Culinary Educator
Olympia, WA Education
Job Type

Located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront, the Hands On Children’s Museum is an award-winning cultural institution and popular early learning destination for families throughout the Northwest and the nation. As a national Museum for All, Hands On served 325,000 annual visitors pre-pandemic, with more than one-third served through a variety of free and low-cost Access programs.

Seeking a flexible and energetic educator to teach and provide support to our curriculum in the museum’s formal education programming. The Culinary Educator will create and offer weekly cooking classes in an afterschool program at the museum and will also create and teach cooking camps during our school break camp offerings during the summer, winter break, midwinter break, and spring break. The Culinary Teacher will be responsible for creating the class plans and determining what tools and ingredients are needed, and the purchasing of said tools and ingredients will be approved by the Education Department Manager. A strong Culinary Educator candidate will demonstrate an understanding of classroom management and engagement. This is an excellent position for a seasoned teacher who would like to add additional income to their plate, or for a retired or otherwise at home educator looking for a way to be in the classroom again. There is a possibility of training to teach additional workshops and activities within the Museum’s programming if interested. Must aspire to meet the highest standards in program quality and Museum safety. Communicate and work effectively with other team members, various museum departments and stakeholders in the broader community. This is a part-time position with hours scheduled typically on weekdays during the 9-5 workday.

Specific Job Duties

  • Creates a cooking curriculum to be implemented with elementary school students during a six-week period of afterschool programs.
  • Creates weeklong and shorter camp curriculum to be implemented with elementary and preschool students. 
  • Creates a welcoming and safe environment for students in educational settings.
  • Works with Education Department Managers to finalize curriculum and create materials such as newsletters, schedules, and material for marketing the camps and classes.
  • Deliver educational, fun, and safe cooking classes and camps for students in the museum.
  • Clean the cooking area effectively and sanitize all cooking materials for ensured food safety.
  • Provides event education support for Museum major events such as Boo Bash, Noon Year’s Eve, Adult Swim, & Summer Splash! Gala.

Knowledge, Skills and Talents

  • Ability to deliver engaging and informed curriculum.
  • Deep interest and skill in the culinary arts, experience cooking with children.
  • Interest and desire to work after-school hours during the school year, as well as during school breaks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences including general Museum visitors, children, teachers, parents/caregivers, program donors, and community members in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to work in a team setting where a high degree of daily communication is required.  Must care about and value the viewpoints of other team members with different areas of responsibility.
  • Must be able to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and patience.
  • Supportive and caring of other staff, visitors and organizational mission.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in Education or relevant field preferred. Certificated teachers will be given preference.
  • Must have a minimum of three years of experience in formal and/or informal educational setting.
  • Washington State Driver’s License.  Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification, Food Handler’s Card
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs and be able to be on feet for most of the workday.
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and must provide proof of vaccination upon hire

Our Values

  • The Museum values an entrepreneurial spirit including new ideas, risk-taking and employee participation.
  • We believe in continuous improvement and purse all ideas to improve what we do.
  • We are customer-focused. We listen, respond and redesign the way we work based on customer feedback.
  • We believe in collaboration not competition with other Museums, community organizations, and non-profits, to improve the quality of life in our community.


When applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references.

Compensation & Benefits: As a leading non-profit, we offer a competitive wage, medical, dental and vision coverage, paid time off and paid holidays, a 401K plan and several special educational perks including discounts on camps, classes, museum membership and special employee benefits. Eligibility requirements for benefits may vary. ROP DOQ.

The Hands On Children’s Museum exhibits, education programs, and employment are available to all without discrimination.