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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.

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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 cards, medical, dental, and pre-tax supplemental insurance, and a retirement plan! For more information about Olympia visit Experience Olympia.

Open Positions

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Café Manager

Organization & Position Overview:

The Hands On Children’s Museum is Washington’s award-winning youth Museum located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront.  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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Direct supervision of café staff team workload & priorities
  • Responsible for staff training, regular communication, and scheduling
  • Ensures best practices in food handling & cleanliness
  • Ensures café equipment maintenance
  • Ensures cafe areas are clean, safe, well stocked and inviting on a daily basis.
  • Ensures that café expenses are within budget
  • Plans and places food and supply orders
  • Receives café supply orders and verifies that the correct items and quantities have been delivered
  • Creates shopping lists for Museum Purchaser when needed
  • Accurate tracking of waste/loss and cost of goods
  • Responsible for monthly Café inventory and reconciliation with the Business Dept.
  • Makes menu, equipment, or other recommendations to Sr. Manager of Daily Operations based on customer preferences and feedback
  • Resolves any customer service issues & provide resolutions

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, relevant work experience may substitute
  • Minimum 2 + years of management experience in a quick service restaurant setting
  • Experience developing and implementing effective staff training in a food service setting
  • Experience leading food and supply ordering & inventory
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, included demonstrated professionalism
  • Exemplary customer service skills
  • Excellent project coordination skills; multi-tasking and prioritizing.
  • Excellent computer literacy is required, proficient in use of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and web-based ordering
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or ServSafe Certification preferred
  • Ability to work in a team setting with a high degree of daily communication required
  • Able to work independently with limited direction in a fast-paced environment with a great deal of flexibility and attention to detail
  • Must care about and value the viewpoints of the other team members and organizational mission
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and must provide proof of vaccination upon hire

Our Values:

  • The Museum is managed in an entrepreneurial spirit that values new ideas, risk-taking and employee participation.
  • We believe in continuous improvement in all areas and aggressively pursue 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.

Compensation:  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 lots of special educational perks including discounts on camps, classes, museum membership and special employee benefits.

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

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

Facilities Manager

Organization & Position Overview:

The Hands On Children’s Museum is looking for an experienced facilities professional to provide leadership, technical skills and operations support to the Facilities Department for the award-winning children’s museum in beautiful Olympia, Washington. Located on the downtown waterfront, this position collaborates with Exhibits, Visitor Services, Education, Events and other museum departments to effectively and efficiently manage a 28,000sq/ft LEED certified facility, half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center, parking lot, and public spaces for the most visited youth museum in the region.

This key member of the Museum’s management team will oversee all facility maintenance, ensure safety standards and training, provide staff supervision for a team of 3-5, provide coordination for renovation and construction projects, and work closely with the Senior Operations Manager to manage janitorial and housekeeping staff.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for oversight & implementation of recurring maintenance schedules for building systems including HVAC, electrical, interior and exterior lighting system, fire and security systems, elevator, plumbing, landscaping, janitorial service and exhibits.
  • Communicates effectively with outside contractors and vendors to secure bids, schedule and oversee work around busy museum operations schedule.
  • Responsible for daily oversight of contracted janitorial service including communication and accountability.
  • Acts as museum Safety Officer, including updating policies and procedures (MSDS, Emergency Codes, Evacuation, BBP, etc.) and researching and ensuring workplace compliance with OSHA requirements.
  • Works to promote healthy environmental practices and LEED standards.
  • Plans and manages annual facility and exhibit maintenance plan and budgets, preventative maintenance schedules, vendor contracts and serves as the liaison to City of Olympia facilities staff.
  • Ensures that all exhibits are clean and in good working order daily.


  • Five or more years of experience supervising facility and maintenance operations, and supervising a staff team of 2 or more for a similar-size facility.
  • Experience developing and managing safety and facilities systems, policies and procedures.
  • Broad background knowledge of maintaining facilities equipment systems.
  • Broad experience in trade skills including general carpentry.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously maintaining a project timeline.
  • Demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills, and systematic organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Suites and familiarity with Facilities Management software a plus.
  • Must have excellent attention to detail.
  • Able to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Must enjoy active daily schedule with a mix of administrative and physical work.

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

Finance Manager

Organization & Position Overview:

Located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront, the Hands On Children’s Museum is a beautiful, 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 one-third of visitors served through a variety of free and low-cost Access programs.

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 Finance Manager is a hands-on leader who directly oversees and has mastery of the details of all daily and periodic accounting, accounts receivable and accounts payable.  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 include the following:

  • 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 and internal controls 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
    • Oversees the entry of invoices, credit card purchases and reimbursements in accounting system, ensures accuracy and compliance with internal controls.
    • Weekly payment of invoices.
    • Manages 1099 vendor filings.
    • Researches and resolves vendor inquiries or discrepancies.
    • Reconciles monthly vendor and credit card statements.
    • Reconciles 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, donor pledges
    • Researches and resolves billing/payment discrepancies
    • Reviews receivable aging and proactively work with internal departments to follow-up on outstanding payments.
    • Performs monthly reconciliation of contributed income with Development Dept.
    • Month-end closing of accounts receivable functions.
    • Oversees parking pay station & fee collections.

Job Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related experience.
  • 3+ years accounting experience with a non-profit organization.
  • Strong financial management experience with generally accepted accounting principles and internal controls.
  • Ability to problem solve collaboratively; have good planning and organization skills to balance multiple projects simultaneously and effectively.
  • Ability to work and succeed in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and prioritize work.
  • 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, must be highly proficient with QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, Word & Outlook and relevant business tools.
  • Excellent communication skills — both written & verbal.
  • Supportive and caring of other staff, visitors and organizational mission.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof upon hire.

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.

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, and 3 professional references to 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.