Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about STEM, community outreach, education, and working in a welcoming environment, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Summer Camp Instructor to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
The Summer Camp Instructor will work with children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in our Astro Mini Camps and Summer Worlds Tour. The Instructor will adapt and implement a provided curriculum to fit the needs of each session’s campers, and will lead a team that includes a counselor, volunteer(s) and a teen intern.
This individual will also be responsible for:
With the assistance of senior camp staff, leading and working with counselors, volunteers, and teen interns to implement successful experiences for K-5th grade campers
Interpreting provided curriculum to fit the needs of the camp groups
Ensuring the safety and well-being of campers during indoor and outdoor activities
Helping campers complete fun, educational activities; Encouraging campers to participate fully in activities
Managing camp drop-off and pick-up procedure by greeting parents and campers and checking in and checking out campers
Completing other necessary operational tasks before and after camp such as organizing materials and preparing the room
The schedule for the Summer Camp Instructor is as follows:
Training: June 9 and June 16
Monday through Thursday: June 18- July 3
Wednesday through Friday: July 11- August 3
The Summer Camp Instructor is organized and always prepared, allowing them to move from activity to activity with ease, staying in the moment and engaging with the campers. Their clear understanding of the differences between formal and informal learning gives them the ability to adjust their instructional and management methods to match the camp environment.
Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or a related field
One or more years as the primary/lead teacher for elementary school children in a formal or informal setting
Must work well in a team setting, take direction from others well, and be confident in managing a large group of children
Skilled at interpreting science content for varying age levels
Must be comfortable using basic technology tools including tablets, projectors, etc. in a classroom setting
Teaching certificate specializing in science, elementary, K-6, or equivalent
Experience working with children in an informal education setting such as out-of-school groups, museums, or camps
Previous experience working as a team with an aide, assistant teacher, or similar
Experience adapting or developing curriculum for children with varying learning styles/ needs
Full availability for schedule listed above
The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of unique summer day camp experiences for campers entering preschool through 10th grade. Young space and technology enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to participate in real scientific exploration that will ignite their curiosity and creativity. The Adler Camp Team makes it happen. All of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.