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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 8/14/19

Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium Balch Nature School, Preschool Assistant Teacher

The part time preschool assistant teacher will report to the Director/Lead Teacher of the Balch Nature School.

  • 32 hours per week (7:45 AM to 2:00 PM plus 3 days with an extra 15 minutes) plus mandatory trainings and meetings (24 hours annual professional development training minimum).
  • 37 weeks (35 weeks with students and a week before and after the end of the school year) beginning the last week of August through the week following the last day with students in June.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Lead Teacher in the general management and supervision  of a class  of up to twelve children ages 3 to 5
  • Decorate ad keep classroom attractive and relevant
  • Organize classroom as directed by Lead Teacher
  • Keep communication current with Lead Teacher/Director
  • Keep storage/work room tidy and classroom tidy at end of each class session
  • Maintain professional attitude and locality to the school
  • Threat children and parents and other teachers with respect and dignity
  • Participate in Balch Advisory Board meetings and community outreach

Essential Skills:

  • Love of nature and children
  • 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
  • Patience, flexibility, and ability to relate to young children and adults

Minimum Requirements for this Position (per Child Care Licensing Regulation page 91) Include:

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age, is a high school graduate or has completed a GED
  • Certified in CPR & First Aid up to date before starting with children
  • Completes Child Development Division orientation (9 hour online or equivalent per regulations)
  • Meets one (1) of the following qualifications:
    • At least a Vermont Early Childhood Career Ladder Level One (1) or Two (2) Certificate;
    • At least a current CDA (Child Development Associate) and at least twelve (12) months experience working with groups of children from grade three (3) or younger
    • At least a State Board of Education approved Human Services Program Certificate that emphasizes child development or early childhood education and at least twelve (12) months experience working with groups of children from grade three (3) or younger;
    • At least successful completion of the Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals’ course or the Vermont Afterschool Essentials Certificate   and at least twelve (12) months experience working with groups of children from grade three (3) or younger; or,
    • At least successful completion of a three (3) college credit course in child or human development or a three (3) college credit course for school age.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information to Drew Bush at


Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium STEAM Early Education Educator, Americorps Opening

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium seeks a STEAM Early Education Educator (Americorps) to join our experienced STEM education team in leading innovative inquiry-based learning for K-4th grade students. Duties would include work in our Balch Nature School (preschool), museum classes indoors, and outdoor field trips. Benefits include a living allowance of $13,992 (pre-tax), education award of $6,095 (pre-tax), and housing at the museum. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training opportunities.

This Americorps member will serve with the Museum’s Director of Programs and the Balch Nature School Director in the planning and implementation of an outstanding educational experience for young students and visitors. Duties will include planning, curriculum development, student instruction, and program evaluation. This is a full-time year-long AmeriCorps position and requires completion of 1700 hours for an average of 40 hours per week.

For more information and to apply to this job, please visit:


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.