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The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium welcomes volunteers and interns throughout the year. Please contact us if you are interested in an internship or volunteering.

New position posted 2/1/2019

Balch Preschool STEAM Early Educator​ 

Member Duties in the Balch Preschool: Member will serve with the Preschool Director in the planning and implementation of an outstanding educational experience for all participants. Duties will include curriculum development, student instruction, and program evaluation. Specific duties and responsibilities to include: -Plan and provide daily STEAM activities for extended day program (1pm-4:30pm) -Maintain professional attitude and have patience and flexibility -Treat children and parents and other teachers with respect and dignity -Love of nature and children as well as enthusiasm for our mission of “supporting and building on the child’s innate interest in exploring the natural world” through playing outdoors and & engaging children in nature based activities Typical Service Hours: 7:45 to 4:00 (possibly 4:30) plus mandatory trainings and meetings. 8 weeks as an aid in both Discovery Camp and KampIWannaHavFun during the summer (June through August).​

Program Benefits: Education award upon successful completion of service, Living Allowance, Training, and Housing. ​

Skills: Environmental background, Community Organization, Leadership, Fine Arts/Crafts, Public Speaking, Youth Development, Education, Team Work, Teaching/Tutoring. ​

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. This position is a 1200-hour Three Quarter Time position. Member will earn $10,732 (pre-tax) living stipend and upon successful completion of service term, a $4,266.50 (pre-tax) Education Award. 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 STEM subject area instruction to children attending the Museum’s Balch Nature Preschool and summer camp programs.

Applications due by February 20, 2019. Please send cover letter and resume to Leila Nordmann:


Internship Opportunities

Internships offer a way for self-motivated individuals to be involved with the work of the Museum. Interns work with Museum staff on specific projects or over time to support Museum functions. The Museum cannot pay interns.

Fairbanks Museum interns can work with collections, exhibits, facilities, visitor services, marketing and communications.

For those interested in a more formal internship to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.  

Would an itnernship be a good step for your career? You can start the conversation by letting us know your interests and experiences in a cover letter. Please include any relevant work history or academic focus.