Employment

Are you looking for fun, fast-paced work in an entertaining, educational environment? We're looking for candidates that show a commitment to the Museum mission and a philosophy of play-based, experiential learning environment. Check out our current job openings.
About Us

The Hands On Children’s Museum is Washington’s award-winning youth Museum located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront. Our mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills through rich, interactive learning experiences.

Voted a “Best Place for Kids” for more than a decade, the Museum offers a state of the art LEED Gold facility with 150 indoor exhibits, a half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center and nature play space, Arts Studio, a MakeSpace for tinkering and inventing, and award-winning education programs including camps, workshops, preschool, parenting classes, field trips, community outreach, and family support programs.

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Thank you for your interest in working with the Hands On Children’s Museum! 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. For more information about Olympia visit Experience Olympia.

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Café Assistant

This position supports the Café Team to ensure the museum cafe operates efficiently, safely and with optimal customer service. Performs daily café operations according to procedures including opening and closing processes, processing sales transactions, food handling & preparation, cleaning, and assisting with inventory. Café Assistants demonstrate excellence in communication and customer service. Our Playday Café offers salads, sandwiches, grilled paninis and quesadillas, soup, coffee, and other grab and go options in a family focused environment. This position will have consistent daytime working hours. Café service hours typically end daily around 2pm, with occasional evening events.

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Café Manager

This is your chance to bring your quick service restaurant management experience to our growing Play Day Café and be part of an organization that cares about children, families, and community. As the Play Day Café Manager, you will be responsible for leadership and growth of your team in providing efficient, safe and customer service focused café operations. Our café offers salads, sandwiches, grilled paninis and quesadillas, soup, and other grab and go options to museum patrons, programs, and events. The core schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday and will have consistent daytime working hours, some flexibility of hours may be available. Café service hours typically end daily around 4pm, with occasional evening events.

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Culinary Educator

We are 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. 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. This is a part-time position with hours scheduled typically on weekdays during the 9-5 workday.

Seasonal Educator

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

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Senior Finance Manager

This is your chance to do the work you love for an organization that cares about children, families, and community. The Museum is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced accounting professional with demonstrated success who enjoys a fast-paced position with lots of variety and the chance to work with other like-minded staff.

As a key member of the management team, the Senior Finance Manager is a hands-on leader who directly oversees and has mastery of the details of all daily and periodic accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing and inventory. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer and collaborates on human resources, payroll, benefits and retirement plan administration; prepares a variety of statistical and other financial reports and performs related duties as needed or assigned.

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Non-Discrimination Policy: Hands On Children’s Museum exhibits, education programs, and employment are available to all without discrimination.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Hands On Children’s Museum is committed to the policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our policy to recruit and employ qualified persons on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military or honorably discharged veteran status, or any other protected class as set forth under applicable state and federal civil rights laws. Employment decisions will be based on the individual’s qualifications to perform the job. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to employment, training, compensation, promotion, transfer and all other conditions of employment.

Questions?

Contact us at employment@hocm.org.