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 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.

Open Positions:


Visitor Engagement Lead

Overview of the Position: Hands On is seeking an experienced educator who will be responsible for the planning and administration of large scale education events as well as daily and seasonal Visitor Engagement programming. The Visitor Engagement Assistant Manager is directly responsible for educational event logistics leadership, booking guest presenters and performers, and overseeing daily VE operations. Provides direct supervision of VE staff members and volunteers, opening/closing and daily operation of Museum programming spaces including Arts & Parts and MakeSpace studios, Naturalist Cabin & Children’s Garden. Responsible for oversight of department equipment and collections, including mobile exhibits, living collections and storage spaces. Partners with VE Manager, Marketing and Development departments to develop and communicate monthly, event & holiday themes. Works with VE Manager and VE Leads to develop VE curriculum. Education Department events currently include: Boo Bash, Noon Year’s, Ice Adventures, Adult Swim and Summer Splash Festival. Works with VE Manager to develop and update department processes and procedures. This is a full-time position with a core Tuesday through Saturday schedule, requiring flexibility for evening and weekend work for museum events, programs or staff time off.

The successful candidate will show a commitment to the Museum’s core values, while demonstrating that they are experienced, innovative, accountable, and would enjoy working with our flexible, creative, fast-paced Visitor Engagement team proving informal education to visitors of all ages.

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Art, Science, Museum Studies or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience developing informal educational programming preferably art, science and/or nature focused.
  • Demonstrated success leading educational events serving over 500 attendees.
  • Minimum 2 years experience directly supervising team of 3 or more, including scheduling, training, coaching and performance reviews.
  • Ability to work independently, perform a wide variety of assignments using sound judgment, problem-solving, and organization.
  • Professional and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
Salary & Benefits: Annual salary rate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: paid time off, medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, pre-tax supplemental insurance.

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, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

For more information, please visit our website at www.hocm.org To learn more about Olympia, visit www.experienceolympia.com We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please


Human Resource Generalist and Volunteer Coordinator
Overview of the Position: Hands On is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced candidate who will be responsible for administration of day-to-day human resources and volunteer programs. The day-to-day functions include processing semi-monthly payroll, recruiting, onboarding, new hire orientation, employee training, maintaining personnel and volunteer records and the performance evaluation process. Additional responsibilities will include assisting with benefit administration and human resource compliance. This is a full-time Monday through Friday position with occasional evening and weekend work required for museum events.

The successful candidate will show a commitment to the Museum’s core values, while demonstrating that they are innovative, accountable, have high integrity and enjoy working with our team of professionals. This key position is a member of the Business Department and reports to the Director of Business, HR & IT.

Qualifications & Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field, or prior experience in human resources and volunteer programs.
  • Minimum of 3 years human resources generalist experience including processing payroll.
  • Knowledge and experience in employment and payroll laws, procedures and best practices
  • Ability to work independently, perform a wide variety of assignments using sound judgment, problem-solving, organization and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to use judgment and discretion in confidential matters and to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries and complaints.
  • Professional and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to develop effective processes and protocols and to maintain accurate documentation and records.
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS Office, HRIS and payroll systems (Paylocity, ADP, Paychex).
  • Previous training in employment law, organization development, employee relations and training a plus.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends for Museum events.
Salary & Benefits: Annual salary rate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: paid time off, medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, pre-tax supplemental insurance and a scream room!

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, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

For more information, please visit our website at www.hocm.org To learn more about Olympia, visit www.experienceolympia.com We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please


Part Time Gallery Staff
Overview of the Position: The Hands On Children’s Museum is looking for qualified candidates to support our visitor's service team in each of the following areas; Gallery Assistant.

Gallery Support: Responsible for daily exhibit and facility maintenance and opportunities to be considered for additional duties such as birthday party/activity host and education program support duties.

All positions require previously demonstrated excellence in communication and customer service skills and are responsible to ensure customer service and safety for our visitors.

Candidates must have weekday and weekend availability, evening availability a plus, and have own transportation. Candidates should have the ability to lift 50 lbs and be on their feet all day. Hours for these fast-paced positions vary and depend on museum programming and visitation demands so dependability and flexibility are a must. Candidates qualified to cross train for more than one role are given priority consideration. Both regular and seasonal jobs available. Min Wage. EOE. No phone calls, please.

To Apply: 
Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to employment@hocm.org, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

For more information, please visit our website at www.hocm.org To learn more about Olympia, visit www.experienceolympia.com We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please


Visitor Engagement Assistant Manager

About Us: Located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront, the Hands On Children’s Museum is the leading play-based, early learning institution in Southwest Washington and the most visited children’s museum in the Pacific Northwest hosting 320,000 visitors each year. 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, café and gift shop, and award-winning education programs including camps, workshops, preschool, parenting classes, field trips, community outreach and family support programs.

Overview of the Position: Hands On is seeking an experienced educator who will be responsible for the planning and administration of large scale education events as well as daily and seasonal Visitor Engagement programming.  The Visitor Engagement Assistant Manager is directly responsible for educational event logistics leadership, booking guest presenters and performers, and overseeing daily VE operations.  Provides direct supervision of VE staff members and volunteers, opening/closing and daily operation of Museum programming spaces including Arts & Parts and MakeSpace studios, Naturalist Cabin & Children’s Garden.  Responsible for oversight of department equipment and collections, including mobile exhibits, living collections and storage spaces.  Partners with VE Manager, Marketing and Development departments to develop and communicate monthly, event & holiday themes.  Works with VE Manager and VE Leads to develop VE curriculum.  Education Department events currently include: Boo Bash, Noon Year’s, Ice Adventures, Adult Swim and Summer Splash Festival. Works with VE Manager to develop and update department processes and procedures. This is a full-time position with a core Tuesday through Saturday schedule, requiring flexibility for evening and weekend work for museum events, programs or staff time off.

The successful candidate will show a commitment to the Museum’s core values, while demonstrating that they are experienced, innovative, accountable, and would enjoy working with our flexible, creative, fast-paced Visitor Engagement team proving informal education to visitors of all ages.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Art, Science, Museum Studies or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience developing informal educational programming preferably art, science and/or nature focused.
  • Demonstrated success leading educational events serving over 500 attendees.
  • Minimum 2 years experience directly supervising team of 3 or more, including scheduling, training, coaching and performance reviews.
  • Ability to work independently, perform a wide variety of assignments using sound judgment, problem-solving, and organization
  • Professional and effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
Salary & Benefits: Annual salary rate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include: paid time off, medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, pre-tax supplemental insurance.

To Apply:

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, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

For more information, please visit our website at www.hocm.org To learn more about Olympia, visit www.experienceolympia.com We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No phone calls please.
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.