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Summer Lab 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 Seasonal  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective: Supports the Museum mission by facilitating hands-on informal science activities at the museum in The Lab.


In The Lab, we believe science is a TOOL, a COMMUNITY, and a SPIRIT OF INQUIRY

that belongs to everyone, everywhere.

In The Lab, we use science to explore our shared world with RIGOR, COMPASSION, and JOY!



  • Work closely with full-time Museum staff to prepare and present science programs

  • Set up and break down activities in the facilitated exhibit space

  • Facilitate pre-developed science programs with small “drop-in” groups of museum visitors

  • Supervise exhibit space and engage visitors in self-guided science activities

  • Maintain safety and organization of the facilitated exhibit space

  • Train with Museum staff to safely present demonstrations using liquid nitrogen

  • Support general museum activities

  • Work alongside Catalyst volunteers; some oversight of volunteers

  • Additional duties as assigned


Actual Pay Rate: $15.00/hour

Position Requirements
  • Previous experience teaching in a formal or informal education setting, particularly with children

  • 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

  • Ability to spend the day actively engaging small groups of museum visitors in science activities

  • Must be able to sit/stand near and around activity counter up to 5 hours at a time, be able to lift 25 pounds

  • Normal schedule includes weekend work



  • Bilingual Proficiency

  • Demonstrated interest and background in natural sciences or other STEM field

  • Experience and interest in advancing educational equity and STEM Justice

  • Ability to improvise and be creative with existing science programs

  • College degree or 2+ years equivalent experience in education, science, or related field,

  • Experience working with youth with disabilities

Shift -not applicable-  
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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