History + Mission

A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Serving as a unique destination for generations of families for 40 years, Mid-America Science Museum continues to provide an escape for curious minds of all ages. 

Located less than a mile from Hot Springs National Park Mid-America Science Museum is surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. 

A $7.8 million dollar grant courtesy of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently helped to update its existing exhibits and added new state of the art exhibits such as the Arkansas Underfoot Gallery, Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater and more. 

The newest permanent addition to Mid-America Science Museum is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first permanent outdoor dinosaur exhibit, guests may now hike among the dinosaurs dispersed throughout the museum's 21-wooded acre outdoor landscape.

2019 marks the museum’s 40th Anniversary and the construction of an all-new traveling exhibit hall that will assist in bringing even more exciting new exhibits for visitors to Hot Springs, Arkansas.



The mission of Mid-America Science Museum is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences, and to encourage life-long science education through interactive exhibits and programs. 


Staff + Board

Diane LaFollette – Executive Director

Noreen Killen – Chief Operations Officer

Donna Jared - Director of Development

Niles Ellis – Director of Design

Jamie Perisho-Webb – Director of Guest Services

Casey Wylie - Director of Education

Jim Miller – Director of Marketing

Dylan Kuchel - Director of Exhibits and Facilities

Lori Arnold- Exhibit Designer   

Benjamin Wilkins - Exhibit Technician

Heather Buchanan - Exhibit Technician

Justin Pasley - Exhibit Technician

Nancy Bell – Education Associate

Hayley Chronister – Educator

Deana Hughes – Educator

Kayla Ingle - Education Coordinator

Mandy Monheiser – Guest Services Coordinator

Irene Hart – Guest Services Coordinator

Abigail Wade - Volunteer Coordinator

Chris Hall - Guest Services Associate

Darrell House - Guest Services Associate

Katie Russell - Guest Services Associate

Miriam Baldwin - Guest Services Associate

Dillon New – Housekeeper

Carol Brown - Housekeeper

Board of Directors

Tiffany Tucker, Chair

Attorney, Farrar & Williams, PLLC

Carla Mouton, Vice Chair

Community Volunteer

Ben Van Wagner, Secretary

Director of Information Technology

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

Ed Copeland, Treasurer

Community Volunteer

Libby Vines, Immediate Past Chair

Senior Vice President, BancorpSouth

Franklin Bass

Senior Vice President, Simmons Bank

Jeff Stephens

VP Engineered Products

Mid-South Engineering Co.

Mandy Golleher

Director of Marketing & Volunteer Services

National Park Medical Center

Bryan Smith

Purchasing Manager

Alliance Rubber Inc.

Neal Shunk

Marketing Manager, Weyerhaeuser

Jared Zeiser

Owner, Zeiser Wealth Management 

George Lee

Owner, Ambry Technologies

Carol Freeland

Community Volunteer




Mid-America Science Museum is now Hiring!!

Click the link to download Job Application PDF 


To Apply for the Grants Coordinator Position please send a cover letter and resume to— donnaj@midamericamuseum.org by August 30, 2019.

Grants Coordinator

Mid-America Science Museum

Job Description

The Grants Coordinator has a passion for education and the ability to convey organizational needs and opportunities in a compelling way both verbally and in writing.  The Grants Coordinator is responsible for sustaining and expanding the Mid-America Science Museum grants program through research, writing, and submission of grant proposals and reports.

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Development

Education: College level coursework

Experience Required: Experience in general fundraising, grant writing, or prospect research preferred.

Description of Duties:

  • Research corporate, foundation, and community-based funding opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) to develop a pipeline of current and prospective funders for the Museum’s operations, exhibits and programs.

  • Write grant proposals, letters of interest/inquiry, concept papers, and related materials for proposal submissions.

  • Communicate by phone, email, and in-person with current and prospective funders regarding proposal opportunities and submissions.

  • Complete necessary reporting and required information for grants awarded to the Museum.

  • Maintain a yearly timeline to ensure all grant related work is completed by the appropriate deadline.

  • Maintain grant related file system; utilize GiftWorks software for tracking grants, grant prospects, and funder interactions.

  • Provide assistance to the Director of Development to maintain GiftWorks, issue thank you letters, and run reports. 

  • Become familiar with the goals, vision, and mission of Mid-America Science Museum by regularly attending appropriate meetings and engaging with other museum staff to effectively communicate with potential funders.

  • Be a part of the Museum Team and help provide the best visitor and donor experiences possible by being available to assist during peak visitation, special museum and community events.

  • Coordinate efforts with appropriate internal departments, staff, and volunteers.

Requirements and Special Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as reports, publications, and applications.

  • Ability to use a variety of online tools for researching corporations and foundations.

  • Demonstrates skill in business writing.

  • Detail-oriented; strong organizational skills.

  • Possesses initiative and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), and the Internet.

  • Work collaboratively with a diverse team of staff and volunteers.

  • Understand and commit to the mission and values of Mid-America Science Museum.

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Values-Based Behaviors:                                                                   

  • Listens attentively to others.  Asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the other person’s views and assumptions.

  • Works effectively in a team environment and actively participates in joint problem solving; willingly cooperates with co-workers.

  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.

  • Comes to meetings prepared and on time; honors work commitments; follows through on commitments; meets deadlines.

  • Collaborates with other work groups and outside organizations as appropriate, in a proactive and responsive manner.

  • Honors the private and confidential matters of co-workers.  Protects the proprietary and confidential information of Mid-America Science Museum and its funders.

  • Follows rules, regulations, and policies.  Positively contributes to implementing change.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements:

Physical: Push/pull objects fewer than 20 pounds. Perform moderately difficult manipulative skills such as typing, etc. Sit for prolonged periods and reaches above shoulders.

Sensory: Read fine prints on plans, legal documents, etc. Distinguish normal sounds with some background noise, as in answering the phone, etc. Able to speak clearly and be understood, while also understanding others, using the English language.

Cognitive: Concentrate on fine detail with constant interruption.  Attend to task/function for more than 60 minutes at a time.  Understand and relate to concepts behind specific ideas. Remember multiple tasks/assignments given self and others over long periods of time, at least several months.


To Apply for the Grants Coordinator Position please send a cover letter and resume to— donnaj@midamericamuseum.org by August 30, 2019.

Applications and resumes for Educators may be emailed to CaseyW@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Casey Wylie


Mid-America Science Museum

Job Description

Must have a desire to entertain and educate people of all ages with science-based presentations that are fun, educational and enlightening through an infectious enthusiasm and strong charisma. Basic schedule management, database management and departmental inventory regulation will require strong organizational skills. Premium customer service is required at all times while representing the Mid-America Science Museum. The Educator is responsible for visitor interaction on the museum floor. This person will use informal learning techniques to facilitate exhibits and provide demonstrations for visitors. The Educator will assist with the check-in of field trips and other groups. This person will also work closely with other education staff and volunteers to provide a positive experience for visitors. The Educator leads museum classes of up to 30 students and performs science demonstrations in the museum and in outreach venues as assigned.

Department: Education

Reports to: Director of Education

Education: Bachelor’s Degree required in education, science or related field

Experience Required: Three years teaching or related experience

Description of Duties:

•Assist visitors with exhibit operations on museum floor by facilitating exhibits

•Use inquiry and other informal learning techniques to engage and inspire visitors of all ages

•Assist with field trips and group visits to the museum

•Work with Science After School grade levels K-8 Monday-Friday

•Provide excellent customer service to all museum visitors

•Execute floor demonstrations on a daily basis

•Constantly evaluate and monitor the status of exhibits and work with exhibit technicians to ensure timely maintenance and repair

•Ensure museum floor is presentable and clean

•Operate Tesla Coil and conduct theater and Digital Dome shows as needed

•Must work proportionate share of special events

•Participate on team projects in writing educational programming in area of specialization and as assigned by the Director of Education

•Presents classes and demonstrations in museum and in outreach venues as assigned

•Maintain all teaching supplies, props, models, specimens, etc. in classroom and office areas

•Organize and maintain supplies and materials used for programs and ensure cleanliness of all work areas

•Provide museum floor coverage as scheduled•Provide general backup to present programs as assigned

Mid-America Science Museum

Job Description

•Lead museum summer camps as assigned and provide backup assistance to other staff members during camps

•Perform outreach educational programs at schools, libraries, and other public events as assigned

•Conduct programming for special events, mini-events, and special programming

•Provide feedback on educational programming, experiments and events to promote constant improvement

•Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Special Skills and Abilities

•Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, zoology, science education, physics,chemistry or related field

•Must be a team player

•Must be engaging, outgoing, patient, and able to relate to and work with a wide variety of individuals and people of all ages

•Work a flexible schedule occasionally unsupervised

•Must be available for evening and weekend work hours and work proportionate share of those time

•Be able to lift up to 30 lbs•Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Applications and resumes may be emailed to CaseyW@midamericamuseum.org or mailed to: 500 Mid America Blvd. Hot Springs, AR 71913 ATTN: Casey Wylie

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 


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Press Kit

Please direct all media inquiries to: 

Jim Miller, Director of Marketing

501-767-3461 ext. 118





Privacy Policy


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