Job Opportunities

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

Birthday Party Host
  • Department: Sales & Guest Services
  • Effective Date: Immediate
  • Reports to: Sales & Guest Services, Team Leader

Status:

  • $12/hr.
  • Work schedule is primarily weekends, with a minimum two weekends a month required. Additional week day hours may be available with Sales and Guest Services
  • Flexible schedule a must
  • Successful completion of paid weekday evening and weekend training required

Position Summary:

The EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature, seeks an outgoing and enthusiastic Birthday Party Hosts to provide engaging and educational birthday party experiences for our guests. Parties utilize hands-on and inquiry methods of teaching that encourage exploration and self-directed learning. Programming is on a variety of natural and physical science topics and includes interpretation of museum exhibits, digital planetarium and outdoor programs on a 55-acre site. Employees must complete paid training to become familiar with science and nature content and activities, animal handling and learning hosting and teaching skills. Birthday Party Hosts must commit to working a minimum of 2 weekends per month with an option to apply as a Sales & Guest Services Associate to supplement income.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth—preschool to middle school and be comfortable interacting with adults
  • Interest in science preferred
  • Ability to inspire a passion for science and nature
  • Work well with minimal supervision
  • A flair for public presentation
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills
  • Dependable and flexible to work most weekends and potentially weekday hours
  • Knowledge of good customer service principles, including the ability to listen and understand the needs of guests
  • Able to walk, stand and work in highly sensory and stimulating work environment, constantly interacting with guests
  • Must be in good physical condition to meet the physical demands of the position. Ability to move program equipment/supplies up to 20 lbs and navigate trails under any conditions.
  • Experience working with diverse racial/socioeconomic populations
  • Pass CORI and SORI background checks according to EcoTarium’s guidelines
  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Responsibilities:

  • Lead birthday parties as needed on a variety of science and nature topics
  • Work with team to enhance curriculum with creative ideas and activities
  • Employ inquiry-based teaching methods to stimulate learning
  • Provide an exceptional guest experience through programs and informal contact with the public
  • Work to ensure guest satisfaction, notifying appropriate personnel about challenges and successes
  • Effectively communicate with parents and other hosts
  • Take initiative in problem solving and fostering effective interaction between guests
  • Prepare, set-up and maintain program materials including craft supplies, paper goods and decorations
  • Clean-up after each party to ensure use of room for next program or event
  • Manage program inventory supplies and alert the Sales & Guest Services Team Leader when supplies need to be re-ordered
  • Conduct programming outdoors in any type of weather
  • Handle animals for use in programs
  • Uniform/dress code required
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 & 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:

Essential Functions:
  • 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

Instructions: Please fill out the form below to submit your resume.

Review begins immediately; applications accepted until position is filled. EOE.

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