The Cockrell Butterfly Center is closed for renovations.

Summer Before Camp Coordinator

Position: Summer Before Camp Coordinator
Employment Status: Part-Time Hourly, Seasonal Internship
25-30 hours per week (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) 
Dates: May 23 – August 12, 2022
Department: Education
Pay Rate: $12.50 per hour
Reports to: Curator of Education Collections

Job Summary:
HMNS has earned the reputation of Houston’s top summer enrichment experiences in the Houston area. A robust catalog covering a wide range of science topics are geared for children ages six to twelve. Summer Camp 2023 runs May 30 to August 11 at the main campus in Hermann Park, and from May 30 to August 4 at our Sugar Land location. Virtual camps are also offered. The complete catalog is available here online.

The Summer Before Camp Coordinator is responsible for organizing and supervising the Before Camp program for campers who arrive before Summer Camp classes begin. This individual manages the schedule of teachers and teaching assistants and works closely with the After Camp Coordinator to maintain consistency between Before Camp and After Camp programming. This individual must be organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, reliable and ready to ask questions. This internship provides the opportunity to learn about and get involved with other aspects of the Education Department’s summer programming.

This position reports to the Curator of Education Collections in the Education Department.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and work closely with teachers and teaching assistants for Before Camp sessions during each camp
  • Coordinate and maintain supplies and activities for the Before Camp program
  • Support the HMNS team, including working with the After Camp Coordinator, Resource Coordinator and Education Collections staff
  • Communicate with teachers and teaching assistants regarding camp logistics
  • Problem-solve as questions and issues arise
  • Interact with camp parents, campers, in a professional and accommodating demeanor
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Organized and reliable
  • Works well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment, and takes initiative when necessary
  • An interest in youth education and nonprofits, particularly in a museum setting, is preferred. Those interested in organizational aspects of large, nonprofit program management are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in customer service is ideal as it is a key element of this position which interacts with campers ages 6-17, parents and museum patrons.


  • Must be a full-time college student as of spring 2023 returning as a full-time student in fall 2023
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to sit, stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to arrive to work on time.
  • Should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and PC platforms
  • Must have a basic knowledge of Houston Museum District area.
  • Must have a proven track record of reliable punctuality and attendance
  • Must comply with the museum’s COVID-19 protocols
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Family members of current or former employees or board members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science are not eligible for this internship.

Perks of Working at HMNS Include:

  • Free access to museum exhibits, Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and Giant Screen Theater, and satellite facilities
  • Discounted programming including museum summer camp
  • Free staff parking
  • Staff discount in the Museum Store

Application Instructions:

Resumes will be accepted through March 4, 2023, and can be submitted in the following ways:

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

No phone calls, please

You will be notified via email by April 14, 2023, if you have been accepted for the position or not.

HMNS does not to respond to inquiries regarding application status.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an EEO Employer.


Stay in the know.
Join our mailing list.