Job Opportunities

EcoTarium offers a dynamic work environment with many benefits and opportunities for learning.

Day Camp Counselor
  • Department: Education & Community Engagement
  • Effective Date: June 17, 2019 
  • Reports to: Manager of Education & Community Engagement

Status:

  • Hourly/Non-Exempt, temporary; Counselors are expected to work staff training June 17-21, 2019 plus 4-7 weeks between June 24 and August 23, 2019.  Manager of Education & Community Engagement assigns weeks to successful candidates; candidate availability may affect hiring decisions.

  • $10.00 per hour

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, a museum of science & nature, seeks an engaging and enthusiastic Day Camp Counselor to supervise and instruct campers (ages 5-12) at the EcoTarium Summer Discovery Camp.  Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, in our digital planetarium, and outdoors on our 55-acre site, including programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit.  Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning. Activities help instill a passion for science and promote stewardship of the natural environment.

Candidates must enjoy working with youth ages 5 to 12, possess a keen interest in science, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education.  Camp staff training begins June 17, 2019 and employment runs through August 23, 2019. Typical daily shift for camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. On Fridays, the Camp Counselor is expected to participate in the Friday Camp Family Slideshow ending at approximately 5:15 p.m.  

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age and/or completed at least 3 years of High School
  • Background in life science, earth science, astronomy, engineering, and/or physical science preferred
  • Demonstrated previous experience teaching and/or working with children; experience in inquiry-based and/or experiential learning settings a plus
  • Experience leading or assisting programming at a science and/or nature camp preferred
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Good customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Interest in and/or experience working with diverse audiences
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid or take a CPR/First Aid course the EcoTarium provides
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of training
  • Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 25 lbs., and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • Pass CORI/SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and implement creative programs and activities for campers (ages 5-12) on a variety of science and nature topics while encouraging positive self-esteem of campers and positive group dynamics
  • Supervise and maintain camper safety and discipline in a fun and positive way
  • Serve as a role model and actively support fostering opportunities for successful interaction between campers, Counselors-in-Training and Junior Counselors
  • Provide an exceptional experience for campers and their families and be proactive in problem solving and communicating issues and solutions to campers and parents
  • Conduct indoor/outdoor programming and navigate trails in all types of weather conditions. Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
  • Participate in all aspects of Friday Camp Family Slideshows as needed.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in all staff training and meetings
  • Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as may be assigned.
Maintenance Technician
  • Department: Facilities
  • Effective Date: February, 2019
  • Reports to: Facilities Manager

Status:

  • Non-Exempt
  • $15-$16 per hour
  • 40 hrs/wk, including some nights and weekends

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, a Museum of Science and Nature, seeks a skilled Maintenance Technician to join the team that provides clean, reliable and safe facilities in order to enhance guest experience and to facilitate the work of the Museum’s employees. The Maintenance Technician will be the primary staff focused on the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems within the Museums buildings, as well as the maintenance and repair of the narrow gauge railroad, grounds equipment, and security systems. Routine tasks include daily opening of buildings and conducting safety and security inspections of buildings and systems. Under the guidance of the Facilities
Manager, the technician inspects, tests, and performs preventative maintenance on mechanical, electrical and automatic temperature control equipment in accordance with operations manuals and
manufactures specifications. The technician will be responsible for simple installations and for minor repairs of the facilities, its systems, and Museum equipment, and will be a point-person for contractors
conducting major installations and repairs. The Maintenance Technician will also provide support to all other areas of the department, including setting up for events and programs, and will act as a backup to custodial staff with overflow work and coverage for vacations and illnesses. Candidate must be able and willing to adjust schedule when coverage is needed at night and on weekends and to work occasional over-time hours during storms, etc.

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent with certification in related field
  • Five years of relevant work experience preferred
  • Experience in using various hand tools, power equipment and operating heavy machinery
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as email, word processing and spreadsheets
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills and willingness to work on a team
    and with other departments
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently and flex schedule as needed
  • Ability to make independent judgments and prioritize tasks without direct supervision
  • Candidate should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Experience operating heavy equipment – scissor lifts, loaders, etc. – is a plus
  • Must pass CORI and SORI background checks and have a clean driving record
  • Must be able to comprehend written and verbal instructions and perform visual inspections
  • Must be able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, and able to tolerate
    working outside during extreme weather conditions, such as snow storms and heat waves
  • Must be able to move equipment and materials up to 60 lbs, and position self to access tight, high and/low
    spaces, and to ascend/descend ladders as needed
  • Must be able to work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with
    guests

Responsibilities:

  • Inspect systems and equipment regularly; perform general and preventative maintenance including, but not limited to, routine filter and oil changes, and external cleanings
  • Maintain a log of all preventative maintenance preformed for equipment, systems and grounds
    vehicles
  • Assist with routine and minor repairs, maintenance, and installations in the buildings and around the
    grounds, including, but not limited to wall-mounted shelves or equipment, air system filters, locks
    and doors, fences and gates, etc.
  • Participate in the monitoring of building and grounds security and safety on a daily basis. This
    includes daily sweeps at the end of the day and responding to security calls during the work day and
    after hours
  • Monitor supply inventory and handle requisition with the Facilities Manager
  • Be point person for monitoring pest management practices at the Museum, check traps twice weekly.
  • Set-up and take down of furnishings and equipment for functions and programs
  • Interact with various outside maintenance support companies as requested by the Facilities Manager.
  • Be welcoming and gracious to all guests
  • Reply to maintenance radio calls promptly and politely
  • Follow local, state and federal laws and regulatory standards, including but not limited to OSHA and
    safety standards
  • Adjust schedule to cover museum hours as needed
  • Carry out other designated tasks as assigned by the Facilities Manager
Non-Essential Functions: 
  • Pick-up and delivery of items
  • Directly assist, or provide staff assistance to other EcoTarium departments as may be necessary
  • Serve on staff ad-hoc committees when needed
  • Other duties as may be assigned
Day Camp Tadpole Counselor (Half Day)
  • Department: Education & Community Engagement
  • Effective Date: June 17-August 23, 2019       
  • Reports to: Manager of Education & Community Engagement 

Status:

  • Hourly/Non-Exempt, temporary. 
  • $10.50 per hour

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, a museum of science & nature, seeks an engaging and enthusiastic Tadpole Counselor to supervise and instruct the Tadpole Program (ages 4.5-6) at the EcoTarium Summer Discovery Camp. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and takes place on the museum floor, in classroom settings, in our digital planetarium, and outdoors on our 55-acre site, including programming and play facilitation in our Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit. Teaching is through hands-on and inquiry-based methods encouraging exploration and self-directed learning. Activities help instill a passion for science and promote stewardship of the natural environment.

Candidates must enjoy working with youth ages 4.5 to 6, possess a keen interest in science, and be committed to ongoing growth and learning in the fields of science and education. Camp staff training begins June 17, 2019 and employment runs through August 23, 2019. Typical shift during staff training is approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Typical Monday through Friday shift during camp sessions begins at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m. and includes supervising Morning Extended Care sessions (7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.).  

Qualifications:

  • Must be 21 years of age and successfully completed at least two years of college; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Background in life science, earth science, astronomy, engineering, and/or physical science desirable
  • Demonstrated previous experience teaching and/or working with children in a formal, informal, inquiry-based and/or experiential learning setting; Early childhood education experience and/or EEC Certification desirable
  • Experience leading or assisting programming at a science and/or nature camp preferred
  • Curriculum development experience a plus
  • Comfort with performance and/or public speaking, a flair for public presentation
  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service principles
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
  • Creative individual with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be flexible and highly dependable
  • Interest in and/or experience working with diverse audiences
  • Be certified in CPR/First Aid or take a CPR/First Aid course the EcoTarium provides
  • Provide documented proof of immunity or vaccination record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and complete the camp’s health form and waiver by the start of training
  • Able to navigate the building and grounds under any weather conditions, move program equipment and supplies up to 25 lbs, and work in a highly sensory and stimulating work environment due to constant interaction with guests
  • Pass CORI/SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and implement creative programs and activities for campers (ages 4.5-6) on a variety of science and nature topics while encouraging positive self-esteem of campers and positive group dynamics
  • Supervise and maintain camper safety and discipline in a fun and positive way
  • Serve as a role model and actively support fostering opportunities for successful interaction between campers, Counselors-in-Training and Junior Counselors
  • Participate in working extended hours (AM) on a daily basis
  • Provide an exceptional experience for campers and their families and be proactive in problem solving and communicating issues and solutions to campers and parents
  • Conduct indoor/outdoor programming and navigate trails in all types of weather conditions. Set-up and maintain field gear, program materials, technical equipment and supplies
  • Prepare for and actively participate in all staff training and meetings
  • Uniform/dress code required

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Other duties as may be assigned.

Review begins immediately, applications accepted until position is filled.

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