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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.

Join Our Team

Thank you for your interest in working with the Hands On Children’s Museum! We offer paid time off, Museum passes, birthday party and café card, medical, dental, and pre-tax supplemental insurance, a retirement plan, and a scream room! For more information about Olympia visit Experience Olympia.

Open Positions

Applicants who are offered employment must pass a background check as a condition of employment.

Custodian and Gallery Services Assistant

Position Overview:

This important position is responsible for ensuring a great visitor experience by maintaining the Museum’s beautiful LEED Gold facility. We are looking for a cleaning wizard who loves to stay organized. This position will maintain the cleanliness of the building, galleries, and classrooms, sanitize exhibits, organize supplies, and maintain storage areas. Responsible for participating in special museum events, programs, projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Talents

  • Must love to clean and organize!
  • Must be able to work independently and multi-task in a vibrant, fast-paced environment.
  • Must be friendly and kind to Museum visitors, parents/caregivers, and community members.
  • Ability to work in a team setting where a high degree of daily communication is required. Supportive and caring of other staff, visitors, and their viewpoints.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and patience.
  • Supportive of the Museum’s mission to inspire young children to love to learn.

Typical Job Duties

  • Daily morning set of the museum.
  • Daily morning sanitizing of touch surfaces throughout the museum galleries/exhibits.
  • Performs regular restroom cleaning & restocking.
  • Performs prop sanitation on a daily rotating schedule.
  • Launders rags, mop heads, aprons, and tablecloths throughout the week.
  • Gathers and empties garbage throughout the public spaces.
  • Respond immediately to safety issues such as lost children, ringing door or fire alarms, bodily fluid spills, injuries, or other emergencies.
  • Supports Café operations including maintaining tables, floors, and counters.
  • Cleans up bodily fluid accidents and mops and sweeps in galleries on an as-called basis.
  • Restock and maintain janitorial and laundry spaces keeping them clean and organized.
  • Assist with classroom set-up and breakdown according to museum program schedules.
  • Cleans shared staff spaces including staff kitchen, stairwells, and storage areas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • HS Diploma or equivalent; Associate degree preferred.
  • Must be able to stand on feet and move swiftly around the facility for the entire shift. Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and have reliable transportation.

Job Requirements

  • At least 1-year experience in janitorial/custodial work. Work history reflects stability.
  • Has strong work ethic with high level of dependability.
  • Professional appearance.
  • Thrive in a face-paced, often noisy environment.
  • Covid-19 vaccination

Hours: PT – Position is part time hours, to include Sunday and Monday. Back up and on call hours may be scheduled.

Compensation: $13.69-$15 hour

Benefits: Benefit Package Available

Reports to: Operations Manager/Manager On Duty

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references to employment@hocm.org.

Finance Manager

About the Position

The Museum is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced accounting professional who enjoys a fast-paced position with lots of variety and the chance to work with a wonderful, caring staff.

As a key member of the management team, the Finance Manager is responsible for managing daily and periodic accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, month-end closing, semi-monthly payroll processing and records on all transactions and assets. Additionally, the Finance Manager collaborates with senior management to prepare a variety of statistical and other financial reports and performs related duties as needed or assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Reporting and Compliance
    • Prepare and analyze daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports to the management team.
    • Maintain current and effective standard operating procedures for financial management.
    • Assists in annual budget preparation process.
    • Assist in the management of grant reporting, compliance and reconciliation.
    • Oversees Café and Giftshop inventory.
    • Implement policies and procedures to ensure all Museum records are archived in compliance with state and local laws.
    • Manages physical inventory of museum furniture, fixtures & equipment.
    • Attends & participates in meetings & training,
    • Assist with museum special events.
    • Completes special projects as assigned.
  • Accounts Payable
    • Reviews and enters invoices, credit card purchases and reimbursements in accounting system, ensures accuracy and compliance with internal controls
    • Weekly payment of invoices
    • Manages 1099 vendor filing
    • Researches and resolves vendor inquiries or discrepancies
    • Reconcile monthly vendor and credit card statements
    • Reconcile monthly bank statements
  • Accounts Receivable
    • Ensure transactions and reports for correct entry, mathematical accuracy and proper budget allocations.
    • Invoicing for field trips, groups, private events, pledges
    • Research and resolve billing/payment discrepancies
    • Review receivable aging and proactively work with internal departments to follow-up on outstanding payments.
    • Perform monthly reconciliation of contributed income with Development Dept.
    • Month-end closing of accounts receivable functions.
    • Oversee parking pay station & fee collections.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related experience.
  • Previous accounting experience with a non-profit organization desired
  • 3+ years using QuickBooks or other accounting software
  • Experience working with generally accepted accounting principles and internal controls.
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems and have good planning and organization skills to balance and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work and succeed in a dynamic and fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities while establishing and meeting deadlines.
  • Must be able to work independently and to exercise professional judgment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records and to learn new programs, processes and technology.
  • Excellent computer literacy is required, particularly using spreadsheets — advanced user of Microsoft Excel and proficient in Word & Outlook.
  • Excellent communication skills — both written & verbal
  • Supportive and caring of other staff, visitors and organizational mission.
  • Covid-19 vaccination

Salary & Benefits: As a leading non-profit, we offer a competitive salary, medical, dental and vision coverage, paid time off and paid holidays, a 401(k) plan and lots of special educational perks including discounts on camps, classes, museum membership and special employee benefits. This is a full-time exempt position.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, and a bullet point list noting how your experience and skills match the requirements of the position to employment@hocm.org.

Museum Receptionists

Overview of the Positions:

We are looking for reliable, flexible, positive, and outgoing team members to join our front desk team. Our Front Desk Receptionists will cheerfully greet & interact with visitors, sell memberships and education programs, process admissions and reservations for Museum programs & events.

Qualifications & Experience:

Previously demonstrated excellence in customer service and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are a must for this fun, front line position. Other requirements include:

  • HS diploma required
  • Minimum 1-2 years of customer service and cash handling experience
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Point-of-Sale or retail software and answering phones a plus
  • Covid-19 vaccination

Candidates must have weekday and weekend availability. These are part-time positions and hours vary and depend on Museum programming and visitation demands so dependability and flexibility are a must. EOE. No phone calls, please.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references employment@hocm.org.

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.