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If you’re interested in science and education — or if you simply wish to give back to your community — you can be involved with the Montshire through the following ways:

  • volunteer opportunities
  • internships
  • work study
  • seasonal positions
  • full-time staff (when positions are open)

Read on to learn more about these opportunities. Still have questions? Feel free to contact us by calling 802-649-2200 or emailing montshire@montshire.org.

Staff Positions

The Montshire occasionally has permanent full-time and part-time positions available. Open position details are available below.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Camp-In Workshop Leaders

The Montshire Museum of Science is seeking to fill part-time, evening teaching positions for responsible and enthusiastic adults. The position will lead fun, hands-on science workshops as part of the Museum’s Camp-In program.

Most Camp-Ins occur on Saturday evenings throughout the school year, with the majority of Camp-Ins occurring March–May. Hours are 6–9:30pm. Workshop leaders typically teach 5–8 Camp-Ins throughout the season. There is a minimal commitment of 1–3 evenings per month. Paid training is provided.

Please send resume and cover letter to mike.fenzel@montshire.org.

Summer Staff Positions

The Montshire Museum of Science offers extensive summer environmental and science day camp programming for children and young teens, in addition to hosting many summer visitors. The Museum hires approximately 16 day camp Educators and 5-6 Donley Fellows who work as Exhibit Explainers.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: montshire.education@montshire.org

Summer Camp Positions

Directors:
  • Requires experience teaching the appropriate age range, supervisory experience, background in relevant science field and excitement in exploring the natural world with children.
  • Oversees program quality and provides guidance in program development.
  • Supervises and provides leadership for 2-3 staff and interns.
  • Serves as lead liaison with parents.
  • Monitors materials, medical problems, parent and staff concerns, and provides feedback.
  • Leads daily staff debriefing.
  • Shares teaching responsibilities with other educators.
Educators:
  • Requires informal teaching experience with the appropriate age-range children and excitement in exploring the natural world with children. Develops and leads camp program with other staff. Facilitates explorations, games, solo times, and large and small group activities.
Interns:

Most of these positions can be set up to fulfill internship requirements. Please apply for the positions of most interest and include in your cover letter that you are looking for an internship.

Other Requirements:

Full time camp staff must be college age or older. CPR and First Aid certification required for all camp positions.

All Montshire hires are subject to a criminal background check.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Preschool Camp (ages 4–5)

Montshire offers two preschool options, a nature camp and a science camp. The staff are responsible for developing and leading daily themes, with stories, activities, explorations, and experiments. Each day includes indoor and outdoor times. Morning and afternoon sessions offered, with 12 children and 3 adult educators.

1. Preschool Camp Director (1 position)
Dates: June 13–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4:30pm
Pay: $13.50–14/hour

2. Preschool Camp Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 13–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4:30pm
Pay: $11.75–12.50/hour

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Outdoor Discovery Camp (grades 1–2)

Environmentally oriented day camp with outdoor adventures, solo times, friendship, crafts, science activities, stories, games, explorations and swimming. An imaginative story line is developed around an ecological theme to shape the program. Each day includes large and small group activities. Offered at the Montshire and in Hanover. Fifteen to 20 children with 3-4 adult educators. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) is required for two staff.

1. Outdoor Discovery Camp Director (2 positions)
Dates: June 13–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4pm, plus staff meeting Wednesday, 4–6pm
Pay: $13.50–14/hour

2. Outdoor Discovery Camp Environmental Educator (5 positions)
Dates: June 13–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4pm, plus staff meeting Wed., 4–6pm
Pay: $11.75–12.50/hour

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Environmental Camps (grades 3–6)

Two programs are offered. Montshire Explorers (18 3rd–4th graders) consists of daily adventures at different locations on the Montshire’s property. The curriculum is based on one major ecological theme presented in a creative manner. Upper Valley Adventures (15 4th–6th graders) consists of day trips to local natural areas with activities developed for each site. Each day has a variety of large and small group activities, games, explorations, solo times and swimming. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) required for one staff. Staff must be 21 and have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record.

1. Director for grades 3–6 Environmental Camps (1 position)
Dates: June 13–August 16
Staff Hours: M–F, 8am–4:30pm
Pay: $13.50–14/hour

2. Environmental Educator for grades 3–6 (2 positions)
Dates: June 13-August 16
Staff Hours: M–F, 8am–4:30pm
Pay: $11.75–12.50/hour

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Physical Science Camps (grades 1–6)

Montshire offers several physical science camps during the summer. For 1st–3rd grade students there is a physical science camp with a different theme explored each day through related activities and experiments. For campers 3rd–6th grade, Inventors’ Workshop concentrates on design and problem solving projects. Daily outside exploration, games, and swimming included. Lifeguard certification (paid for by the Montshire) required for one staff.

1. Physical Science Camp Director (1 position)
Dates: June 11–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4pm
Pay: $13.50–14/hour

2. Physical Science Camp Educator (2 positions)
Dates: June 11–August 16
Hours: M–F, 8am–4pm
Pay: $11.75–12.50/hour

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Extended Care Option

The Montshire offers a supervised unstructured extended care option for children, ages 6–12, in the museum following camp. Requires babysitting experience, communication skills with parents and museum staff, and working independently. Applicants must be 16 years or older.

Extended Option Staff (2 positions)
Dates: June 24–August 16 plus pre-camp training (to be scheduled)
Hours: M–F, 2:45 pm–5:15 pm
Pay: $11.25–11.75/hour

Summer Fellowships in Science Education and Science Communication

The Montshire is recruiting 4–5 individuals to spend the summer teaching science in a hands-on, interactive, and exploratory environment. The museum has exhibits on everything from air pressure to ants, fossils to fog.

As a Donley Fellow, you will be a member of the Museum’s education team and:

  • Work in our exhibit halls, outdoor spaces, and in the community leading a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities and investigations.
  • Provide informal science education experiences.
  • Offer a high level of customer service.
  • Maintain indoor and outdoor exhibits.

One week of intensive training will be provided, followed with biweekly evening seminars exploring different topics in science education and communication.

Successful applicants will:

  • Have a strong interest in teaching—either in the classroom or in informal educational settings.
  • Have a strong background in a STEM discipline, either through undergraduate course work, graduate studies, or professional work.
  • Have an enthusiasm to work with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Have a desire to learn how to communicate science and engage children, families, and adults in science and engineering.

All Montshire hires are subject to a criminal background check and safe driving verification

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Summer Exhibit Explainer (4-5 positions)

Work throughout the Museum with visitors, leading a variety of hands-on science activities. Assist with daily exhibit maintenance and upkeep. Occasional evening work and potential community outreach.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed one year of college, preferably with major in education, theater, or a STEM-related field.

Dates: Mid June–late August
Hours: 8:30am–5:15 pm, 25–37 hrs/week including every other weekend
Pay: $11.75–$12.50/hour

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether behind the scenes or on the Museum floor, volunteers are integral to the success of the Montshire.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities at the Montshire, please call 802-649-2200 or email us at volunteer@montshire.org.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Program Volunteers

Explainers interact with visitors to enhance their experience at the Museum. Explainers greet groups, demonstrate exhibits, lead informal science activities, and more. Explaining is ideal for individuals who enjoy working with the public, appreciate children, and can work independently. Initial and ongoing training is provided by Museum educators. Time commitment: 3 hours/weekly.

Young Scientist Program volunteers work with a staff teacher to introduce science to young children through fun activities and experiments in the physical and natural sciences. This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic adults who love to work with young children and have energy and stamina to support active learning experiences. Time commitment: 3 hours/week on Wednesday mornings and/or afternoons.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Exhibits & Facilities Volunteers

Production and repairs volunteers help with building, painting, maintaining and fixing exhibits. Experience with carpentry, power tools, and machinery helpful. Time commitment: Flexible. Regular schedule preferred.

Trails and landscaping volunteers help with trail maintenance and special plantings. Volunteers with plant identification skills may assist with plant labeling. Time commitment: Varies

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Museum Operations and Fundraising

Curriculum Librarian organizes the education department’s curriculum collection and is responsible for restocking kits that are loaned out to schools. Ideal for someone who is methodical, can work independently, and prefers to make their own schedule. Time commitment: 3 hours weekly on average, but may vary depending on needs.

Public relations volunteers work on a variety of projects as needed. Possibilities include photographing events and exhibits, updating database information, and archiving photos. Periodically, volunteers may help create interesting, accurate, and engaging content for Museum publications or the Montshire Minute radio spot. Time commitment: Varies

Auction volunteers provide leadership and creativity to make the Museum’s principal fundraiser a success, year after year. Opportunities include procuring auction items and helping out on the night of the event. Time commitment: Varies. Primarily from January to May.

Volunteer Groups
The Montshire welcomes small groups of volunteers organized by schools and other organizations. Individuals often work with our facilities staff on building, grounds, and exhibit upkeep, or they may help out in the office and gift shop.

Museum Internships

Interns at the Montshire Museum accomplish important work with tangible outcomes that contribute to the Montshire’s mission. Interns are involved in one major or several minor projects during an internship and meet regularly with a mentor and other Montshire staff.

The Montshire Museum offers 8- and 12-week full-time internships throughout the year with flexible start dates. Part-time internships may be available to meet the needs of an individual intern. As a learning organization, all Montshire interns receive an orientation to all phases of the Museum’s operations; a seminar on museum philosophy, governance, and operational practices; and opportunities to participate in staff meetings and to meet individually with senior staff.

Applicants should have an interest in science and a desire to work with people. Familiarity with natural and physical science, communications and education are useful. Priority will be given to those interested in working in a related field. Applicants should be college aged or older.

To Apply

Please submit an online application, indicating the department in which you are interested. Please include all pertinent material for that department and references. These documents are to be submitted through the online form as a single PDF document.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Science Education Internship

Time requirement: 12 weeks, 30 hours per week (total 360 hours)

Stipend: $2000

Occurs: September–May*

Description:
The Museum’s education department is composed of five professional science educators and is responsible for teaching a large variety of programs as well as managing all educational activities and projects undertaken by the Museum.

Our programs range from astronomy and earth sciences to natural history and environmental education, and serve a wide range of ages from preschoolers to adults. Developing and teaching programs in which participants are immersed in the actual ‘doing of science’ is the common thread throughout the department’s work. Montshire’s education programs take place on the exhibit floor, in the Museum’s classrooms and trails, and with students, teachers, and families in schools and communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

Education interns are involved in all aspects of the department’s work - including working with our visitors on weekends, teaching at the Museum and in outreach programs, and being involved in program planning and development. Interns have the opportunity to further develop their teaching skills, with a special emphasis on developing and teaching inquiry-based science learning experiences. Each Education intern is also expected to complete a project of relevance to the Museum. Successful candidates will have an interest in informal science education, experience working with children and families, and a strong background in science.

*During the summer months, any of our seasonal education positions can be structured to fulfill intern requirements.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Exhibit Design and Fabrication Internship

Time requirement: 12 weeks, 30 hours per week (total 360 hours)

Stipend: $2000

Occurs: Any time of year

Description:
The Montshire has approximately 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, inside and outside, filled with interactive science exhibits. The exhibits department creates exhibits that are meant to appeal to children and families as well as adults. They are designed for visitors with a wide variety of knowledge and life experiences, and for a range of cognitive and physical abilities. Exhibits cover many facets of the physical and natural sciences, with a special focus on local and native flora and fauna.

Interns are exposed to almost every aspect of exhibit production, including research, design, and production of exhibits, installation of any scheduled traveling exhibitions, and day-to-day exhibit repair and maintenance. Exhibit interns also participate in the exhibit planning and evaluation process.

Candidates should have an interest in science, good manual skills, and basic computer skills; familiarity with the Adobe graphic design suite of software is helpful. In addition, imagination, a sense of humor, and an enjoyment of problem solving are necessary.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Public Relations and Marketing Internship

Time Requirement: 8 weeks, 22.5 hours a week (total 180 hours)

Stipend: $1000

Occurs: May­–August

Description:
The Montshire continues to be recognized as an important learning center and tourist attraction in the region. The public relations and marketing department uses creativity and research to introduce the Museum to all potential audiences.

Interns are involved with various aspects of communications, market research, surveys, and copy writing for advertisements, web, social media, and feature stories. Interns may also be involved with technical aspects of the trade, including photography, desktop publishing, and graphic design.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Membership and Development Internship

Time Requirement: 8 weeks, 22.5 hours a week (total 180 hours)

Stipend: $1000

Occurs: May­–August

Description:
The membership and development office works to ensure participation in and financial support of the Montshire Museum by establishing and strengthening positive relationships with people in our community.

Membership and development interns will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of these efforts by conducting research, analyzing data, writing/editing communications materials, and participating in event and strategy planning.

Candidates should have an interest in science and the nonprofit sector, as well as strong analytical and interpersonal skills.

Work Study

Montshire’s work-study is offered to financially eligible students who want to gain experience in their major while meeting educational expenses. Work Study opportunities include exhibit explainers and education, membership, visitor services, and buildings and grounds assistants.

Pay rate and hours, typically 10 to 15 hours per week, vary with each position. For more information, please call the Museum at 802-649-2200.