Career Opportunities

The following job opportunities are available:
  • Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
  • Membership Ambassador & Development Associate
  • Environmental Educator (Contract/Part-Time)
  • Assistant Farm Curator (Permanent Part-time)
  • Farm & Environmental Educator (Permanent Part-time)
  • Lead Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
  • Assistant Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
  • Operations Team Members (Full Time & Part Time)

    Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
    As the creative and visionary voice of our exhibitions program and professional steward of our permanent collection, you will work closely with the Executive Director and key programmatic staff directing all aspects of our annual exhibitions program and best practives stewardship of our permanent collection. As Stamford Connecticut's art museum, set in an expansive nature center with a working farm, our exhibition thematic focus includes a pallet of fine art, popular and contemporary culture, natural history, agriculture, science, history and astronomy targeted to family audiences and varied interests.

    • You will be the creative, visionary thinker for our Salon Series of Cultural & Social programming for targeted adult audiences.
    • You will coordinate guest curators and speakers, serve as our spokesperson on the interpretation of our exhibitions and collections to the media and general public and you will be responsible for the overall care and management of our collections, including documentation, safe keeping, storage, handling, conservation and interpretation.
    • You will research topics, define themes, identify supporting materials, create checklists and draft interpretive texts and labels.
    • You will manage and envision all installations. You must have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, B.A. in art history, anthropology, archeology, museum or cultural studies.
    Apply to ksmith@stamfordmuseum.org


    Membership Ambassador & Development Associate
    Coordinates & implements our Annual Appeal while maintaining ongoing membership duties and campaigns (mail, on-site, website) including but not limited to renewals, acquisition, acknowledgment, copywriting and benefit fulfillment for all levels of memberships. Using our Daxko Pro database for membership and individual giving processing, will produce lists as needed for marketing and PR purposes producing monthly reqports as requested.

    • Will provide excellent customer service to SM&NC members with a 24 hr. response time.
    • Will represent the Development office in a sensitive and discreet manner that honors confidentiality.
    • Knowledge of MS Windows, database management, fundraising software, excel and solid internet research skills, able to write reports and correspondence.
    • Must have a professional and respectful demeanor with excellent oral and written communication skills.
    Apply to ksmith@stamfordmuseum.org


    Environmental Educator (Contract/Part-Time)
    The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is a 118-acre not-for-profit museum, working farm and environmental educational facility situated on the former estate of fashion magnate Henri Bendel. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor's experience of our unique site. SM&NC is a leading resource for environmental and farm-based education in Fairfield County and the local region.

    About the Position
    The Environmental Educator position is a part-time, contract position working primarily during the week, although some weekend work may be required. This position will be joining our vibrant, busy environmental/farm-based education department and will be responsible for teaching a variety of natural history and farm-themed programs for groups aged preK-5th grade. This position will primarily aid in the teaching of our afterschool programs and some public programs but may also help with selected school programs during our busy seasons. Depending on program demand, this position will ideally be teaching 2-4 after school programs per week, in addition to other scheduled dates as needed; ideally about 10-12 hours per week. Training on programs will be provided.

    Responsibilities
    • Teach 60 minute in-school after school programs on curricula ranging from natural and physical science to farm-based topics
    • Teach natural science-based school programs during busy seasons, as needed.
    • Staff and support SM&NC special event weekends, such as Harvest Festival and Spring on the Farm
    • Help to ensure that programs promote responsible environmental education and support SM&NC mission
    • Handle and teach with non-releasable reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates
    Qualifications
    • Bachelors Degree in EE, Education, Natural Resources, Biology or equivalent experience preferred
    • Experience with working with preschool and elementary aged children in an outdoor setting
    • Creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility a must
    • Comfortable working with program animals, including reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, chickens and other farm animals, or willingness to learn
    • Experience working with animals/garden/farm is a plus
    • Valid driver's license and ability to provide own transportation
    • Ability to lift 50 pounds and to move about a variety of terrains in all weather conditions
    Compensation: Competitive rate per program/hour

    Send letter, resume and 3 references to (e-mail preferred):
    Lisa Monachelli
    Stamford Museum and Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    lmonachelli@@stamfordmuseum.org


    Assistant Farm Curator (Permanent Part-time)
    The Assistant Farm Curator will help in the daily care of farm livestock, including birds, cattle, camelids, equines, and sheep. Care includes preparing and providing food and water, cleaning shelter and fields, grooming, walking, enrichment, and other tasks as required. The Assistant Farm Curator will also help with maintenance of farm buildings and grounds, educational programming and special events as required, and act as an on-site interpreter of farm activities on a daily basis. This position will also help in the supervision of work duties of volunteers and interns. The Assistant Farm Curator will work a minimum of 2 shifts per week and up to 21 hours per week, depending on schedule and availability. This position will report directly to the Manager of Heckscher Farm or senior farm staff member on duty.

    Specifically, the Assistant Farm Curator will be responsible for:
    • Animal Care. Feeding and cleaning of livestock. Must be able to identify behavior and characteristics of healthy animals and report all changes in behavior or appearance to Head of Farm Operations or senior farm staff member on duty. Maintain written log of all activities related to animal health and animal care.
    • Maintenance. Assist in the maintenance of all Farm buildings and grounds as directed. Maintain log of daily activities.
    • Education. Participate in special event programming.
    • Interpretation. Learn the mission of the farm and actively interpret farm activities to visitors and volunteers
    • Volunteers. Supervise volunteers and interns as required.
    Qualifications and Essential Skills:
    • Ability to learn and follow procedures
    • Ability to learn new skills and implement new procedures on an on-going basis
    • Working experience with farm animals or interest and ability to learn
    • Good communication skills
    • Must be at least 16 years of age
    • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and work outdoors in all weather
    • Must meet employment eligibility requirements as set forth in the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's Employee Handbook
    Compensation: $10.10-$12/hour, depending on experience.

    Position will start late August-early September.

    Please send resume, cover letter, and 2 references to:
    Lisa Monachelli
    Director of Education
    Stamford Museum and Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org


    Farm & Environmental Educator (Permanent Part-time)
    Reporting to the Environmental Education Supervisor, the Farm & Environmental Educator position is a permanent part-time position working Sunday-Wednesday from 9-5, although some early/evening hours and weekend days per month (outside of regularly scheduled special events) will be required. This position will be responsible for teaching a variety of natural history and farm-themed school and after school programs for groups, primarily aged preK-5th grade. This position will also work on our educational farm on Sundays (and possibly one additional half day), aiding in the cleaning, feeding, exercising, and enrichment of the animals, as well as interacting with the public through scheduled programs and spontaneous interpretation. This position will teach a variety of school and group programs, with an emphasis on farm tour and farm product school programs, and may also teach our natural science or farm birthday parties. The Farm & Environmental Educator will also be responsible for aiding in the care of our collection of teaching animals, as well as helping to staff our public live animal exhibit, Heckscher WILD!. This position will oversee our recycling room, children's literature library, and continued organization of some educational materials. This position may aid in the teaching of summer group programs, summer staffing of Heckscher WILD!, and summer public programming, depending on schedule.

    Specifically, the Farm & Environmental Educator (Part-time) will:
    • Teach educational programs for predominantly preK-5th grade students on a variety of farm and natural history-based topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools.
    • Teach after school programs on natural history/farm/science topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools and keep curriculum records on these programs
    • Teach scout and public programs, including but not limited to Vacation Break Out Days, Vacation Drop Off Days, Take a Hike Week and Outdoor Adventurers programs.
    • Serve as a member of the Heckscher Farm team, cleaning, feeding, exercising, and providing enrichment for animals, as well providing education through scheduled programs and spontaneous interpretation
    • Be comfortable driving staff and supplies in our farm trucks
    • Staff and support SM&NC special event weekends, such as Harvest Festival and Spring on the Farm
    • May aid in the teaching of our natural history and farm-based birthday parties
    • May aid in the teaching of summer group and public programs, as well as summer staffing of Heckscher WILD!
    • Help to ensure that programs promote responsible environmental education and support SM&NC mission
    • Aid in care and feeding of small non-releasable reptile, amphibian and invertebrate teaching animals
    • Provide interpretation and animal care in our Heckscher WILD! live animal exhibit;
    • Oversee continued organization of some educational resources such as our Recycling Room, children's literature library, and educational games/manipulatives.
    • Additional duties as assigned
    Qualifications & Essential Skills:
    • Minimum of two years relevant, professional related experience.
    • Minimum B.S. in biology, environmental science, education or related field.
    • Must possess a maturity to have professional, respectful demeanor with Board, major donors, and other key business contacts acting with discretion and a keen understanding of confidentiality.
    • The position requires excellent communications skills, oral and written, as well as the ability to multitask and think creatively on program development and implementation.
    • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stretch, and stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run.
    • Interest in variety of natural history, farm, and/or physical science topics
    • Experience or comfortability with large farm animals
    • Experience handling, caring for, and teaching with a variety of animals including reptiles, birds, and mammals
    • Excellent interactions with the public and use of exhibits and components as a teaching tool
    • Excellent Internet and research skills. Must be well-organized and detail-diligent with ability to perform your own administrative work
    This position will start late August to early September.

    To apply:
    Lisa Monachelli, Director of Education
    Stamford Museum & Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org


    Lead Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
    Reporting to the Director of Early Childhood Programs, the Lead Preschool Teacher position is a part-time, non-exempt position working Monday-Friday during the school year, mornings and/or afternoons (depending on schedule), although some early/evening hours will be required. This position will be responsible for teaching, managing, and developing curriculum for a classroom of preschool children, as well as directing other staff in the classroom in these endeavors. The Lead Teacher will prepare and enact daily lesson plans within a curriculum framework, keep attendance and performance records for children in designated class(es), communicate with parents on an ongoing basis, and keep room and materials in a safe and orderly fashion. This position will also be required to attend preschool staff meetings and staff development workshops as scheduled.

    Specifically, the Lead Preschool Teacher (part-time) will:
    • Develop curriculum based on resources available at SM&NC
    • Embrace the SM&NC philosophy of nature-based play and incorporate these experiences into curricula
    • Prepare daily lesson plans
    • Responsible for all children enrolled in designated class.
    • Keep records of attendance for children and other staff in designated class.
    • Keep records of performance for children and other staff in designated class.
    • Keep materials in room orderly.
    • Direct other staff in classroom
    • Change materials in room to reflect curriculum
    • Complete all responsibilities in a timely manner
    • Communicate with parents on an ongoing basis
    • Attend staff meetings and staff development workshops
    • Reports to the Head of Early Childhood Education any concerns or challenges related to designated class
    • Additional duties as assigned
    Qualifications & Essential Skills:
    • Must meet State of CT requirements to be a Head Teacher as defined by the state
    • Must possess a minimum of an Associates in Early Childhood degree
    • 1+ years of preschool experience
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Must be a "team player"
    • Must be comfortable in the outdoor environment and use the outdoor environment on a regular basis to support curriculum.
    • Love and respect for the natural world
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment
    • Comfortable with animals and willingness to learn how to handle certain animals to enhance curriculum and use both in the classroom and outdoors
    • Certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen
    • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus
    Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.

    Please forward resume and 3 references to:
    Human Resources
    Stamford Museum & Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    jobs@stamfordmuseum.org


    Assistant Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
    Reporting to the Director of Early Childhood Programs, the Assistant Preschool Teacher position is a part-time, non-exempt position working a minimum of 2 days a week during the school year, mornings and/or afternoons (depending on schedule), although some early/evening hours will be required. This position will be responsible for aiding the Lead Teacher teaching, managing, and developing curriculum for a classroom of preschool children, as well as directing other staff in the classroom in these endeavors. The Assistant Teacher will help in the preparation and enacting of daily lesson plans within a curriculum framework and keep room and materials in a safe and orderly fashion. This position will also be required to attend preschool staff meetings and staff development workshops as scheduled. Specifically, the Assistant Preschool Teacher (part-time) will:
    • Assist Head Teacher or Co-teacher on a daily basis with classroom responsibilities
    • Completes assigned responsibilities in a timely manner
    • Attends staff meetings
    • Reports to the Head of Early Childhood Education any concerns or challenges related to designated class
    • Attend professional development workshops
    • Additional duties as assigned
    Qualifications & Essential Skills:
    • Must meet State of CT requirements to be an Assistant Teacher as defined by the state
    • Associates in Early Childhood degree or higher a plus
    • Previous preschool or early childhood experience a plus
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Must be a "team player"
    • Must be comfortable in the outdoor environment and use the outdoor environment on a regular basis to support curriculum.
    • Love and respect for the natural world
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows environment
    • Comfortable with animals and willingness to learn how to handle certain animals to enhance curriculum and use both in the classroom and outdoors
    • Certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-pen
    • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus
    Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience.

    Please forward resume and 3 references to:
    Human Resources
    Stamford Museum & Nature Center
    39 Scofieldtown Road
    Stamford, CT 06903
    jobs@stamfordmuseum.org


    Operations Team Members (Full Time & Part Time)
    The Stamford Museum & Nature Center has an immediate need for a couple of Operations Team Members. You will work behind the scenes addressing any and all issues related to the proper maintenance, safety and security of all buildings and grounds of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center 114 acre site for our visiting public, members, guests and staff. Full time positions are 40 hours per week and part time positions are up to 30 hours a week. Additional hours may be assigned as needed for festivals, events, etc.

    Duties include:
    Opening the site in the morning including unlocking main gates, building doors, deactivating alarms promptly and turns on lights as needed and handles the reverse at the end of the day. Conducts daily safety check by walking the grounds and being alert to fallen limbs, dead trees, unsafe walks, etc. and informing Director of Operations via text or cell, manages crowd control and provides driving directions and parking instructions as needed. Erect tents and other apparatus for facility use events, volunteer activities, museum meetings, etc.as needed. Provide site maps and timely accurate information about current exhibits, activities and events. Keep up to date on all SM&NC programs, activities, events & exhibits by reading Next magazine upon publication and asking for clarification as needed. Handle phone and in-person inquiries and provides accurate information in a warm & friendly manner. Keeps all work areas neat and clean at all times including removing trash, cleaning bathrooms and updating signage. Will install plantings, remove snow & leaves as needed on a seasonal basis. Responsible for closing main gate to exiting visitors in the event of a lost child report and/or searching vehicles as required. Direct emergency vehicles to appropriate site location as required. Other duties as assigned.

    Candidates with reliable transportation, valid driver's license (ability to drive manual transmission vehicles), can work in inclement weather, able to pass annual physical and able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk and/or run. You must have demonstrated ability to take initiative, solve problems in a positive manner and have excellent interpersonal, and client service skills and be a strong team player. Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite also required. You must be able to pass our background screening process and an annual physical.


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