Career Opportunities

The following job opportunities are available:
  • Assistant Camp Educator (Part-time)
  • Lead Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
  • Assistant Preschool Teacher (Part-time)
  • Capital Campaign & Executive Office Administrator
  • Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Operations Team Members (Full Time & Part Time)

    Assistant Camp Educator (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.

    The SM&NC will be hiring:
    Two (2) Part-time Assistant Camp Educators, working Monday-Friday from approximately 9:00 am - 1:00 pm working with our Art & Nature half-day camp for campers entering a 4s Preschool or Kindergarten. These positions will report to the Head of Preschool Camp.

    The summer camp season runs from approximately June 21-August 11. Staff training will be held on June 21-22, 2017. These camp programs serve approximately 350 students in over a seven week period. The goal of our camp programs is to provide quality and innovative environmental education experiences using the various resources of the SM&NC, within a camp atmosphere.

    Responsibilities
  • Co-teach and structure activities for a group of 12-16 campers within weekly camp theme
  • Promote responsible environmental education and create activities that support SM&NC mission
  • Help to ensure health and welfare of all campers
  • Aid in planning and supervision of campers in our optional Lunch Bunch program

    Qualifications
  • 18+ years of age
  • Experience working with preschool-aged children in an outdoor setting is a plus
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility a must
  • Ability to commit to entire camp season
  • Experience working with plants/animals/farm also a plus
  • Must submit a current (within 3 years) physical form before the start of camp
  • Candidate must past a background check

    Compensation: Hourly rate, depending on experience

    Send letter, resume and 2 references to (e-mail preferred):
    Lisa Monachelli
    Director of Education
    Stamford Museum and 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


    Capital Campaign & Executive Office Administrator
    The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is currently seeking a full time professional Capital Campaign & Executive Office Administrator. Responsibilities include strategic and highly confidential work organizing the Capital campaign including prospect research, administrative management, donor stewardship and support for the Executive Director and Campaign Committee along with the administrative duties related to the annual, on-going operational work of the Executive Director's office, the community we serve, the Board and their work. You will handle scheduling of meetings, managing calendar, travel, business & social engagements, correspondence, creating reports, office management and special project and event planning/coordination. You will also manage the successful implementation of unique adult public programming that helps adult audiences engage more deeply with the SM&NC mission of lifelong learning through lectures, music, demonstrations, tours, symposia, classes, workshops, artisanal dining and unique non-traditional programs and events related to our exhibitions calendar.

    The successful candidate will have 5+ years of development experience along with experience in public programs in a museum, cultural setting or university and have demonstrated achieving building the destinations' brand. Candidates with strong research, written and verbal communication skills, organizational and negotiating skills, budgeting and the ability to speak publicly with ease are encouraged to apply. Candidates can apply in person, via email to ksmith@stamfordmuseum.org, or by fax to 203-322-0408 - attention HR.

    Final candidates will undergo background screening and must be available to start in May 2017.


    Executive Administrative Assistant
    Title: Administrative Assistant
    supporting Executive Director & CEO's Office & Capital Campaign Administrator
    Organization: Stamford Museum & Nature Center
    Supervisor: Capital Campaign Administrator
    Employment Status: Part time. Non-Exempt

    Executive Office Duties
    As a development professional, responsible for administrative duties related to the annual, on-going operational work of the Executive Director & CEO's office, the community we serve, the Board, and their work. Responsible for providing excellent, executive level administrative assistance, scheduling meetings and supplying support materials, managing calendar, travel plans, business and social engagements, correspondence, creating reports, office management, and special project and event planning/coordination.

    Must be an excellent writer and proof reader with experience in and clear understanding of development programs, proper stewardship, and record-keeping.

    Represent the Executive Director & CEO's office with administrative support for Board of Directors and standing Board Committees meeting prep and materials, as directed, and stewardship of major donors in a sensitive and discreet manner that honors complete confidentiality.

    Campaign Administration Support:
    This development professional will provide administrative support for the Executive Director & CEO regarding Campaign meeting preparation and materials, scheduling and planning.

    Team Work:
    As a valued member of the SM&NC team, will also support projects and work collegially on institutional initiatives from festival weekends to fundraisers, special events to suppers; strategic task forces to volunteer celebrations.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
    Reporting to the Capital Campaign Administrator this administrative position is responsible for:
    • Administrative duties related to the annual, on-going operational work of the Executive Director & CEO's office
    • Scheduling meetings and supplying support materials, managing calendar, travel plans, business and social engagements, correspondence, creating reports, office management, and special project and event planning/coordination.
    • Support campaign leadership meetings including meeting minutes and follow-up as needed.
    • Ensure that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hardcopy files and that all donor acknowledgement, stewardship, and public recognition is timely and without error.
    • Manage Executive Office stewardship support for Board of Directors and standing Committees re: meeting materials and any necessary administrative support.
    • The work requires flexibility and will include some non-traditional hours and work on evenings and weekends.
    • Other duties, as assigned.
    Qualifications
    The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
    • Minimum of Bachelors degree with nonprofit development experience in cultural institutions or foundations.
    • Poised, polished development professional with superior verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills, capable of working effectively with Board members, staff members, volunteers, consultants and donors/prospects.
    • Ability to manage data, creating strategic reports, learn and work effectively with robust DAXCO database management software is essential to success.
    • Computer fluency in MS Office and key experience on donor database software, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising.
    • Must be a strategic thinker with ability to work independently and collegially in a small, hands-on work environment.
    • Energetic, self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with a sense of humor & able to multi-task with effective results.
    • Ability to define goals, innovate, initiate and implement to meet urgent and strategic deadlines.
    • A team player with an attitude of service and ability to motivate others.
    • Must provide personal transportation to fulfill role responsibilities.
    • Must have flexibility to work evenings/weekends.

    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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