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

Harmony Hurst Morrissey - Chief Development Officer

Niles Ellis – Director of Design

Jamie Perisho-Webb – Director of Guest Services

Jim Miller – Director of Marketing

Jeremy Mackey – Director of Education

Dylan Kuchel - Director of Exhibits and Facilities

Irene Hart – Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Lori Arnold- Exhibit Designer   

Coleman Gocio – Exhibit Technician

Benjamin Wilkins - Exhibit Technician

Nancy Bell – Education Associate

Hayley Chronister – Educator

Deana Hughes – Educator

Kayla Ingle - Education Coordinator

Mandy Monheiser – Guest Services 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

Meredith B. Switzer

Judge, Garland County District Court Division 1 

George Lee

Owner, Ambry Technologies

Carol Freeland

Community Volunteer




Mid-America Science Museum is now Hiring!!

Click the link to download Job Application PDF 


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

Director of Development:

Job Summary: 

The Director of Development conveys a passion for the mission of Mid-America Science Museum.  He/she must possess a positive attitude, display impeccable integrity and demonstrate a strong willingness to be a part of an innovative team.  Superb written and oral communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence are a key component to success.  The Director of Development is responsible for grant writing, sponsorship solicitation, donor stewardship, donor research and annual giving solicitation.  The Director of Development works with other department heads on fundraising and educational events and serves on the Senior Management Strategy Team. 

Department:  Development

Reports to:  Executive Director

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree required in Communication, Public Administration, Management or related field. 

Experience Required:  Three (3) years’ development experience preferred. 

Description of Duties:

  • Develop and execute Mid-America Science Museum’s annual fundraising plan in partnership with the Executive Director.

  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.

  • Understand and perform best practices in donor stewardship.

  • Keep accurate detailed records of donations and grants.

  • Establish annual fund drives.

  • Solicit event, exhibit and program sponsorships.

  • Research and write grant applications. Work with museum staff to manage and report on awarded grants. 

  • Research and evaluate potential local, state, national and federal donor sources including but not limited to individual donors, corporations, foundations, in-kind and public funding.

  • Work closely with Board of Trustees, Executive Director, Director of Education, Director of Marketing, and Director of Guest Services on development projects.

  • Create all donor recognition and solicitation materials with input from Executive Director and Director of Marketing.

  • Perform presentations as necessary.

  • Accurately and efficiently track and maintain the Museum’s donor database, GiftWorks, to ensure precise record keeping.

  • Prepares and monitors department budget.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Special Skills:

  • Ability to work as an independent problem-solver

  • Strong planning and organization skills, with attention to detail

  • Ability to coordinate many activities simultaneously

  • Strong written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Flexibility in work schedule and work assignments; occasional weekend and evening work is required

  • Desire and ability to work as part of a team

  • Basic computer skills in word processing, financial spreadsheets and scheduling

  • Ability to create and work within a budget

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator:

Job Summary:

To recruit, train and supervise adult and teen volunteers to serve in various capacities within the Museum; interview and place volunteers; acts as liaison between staff and volunteers for assignment; record and compute volunteer hours monthly; create and update/maintain volunteer brochures and training manual; assist with Team Tesla program as needed.  To arrange for volunteers to be recognized and rewarded appropriately. 

Department: Operations

Reports to:  Chief Operations Officer

Education:  College level coursework

Experience Required:  Experience working with volunteers

Description of Duties:

  • Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the museum

  • Create and or update/maintain volunteer brochures and training manual

  • Maintain volunteer service descriptions for each volunteer assignment

  • Survey staff regularly to assess needs for volunteer assistance

  • Ensure volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations, to include guest services, education, exhibits, marketing, and special events

  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers

  • Schedule all volunteer activity

  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service

  • Organize and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events

  • Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to recommend and implement changes as appropriate

  • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation

  • Record and compute volunteer hours monthly

  • Host and attend recruiting events with in the community to attract qualified candidates

  • Coordinate/chair assigned special events, mini-events, and special programming

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations with the area

  • Identify community outreach opportunities such as fairs, festivals, local markets and organizations

  • Work with marketing director to publicize opportunities for volunteers

  • Develop and oversee program budget

  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Special Skills:

  • Computer skills:  proficient in basic computer applications

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Strong communication skills

  • Demonstrate good customer relations skills in dealing with donors, members, volunteers, museum visitors and staff


Seasonal Groundskeeper:

Job Summary:

Seasonal Groundskeeper helps us to support the work of the museum staff, and more specifically the Director of Exhibits & Facilities, by assisting in the general maintenance and restorations of the grounds and facilities during the growing season (May through September). The position requires working out of doors, including in adverse weather and environmental conditions, often on rough and/or uneven terrain

Department:  Exhibits and Facilities

Reports to:  Director of Exhibits and Facilities

Education:  Landscaping/mechanical/technical training in related fields or relevant experience

Experience Required:  Minimum 2-year experience or equivalent education

Description of Duties: 

  • Assist in the maintenance and repair of the museum grounds.

  • Effectively repair and maintain roads, trails and walkways as assigned.

  • Safely cut and remove downed trees, debris, and brush as assigned.

  • Safely and effectively mow, weed, and rake areas as assigned or needed.

  • Assist in the maintenance and repair of museum facilities and equipment.

  • Effectively perform light maintenance and repairs of buildings and facilities as assigned.

  • Perform routine maintenance (blade sharpening, oil changes, fluid checks, etc.) of museum equipment and vehicles as trained and assigned.

  • Maintain proper records on all vehicle and equipment maintenance.

  • Assist Techs and Housekeeping in performing building and facility janitorial skills as assigned.

  • Work cooperatively with museum volunteers and staff to insure assigned group tasks are completed in a safe and timely manner.

  • Clearly and effectively communicate work assignments, safety requirements and timeline parameters for all assigned projects.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Requirements and Special Skills

  • No formal education required.

  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.

  • Ability to safely operate equipment and vehicles such as ATVs and riding lawn mowers.

  • Ability to safely operate power tools such as chain saws, weed trimmers, and wood chippers.

  • Ability to effectively operate a phone, two-way radio, computer, and other office equipment.

  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects.

  • Experience operating equipment and vehicles such as ATVs and riding lawn mowers.

  • Experience operating power tools such as chain saws, and weed trimmers

  • Experience operating a phone, two-way radio, computer, and other office equipment.

  • Friendly, outgoing personality and ability to relate to a wide variety of people

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule occasionally unsupervised

  • Valid driver’s license with reliable transportation

Click the link to download Job Application PDF. 


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

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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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In order to use certain parts of this website, users may be asked to first complete a registration form. During registration, users may be asked to give their contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used only to contact the user about the services on our site for which they have expressed interest. Users may also be asked to provide demographic information (such as zip code, age, or gender). To support MASM's mission to provide science education to all people, we may share general demographic statistics about the users of our site with other organizations. MASM will not share specific information about an individual user without that user's consent.


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