The Climate Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions.

About the organization

The Climate Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. The Museum is currently scaling out to a permanent, year-round presence in NYC. In its public programming to date, it has created an activist cultural approach to community engagement with climate, recognizing that most Americans are worried about the climate crisis but unsure how to take meaningful action. The Museum’s free, accessible exhibitions, art installations, advocacy tools, events, youth programs, and more have touched tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors and received extensive recognition, broadening the climate movement with an emphasis on community, justice, equity, and inclusion. 

Programs are presented at the Museum’s exhibition hub on Governors Island, in parks, galleries, and other venues citywide and online. Additional information is available at climatemuseum.org and @ClimateMuseum across various platforms.

About the role

This varied role presents the opportunity to learn about museum operations and planning and to play a central role in the growth of a nonprofit organization. Jump headfirst into justice-centered, cultural work on the climate emergency with a close-knit team of driven, passionate, and kind individuals. Work closely with the Museum’s director as an executive assistant; lead operational projects; and be immersed in the high-level strategy and planning for the Climate Museum’s horizon, including upcoming programs, with room for growth through both your own initiative and special projects.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we are looking to fill this position very quickly to allow time for training by the previous occupant before they depart for graduate school.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director in managing their day-to-day activities, including development, programming, outreach, scheduling, note-taking/transcription, and research.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and manage organizational operations and protocols.
  • Participate in strategy and planning meetings.
  • Assist the development team in fundraising outreach, logistics, and record-keeping.
  • Coordinate the preparation of Board of Trustee reports and meetings and related tasks alongside the Director.
  • Manage IT systems and software including Google Workspace, Salesforce, Slack, and more.
  • Execute special projects and research, collaborating across departments.
  • Manage payroll, vendor interactions, insurance, and additional HR tasks via Paychex.
  • Act as office manager and as internal point person on bookkeeping and accounting (the Museum has an external accounting firm, this position includes substantial lifts and learning opportunities in budgeting, nonprofit governance of accounting, and record-keeping).
  • Troubleshoot complex problems.
  • Oversee intern recruitment, onboarding, and project assignments.

Qualifications:

Job fundamentals:

  • Commitment to supporting, extending, and improving the work of the Director across development, strategy, program, and operations.
  • Enthusiasm for mastering basic accounting and other operational/technical skills.
  • Passion for climate issues, social justice, and/or museums.
  • Regular in-person office hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm. In this dynamic environment, staff members often work significant additional hours (including some weekends), with potential for comp time.

Organizational culture fundamentals:

  • Kindness and humor under pressure.
  • Independent thinking and assertiveness.
  • Flexible, enterprising, and ambitious mindset.
  • Strong orientation toward collaboration and the success of the team.

Essential job skills:

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented habits with excellent time-management skills; ability to be a steel trap.
  • Exceptional research and writing skills.
  • Consistent attention to excellent email and phone manners.
  • Comfort with error and adjustment in a highly dynamic work environment; a  growth mindset.
  • Comfort with learning new technology.

Salary and benefits

The starting salary at the Museum for new grads without relevant post-university work experience is $62,500, with increases made on a gradual basis for experience. The Museum offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as a retirement savings account without matching.

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing why you are a strong candidate and why you would be a good fit with the Museum. Apply via our Submittable page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we are looking to fill this position very quickly to allow time for training by the previous occupant before they depart for graduate school.


The Climate Museum highly values diversity and views the climate crisis as, among other things, a social justice crisis. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply. The Climate Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The Climate Museum is seeking college or graduate student interns to join our team of climate ambassadors for the spring of 2022. Our mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions.

This is an unpaid internship with an option for college credit if your school allows it.

The Museum is currently scaling out to a permanent, year-round presence in NYC. In its public programming to date, it has created an activist cultural approach to community engagement with climate, recognizing that most Americans are worried about the climate crisis but unsure how to take meaningful action. The Museum’s free, accessible exhibitions, art installations, advocacy tools, events, youth programs, and more have touched tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors and received extensive recognition, broadening the climate movement with an emphasis on community, justice, equity, and inclusion. Programs are presented at the Museum’s exhibition hub on Governors Island, in parks, galleries, other venues citywide, and through virtual events. Additional information is available at climatemuseum.org.

This internship presents the opportunity to play a generative role in a fast-paced, evolving organization. Interns will carry out tasks in an intellectually vibrant and supportive environment within a culture centered around respect and inclusion.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. Spring internships will begin in mid-January depending on the applicant's spring semester start date; the schedule is flexible based on the applicant’s class schedule.

Internship description:

The Museum is offering four intern tracks to pick from: Development/Fundraising, Social Media/PR, Digital Design, and General. Interns will largely focus on the following tasks with additional responsibilities that will vary depending on the immediate needs of the Climate Museum.

All interns, with greater focus from the General intern:

  • Assisting with organization and execution of upcoming events, public education livestreams, and youth programs.
  • Researching topics related to the Museum’s mission and program development.
  • Supporting outreach to education, community, and nonprofit groups to build new audiences for online programs.
  • Participating in events in an ambassadorial role on select weekends.
  • Participating in team brainstorms and supporting the development of in-person and online programs.

Development:

  • Supporting the execution of fundraising and development tasks including stewardship of current and prospective donors by conducting supporter profiles and background research.
  • Assisting with preparation of fundraising materials.
  • Joining Development team meetings.
  • Supporting administrative processes including utilization of Salesforce CRM.

Digital Design:

  • Creating graphics using the Climate Museum’s visual identity for programs and marketing.
  • Managing website updates.
  • Assisting with digital communications.
  • Joining Communications team meetings on integrated communications plans including press releases, blog posts, social media messaging, and publicity ideas.

PR/Social Media:

  • Participating in communications team meetings to strategize on integrated communications plans including press releases, social media messaging, blog posts, and story ideas to pitch to journalists and bloggers.
  • Writing and disseminating press releases.
  • Generating ideas and turning museum events and programs into engaging social media posts.
  • Monitoring the Museum's social media engagement (Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) and analytics and media coverage
  • Promoting Museum programs and events to media outlets.
  • Expanding the media list.
  • Monitoring climate news.

Qualifications:

All interns:

  • Ability to volunteer (unpaid) for approximately 15 hours/week.
  • College (sophomores and above) and graduate students only.
  • Self-starter able to work in-person within the hours of 10am - 6pm EST
  • Demonstrated passion for climate issues, social justice, and/or museums.
  • Exceptional research and writing skills and generally strong academic qualifications.
  • Enterprising and ambitious mindset balanced with outstanding collaboration skills.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible and positive attitude in a fast-paced and unpredictable startup environment.
  • Proficiency in Google Drive preferred, as well as the ability to learn new software.
  • Able to take direction and feedback through remote communication.

Development:

  • A keen interest in development, fundraising, or community engagement preferred.
  • Experience with Salesforce CRM preferred but not required.

PR/Social Media:

  • Understanding of fundamental publicity and PR practices.
  • Experience managing social media accounts and producing high-quality content.

Digital Design:

  • Graphic design skills with Adobe platforms — InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator (skills with at least one are required).
  • Experience using HTML and CSS (preferred, not required).
  • Experience with SquareSpace (preferred, not required).
  • Attention to detail.

To apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to our Submittable page. In your letter, please note your preferred internship track, as well as your available start and end dates. If you are applying for the Digital Design track, please provide two work samples. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the internship will begin in mid-January depending on the applicant's spring semester start date.


The Climate Museum highly values diversity and views the climate crisis as, among other things, a social justice crisis. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply. The Climate Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The Climate Museum