Work at WonderLab

The people who work at WonderLab are the museum’s most valuable asset, and we are committed to maintaining a positive and enjoyable work environment in which teamwork and open communication are fostered. WonderLab is proud and privileged to have a superb team of dedicated, creative, and talented individuals who together provide visitors with the highest quality experience possible.

WonderLab offers year-round salaried and hourly employment with benefits, as well as seasonal jobs, in a smoke-free and drug-free environment. The museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available.

Looking for an internship? Learn more about WonderLab’s high school internships and college student internships.

Full-time Positions

Position Title: Education Outreach Specialist

Purpose: Join the Education Department Team to expand WonderLab’s educational outreach programs over the next three years. Plan, coordinate, and implement developmentally appropriate STEM learning experiences for groups of children and adults. This position will specifically focus on reaching traditionally underserved communities and working directly with partnership groups to co-develop meaningful programs and activities based on needs and interests. Your efforts will contribute to the proposed outcome of increasing STEM enrichment for underserved populations, fostering positive associations with STEM learning and enhancing science identity among participants. You will embody the WonderLab commitment to building curious and creative problem solvers inspired by the wonder of science.

Reports To: Education Manager

Status: Full-Time, (40 hrs per week) grant funded for three years, typical work week includes some Saturdays and Sundays depending on scheduled outreaches (Fair Labor Standards Act category: “non-exempt“)

Start Date: January 2024

Salary: $18.00 per hour

Benefits: Full WonderLab benefits. Paid holidays and paid leave. Health, vision and dental insurance benefits are available. Staff retirement plan and Sams Club Membership planned for 2024. WonderLab provides life insurance, long-term disability insurance, WonderLab membership at dual or basic family level and a 20% discount in the gift store. Training opportunities may include: Red Cross Certification, Altru Blackbaud data systems and other opportunities through membership in the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and LinkedIn Learning.

Key Responsibility Area: Plan, Create and Maintain Community Partnerships

  • Identify potential community organizations that may benefit from WonderLab outreach programming.
  • Make connections with above community organizations and maintain those relationships to foster community partnerships throughout south-central Indiana.
  • Become the contact person for new community partners formed through the grant.
  • Recommend new outreach programs and opportunities based on these partnerships.

Key Responsibility Area: Work with Outreach Interns

  • Recruit, train and support two outreach interns per semester.
  • Work as a team to deliver scheduled outreach programs, design new programs and delegate tasks.

Key Responsibility Area: Other

  • Support grant reporting for outreach programs.
  • One museum gallery floor shift per week, as scheduled.
  • Support delivery of Science Labs and Demos in the museum when needed.
  • Comply with all administrative policies and procedures described in the employee handbook.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings, including emergency training procedures.
  • Support WonderLab’s DEIA focused initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Relationships:

  • Internal – Maintain close communication with Education Managers, Education Director, Museum Experience team members; Volunteer Coordinator, and Marketing Director as needed.
  • External – Maintain positive working relationships with museum visitors, museum volunteers, community partners, and outreach clients.

Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree with strong academic background in science required, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with children and families.
  • Experience and confidence in public speaking.
  • Experience developing and leading educational programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Collaborative and team-oriented with a self-directed and professional attitude.
  • Willing to be a good public representative of WonderLab.
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations especially should apply.
  • Proven ability to work independently in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and meet deadlines.
  • Physical ability and willingness to drive a vehicle to and from events, function independently at outreach programs, lift 30 pounds, and stand for up to 3 hours at a time with infrequent breaks.
  • Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid, or willingness to become certified.
  • Current driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US.
  • Contact information for two professional references.
  • Two professional reference letters from supervisors or work colleagues.

Download a pdf copy of this job description: WonderLab Education Outreach Specialist

To Apply: Complete the WonderLab Job Application on-line: https://wonderlab.org/wonderlab-job-application/

The application must include a cover letter, a resume. Select candidates will be invited to submit two (2) letters of reference mailed directly to the address below or emailed to museumeducator@wonderlab.org.

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
Attn: Jessica McKinney, Museum Educator
P.O. Box 996
Bloomington, IN  47402

Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.  Position is open until filled. All employees are subject to a criminal background check. WonderLab galleries, offices and grounds are smoke-free environments.

Can’t check off every requirement listed above? Please apply anyway! WonderLab is dedicated to building an inclusive team with a wide variety of experiences and skill sets. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

WonderLab strives to provide a welcoming educational space and is founded on values of inclusion and access. WonderLab is committed to creating a diverse museum environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers diverse skill sets and experiences among applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. WonderLab strives to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, upon request.

Part-time Positions

There are no Part-time positions available at this time.

Seasonal Positions

Position: WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator

Position Purpose: WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children (grades K-8) to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting.  The WonderCamp High School Interns Coordinator’s role  is to be the main support person for the high school interns at WonderCamp.  Camps are held at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, the Goat Conspiracy farm, Indiana University Research and Training Preserve, Kent Farm, and University Elementary School. The person in this position will work at all camp locations.

Reports To: WonderCamp Director

Status: Temporary, Part- to Full-Time (approximately 300 – 500 total hours). (Fair Labor Standards Act category: “non-exempt”)

Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour

Employment Period: May 7, 2024 through July 27, 2024

Benefits: WonderLab membership at dual or basic family level; 20% discount in the Gift Store­­­­­

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help recruit high school students to serve as interns at WonderCamp.
  • Reply to inquiries about internships.
  • Lead training sessions for high school interns.
  • Manage records of prospective and active interns.
  • Schedule interns for camp sessions.
  • Coordinate with WonderCamp director and camp teachers on intern duties.
  • Supervise and act as mentor to high school interns during WonderCamp.
  • Manage intern evaluations.
  • Prepare final reports on the high school intern program.

Primary Relationships:

  • Internal: Maintain close communication with WonderCamp Director, WonderCamp Assistant Director, and WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator.
  • External: Maintain positive working relationships with teachers, campers and their caregivers, and high school interns.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team-oriented environment.
  • Reliable with a strong work ethic.
  • Proficient in PC software programs (e.g., Word, Excel).
  • Comfort/experience working with children, teens and adults.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written skills.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Post high school degree program in progress, with science and/or museum studies, tourism, education or related coursework preferred.
  • Physical capability to sit, stand, walk and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth for extended periods of time.
  • Red Cross certification in CPR and first aid or willingness to become certified.
  • Available to work starting May 7 through July 27. (Exception: there are no camps July 1-5)
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US.
  • Contact information for three references and one letter of recommendation.

Read / download the full WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator Job Description here.

To Apply:

Fill out the WonderLab Job Application: https://wonderlab.org/wonderlab-job-application/
The form may be completed and submitted online or mailed to the address below. The application must also include a cover letter and resume. Send recommendation letters directly to colleen@wonderlab.org or mail to the address below:

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator Search Committee
Attn: Colleen Couper
P.O. Box 996; 308 West 4th Street
Bloomington, IN  47402

Questions: Colleen Couper colleen@wonderlab.org 812-337-1337 ext 224

Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Position is open until filled. All employees are subject to a criminal background check. WonderLab galleries, offices and grounds are smoke-free environments.

Can’t check off every requirement listed above? Please apply anyway! WonderLab is dedicated to building an inclusive team with a wide variety of experiences and skill sets. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

WonderLab strives to provide a welcoming educational space and is founded on values of inclusion and access. WonderLab is committed to creating a diverse museum environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers diverse skill sets and experiences among applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. WonderLab strives to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, upon request.

Position: WonderCamp Safety and Recreation Coordinator

Position Purpose: WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children (grades K-8) to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. The person in this position will be involved in all aspects of camp. WonderCamp is held at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, the Goat Conspiracy farm, Indiana University Research and Training Preserve, Kent Farm, and University Elementary School. The person in this position will work at all camp locations.

Reports To: WonderCamp Director

Status: Temporary, Part- to Full-Time (approximately 400 – 500 total hours). (Fair Labor Standards Act category: “non-exempt”)

Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour

Employment Period: May 7, 2024 through July 27, 2024

Benefits: WonderLab membership at dual or basic family level; 20% discount in the Gift Store­­­­­

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set up indoor recess if needed.
  • Update the WonderCamp Safety and Emergency Action Plan, as needed.
  • Plan and implement recycling and composting systems and incorporate “teachable moments.”
  • Maintain a safe environment, resolve conflicts and encourage positive interactions among campers and high school interns.
  • Organize, pack and deliver materials and supplies for camps.
  • Assist in setting up, preparing, and organizing materials at the camp locations.
  • Serve as teacher support person during camp.
  • Help supervise, mentor and evaluate high school interns at assigned camp locations.
  • Oversee lunch and playground activities and ensure campers and interns know what is expected of them during lunch and recess.
  • Assist camp teachers with activities during camp sessions, as needed.
  • Supervise outdoor activities of campers on the playground and nature area, as needed.
  • Assist in weekly camp change outs and Friday tear down.
  • Communicate closely with the WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator to track and document performance and report on their interactions with campers, teachers and staff.
  • Comply with all administrative policies and procedures described in the WonderLab Employee Handbook.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Primary Relationships:

  • Internal: Maintain close communication with WonderCamp Director, WonderCamp Assistant Director, and WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator.
  • External: Maintain positive working relationships with teachers, campers and their caregivers, and high school interns.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Enthusiastic, willing to learn, highly accountable.
  • Reliable, with a strong work ethic.
  • Comfort/experience working with children, teens, and adults.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written skills.
  • Post high school degree program in progress, with science and/or museum studies, tourism, education or related coursework preferred.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Physical capability to sit, stand, walk and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth for extended periods of time.
  • Red Cross certification in CPR and first aid or willingness to become certified.
  • Available to work May 7  through July 27. (Exception: there are no camps July 1-5)
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US.
  • Contact information for three references and one letter of recommendation.

Read / download the full WonderCamp Safety and Recreation Coordinator Job Description here.

To Apply:

Fill out the WonderLab Job Application: https://wonderlab.org/wonderlab-job-application/
The form may be completed and submitted online or mailed to the address below. The application must also include a cover letter and resume. Send recommendation letters directly to colleen@wonderlab.org or mail to the address below:

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
WonderCamp High School Intern Coordinator Search Committee
Attn: Colleen Couper
P.O. Box 996; 308 West 4th Street
Bloomington, IN  47402

Questions: Colleen Couper colleen@wonderlab.org 812-337-1337 ext 224

Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Position is open until filled. All employees are subject to a criminal background check. WonderLab galleries, offices and grounds are smoke-free environments.

Can’t check off every requirement listed above? Please apply anyway! WonderLab is dedicated to building an inclusive team with a wide variety of experiences and skill sets. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

WonderLab strives to provide a welcoming educational space and is founded on values of inclusion and access. WonderLab is committed to creating a diverse museum environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers diverse skill sets and experiences among applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, number of dependents, or any other legally protected status. WonderLab strives to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, upon request.