Skip to Content


Announcing an AmeriCorps-Member Program Associate Position Opportunity

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium seeks an energetic individual to assist the education team in a variety of science program areas for one full year: September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. 

Position Title:  Science Educator, AmeriCorps Member

Position Description:  As an AmeriCorps Member at the Fairbanks Museum, you will share responsibility for providing and developing educational programs to students and the general public. Duties will include but are not limited to:
• Observe select Museum classes taught by other educators to eventually adapt to their own;

• Occasionally develop their own classes that coincide with the Museum’s yearly theme: sustainability, renewable energy, the world of insects;

• Design and direct your own after school enrichment curricula for grades 3-6;

• Produce and present planetarium-based shows and classes for audiences of all ages;

• Assist and engage with students in outdoor nature-based field excursions;

• Participate in the Museum’s three educational driven programs: Victorian Holiday Open House, Animal Buddies, and Astronomy Camp;

• and other educational programming and initiatives.

As part of the Museum’s science education team, your goal is to inspire wonder and responsibility for the natural world.

The right candidate is a self-starter who has experience working with kids, working with a public audience, is both familiar with and comfortable spending time in the Vermont outdoors, is a problem-solver, thinks quick on their feet, is patient and supportive of the visitors we serve, is (or strives to be) a creative educator, and is committed to clear and effective communication. Interest in natural history and desire to motivate stewardship of our planet is a must. Experience as a naturalist is a plus.

Length of Service:  Full-time position completing 1700 total hours, to be served from September 2017 through August 2018. Campus living quarters available. Can be a two-year position, subject to renewal by the Executive Director.  Living allowance is a stipend through AmeriCorps that includes health insurance and an education award:

Schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2017

Please submit resume and contact information for three professional references to Leila Nordmann, Director of Programs.                       

Internship Opportunities

The Fairbanks Museum is seeking those interested in internships here at the museum.  We have opportunities in a variety of departments, including Collections and Exhibits, Development and Marketing, Visitor Services, and Education.  Projects vary throughout the year and depend on the needs of the museum.  However, an internship can focus on a particular individual’s interests and needs.

For those interested in a more formal internship, for example, to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.  The Fairbanks Museum is a great place to gain valuable experience while furthering your education.

While the museum does have limited onsite housing for interns, it is on a first come, first served basis.  The on-site housing is in the form of two small apartments.  These are in high demand so early application for an internship is encouraged, especially for those in need of housing. Please contact us here for inquiries about internships here at the museum. 

Another 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. Click here for more about volunteer opportunities.