Get Involved | Jobs at the Museum

Available positions are updated weekly.  The Museum is an Equal Opportunity employer.


Candidates must submit a resume or Museum application in order to be considered.  Applications accepted via email (preferred) at or via fax to  919-220-5575.  Please note: all applicants must pass a criminal background check prior to receiving a firm offer of employment.

Click here to access the online application if you do not have a resume to submit via email.


NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  All applicants will receive careful consideration, however, due to high volune of applicants, we will only contact those applicants with whom we wish to schedule an interview.

Have a question about working at the Museum? Click here


Birthday Party Educator


The Museum is seeking individuals to join our Birthday Party Education Staff.  These positions are part time and scheduled primarily on the weekends. The positions support the Museum by leading themed and non-themed children's birthday parties.


Qualified Candidate will have:

  • High School diploma/GED
  • Experience working with young children
  • Customer service experience
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work weekends (average 4 to 6 weekend days a month)
  • Willing and able to work with live animals and insects
  •  Able to stand on one's feet for up to 4 hours at a time and lift 15lbs.
  • Interest or experience in education or science
  • Experience in leading education-based programs



  • Set up classroom for parties, including materials, activities and animals
  • Act as point of contact for party host and assist them however necessary
  • Present 30 minute programs on a wide variety of topics to parties
  • Lead clean up and restore classroom to original state post-party
  •  Other duties as necessary.


Interested Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to




The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is looking for a Ranger.  This position supports the Museum’s mission by maintaining a positive work environment and delivery of an exemplary level of service in the Museum’s outdoor exhibit areas and attractions, and being knowledgeable about Museum programs, events, exhibits, procedures, and products. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate visitor learning experiences in the Museum’s outdoor exhibit environments
  • Monitor the Museum’s outdoor exhibit areas on a regular basis and handle visitor concerns and emergencies.
  • Interact with visitors and share information regarding exhibits and native wildlife; help visitors expand experience by investigating native wildlife and plant life in exhibits.
  • Provide visitors with accurate information concerning prices, programs, directions, and answer questions.
  • Contribute to improving the guest experience by alerting appropriate departments when problems arise.
  • Operate the Bungee-Trampoline ride according to manufacturer specifications for safety and optimal enjoyment, including safely harnessing riders and providing them with instructions for the ride.
  • Communicate with guests about the ride, including how the mechanism utilizes science, what the ride consists of and any requirements (age of rider, disqualifying medical conditions, etc.).
  • Conduct ticket transactions utilizing computerized software, including opening and closing the sales drawer daily.
  • Assist with parking control for special events and high-traffic days as needed
  • Be available to assist with other guest relations needs, including support during emergencies and other occurrences of unusual operational activity.
  • Other duties as needed


Requirements for this position include a strong interest in engaging children and adults of all ages in scientific exploration. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively. Creative and resourceful. Previous customer service experience. Knowledge about local wildlife and/or plant life. Ability to work with diverse, multi-generational audience. Good communication skills. Pleasant and engaging attitude. Attention to detail. High School diploma or GED. Valid NC Driver’s license. Able to work a flexible schedule including weekends. Able to work outside in changing weather conditions. Physically able to be on their feet for a up to 8 hours per day and walk distances of up to one mile on variable terrain. Desirable qualifications included the ability to embrace Museum mission of science as a way of knowing. Coursework or experience in Biology, Environmental Education, Wildlife or similar field. First aid certification and conversational Spanish

This position is non-exempt adjunct, approximately 20 hours/week.  The Museum is open 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday.  Submit a resume or Museum application to


Retail Associate


The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is looking for a Retail Associate  This position supports the Museum’s mission by providing excellent customer service to enhance the customers’ retail experience and maintaining strong operational protocol to protect the Museum’s assets.    Duties include but are not limited to:

  •  Provides exemplary customer service to all guests according to accepted service standards
  •   Knowledgeable about current product lines and communicates product information to customers
  •   Knows and adheres to all policies and procedures, such as opening and closing, receiving and managing inventory, cash register operations and other administrative duties. 
  •  Assists the Retail Operations Manager and Lead Retail Operations Associates in carrying out all necessary store tasks
  • Knows and ensures that at all times Museum policies and procedures are followed. 
  • Knows and adheres to all merchandising standards with high attention to detail. 
  •  Additional duties as needed


Requirements for this position include a demonstrated passion for customer service. The ability to accurately handle cash, charge, and check, and gift card transactions. Basic knowledge of computer systems. The ability to stand for up to 8 hours. The ability to maneuver around sales floor and stock room including repetitive bending, prolonged standing, twisting, climbing plus the ability to lift 40 pounds. Flexible schedule with weekend and potential evening work.


This position is non-exempt adjunct, approximately 20 hours/week.  The Museum is open 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday.  Submit a resume or Museum application to