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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. 

Are you looking for fun, fast-paced work in an entertaining, educational environment? All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to the museum mission and a philosophy of play-based, experiential learning environment. Check out our current job openings below.

Hands On offers paid time off, museum passes, birthday party and café card, medical, dental and pre-tax supplemental insurance, a retirement plan and a scream room!

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

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

To learn more about Olympia, visit Experience Olympia.

Open Positions:


Summer Camp Assistant

Overview of the Position:

We are seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Summer Camp Assistant to assist in providing quality educational experiences to children in a variety of subjects in art, science, and cultural studies.  Assists in providing safe, fun, challenging, motivating and unique educational experiences. 

Essential Functions of the Position:

1. Assist teachers in teaching day camp. 
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere for each camper by being friendly, informed, and enthusiastic 100% of the time.
  • Employ positive redirection techniques as necessary to assist with classroom management.
  • Be a team player.
  • Be actively engaged and participating in camp activities 100% of the time.
2. Assist in the preparation of materials for each camp. 
  • Gather and prepare supplies for crafts and experiments with 100% accuracy, set up supplies for crafts/experiments, and clean up after every class.
3. Provide customer service to parents and children during check-in and check out. 
  • Understand customer service expectations, training material, Museum policies.

Requirements & Skills

  • Experience working with children in camps or other education settings.
  • First Aid/CPR certification & Food handler’s card (may be obtained after employment)
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Ideal candidates have excellent customer service skills and relevant experience in a children’s or other museum, arts, recreation, education or hospitality setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to work in a team setting with a high degree of daily communication.

This is a part-time Monday – Friday, 20 hours per week position.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references 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

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.

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.