Elementary Science Specialist

San Francisco, CA or Remote

The Role

We’re looking for an Elementary Science Specialist who is passionate about helping elementary teachers teach science. Your job will be to take the lead on creating a set of auxiliary resources for our Mystery Science curriculum. A small team of us have been working hard for a few years creating one of the easiest to use, and most popular science curriculums in the country. As more and more school districts adopt Mystery Science as their official curriculum and roll it out to all of their teachers, we’ve received requests for some additional resources that will make adopting Mystery Science easier for schools and districts.

About You

As the Elementary Science Specialist, you’re an expert in the instructional shifts of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and you excel at creating instructional resources that support those shifts. You love unpacking and aligning science standards and tracking new trends in science education. You appreciate how to help teachers who are ready to take their science instruction to the next level and are eager to develop the tools districts are looking for to support teachers.


Your primary focus is to ensure that Mystery Science continues to be an exceptional science curriculum option for districts across the country. You’ll develop new instructional content that our most avid teachers are asking for. You’ll identify new opportunities for building features to support these teachers. You’ll align Mystery Science lessons to a variety of standards frameworks. You’ll serve as an NGSS expert for our team and for our customers. This includes responding to customer questions about our curriculum and pedagogical approach. It also includes supporting our sales and training efforts.

This is an opportunity to help fix science education for the next generation. Our headquarters is in San Francisco and this role could be in our San Francisco office or remote.

Package & Perks

If you’re looking for the basics:

  • $4M in funding from leading education investors (and we’re already profitable)

  • Competitive salary

  • Equity in a high-growth company

  • 401K, health care, vacation

  • Customers who love us

…but the real perks of working at Mystery.org are the quality of the people on your team and the problem we’re solving. Those things are what bring us to work every day.

About Mystery.org

We started Mystery.org to create better explanations for every question children have about the world. We began with the 150 most common science questions that children ask teachers. We call this collection Mystery Science. Last year, more than 4 million children used Mystery Science in 50% of U.S. elementary schools. In an industry that is plagued by long sales cycle and high barriers to entry, we’ve sold thousands schools without a single sales person. We’re backed by a great group of investors including Y Combinator, Learn Capital, and Reach Capital.

We’re now moving on to all the other questions children have that they’ll never learn in school. In the last 18 months we received over 500,000 questions from children eager for better explanations of the world.  Now we’re creating video explanations for every question. You can think of this like a visual Wikipedia for kids.

Our goal is to create a generation of better thinkers. We think this is the most important problem to solve in the world today.

Meet The Team

On your first day at Mystery.org, you’ll meet a team of people who are passionate about science and teaching, and who each love their respective crafts. Our co-founder, Doug Peltz, began by assembling the best science explainers in the world from the Exploratorium, Klutz, LePort Schools, Stanford, and The Field Museum. Our focus on people extends to every area of the company. We’re building the team that we want to work with.

We are a product-driven company. The core of what we do is create an incredible product that our customers love. We test every science activity, observe every explanation with children, and talk with teachers constantly. We take our responsibility to envision the future of learning very seriously and we want to bring the best science education to every child in the world. This is an opportunity to join a startup and transform science education for the next generation of children.


Are you an NGSS expert who loves building resources to help teachers take their instruction to the next level so that students can stay curious? Apply today!