The Houston Museum of Natural Science will be closed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4th.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is closed for renovations.

Virtual Summer Camp Assistant

Position: Virtual Summer Camp Assistant
Employment Status: Part-Time Hourly, Seasonal Internship
25-30 hours per week (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Dates: May 22 – August 11, 2023
Department: Education
Pay Rate: $12.50 per hour
Reports to: Virtual Program Coordinator

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 Virtual Summer Camp Assistant is responsible for logistics of the museum’s Virtual Summer Camp program, primarily the coordination of digital materials and physical supplies for campers. This position interacts with Virtual Program Coordinator, teachers, assistant teachers and other museum staff, as well as museum patrons, camp parents and campers. This internship provides the opportunity to learn about and get involved with other aspects of the Education Department’s summer programming.

The responsibilities of this role require you to be at the museum. THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION.

This position reports to Virtual Program Coordinator in the Education Department.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate weekly distribution of digital materials and physical supplies for Virtual Camp and Virtual Scout classes
  • Deliver supplies to Post Office and patrons
  • Respond to patron emails
  • Communicate and coordinate with teachers, teaching assistants and other museum staff regarding camp logistics
  • Problem-solve as questions and issues arise
  • Interact with museum patrons, camp parents and campers in a professional and accommodating demeanor
  • Support the HMNS education team, including Education Collections staff and others as needed
  • 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
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, PC platforms and Zoom; experience with Excel is a plus
  • Must be able to lift large items up to 40 pounds
  • Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time
  • 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.


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