Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
October 17, 2019

Central Massachusetts



Engineering Education Associate I


Engineering Education Associate I

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


The Engineering Education Associate will facilitate programs to engage large numbers of museum visitors (often 150 guests per hour or more) in activities and interpretations presenting engineering design, "maker" skills, and computational thinking. The Engineering Education Associate will help maintain materials and spaces, and assist with the ongoing professional development for part-time staff and volunteers – developing and delivering briefings, and help develop innovative activities and experiences for introducing museum guests to technologies in our designed world.


  • Facilitate engineering and computational thinking activities, interpretations and presentations for Tech Studio (up to 3-5 hours working directly with the public daily)
  • Develop 4-9 briefings for Tech Studio volunteers per year
  • Deliver 3-5 briefing sessions for Tech Studio volunteers per week.
  • Develop and implement 3-5 new engineering and design-based learning activities/workshops annually.
  • Assist in the training of 20-30 volunteers and 2-6 part time staff annually.
  • Work with other museum departments to organize and coordinate continuing research on engineering and computational thinking education in informal environments. (1-2 research efforts per year)
  • In conjunction with the Program Manager and Coordinator, supervise programs and mentor staff to ensure the proper presentation of programs and activities (daily programs with 20-30 volunteers per week)
  • Work one weekend day per week and some holidays as agreed on with Program Manager.


This position is grant-funded, full-time, 40hrs/wk, Tuesday-Saturday.


Manager, Staffed Exhibit Spaces



  • One (1) year or more of Science and technology education experience.
  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • Demonstrated communication skills (verbal/oratory and written).
  • Proven ability to provide customer service in a high volume environment as well as comfort working in large groups.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in science and technology education.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously, paying close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a team (1 – 8).


Non-Exempt (Hourly).


Benefits for full-time, non-exempt (hourly) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

How To Apply:
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
November 16, 2019
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.

After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.

In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.

By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.

The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.

Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.

More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.