Volunteers and Interns
Are you interested in presenting in our planetarium? Watching the weather? Caring for collection? Preparing press releases? Contact the Museum to learn more about how you can contribute time and expertise and gain friends and a great community.
We're always welcoming new interns! For inquiries about internships, please send a message with the area of interest to you (Collections and Exhibits, Development and Marketing, Visitor Services, Planetarium and Weather, School Services, Administration) in the subject line.
A great way to get involved at your own pace and schedule is by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to staff the front desk and support the administrative office, help with events and programs, support collections care and research, and much more. Current Volunteer needs can be found at this link.
Please contact Damon Cawley if you'd like to join the volunteer team at the Museum.
We always enjoy hearing from people who want to know more about the life of the Museum.
Please contact us with questions, ideas and suggestions.
AmeriCorps Position: Early Childhood Educator
This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP supports their members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year. The Fairbanks Museum was built in 1890-91 by Franklin Fairbanks, an amateur naturalist, world traveler, and community philanthropist. With the opening of the “Fairbanks Museum of Natural Science” in 1891, Franklin Fairbanks made his wide-ranging “cabinet of curiosities” available to the community of St. Johnsbury and to the wider region. The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium continues to faithfully uphold and expand upon Fairbanks’s vision of a public museum with a strong educational component. The modern day mission of the Museum is to “inspire wonder, curiosity and responsibility for the natural world.” The mission is accomplished through general visitation (+/- 30,000 year), school student visits (+/- 12,000 year), a fully licensed preschool, the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium and a well-respected weather center which broadcasts through Vermont Public Radio (Eye on the Sky). The goal of the LEAP Fairbanks Early Childhood Educator is to provide instruction to children attending the Museum’s Balch Nature Preschool or Summer Camps.
|Member Duties : The Fairbanks Museum will operate seven weeks of Discovery Camps designed for children 5-8 years old. The LEAP member will serve with the Museum’s Camp Director in the planning and implementation of an outstanding educational experience for all participants. Duties will include planning, student instruction, and program evaluation. The Fairbanks Museum is expanding its offerings also at the Balch Nature Preschool over the summer and in the coming service year. The member will plan for these activities in August 2017, and ideally sign on for an additional term as a full-time member serving as a Preschool Assistant in September 2017. The LEAP member will serve with the Preschool Director in the planning and implementation of Balch Nature School’s science-based early childhood curriculum. Specific duties will include planning, student instruction, parent interactions, website updates, and management of and participation in the extended afternoon program.|
|Program Benefits : Training , Education award upon successful completion of service , Living Allowance , Housing .|
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off hours .
|Service Areas :
Education , Children/Youth , Environment .
Public Speaking , Youth Development , Team Work , Environment , Leadership , Community Organization , Fine Arts/Crafts , Education , Teaching/Tutoring .