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Birthday Party 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 Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective: The Museum is seeking individuals to join our Birthday Party Educational team. These positions are part time and scheduled primarily on the weekends. The positions support the Museum by leading themed and non-themed children's birthday parties.


  • Set up classroom for parties, including materials, activities, and animals.
  •  Act as point of contact for party host and assist them on the day of the party to provide an exceptional party experience.
  •  Collaborate with other Museum teams on the day of the party to ensure a seamless party experience.
  • Present 30-minute programs on a wide variety of science related topics to parties.
  •  Complete training for animal and insect handling for programs.
  •  Lead clean up and restore classroom to original state post-party.
  •  Act as concierge on some weekends, directing guests to their party rooms.
  • Always demonstrate adherence to Museum safety procedures.
  •  Engage with Museum visitors in a positive and helpful way to support an enjoyable and safe guest experience.
  • Work independently with limited coaching and oversight to address the needs of party hosts and guests on the day of the party.
  •  Follow Museum procedures for emergencies by assisting the Emergency Coordinator and other Museum staff in emergency situations as directed.
  •  Prioritize the Museum’s values of inclusion and kindness in all interactions with staff, volunteers, and guests.
  •  Other duties as necessary


Actual Pay Rate: $15.00/ hour

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma/GED
  • Experience working with young children
  •  Customer service experience • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work weekends (average 4-6 weekend days a month)
  •  Willingness and ability to work with live animals and insects
  • Ability to stand on one's feet for up to 4 hours at a time and lift 15 lbs.
  •  Interest or experience in education or science
  •  Experience in leading education-based programs



  • Able and willing to embrace Museum mission of “science as a way of knowing”
  •  Bi-lingual with Spanish and English
Shift Weekends  
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 Guest Services  

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