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Bradenton, FL 34205

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

The South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, an important part of the area’s educational, economic and cultural landscapes, is growing — opening a new wing in 2019 and enhancing its service to the region.

Major Gifts Officer

The Museum is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to join its Community Engagement Team. The MGO will cultivate, solicit and steward existing donors while developing new supporters and funding opportunities. S/he will manage a pool of approximately 150-200 individuals, seeking Annual Fund, Capital support and planned gifts and will be expected to make a minimum of 60 major gift solicitations per year with an emphasis on leadership-level annual gifts as well as multi-year pledges.

The Museum’s philosophy is to create strong, long-term relationships with its supporters. The MGO will work closely with the CEO, members of the Board of Trustees, development team and program staff.

Candidate must have a minimum of 10 years of fundraising experience with at least three years working with major gifts; excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills; excellent analytical skills and a demonstrated understanding of prospect and volunteer management. Must be well organized and comfortable working alone and as part of a team.

Museum Educator

(Part time)

Museum Educators facilitate high-quality guest experiences for museum visitors by developing and delivering our family, youth and public programs in support of the museum’s mission to engage and inspire learners of all ages in science, natural history and culture. This is a part-time position with a variable schedule of five to 20 hours per week, depending on museum tour and program needs.   A minimum availability of two weekdays (excluding Monday) and one weekend day is required.

Duties:

  • Provide both formal and informal interpretation in all areas of the museum for school groups of all grade levels, adult groups and general museum visitors;
  • Lead groups on museum tours, facilitating age-appropriate, customized learning experiences;
  • Present stories and talking points on topics related to general science, astronomy, paleontology, archaeology, anthropology, ecology and Florida history;
  • Organize and maintain educational materials: discovery carts, biofacts, supplies and museum collection items;
  • Assist with summer science camp programs and outreach programs;
  • Follow established guidelines to support the safety of guests, animals and collection items;
  • Help maintain program and training materials to ensure dissemination of the most up-to-date information;
  • Greet and organize groups upon arrival;
  • Assist in training new staff and education volunteers.

Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service, presentation and communication skills;
  • Willingness and ability to learn and share information on a variety of topics and cross-train in a variety of museum areas including the aquarium and planetarium;
  • Excellent time-management skills, with the ability to work independently and with a team with minimal supervision;
  • Comfortable working with groups of all ages;
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office as well as technology items such as tablets, iPads, microphones and the like;
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekdays, weekends and occasional evenings;
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time;
  • Must be able to lift, pull and push 25 pounds.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS in related field(s) or working toward such a degree (if still in college, you will be asked to provide your course schedule each semester)
  • Experience in education, museum or public presentation/performance fields is strongly preferred
  • Prior experience working with children

To apply:

  • Please email cover letter, resume and references to Tish Sacks, Director of Education, at TSacks@SouthFloridaMuseum.org or mail to Tish Sacks, South Florida Museum, P.O. Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206. No phone calls, please.  

Summer Science Camp Counselor (Seasonal)

Summer science camp counselors facilitate high-quality educational experiences for campers by developing and delivering engaging, fun and age-appropriate activities on a variety of science topics. Our camp program is an important part of the museum’s mission to inspire learners of all ages in science, natural history and culture.

This is a seasonal position with a schedule that includes up to 40 hours per week. Applicants must be fully available between June 3 and July 20.

Duties:

  • Greet and welcome children who arrive for camp programs;
  • Assist with camper check in/check out procedures;
  • Assist with development and implementation of camp games and activities for children in grades 2 through 5;
  • Prepare and organize camp supplies and materials;
  • Supervise and support campers to ensure a positive, safe and secure camp environment;
  • Follow appropriate museum guidelines for supporting the safety and security of animals, guests, museum areas and collection items.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be willing to submit to appropriate background checks, including fingerprinting;
  • Willingness and ability to learn and share information on a variety of topics, including biology, history, physics, and astronomy at a level appropriate for campers’ ages;
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to work independently and with a team with minimal supervision;
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.;
  • Must have strong communication skills and ability to communicate professionally with parents and children;
  • Must be able to lift, pull and push 25 pounds.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS in related field(s) or working toward such a degree;
  • Experience in education, museum or public presentation/performance fields is strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience working with young children, preferably in a camp or school setting.

Please email cover letter, resume and references to Tish Sacks, Director of Education, at TSacks@SouthFloridaMuseum.org or mail to Tish Sacks, South Florida Museum, P.O. Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206. No phone calls, please.

Education Programs Manager (Full Time)

Provide support and leadership for the development and implementation of the Museum’s growing suite of educational programs, including school and public programming, educator training and development, and curriculum planning and delivery.

Duties:

  • Interpret museum content to develop both standards-based and informal education programming for school groups of all grade levels, adult groups and general museum visitors.
  • Source, develop and organize materials for programming activities including documentation of lesson/activity plans.
  • Assist with training, evaluation and support of educators and volunteers conducting education programs.
  • Develop and conduct professional development, homeschool, and adult education programming as offered by the Museum as well as public and school program tours as needed.
  • Develop and maintain activities for discovery areas, including collection items, equipment, and supporting materials.
  • Provide management and coordination for education events at the museum including staff assignments and guidance, facilities arrangements and communication with guest presenters.
  • Support summer science camp programs and outreach programs.
  • Follow established guidelines to ensure the safety of guests, animals, and collection items.
  • Develop and maintain training materials.
  • Greet and organize groups upon arrival; troubleshooting schedules and logistics as needed.
  • Participate in senior staff level team projects as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Excellent customer service, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to learn and share information on a variety of topics, and cross-train in a variety of museum areas including the aquarium and planetarium.
  • Excellent project management and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Familiar with educational standards across a variety of grade levels, with the skills to interpret museum information to learners of a variety of grade levels and learning styles.
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office as well as technology items such as tablets, iPads, microphones, video projectors and the like.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include weekdays, weekends, and occasional evenings.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift, pull and push 25 pounds.

Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS in related field(s) with experience in science/nature or early childhood education. Experience at a museum, park, or similar venue is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience working with children.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and references to TSacks@SouthFloridaMuseum.org, or send by mail to the South Florida Museum, P.O. Box 9265, Bradenton, FL 34206. No phone calls, please.