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Early Childhood Program Facilitator 

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 facilitating hands-on informal science and nature activities at the museum for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers.  



  • Work closely with full-time Museum staff to develop, prepare, and facilitate drop-in and pre-registered science and nature programs for young children and their caregivers 
  • Set up and break down activities including program material and animals  
  • Complete training for animal and insect handling for programs 
  • Maintain safety and organization of early childhood spaces 
  • Supervise exhibit spaces and engage visitors in self-guided science play and discovery 
  • Support general museum activities  
  • Prioritize the Museum’s values of inclusion and kindness in all interactions with staff, volunteers, and guests. 
  • Some oversight of volunteers 
  • Additional duties as assigned 


Actual Pay Rate: $16.00/ hour

Position Requirements


  • Previous experience in Early Childhood Education in a formal or informal setting 
  • An interest in informal science discovery 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with a positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills 
  • Must be able to be on their feet for up to 3 hours at a time, walk distances of up to one mile over varying terrains, sit on the floor/ground with young children, and be able to lift 25 pounds 
  • Ability to work outside in all weather 
  • 20 hours per week and regular weekend work is required



  • NC Early Childhood Credential  
  • Bilingual English/Spanish Proficiency  
  • Demonstrated interest and background in natural sciences or other STEM field 
  • Experience or interest in advancing educational equity and STEM Justice 
  • Possess a broad, up-to-date knowledge base of age-appropriate activities; use this knowledge to enhance your daily interactions with children 
  • Experience working with youth with disabilities 
Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range $16.00/ 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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