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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) + Visitor Receptionist

The Montshire Museum of Science is seeking a part-time (approximately 15 hrs/wk) Visitor Receptionist to join our Visitor Reception Team. This position is responsible for providing customer service to visitors at the admissions desk and in the Museum Store. Responsibilities include greeting and orienting visitors, processing admission and membership sales, and assisting customers in the Museum Store.

The Visitor Receptionist must be enthusiastic, professional and personable with excellent communication skills. Ability to work as a team player, with diverse personalities, in a busy and open retail environment is a must. Some weekend and holiday time required.

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To apply, please send a letter of interest and a current resume to: reception@montshire.org

Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2019.

The Montshire Museum of Science is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Facilities Maintainer

FACILITY STAFF / WEEKEND CLOSER

Compensation with benefits based on experience & skills.The Montshire Museum of Science is seeking a Facilities Maintainer responsible for closing the Museum a minimum of 2 weekend evenings per week, filling out a 5-day schedule with day or evening shifts as agreed upon. Evening Shifts will end by 8pm except when needed to accommodate evening events.This position is 37.5 hours per week.

This position ensures that visitors and staff have a safe, comfortable, clean place to learn and work in the Museum’s building and grounds. They accomplish this by being responsible for the overall care of the building, grounds, furnishings, and equipment.

The Facilities Maintainer must be familiar with custodial procedures, general maintenance, and yard work. Candidates should have the ability to work independently with good time management and problem-solving skills. Mechanical and engineering skills a plus. This position requires the ability to handle a full shift of physical activity including heavy lifting, climbing stairs and ladders, and walking outdoor landscape areas and hiking trails.

To apply, please sent a resume and cover letter by email to Gary.Collins@montshire.org.

The Montshire Museum of Science is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Summer Camp 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 Staff Positions

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.

Outdoor Discovery Camp Environmental Educator (2 positions remain)

Dates: June 13–August 16

Hours: M–F, 8am–4pm, plus staff meeting Wed., 4–5pm

Pay: $11.75–12.50/hour

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.

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

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

Now accepting internship applications for January 2020.

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) + Marketing and Public Relations Internship

Applications for Summer 2019 closed.

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

Stipend: $1000

Occurs: May­–August

Description:
The Montshire is 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.