DSNH

Employment Opportunities at the Dayton Society of Natural History

Job Title: Museum Educator
Department: Education
Reports To: Education Managers
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Hourly – $14.25/hr

Summary

The Museum Educator delivers and assists in the development of educational programming for the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) including the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park.

This position reports to two Education Managers, managing our Paid and Public programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Delivers a variety of educational programming, including but not limited to: onsite and outreach school programming, public programs, summer camps, scout programs, overnight programs, early childhood programs.
  • Maintains laboratory safety after the completion of required training to work with various chemicals and laboratory equipment.
  • Assists in curriculum development, lesson planning, and implementation of various programs.
  • Assists with the preparation of developmentally appropriate materials, presentations, and activities which reflect the needs and interests of children and adults participating in DSNH programming.
  • Participates in professional development, including evaluations of skills and performance reviews, to ensure effectiveness.
  • Trains in the proper use and handling of ambassador animals as required by programming needs. Ambassador collection includes invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals.
  • Shares the responsibility of traveling for programming with the team of Museum Educators. This involves occasional overnight and multi-day travel.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Museum Studies, or STEM field preferred.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Work Environment

Work is performed in a fast-paced office setting with frequent interruptions. Duties may require sitting for long periods of time or driving a vehicle to other work locations.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Interested Candidates should forward a Resume to:
hr@boonshoftmuseum.org

Job Title: Director of Astronomy
Department: Astronomy
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Starting Pay: $40,000 – $50,000

Summary

The Director of Astronomy oversees the day-to-day operation of astronomy and space science programming for the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) including the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park. This position coordinates and supervises all activities of the Astronomy Department, including the production and delivery of educational and entertaining astronomy and space science programming and development of new exhibits and experiences.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer of DSNH. As a member of management, this position represents and advocates for Astronomy strategy and programs in the institution as well as with the Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees daily operation of the Caryl D. Phillips Space Theater, Apollo telescope, junior observatory, Hall of the Universe, and Exoplanets; monitors safety, order, and cleanliness of all astronomy spaces.
  • Oversees maintenance and performs the maintenance and operation of astronomy equipment and exhibits.
  • Produces, implements, and facilitates planetarium and laser shows.
  • Collaborates with the Education Department as a subject matter expert to aid in the development of astronomy programming for students and adults.
  • Stays up to date on current astronomy news and research, and shares information with our guests through programming as appropriate. The museum is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
  • Collaborates with other departments in the organization to leverage organizational strategies for educational purposes and to enable astronomy to help other areas do the same.
  • Assists Director of Education in working with community, school, corporate, government, and institutional groups and organizations to increase awareness of the DSNH as an educational resource, and to build and strengthen these relationships to promote STEM learning and increase attendance and participation in DSNH programs.
  • Reviews didactic material produced by DSNH to ensure educational mission alignment and content accuracy.
  • Assists in the development of educational programs and curricula, on-site, off-site, and virtually, paying special attention and focus on building diverse and inclusive experiences and striving to reach underserved audiences.
  • Works with the Development and Finance teams to identify and apply for funding from donors, government agencies, corporate and community partners.
  • Establishes goals, objectives, and priorities for DSNH staff and establishes plans to meet these goals.
  • Develops and executes a long-term strategy for astronomy and space sciences at the Museum.
  • Continually develops and enhances educational offerings of the Astronomy Department.
  • Furnishes the educational community with astronomy resource materials.
  • Provides information regarding upcoming astronomy events to inform the media and public, including but not limited to contributions to the DSNH website, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with Digistar Users group, Planetarium Association, and attend educational planetarium workshops and seminars.
  • Plans and oversees astronomy special events.
  • Researches and investigates space theater equipment and plans future purchases and upgrades.
  • Acts as liaison to the Miami Valley Astronomical Society.
  • Maintains and distributes legal records to ASCAP, the CDRH, and to the FDA.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy or a related field, and at least 5 years of experience working in a planetarium. Supervisory experience highly preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Interested Candidates should forward a Resume to:
hr@boonshoftmuseum.org

Job Title: Planetarium Manager
Department: Astronomy
Reports To: Chief Operating Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Starting Pay: $35,000 – $40,000

Summary

The Planetarium Manager oversees the day-to-day operation of planetarium programming for the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) including the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park. This position coordinates and supervises all planetarium activities, including the production and delivery of educational and entertaining astronomy and space science programming and development of new experiences.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer of DSNH. As a member of management, this position represents and advocates for Astronomy strategy and programs in the institution as well as with the Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Manages daily operation of the Caryl D. Phillips Space Theater; monitors safety, order, and cleanliness of all astronomy spaces.
  • Manages and performs the maintenance and operation of planetarium equipment.
  • Produces, implements, and facilitates planetarium and laser shows.
  • Collaborates with the Education Department as a subject matter expert to aid in the development of astronomy programming for students and adults.
  • Stays up to date on current astronomy news and research, and shares information with our guests through programming as appropriate. The museum is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
  • Assists in the development of educational programs and curricula, on-site, off-site, and virtually, paying special attention and focus on building diverse and inclusive experiences and striving to reach underserved audiences.
  • Works with the Development and Finance teams to identify and apply for funding from donors, government agencies, corporate and community partners.
  • Continually develops and enhances educational offerings of the Astronomy Department.
  • Supports astronomy programming led by the Education Team.
  • Furnishes the educational community with astronomy resource materials.
  • Provides information regarding upcoming astronomy events to inform the media and public, including but not limited to contributions to the DSNH website, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with Digistar Users group, Planetarium Association, and attend educational planetarium workshops and seminars.
  • Plans and coordinates astronomy special events.
  • Researches and investigates space theater equipment and plans future purchases and upgrades.
  • Acts as liaison to the Miami Valley Astronomical Society.
  • Maintains and distributes legal record to ASCAP, the CDRH, and to the FDA.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy or a related field, and at least 1 year of experience working in a planetarium. Supervisory experience highly preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Interested Candidates should forward a Resume to:
hr@boonshoftmuseum.org

JOB TITLE: Eco Eatery Associate
JOB LOCATION: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
WORK HOURS: Part-Time, Hourly – $11/hr
REPORTS TO: Eco Eatery Manager

Summary: An Eco Eatery Associate is responsible for maintaining an environment that is welcoming, upbeat, and comfortable for all guests. The Associate will be responsible for maintaining a clean and efficient Café, and assisting Eatery team with all Café related tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ensure that all visitors are professionally welcomed with information to make certain that they have the opportunity to enjoy the Museum and Eatery to the fullest extent
  • Provide an outstanding model of customer service standards for all employees and volunteers to follow
  • Execute duties, including preparing and serving food in the Eco Eatery, thoroughly understanding the Point of Sale system and all responsibilities associated with customer experience
  • Present a friendly, welcoming, and professional image to visitors
  • Be proficient with the proper procedures for entering sales and information into Point of Sales systems
  • Be familiar with Museum policies/operations, and relay inquiries and information to appropriate staff
  • Utilize proactive sales techniques in the Eco Eatery
  • Energetically and consistently promote Eco Eatery promotions
  • Maintain a clean, orderly space in Eco Eatery areas
  • Perform opening and closing procedures for the Eco Eatery
  • Assist during special events and private rentals
  • Assist the Eco Eatery Manager and Eco Eatery Assistant Manager in daily tasks and special assignments
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Interested Candidates should forward a Resume to:

hr@boonshoftmuseum.org

Job Title: Housekeeper
Department: Facilities Department
Reports To: Director of Facilities
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Hourly, $11-$12/hr
Work Hours: Up to 40 hours per week (weekend hours required)
Work Schedule: Schedule may vary

Looking for a Housekeeper to perform cleaning in building interior. Typical tasks performed include a combination of the following responsibilities and essential duties:

  • Sweeps, vacuums, mops, scrubs, waxes and polishes floors and woodwork using industrial vacuum cleaners and scrubbing and buffing machines.
  • Dusts and polishes light fixtures sometimes using ladders.
  • Moves cabinets, boxes, furniture, crates and equipment to clean areas.
  • May remove stains from such surfaces as rugs, walls, and floors using chemicals and cleaning solutions.
  • Empties trash and transports trash and waste to disposal area.
  • Washes windows, door panels, and sills.
  • Clean and sanitize water fountains.
  • Scrubs toilets, urinals and sinks.
  • Replenishes bathroom supplies.
  • Receives written work orders or verbal instructions from supervisor.
  • Assists other departments with moving furniture and unloading and storing supplies.
  • Back-up housekeeping and facilities manager as needed.

Helpful Attributes:
An outstanding attitude of customer service, professionalism and teamwork; Able to follow instructions and respond to management direction; reliable and responsible traits; commit to working extra hours if necessary. Good work ethic, attendance and punctuality a must.

Qualifications and experience:
Previous housekeeping experience is preferred. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Physical Functions:
This is a physically demanding job. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly life and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notices.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Interested Candidates should forward a Resume to:
hr@boonshoftmuseum.org

Location: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Work Hours: 16 to 19 hours per week, some weekend work required | Applications for the Winter Session (January – March) must be received by October 15; Summer Session (June – August) by March 15; Fall Session (September – November) by July 15.

Reports To: Curator of Live Animals

Overview:

  • The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is seeking applicants for the Animal Care Internship. Interns work with animal care staff for 10 to 14 weeks during Winter, Summer or Fall Sessions and gain experience in the areas of animal care, record keeping, animal enrichment and interpretation of animal exhibits.
  • Internships in the Live Animal Department are non-paid positions and hours worked accumulate as volunteer hours.
  • Interns will work between 16 and 19 hours per week with a minimum of 190 hours completed. Schedules will be coordinated with the Curator of Live Animals and will include weekend hours.
  • Duties include daily maintenance of the animal exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and visitor spaces. Interns will learn how to present educational programs to Museum visitors.
  • Each intern must complete an independent project for the Live Animal Department if completing the externship for credit. The project will be selected with guidance from department curators.

Qualifications:

  • Interns must be a currently enrolled in college degree program or have completed a college degree within the past two years.
  • Interns must be able to perform basic animal care activities including standing for extended periods, bending, sweeping and lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Interns must be able to tolerate the presence of animal fur, feathers, and bedding.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

Associate Curator of Live Animals
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, OH 45414

Email: ltoth@boonshoftmuseum.org

Applications for the Winter Session (January – March) must be received by October 15; Summer Session (June – August) by March 15; Fall Session (September – November) by July 15.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and houses a diverse collection of over 125 animals.

POSITION: Animal Behavior Internship
LOCATION: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio
WORK HOURS: 8 hours per week
REPORTS TO: Curator of Live Animals

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is seeking applicants for the Animal Behavior Internship. Interns work with animal care staff for 12 weeks during Winter, Summer or Fall Sessions and gain experience in animal psychology.

The Animal Behavior Internship is focused on gaining an understanding of “why animals do the thing.” Interns will learn about animal welfare, animal behavior, animal enrichment, and animal training. These four categories help us understand how to improve the lives of animals under human care. Each category has an associated project our intern is to complete to gain an understanding of how animal behavior is measured and understood.

This internship is focused on animal behavior rather than animal husbandry. Interns will not be expected to participate in cleaning habitats or other regular cleaning tasks. Interns will be expected to read scientific articles, stand for long periods of time conducting observational data, and complete research and paperwork pertinent to our animals.

By gaining an understanding of how our animals are spending their time and how they interact with their environment, interns will be providing us with invaluable insight into their lives.

Qualifications

Interns must be currently enrolled in a college degree program or have completed a college degree within the past two years.

Interns must be able to tolerate the presence of animal fur, feathers and bedding.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Associate Curator of Live Animals, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton, OH 45414 or LToth@boonshoftmuseum.org

Applications for the Winter Session (mid-January through April) must be received by October 15; Summer Session (June through August) by March 15; Fall Session (September through November) by July 15.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and houses a diverse collection of over 125 animals