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Currently Hiring

Museum Educator - Part Time

Love working with people of all ages? Love being outside? Love connecting people with nature? Are you flexible, dependable and enthusiastic? We are currently seeking new team members for our education department. Museum Educators work on an as-needed part-time basis. There are weekday, weekend and seasonal opportunities. If you are looking for a part-time job that can be very flexible or prefer a few regular hours per week or a combination of both, we have opportunities that might work for you. 


Part-time educators are responsible for teaching a variety of education programs Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Educators are expected to operate according to program standards and support the achievement of departmental outcomes.

Positions are as-needed, seasonal with year-round opportunities, and non-benefited. Most programs occur Tuesday through Sunday during the day, though there are occasional evening programs. Museum Educators may work up to 29 hours per week as scheduled and assigned.

  • Assist with or teach programs and lead guided trails at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Types of programs include school field trips, scout workshops, birthday parties, outreaches and day camps. Each program may include a science lesson, related activities and handling and presentation of live education animals. 
  • Prepare program areas, classrooms, materials and supplies before and after programs. Keep program areas, classrooms, supplies and storage areas neat and organized.
  • Interact and communicate positively and professionally with all participants regarding Heard programs.
  • Safely gather and transport education animals to and from programs.
  • Assist with development of program materials and activity content as assigned by supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Education or related field preferred.Previous experience teaching in a classroom, non-formal science center, zoo or nature center preferred.
  • Must possess skills for confident handling of a variety of live animals; prior experience with animals preferred.
  • Must be willing to assist with a variety of teaching and administrative duties.
  • Must be able to respond in a calm manner to emergencies.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Must display a high level of customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude. Must have a desire to engage and work with large groups of children and adults. Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management and other employees.
  • Must be flexible, organized, self-motivated, and a team player.
  • Must be able to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively in English both orally and in writing. Spanish fluency a plus.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) or ability to master this and other software used by the Heard required. 
  • Must be able to walk long distances, stand for extended periods of time, and lift up to 30 pounds.
  • Must be able to work outdoors as required for scheduled program (heat of summer during summer camp, cold in the winter for school programs, etc.).
  • Successful candidates must complete a pre-employment background check.

Ropes Course Manager - Part-time

Mission and Scope
This part-time position will ensure that the ropes course programs maintain established standards for challenge course facilitation, inspection, maintenance and safety quality and reflect the mission of the Heard to bring nature and people together to discover, enjoy, experience, restore and preserve our priceless environment.

Education: 2 years of college required.

Experience: 2-3 years experience in a closely related educational environment with minimum 1 years supervisory experience required OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must have had proven experience to lead, direct, and schedule staff.  Must have the ability to communicate effectively with the general public, employees, management, and children and adults in a training environment. Previous experience in a similar challenge course instruction environment strongly desired. Must be comfortable working in high environments. Position may involve working days, nights, weekends, and/or holidays.

Computer Experience: Must be able to use Windows and associated software applications (i.e. word processing and spreadsheet) and cloud-based software.

This position has the following special requirements:

  • Walking, climbing (ropes, ladders, poles) to set-up and access course elements.
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time (4-6 hrs) or for duration of shift
  • Instructing and managing course elements, staff and participants.
  • Processing paperwork and operating a computer.
  • Carrying and lifting objects, supplies and equipment up to 50lbs.
  • Bending, Kneeling, Reaching to set-up and facilitate course elements and store / retrieve supplies.
  • Presenting instructional and safety briefings and debriefs.
  • This position will involve working outside walking to / from course elements and climbing course elements in various weather conditions.
  • This position also involves working in a climate controlled office environment and building.
  • This position deals extensively with employees and guests who interact with assigned area of responsibility.
  • This position will involve working with both children and adults.
  • Willingness to be open to learning and growing.
  • Interpersonal skills to work as an integral part of a team.
  • Appropriate interpersonal/personal boundaries.
  • Maturity of judgment and behavior.
  • Accepts full responsibility of their actions and how these may affect others

Professional Standards

  • Understands and follows all policies & procedures
  • Maintains high standards for work areas and appearance.
  • Presents self in a highly professional manner to others and understands that honesty & ethics are essential.
  • Ensures that excellent customer service is maintained with each customer.
  • Maintains a positive attitude toward the position, the company and co-workers. 

Teamwork Standards

  • Takes an interest and initiative in the development of the Department’s team
  • Maintains pleasant and professional relationship with co-workers & assists as needed
    • Remains positive about the team and facilitates an optimistic approach to resolution of issues
    • Maintains productive, effective and professional relationships with all departments

Supervisory Standards

  • Adheres to organizational policies and applicable laws
  • Instructs, coaches and encourages staff to support by action and example the Heard’s mission
  • Demonstrates good judgment within supervision of staff
  • Effectively monitors staff performance and offers appropriate coaching, counseling or supervision as required
  • Completes staff evaluations, documentation, etc., on time and effectively
  • Serves as an effective role model to staff by demonstrating exemplary work ethic


  • Will function as the on-site ropes course manager during the execution of any High Ropes program.
  • Meet or exceed the standards for the safety, security and emotional welfare of participants that may normally be expected of a firm and judicious parent.
  • Ensure consistency and training integrity of all Challenge Course programs.
  • Ensure that ropes course schedules and activities optimize time, schedules, and space for all departments involved.
  • Meet or exceed the legal, professional, and “best-practice” standards for safety and cleanliness of all facilities and equipment assigned to this position.
  • Ensure accurate and current inventory records of materials, supplies, and equipment and ensure the Challenge Course has adequate supplies necessary to conduct daily operations.
  • Ensure accurate and current usage and safety logs for all ropes course elements and equipment.
  • Meet or exceed the expectations of the ropes course manager for appropriate communication, both internal and external and for the accurate and timely completion of related tasks and assignments.
  • Systematically inspect all Challenge Course elements and equipment to ensure effective and efficient operation and safety.
  • Promptly repair or make preparations for maintenance for any ineffective course elements or scheduling appropriate repairs through qualified outside sources.
  • Develop and implement written safety and standard operating procedures for the operation of all course elements in a manner understandable by employees.
  • Ensure safety standards are understood, enforced and followed by all ropes course staff.
  • Ensure ropes course staff receives timely, relevant, and appropriate training.
  • Ensure ropes course staff is in compliance with all policies and procedures as well as departmental guidelines.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely completion of tasks assigned to ropes course staff
  • Formally and regularly communicate to ropes course staff, all relevant and appropriate operational and corporate information.
  • Ensure that the staffing schedules optimize productivity and comply with contractual obligations.
  • Meet or exceed the expectations of the museum director for the development of departmental policies and procedures.

The above duties reflect the general responsibilities necessary to describe the principal work functions of the job, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be in the position. Employee is responsible for working in a safe manner and keeping his/her workplace safe.

Ropes Course Facilitators/ Belayers - Part-time

Treetop Adventures @ The Heard Museum has positions available for PT Ropes Course Facilitators/ Belayers.  Previous belaying experience is required and ACCT certification is preferred but not mandatory.

  • Belaying participants
  • Setting up and breaking down of course
  • Facilitating high initiative activities as needed
  • Facilitating low initiative activities as needed
  • Knot Tying
  • Help to lead group events, parties and functions.  
REQUIRED Belaying Experience

The Heard Natural Science Museum offers a High and Low Elements Ropes Course located within a beautiful deciduous forest tree canopy. Our programs are uniquely created to give each participant and team an invaluable set of tools for success. We have fourteen challenging elements! To apply, click here.

Nature Store Associate

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Friendly customer service
  • Experience with and ability to work with children
  • Familiarity with cash register operation and basic math
  • Ability to follow rules
  • Available during the week and weekends
  • At least one year experience working in a store environment