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If you’re interested in science and education, or if you simply wish to give back to your community, get in touch! We have numerous volunteer opportunities, internships, and seasonal positions, and occasional openings on our full-time staff.

For information on volunteer and other work opportunities at the Montshire, call 802-649-2200 or email 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) + Marketing Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Marketing & Communications

TITLE OF SUPERVISOR: Marketing & Communications Manager

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
The Marketing Assistant is responsible for assisting with the implementation of marketing initiatives, including communication and design projects, as well as marketing campaigns.

Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to develop dynamic and compelling content for marketing collateral and social media channels. Candidate must be technologically savvy with experience in graphic design, public relations and/or marketing. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and grow within the field.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing printed marketing material, such as ads and flyers

  • Overseeing marketing campaigns and promotions

  • Creating unique and engaging social media content

  • Updating website content and monitoring analytics

  • Assisting with photography and video needs

  • Updating program and event listings

  • Assisting with special events as needed

  • Providing support for other departments when needed

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written communications, listening skills and handling of confidential information appropriately

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and/or video-editing programs a plus

  • Familiarity with web content management systems

  • An impeccable eye for detail and an ability to edit and proofread

  • Ability to easily adapt to changing priorities and deadlines, and handle many assignments simultaneously

  • Ability to think analytically and suggest solutions when problems/challenges arise

  • Education: Minimum of two years of college level coursework in graphic design, marketing, or public relations, plus one to two years of work experience

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Fast-paced, nonprofit museum environment.
  • Must work well in both an individual and team setting.
  • Must be willing to learn new skills when needed.

TIME COMMITMENT

Part-time (17 hr/wk non-exempt position). General work schedule: Hours TBD/M-F, with occasional early morning, evening or weekend responsibilities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary: Commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

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Please email cover letter and resume to pr@montshire.org.

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

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Director of Exhibits

The Montshire Museum of Science is seeking a full-time Director of Exhibits to provide the vision, leadership, direction, and oversight of the museum’s exhibition program, including the Montshire’s outdoor experiences and interactive landscape. This position provides guidance and team leadership to the exhibits staff, and develops and oversees departmental administration and budgets. In collaboration with other directors and managers of museum-wide projects, this position works to fulfill the Montshire’s strategic plan and advance the institution. As part of the senior administrative leadership team, the Director of Exhibits participates in the organization-wide consideration of ideas and issues, and provides leadership for improvement of all aspects of the Museum. Essential to this role is experience in creativity and innovative thinking in museum exhibition practices; leading exhibit projects through all stages from concept development, prototyping, design, and final fabrication; building partnerships, and working with diverse constituents; and long-range planning and goal setting.

Read the full job description.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest by January 3, 2019 to exhibits.search@montshire.org with the subject heading: Director of Exhibits

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Rental Events Manager

The Montshire Museum of Science is seeking a part-time Rental Events Manager to support all rental events at the Museum from planning to implementation. The Museum hosts a number of rental events per year (approximately 12-20 a year) including weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, alumni reunions, and other types of special occasions. This position serves as the primary contact between the renter and the Montshire.

Read the full job description.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest by January 3, 2019 to gary.collins@montshire.org with the subject heading: Rental Events Manager

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.

Fill Out a Volunteer Application

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 12- and 15-week fulltime 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

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

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

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

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.

Summer Staff Positions

The Montshire Museum of Science offers extensive summer environmental and science day camp programming for children and also hosts many summer visitors. The Museum hires approximately 16 Day Camp Educators and 5 Donley Fellows who work as Exhibit Explainers. Some of these positions may be set up to fulfill internship requirements.

Information for 2019 positions will be available in January 2019.

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