Seasonal 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 flexible and energetic educators to teach and provide support to our curriculum in the museum’s formal education programming. Seasonal Educators will be given training on the Museum’s field trip workshops, camp curriculum, off-site programming, and other programs that occur at different points in the school year and summer. Teachers will be offered various available teaching opportunities, including field trip workshops that are most heavily scheduled in the spring, as well as week-long opportunities to teach and support our camp programs during the summer, winter break, midwinter break, and spring break. Teachers will be responsible for learning the curriculum scripts and materials and learning how to set up activities and correctly put the materials away when a workshop or camp is finished. A strong Seasonal 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. 

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. These are part-time positions with hours scheduled typically on weekdays during the 9-5 workday.

Specific Job Duties

  • Creates a welcoming and warm environment for students in educational settings.
  • Teach field trip workshops during the height of field trip season, March through early June.
  • Teach or assist camp programs during winter, midwinter, spring and summer school breaks. 
  • Organizes and preps curriculum materials for learning experiences. 
  • Stages activities and materials in the classroom or other educational space to encourage active and engaged learning.
  • Works with coordinator to ensure understanding of curriculum before lesson delivery.
  • Provides substitute teaching as assigned by Education Department Manager.
  • 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.
  • Interest and desire to work a significant number of shifts per season.
  • 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 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 ECE, Education or relevant field preferred. Certificated teachers will be given preference in choosing available teaching shifts.  
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • CDA certification or STARS certificate preferred.

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 DOE.

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