 17-Aug 2 with potential to work as a Museum educator additional camp weeks 
  • Must be able to be on their feet for up to 8 hours at a time, walk distances of up to one mile over varying terrains, be able to lift 25 pounds, and work outside in heat and humidity 
  • Complete COVID-19 Vaccination (Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer) or exemption 



  • Bi-lingual Proficiency  
  • Experience working in a day or overnight camp setting 
  • Experience working with youth from different backgrounds and abilities 
  • Experience in volunteer management 
  • Willingness to work with live animals and insects 
  • Photography and marketing 


For Technology Assistance:  

  • Programming in Java script 
  • Game Modeling 
  • Robotics building and programming including LEGO Robotics platforms 
Shift Days  
Pay Range $17.00/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!
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