Field Museum

Public Programs Volunteer Coordinator

Our Mission: Since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, our organization has aimed to connect people to the natural environment and human history.

Reporting to the Public Programs Volunteer Manager, the Public Programs Volunteer Coordinator collaborates with the Public Programs Volunteer Manager, the Training and Facilitation Specialist, and the Public Programs Coordinator to lead and support the Education and Public Programs adult volunteer programs, the Field Museum Volunteer Center, and Field Museum Public Programs in general.

This position is within the Sue Ling Gin Center for Education and Public Programs. The Public Programs adult volunteer program develops and executes interactive, hands-on educational programming and tours led by adult volunteers. These teams include the Discovery Squad, Tour Guide Docents, and Exhibition Host Docents. This position also provides general administrative support for all Education and Public Programs volunteers, including those supporting Field Trips and the Crown Family PlayLab.

The regular schedule for this role is Sunday – Thursday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. This position is exclusively onsite at the Field Museum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the daily operations of the Public Programs Adult Volunteer program: serve as the front-line communicator for volunteer assistance and needs, lead daily volunteer team meetings, coordinate program scheduling, execute materials ordering and organization, opening and closing procedures of select exhibition spaces, and general reporting and data entry
  • Collaborate with staff members and volunteers to build and maintain a positive volunteer culture
  • Create, edit, and distribute volunteer-facing communications, including newsletters and email communications, internal communication, and general information sharing or reporting
  • Train, coach, and lead volunteers in executing science and natural history-focused programming and activities for museum visitors on a daily basis
  • Lead and assist with program content creation, development, and research as assigned
  • Regularly host and independently facilitate programming in the Grainger Science Hub as needed and assigned
  • Assist with the onboarding of new public-facing volunteers, including leading basic training in Volgistics and Google Classroom software/databases
  • Coordinate and recruit current volunteers for internal requests or special events
  • Provide support to other staff who lead Education and Public Programs volunteer onboarding and training
  • Assist with and execute other Public Programming as recognized and assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, sciences, communication, nonprofit management, or similar fields of study, or equivalent experience, is required
  • 1-3 years of experience working with volunteers, or similar experience, is required
  • 1-3 years of experience leading, facilitating, designing, or coaching informal, hands-on educational programming in a fast-paced environment is required
  • Strong written communication skills, detail-oriented, and well organized
  • Experience working with computer software such as Google Suite and/or volunteer management databases (Volgistics) or similar tools

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 an 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, to identify challenges, and to 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 [email protected].

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