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Far Horizons Summer Counselor

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Job Category: Education
  • Adler Planetarium
  • 1300 S. DuSable Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605
  • Job Application

About the Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium connects people to the universe and each other. Whether it is introducing a guest to the Ring Nebula, a neighborhood school to a community partner, a research team to a network of citizen scientists, or one staff member to another, Adler’s focus on meaningful connections dates back nearly a century.

Today, the museum hosts more than half a million visitors each year and reaches millions more through youth STEM programs, neighborhood skywatching events, online citizen science, and other outreach projects. With Adler’s support, people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities gain the confidence to explore their universe together and return to their communities ready to think critically and creatively about any challenge that comes their way.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Thank you again for your interest in applying to the Adler Planetarium! Effective November 8, 2021, we have implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that will require all employees, interns, temporary employees, and volunteers to receive one of the CDC-authorized vaccines, unless a medical or religious reasonable accommodation is approved. Please note: at this time we are not asking you to provide any information about your current vaccination status, whether you would seek religious or medical accommodation to the policy, nor for any other medical information – we are only notifying you of the policy if you are interested in moving forward with the application process.

The Position

The Adler Planetarium is seeking a Far Horizons Counselor to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus. The Far Horizons Counselor keeps middle through high school-aged participants engaged all day every day, assisting the Program Manager with operations of Mission Near Space and Astro-Science Workshop. They take the lead on individual needs management, allowing the Instructor to focus on whole group instruction.

This temporary position begins June 13, 2022, and ends on August 13, 2022. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 4:00 PM, with three extended days for high-altitude balloon launches. On launch days, the Far Horizons Counselor will be required to travel with the program participants to Kankakee and the payload recovery site. Mission Near Space is held June 27 -July 1, 2022, August 1 - 5, 2022, and August 8 - 12, 2022. AstroScience Workshop is held July 5 - July 29, 2022

This individual will also be responsible for:

  • Assisting the instructor in maintaining the safety and positive engagement of participants during indoor and outdoor activities including one weekly off-site trip. Understanding and implementing all emergency procedures associated with the Adler Planetarium, when necessary
  • Helping participants complete fun, STEAM-based activities, adapting as needed to meet the needs of the participants. Encouraging all participants to participate fully in all activities. Providing individual attention as needed
  • Participating in all training sessions and additional training and preparation as needed. Collaborating with camp staff, especially the instructor, volunteer, and/or teen interns to implement a successful experience
  • Assisting in Mission Near Space drop-off and pick-up procedures by greeting participants and keeping them engaged in games or other age-appropriate activities while waiting
  • With the Program Manager, setting up and cleaning up camp materials and activities daily. This includes typical camp-style materials as well as scientific equipment

Full-Time Benefits

Work-Life Balance

  • 35-hour workweek
  • 3 sick days as of the date of hire (can accrue up to 6.5 days per year)
  • Flexible work arrangements

Network of Support through our expanded EAP program

  • Monthly webinars, workshops and self-care content
  • Life and Career Coaching
  • Specialized Coaching Programs
  • Therapy with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Discounted Onsite Parking Passes

Free Entrance to Chicago area museums and cultural institutions

The Person

The Far Horizons counselor is ready for anything and excited about everything! They always have a new game or challenge ready to occupy the group during downtime and are great at figuring out and doing what needs to be done to keep the day running smoothly. Teamwork and collaboration come naturally to them, and they know that the best way to help someone learn is to guide them towards their discoveries. They’re equally comfortable in the field (possibly a literal field!) or in the lab.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • One or more years experience working with older children (teens) in an educational and/or camp-like setting
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficient in Google Suite
  • Confident tech user and excited to learn new tech skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year or more of college
  • College coursework or comparable in formal (classroom) or informal (museum) education, space science field, technology, or relevant science field
  • Experience with electronics (e.g. 3D printers, Arduino, microcontrollers)
  • Bilingual Spanish and English speaker

The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact Jenean Featherson by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.