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Full-Time Openings

Manager of Volunteer Services

Required Experience:

  • Strong strategic thinking, management, and leadership skills
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and an excellent attention detail
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, and positive personality
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in supervising volunteer activities on a professional level.
  • Strong computer, Microsoft Office, and organizational skills required. Experience with volunteer organizing software (e.g. Volgistics) preferred
  • Experience maintaining and developing a significant database of information relating to volunteer information.
  • Experience in developing and managing budgets

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred. Major in Education, human resources or related field.

Supervisor: Assistant VP, Public Experience

Position Overview:

The Academy of Natural Sciences has over 300 volunteers actively supporting its work in education, public programs, and scientific research. This position is responsible for the overall operation, management, and success of the Volunteer Services Department to support the Museums activities. This position manages all volunteer activity, including recruitment, training, placement, recognition, retention, and evaluation.


  • Education and experience as outlined above.
  • Valid driver license and 5 year clean driving record required.
  • Must pass Criminal Background check and Child Abuse Clearance check.
  • Computer skills word, excel, outlook, access. Extensive database experience.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the overall administration of the Academy volunteer program.
  • Manage all volunteer activity, including recruitment (advertising and outreach), training, placement, recognition, retention, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for volunteer screening, selection, and match process. Provide initial volunteer orientation and implementation of Academy customer service strategy training.
  • Develop and maintain written job descriptions for volunteer activities.
  • Manage and maintain volunteer budget.
  • Maintain active engagement and communication with all volunteers including but not limited to newsletters, website updates, blog posts, emails, etc.
  • Maintain volunteer records through regularly updates to database. Maintained and report volunteer hours on a regular basis.
  • Act as main Academy connection for Drexel Co-op students through the Steinbright Career Center. Work with Academy staff to recruit and higher Drexel Co-ops. Coordinate and manage Drexel Co-op engagement Strategy (including brown bag lunches, and other experiences).
  • Working with Drexel University, meet all laws and regulations concerning volunteers working at the museum. Develop and implement policies and procedures for utilization of volunteer services.
  • Plan, develop, and implement effective volunteer recognition programs, including volunteer appreciation events and ongoing efforts to acknowledge volunteers.
  • Evaluate ongoing volunteer needs and work with Assistant VP and other teams to develop and grow new volunteer positions, e.g. docents for new museum tours, to meet Academy mission related goals.
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Working Conditions/Physical effort:

  • Will be working primarily indoors but:
  • Some travel required
  • Occasionally lifting 25-50lb.
  • Alternative work schedules (weekends and evenings)
  • Intermittently sitting/standing/stooping.
  • Typically standing or walking
  • Typically bending, crouching or stooping.

Museum Galleries Educator

Position Overview:

Supported by the Manager of Public Engagement, the Museum Galleries Educator is responsible for multiple aspects of the educational interpretation of the Academy’s indoor, rotating special exhibits, ensuring that visitors have an engaging experience through interpretation and successful training of other staff and volunteers to interpret in the exhibit. This position will also help supervise the Academy’s interpretive cart program and work closely with other museum galleries to deliver high-quality public programming. This position will also be responsible for acting as floor manager on weekends and performing Live Animal presentations for the public.

This is a Permanent Part-time position with Benefits 32 hrs per week


  • BA/BS Education, Science or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and 3 year clean driving record required.
  • Must pass Criminal Background check and Child Abuse Clearance check.
  • Computer skills MS word, excel, outlook.
  • Live Animal Center certification required (can be completed onsite)
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including excellent public speaking.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for ensuring an excellent visitor experience in the Special Exhibits Hall and at the Academy’s interpretive carts. This includes developing content, creating activities, and staying current in best practices in museum education.
  • Work closely with Manager of Public Engagement to ensure that all programming in the exhibit meets museum standards of customer service, educational, and scientific standards of excellence.
  • Assists Manager in recruiting, hiring, and training and supervising part-time staff, WINS students and volunteers for special exhibits and floor programs
  • Coordinates and supervises floor interpretive volunteers including special exhibits, Discovery Carts, and the Academy's Science Now program
  • As part of the team, regularly presents programs to the public during the museums weekend festivals and events.
  • As part of the public programs team, regularly serves as weekend staff floor manager.
  • This position will be expected to train and stay certified in the museums live animal teaching collections. Performs live animal shows as a Teacher/Naturalist for the public
  • Act as interpreter of the exhibit for the general public.
  • Assist in promoting exhibit at in-house and out-of-house events.
  • Work closely with the Exhibits department to maintain exhibit.
  • Administrative responsibilities, including internal and external correspondences, fiscal management, etc.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Manager of Public Engagement.

Part-Time Openings

There are no openings at this time. 

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