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Hiring Organization Field Museum
Post Name Public Learning Experiences Facilitators
Qualification A degree in, coursework towards, or a background in social work, psychology, communication, theology, or similar is required
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 18 To USD 22 Per Hour
Location ChicagoIllinoisUnited States 60605

The Field Museum is a not-for-profit organization located on the Museum Campus of Chicago. World’s Columbian Exposition, we have conducted research across all seven continents and accumulated a collection of over 40 million specimens and artifacts.

The Learning Center is looking for five part-time Public Learning Experiences Facilitators to host in-person educational programming and public engagement within the temporary exhibit Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery.

This position is defined as a term and will be active from approximately October 10 to September 4.  The positions will average 10-19 hours per week each, from 10 am – 4 pm. Multiple weekly schedules are available, including weekend shifts. Interviews will be held in late September.

Candidates must be available for a general training schedule during the weeks of October 9 and 16. Accommodations may be available. The exhibition opens to the public on October 21. Please include your available work days, including weekends, in your cover letter. 

This position will independently lead two informal educational programs designed for the temporary exhibition Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery. First, the subject of death will be examined through structured conversation and exploration of preserved animal specimens and their unique adaptations.

The second examines select items used to help mourn the dead, celebrate life, or assist the dead on their next journey. Facilitators will learn and explain the general exhibition sections and themes to exhibit visitors and help direct visitors to specific exhibition areas that may help them explore their own questions further.

Listening and responding to difficult or emotional questions and statements with sensitivity, respect, and care are required for this position. This position requires active attention and verbal communication in a fast-paced environment.

Staff will regularly push rolling carts, handle delicate objects, and handle preserved animal specimens of various types. Staff will utilize tablet computers to access and display media. Training will be provided. Moderate lifting of items up to 15 pounds will be commonplace.

Accommodations may be available. This position requires multiple shifts during the 10 am – 4 pm timeframe on various days, some of which include weekend and holiday schedules. Individual, customized schedules may be available that include 10-19 hours per week. All cover letters must include your weekly availability, including weekends.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and facilitate programming inside of the temporary exhibition Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery. Communicate with visitors accurately, appropriately, and with respect. Monitor, care for, and store items, specimens, and materials related to the exhibition and Learning Center programming
  • Ongoing reading, research, training, and program development as assigned
  • Support other Learning Center programming, including but not limited to: The Grainger Science Hub, Learning Center Volunteer programming, the PlayLab, Field Trips, etc., as assigned. Training will be provided

Qualifications:

  • This position works directly with the general public, K-12 students, Field Museum members, partners, and supporters. Candidates must enjoy welcoming, engaging, and interacting with both individuals and groups of all ages in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must possess the ability to read an audience through formal teaching, stage performance, informal education, or equivalent experience. Candidates must enjoy independently hosting and proactively engaging with museum visitors of all ages in a friendly and professional manner
  • Candidates must be comfortable, adaptable, and professional in learning about and generally discussing the topic of death, mourning, and loss
  • A degree in, coursework towards, or a background in social work, psychology, communication, theology, or similar is required
  • Public Learning Experiences facilitators will be assigned a consistent schedule, but staff schedules may change with advanced notice. Staff will be assigned to cover planned off-days for other staff and to adhere to a rotating holiday schedule

Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests, and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated. 

The Field Museum is an equal-opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class.

We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions.

The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application.

Or if you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to accessibility@fieldmuseum.org. 

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