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Guest Relations Associate- Train Driver 

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  

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is seeking an enthusiastic and customer-focused individual to fill the position of Part Time Train Driver. This position supports the Museum’s mission by providing a safe and engaging ride according to the highest standards of safety while providing excellent customer services to riders and other guests.


  • Providing a safe and entertaining train ride to all visitors
  • Driving the train, ticket taking, loading / unloading guests, answering questions and delivering a scripted safety speech before the ride
  • Ensuring the safety of riders through careful train operation
  • Being knowledgeable of and adhering to all policies and procedures outlined in the train driver’s manual
  • Maintaining mechanical operation of the train by performing daily checklist and immediately notifying the appropriate team members of any problems
  • Providing information to visitors about the train, including how and where to purchase tickets and assist with any problems related to ticketing
  • Between train rides, assist in other tasks including but not limited to detailing the train, train station, and train plaza


Actual Pay Rate: $15.00/hour

Position Requirements


  • An interest in engaging the public and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse, multi-generational audience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A pleasant and engaging attitude while being observant and proactive
  • Previous experience operating rides is a plus
  • Available to work a flexible schedule with weekday, weekend, and evening availability
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record
  • Physically able to sit for long periods of time and to walk on varied terrain up to 1 mile
  • Ability to lift items up to 30 lbs.

This position is part time and will range from 8 - 24 hours/week.

Shift Days  
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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