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

There are no open full-time positions at this time.

Part-time Positions

Position: Visitor Services Assistant Manager

Position Purpose:   The Visitor Services Assistant Manager (VSAM) creates an inviting and positive first impression of WonderLab for all visitors throughout the arc of their visit, from the first welcoming smile visitors see upon arrival, to the cheerful “Come see us again soon!” as visitors exit. In between, the VSAM supports visitor flow into the gallery, sells admissions, memberships, gift store products, and more. The ideal candidate will be excited to provide outstanding customer service, and be friendly and organized. This person will become a core member of the Museum Experience Team that connects people to their sense of wonder through moments of deeper understanding and discovery.

Reports To: Museum Experience Manager – Visitor Services

Status: Part time (approximately 9 to 15 hours per week), hourly, Fair Labor Standards Act Category: “non-exempt”.

Compensation: $15 per hour

Start Date: November 15th 2022

Benefits: WonderLab membership at dual or basic family level, and a 20% discount in the museum gift store. Professional development opportunities through membership in the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), certification training in Blackbaud Altru database, and Red Cross First Aid / CPR Certification.

Key Responsibility Area:  Staff Visitor Services Welcome Desk and Provide Customer Service

  • Prepare Visitor Services area and gift store for the start of the day; close and secure welcome desk and museum at the end of the day.
  • Accurately and efficiently handle all point-of-sale functions, manage cash control and daily deposits.
  • Grow gift store sales by providing shopping expertise and guidance to visitors; support inventory management.
  • Ensure that WonderLab’s safety, lost child, and emergency policies are continuously being met.
  • Ensure guests comply with all health and safety procedures upon entering the museum and are aware of and agree to follow safety guidelines throughout their visit.
  • Serve as a knowledge base for all museum programs, exhibits, and events.

Key Responsibility Area: Other

  • Attend regular staff and department meetings as scheduled.
  • Participate in on-going museum trainings
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Reliable with a strong work ethic.
  • Friendly and positive attitude; has worked with a variety of ages and has a commitment to working with diverse populations.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced & high energy environment.
  • Retail or customer service experience preferred.
  • Commitment to ideals and ongoing education of justice, equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist culture at WonderLab.
  • An understanding of the importance of science, education and community.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency in word, excel, google drive, etc.
  • Experience in point of sale software preferred
  • Physical capability to lift 15 lb objects, sit for long periods of time, and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth for extended periods of time (e.g., 5 hours).
  • Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid, or willingness to become certified.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including subsequent boosters. Annual Flu vaccination is strongly encouraged.
  • Sunday availability.

Read/download the full position description here. 

To Apply:

  • Complete the WonderLab job application form. Form is available on the WonderLab website at https://fs4.formsite.com/WonderLab/6wzsrnjcxb/index.html
  • Submit resume listing relevant experience
  • Include contact information for three academic (e.g. teacher) or professional (e.g. supervisor, co-worker) references
  • Include a cover letter that addresses the following prompts:
    • How do you personally connect with WonderLab’s mission? Mission statement can be found here: https://wonderlab.org/about/
    • How your past experiences will make you a good fit for this position

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.

For questions or help applying, contact: Kate Seader, kate@wonderlab.org, 812.337.1337 ext 226

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 Title: 2023 WonderCamp Teacher

Position Purpose: The WonderCamp Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing one or more WonderCamp sessions; including classroom management of campers, providing engaging educational activities and ensuring camper safety in the classroom and other school areas. Camps serve students entering grades K-8.

WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. Children will explore, observe, test, measure, design and discover. Children may learn scientific concepts new to them, but the camp focus is on the childhood work of play and science skills of curiosity, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Camp sessions take place in air-conditioned facilities when this is possible, and outdoors on school or other location grounds. Health and safety are WonderCamp priorities; as we near summer 2023 camp sessions, we will evaluate any COVID-related concerns and plan or adapt accordingly. Many 2023 camps will be held in outdoor settings, with available shelter for inclement weather.

All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. The Camp Teacher leads each camp, with help from trained high school interns. A maximum of 21 children are enrolled per camp. The WonderCamp Director and four college administrative interns provide on-site support during the camp week.

Reports To: WonderCamp Director

Status: Part time seasonal, 32.5 teaching hours per camp session. Each 5-day camp session is 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break, Monday-Friday. Teachers may teach one or more sessions.

Compensation: $850 per 5-day camp for teachers new to WonderCamp; $900 for returning teachers. This includes camp session hours as well as teacher prep time and camp-related meetings.

Camp Dates:

  • May 29-June 2
  • June 5-9
  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • June 29-July 2
  • No camp July 3-7
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21
  • July 24-28

Camp Locations: 

  • Planned Locations are University Elementary School
  • Kent Farm Banding Station
  • Hilltop Gardens and Nature Center
  • Goat Conspiracy Farm
  • Other offsite locations may be included

Benefits: WonderLab membership (dual or basic family level); 50% camp fee discount for child of teacher registered for camp session or sessions equal to the number taught by parent.

Key Responsibility Area: Plan and implement select WonderCamp sessions. Preliminary camp topics include building and construction, nature and the environment, math, biology, physics and how things work, storybook science, science and art, STEAM.

  • Work with WonderCamp Director and WonderLab education staff to plan an age-appropriate, fun and exciting camp curriculum using hands-on activities that encourage the development of scientific inquiry skills through curiosity, creativity and problem-solving. Teachers will have access to prior WonderCamp curricula and lesson plans, curriculum support from WonderLab Education Department and an extensive supply inventory.
  • Submit lesson plans and/or materials lists in advance of camp, by specified deadlines, to Camp and Education Department. WonderLab staff will purchase all necessary materials and set them up in the camp classroom.
  • Provide camp session information by deadline as needed to WonderCamp Director.
  • Meet with WonderCamp Director in advance of camp to go over camp philosophy, camp procedures, health and safety guidelines and session planning.
  • Attend 1-hr teacher curriculum meeting via zoom or in person with Camp Director and 1-hr on-site training.
  • During camp session, implement all aspects of the camp curriculum to provide an outstanding camper experience, both educationally and socially.
  • As the situation requires, implement WonderLab’s Covid health and safety guidelines for Camp.
  • Provide quality camp classroom management focused on positive collaboration and problem-solving. As needed, seek the assistance of WonderCamp Director for support or safety concerns.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all campers throughout the session, in the classroom, other areas of the school and outdoors.
  • Supervise and involve high-school Interns with camp activities in a positive and productive manner that provides an outstanding experience for campers and interns. Assist with recess camper supervision, as necessary.
  • Follow general camp schedules and procedures.

Key Responsibility Area:Assist with evaluation of WonderCamp program.

  • Provide a brief written evaluation of each high school Camp Intern as assigned (form provided).
  • Provide a brief written evaluation of your Camp Teacher experience (form provided).

Position Requirements:

  • Three years classroom teaching experience, or equivalent; experience in informal educational settings preferred
  • Educational background, or equivalent experience, in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)
  • Experience in leadership or collaboration
  • Experience working with youth and/or families
  • Friendly, professional and positive attitude; ability to work effectively with a variety of people
  • Ability to create a classroom environment that equitably supports learning differences among campers
  • Physical ability to manage a classroom of up to 21 children in both indoor and outdoor environments, withstand summer heat outdoors (some camps), and potentially wear a mask on certain occasions. Teachers with accessibility needs will be given priority in location, as possible.
  • Willingness to follow and implement WonderLab COVID Safety Protocols
  • Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an antiracist culture in WonderLab, and to antiracist principles and education
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to program locations
  • Three reference contacts
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s)

Read/download the full position description here. 

To Apply:

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.

For questions or help applying, contact: Colleen Couper, colleen@wonderlab.org, 812.337.1337 ext 224

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.

Summer Jobs

Position Title: 2023 WonderCamp Teacher

Position Purpose: The WonderCamp Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing one or more WonderCamp sessions; including classroom management of campers, providing engaging educational activities and ensuring camper safety in the classroom and other school areas. Camps serve students entering grades K-8.

WonderCamp’s purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry in a fun, relaxed setting. Children will explore, observe, test, measure, design and discover. Children may learn scientific concepts new to them, but the camp focus is on the childhood work of play and science skills of curiosity, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Camp sessions take place in air-conditioned facilities when this is possible, and outdoors on school or other location grounds. Health and safety are WonderCamp priorities; as we near summer 2023 camp sessions, we will evaluate any COVID-related concerns and plan or adapt accordingly. Many 2023 camps will be held in outdoor settings, with available shelter for inclement weather.

All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. The Camp Teacher leads each camp, with help from trained high school interns. A maximum of 21 children are enrolled per camp. The WonderCamp Director and four college administrative interns provide on-site support during the camp week.

Reports To: WonderCamp Director

Status: Part time seasonal, 32.5 teaching hours per camp session. Each 5-day camp session is 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with a 30-minute lunch break, Monday-Friday. Teachers may teach one or more sessions.

Compensation: $850 per 5-day camp for teachers new to WonderCamp; $900 for returning teachers. This includes camp session hours as well as teacher prep time and camp-related meetings.

Camp Dates:

  • May 29-June 2
  • June 5-9
  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • June 29-July 2
  • No camp July 3-7
  • July 10-14
  • July 17-21
  • July 24-28

Camp Locations: 

  • Planned Locations are University Elementary School
  • Kent Farm Banding Station
  • Hilltop Gardens and Nature Center
  • Goat Conspiracy Farm
  • Other offsite locations may be included

Benefits: WonderLab membership (dual or basic family level); 50% camp fee discount for child of teacher registered for camp session or sessions equal to the number taught by parent.

Key Responsibility Area: Plan and implement select WonderCamp sessions. Preliminary camp topics include building and construction, nature and the environment, math, biology, physics and how things work, storybook science, science and art, STEAM.

  • Work with WonderCamp Director and WonderLab education staff to plan an age-appropriate, fun and exciting camp curriculum using hands-on activities that encourage the development of scientific inquiry skills through curiosity, creativity and problem-solving. Teachers will have access to prior WonderCamp curricula and lesson plans, curriculum support from WonderLab Education Department and an extensive supply inventory.
  • Submit lesson plans and/or materials lists in advance of camp, by specified deadlines, to Camp and Education Department. WonderLab staff will purchase all necessary materials and set them up in the camp classroom.
  • Provide camp session information by deadline as needed to WonderCamp Director.
  • Meet with WonderCamp Director in advance of camp to go over camp philosophy, camp procedures, health and safety guidelines and session planning.
  • Attend 1-hr teacher curriculum meeting via zoom or in person with Camp Director and 1-hr on-site training.
  • During camp session, implement all aspects of the camp curriculum to provide an outstanding camper experience, both educationally and socially.
  • As the situation requires, implement WonderLab’s Covid health and safety guidelines for Camp.
  • Provide quality camp classroom management focused on positive collaboration and problem-solving. As needed, seek the assistance of WonderCamp Director for support or safety concerns.
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for all campers throughout the session, in the classroom, other areas of the school and outdoors.
  • Supervise and involve high-school Interns with camp activities in a positive and productive manner that provides an outstanding experience for campers and interns. Assist with recess camper supervision, as necessary.
  • Follow general camp schedules and procedures.

Key Responsibility Area:Assist with evaluation of WonderCamp program.

  • Provide a brief written evaluation of each high school Camp Intern as assigned (form provided).
  • Provide a brief written evaluation of your Camp Teacher experience (form provided).

Position Requirements:

  • Three years classroom teaching experience, or equivalent; experience in informal educational settings preferred
  • Educational background, or equivalent experience, in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM)
  • Experience in leadership or collaboration
  • Experience working with youth and/or families
  • Friendly, professional and positive attitude; ability to work effectively with a variety of people
  • Ability to create a classroom environment that equitably supports learning differences among campers
  • Physical ability to manage a classroom of up to 21 children in both indoor and outdoor environments, withstand summer heat outdoors (some camps), and potentially wear a mask on certain occasions. Teachers with accessibility needs will be given priority in location, as possible.
  • Willingness to follow and implement WonderLab COVID Safety Protocols
  • Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an antiracist culture in WonderLab, and to antiracist principles and education
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to program locations
  • Three reference contacts
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s)

Read/download the full position description here. 

To Apply:

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.

For questions or help applying, contact: Colleen Couper, colleen@wonderlab.org, 812.337.1337 ext 224

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.