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SciTech Hands On Museum is a dynamic environment, part children’s museum and part science museum. Our team works together to create a unique experience full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Our mission is to inspire learning through creative, interactive educational programs and activities. Through Hands On exhibits, workshops, lab classes, demonstrations, and interacting with guests, we help people discover science in the world around them.

Established in 1988, SciTech is a collaboration of scientists, teachers, artists, and business people. We are an equal opportunity institution and strive to create a working environment that is free of sexual, racial and ethnic discrimination, and that promotes human dignity among all staff.

Job Openings

Lead Teacher

Lead Teachers at SciTech facilitate educational experiences and foster literacy in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas. Education Faculty support museum activities on site and at service sites. Lead Teachers report to the Director of Education.

Educational Responsibilities:

  • Lead the facilitation of educational programming including demos, labs, classes, and exhibit interpretation.
  • Guide Associate Teachers, volunteers, and other faculty participating in the learning environment.
  • Co-teach activities as needed.
  • Represent SciTech at events and discuss the opportunities that SciTech has to offer with the public.
  • Engage the public in educational activities during outreach, promotional, and other special events.
  • Organize and support volunteers who represent the SciTech Education Department at events.
  • Deliver Floor Show demonstrations and activities to the general public and scheduled groups.
  • Engage the public in scientific literacy, questioning, and conversation while exploring the exhibits at SciTech.
  • Guide visitors through the operation and interpretation of exhibits as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Prepare materials and assist with supply management.
  • Report schedule availability regularly to Director of Education.
  • Track hours independently and report hours in the SciTech time clock.
  • Represent SciTech at events and discuss the opportunities that SciTech has to offer with the public.
  • Participate in training as it relates to SciTech programming, teaching methods, and more as appropriate.
  • Complete expense reports for travel and other reimbursements as necessary.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • High level of interest in STEAM education (science, technology, education, art, and math)
  • Teaching certification (STEAM or other content areas, comparable experience may be considered)
  • Experience facilitating lesson plan activities, programming, or curriculum
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and flexibility
  • Bilingual is a PLUS!
  • Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team
  • Access to reliable transportation to SciTech and sites that SciTech services

Salary and Benefits: Hourly, part time. Training will be provided.

Museum Learning Coordinator

The Museum Learning Coordinator works with the Education and Discovery Department to develop and expand current programs and museum exhibit content. Additionally, the Museum Learning Coordinator will develop new large group presentations, manage all program supplies and materials, and contribute to the overall success and growth of SciTech Hands On Museum.


  • General Responsibilities:

  • ●  Assists the Education & Programs Manager in developing, implementing, and assessing SciTech’s program initiatives using best practices and current content, for school and community field trips, and special events.
  • ●  Collaborates with to plan and organize daily programming.

  • ●  Ensures that the scope and content of educational programming and exhibits is aligned and communicated using best educational practices.

  • ●  Assist educators with delivering in house programming.

  • ●  Works in partnership with the Exhibits Department to develop educational and interpretive materials for exhibits and displays (signage)

  • ●  Keeps all program supplies and program storage areas organized and clean.

  • ●  Collaborate with the Education & Programs Manager, Discovery Manager and Volunteer Coordinator to develop “STEAM Moments” cart program.

  • ●  Collaborate with the Discovery Manager to maintain Museum Geek exhibit training.

  • ●  Create and implement new innovative STEAM programs including but not limited to; large group presentations and special event activities. 

Qualifications and Requirements:

● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education/experience in a STEAM field

● High level of interest and content knowledge in science, technology, engineering, math

● Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred

● Demonstrated teaching ability

● Experience in working in nonprofit or museum organizations a plus

● Experience in large group presentations

● Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

● Excellent organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills

● Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a team in a flexible environment

Salary and Benefits:

● Pay – $13 to $14 an hour based on experience

● Full time Hourly – 40 hours maximum, Overtime Hours must be approved ahead of time.

● Accrued PTO time.

All SciTech applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Salary target

Apply by email:

Lead Teacher PositionE-mail all application materials to Discovery@scitechmuseum.org

Although applying via our online application system is preferred, you may also mail your resume and cover letter to:

SciTech Hands On Museum
Attn: Human Resources Dept.
18 W. Benton St., Aurora, IL 60506

SciTech Hands On Museum does not accept agency/third party inquiries. No phone calls please.

SciTech Hands On Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SciTech Hands On Museum has not reopened yet. We remain committed to our mission
– to inspire learning through creative, interactive activities and educational programs –
as we continue to explore our future. Please follow us on Facebook or visit this website for updates.
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