The Field Museum
Education, Children & Youth, Environment
Dig in . . . Dress up . . . Explore and grow! The new Crown Family PlayLab starts with a young child's natural curiosity, adds real artifacts and specimens, and offers little explorers and their families a world of opportunities for creative play. Children can become an animal and star in their own nature play. They can discover a real dinosaur fossil, or grind corn in a pueblo home, make nature-inspired art, or play musical instruments from around the world.
Engaging docents are needed to help children in the Crown Family PlayLab discover the wonders of nature, connect to other cultures, and learn to think like a scientist. Applicants should enjoy working with young children ages 2-6, have a strong interest in natural science, world cultures, and various art mediums. Past experience working with special needs children is appreciated. American Sign Language skills are a plus, as well as fluency in Spanish and English. Crown Family PlayLab volunteers will be asked to stand and crouch/kneel for extended periods of time. Candidates with a great deal of energy are preferred because this space is geared towards young audiences.
Weekday docents volunteer regularly one day a week, weekend docents volunteer two half days a month. Volunteer shifts are 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-4:30.
The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge.
Unlike schooling, learning in a museum is self-motivated, self-directed, and can be lifelong. Unlike print and electronic media, information is communicated primarily through real, tangible objects. Museum learning usually takes place during leisure time and without the direction of a teacher. The exhibit is the principal avenue of learning. Exhibits are augmented by people-mediated programs and a visitor-oriented museum-wide staff which reaches out to assist all visitors. Services to schools and communities extend the museum experience to people beyond our walls. To stimulate a public sense of inquiry, curiosity and delight, our exhibits and programs are not only informative, but also entertaining and inspiring. We focus on critical environmental and cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public's daily lives and civic responsibilities. We must be a vital educational and recreational destination for both our local and world-wide communities.
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60614