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Temp Museum Education Associate

Position Overview:

The MIT Museum Temp Education Associate is a member of the Museum's Programs team, which produces the Museum's educational and public programs. The Education Associate supports, facilitates, and leads museum education programs for our visitors in a part-time, as needed capacity. The work spans across our many audiences and program types, including leading programming for our "drop-in" activities, teaching student workshops, facilitating gallery experiences for adult and family visitors, and leading weekend birthday party activities. Shifts will range from 1.5-4 hours, with highest needs on weekends and Fridays. This position will pay $25/hour. As we provide available shifts, you may sign up for a shift as your schedule allows, with the expectation that you will pick up at least four shifts a month.

Please note that this is a temp role that will require successful candidates to register with MIT's temp service.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

The Museum Education Associate will:

  • Deliver Museum-developed educational programs in science, technology, art, and engineering for middle school, high school, and university students, as well as adults, by leading daily hands-on, MIT-based creative learning activities in the Museum's Maker Space and Learning Labs and galleries.
  • Enthusiastically and professionally engage with middle and high school students, adults, and general Museum visitors, utilizing excellent classroom management skills.
  • Work with the Manager of Science Education to keep workshop content up-to-date and to assist with the development and implementation of innovative educational programs for the Museum Maker Hub and Learning Labs.
  • Perform other duties as needed or required, including those at a lower level.

Supervision Received:

This position reports to the Manager of Science Education.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports. May monitor the work of volunteers and student interns.

Qualifications & Skills:


  • A high school diploma (or equivalent) and at least 1 year of direct teaching experience is required for this position.
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for informal science program delivery to school, family and community audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuing equitable access to STEAM for all and to working in an ever-changing, public-facing museum environment.
  • As a representative of the Museum, must be able to communicate effectively with MIT faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors of all ages and the youth and volunteers who work with us.
  • Excellent attention to detail while prioritizing safety, educational engagement, and service to our guests.
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort using new technologies, tools, and laboratory equipment.
  • Should be able to life at least 30 pounds.
  • Must be able to work a schedule that regularly includes one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) and occasional holidays and evenings.


  • Undergraduate degree in education or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) field, or 3 years of relevant experience in informal education.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin.
  • Familiarity with fabrication tools typically found in a maker space, or common lab equipment.
  • Experience working with members of the public.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to