The Westchester Children’s Museum is looking to hire dedicated employees that strive to be engaging, inclusive, and creative in order to build confidence and critical thinking skills in our children. We seek talented individuals with a passion for providing outstanding service to our guests, to help us to fulfill our mission of creating a vibrant and interactive learning space that provides children, families and school groups the opportunity to nurture curiosity, enhance knowledge, and ignite imagination through creative hands-on exploration. We are looking for individuals that value experiences that are collaborative and accessible, to the greatest extent possible, by all people regardless of their age, background, or ability.

The Westchester Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer


OUTREACH MUSEUM EDUCATOR - Part Time

Position Overview:
Museum Without Walls, a program of the Westchester Children’s Museum, makes our hands-on programming available to as many children as possible by leaving the walls of the Westchester Children’s Museum and visiting them in their own learning environments. The Westchester Children's Museum is searching for an enthusiastic and creative individual to assist with this program.  This individual should have a passion for elementary and middle school education and be interested in bringing the Museum’s unique interactive STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math) activities directly to schools, camps, and community centers throughout Westchester County.  

Responsibilities:  

  • Independently command the attention of around twenty Pre-K through 5th grade students for around an hour to lead them through a variety of STREAM based programs

  • Ability to inspire curiosity and creativity in young learners

  • Prepare materials for activities, programs and events based on the current curriculum

  • Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with community partners and program collaborators

  • Work closely with the Museum Outreach Program Director to research and develop new lesson plans as the museum continues to grow and develop

 Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching in a youth-orientated classroom or informal learning environment

  • Experience interacting with families of young children, school groups, and a diverse community of learners

  • Upbeat and positive attitude, with an enthusiasm for the Westchester Children’s Museum and for ensuring excellent and memorable experiences for museum guests

  • Ability and desire to learn new tasks and concepts quickly

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrate strong communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to kneel, walk and/or stand for prolonged periods of time; ability to lift and maneuver up to 30 pounds into/out of your car and into a facility

  • Must have your own transportation to travel to the various educational sites in Westchester County

  • Pursuing a degree in Education or Teaching Certification; Education degree, a plus

  • Background in STREAM based teaching, a plus

Time Commitment:

  • This is a flexible part-time position in which the hours will vary and allows for other part-time or freelance jobs

  • Occasional weekend-work

  • Additional opportunities available to work field trips (Monday and Tuesday mornings) as well as work on the Museum floor as a Play Worker(Wednesdays - Sundays)


PLAYWORKER - Part Time

Position Overview:
The Playworker is an integral part of our floor staff and is a responsible, creative and outgoing individual.  They have experience and interest in working with children. Playworkers assist our visitors as they explore our hands on exhibits.   They are responsible for providing the highest level of customer service and  engagement for visitors. Playworkers collaborate with other staff members to create and facilitate meaningful educational programs.  Successful Playworkers perform their duties with enthusiasm,  imagination, and a passion for education.  

Primary Role and Responsibilities

  • Promote the Power of Play by directly engaging with children and families to maximize their learning and enjoyment in the museum

  • Maintain a clean and safe environment

  • Staff daily assigned activities in exhibit spaces

  • Prep materials for exhibits, activities, programs and events as well as support educators during scheduled programs and events

  • Assist with crowd control during busy operational hours, such as holidays, weekends and school vacation weeks

  • Provide assistance to visitors by answering general questions concerning museum offerings, exhibits and scheduled programs

  • May work at the front desk, greet guests, answer the phone and operate sales register for admissions and membership transactions.

Qualifications:

  • Education:

    • High school diploma

    • Early childhood and/or elementary program/camp counseling experience a plus

    • Pursuing a degree in Education or Teaching Certification; Education degree, a plus

  • Experience:

    • Ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups

    • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and visitors

    • Ability to adapt to unpredictable situations

  • Skills:

    • Ability and desire to learn new things quickly and to perform repetitive tasks with high degree of care and accuracy

    • Ability and desire to contribute ideas and to create materials

    • Excellent communication skills

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

    • Able to command attention of children and adults and lead activities in group settings

    • Able to follow through on tasks and to seek assistance from appropriate staff members

    • Able to multi-task and to remain calm and courteous under pressure

    • Demonstrates a team approach and is flexible; can adjust to different roles

    • Able to serve as Birthday Party Host and Tour Facilitator

  • Physical:

    • Ability to kneel,  sit on the floor, walk and/or stand for prolonged periods of time

Time Commitment:

  • Anticipated hours are approximately 20 hours per week (usually in 3 or 7  hour shifts Wednesday through Sunday). Occasional weekend and holiday shifts may be required.  Preference given to those willing to work at least one weekend day

  • This is a flexible position which allows for other part-time or freelance jobs

  • Punctuality and attendance are required for all assigned shifts


BIRTHDAY PARTY ASSISTANT - Part Time

Position Overview:

The Birthday Party Assistant is part of the Museum’s floor staff and is a responsible, energetic, and creative individual.  They have experience and interest in working with children to assist our birthday party guests as they explore our hands on exhibits.   They are responsible for providing the highest level of customer service and frontline engagement.

Primary Role and Responsibilities

  • Serve as an assistant to the birthday party host

  • Provide superior customer service from the initial greeting of party guests and throughout their exploration of the museum

  • Answer questions accurately and with enthusiasm; resolve conflicts appropriately and efficiently

  • Guide party guests in their exploration of the museum and lead various education-based activities

  • Arrange all necessary party supplies and materials for the set-up of the party areas and perform the breakdown at the completion of the party

  • Assist with the distribution of food and beverages

Qualifications:

  • Education:

    • High School diploma or pursuing a High School diploma

    • Early childhood and/or elementary program/camp counseling experience a plus

  • Experience:

    • Interacting with families of young children, school groups, and a diverse community of learners

    • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and visitors

  • Skills:

    • Ability and desire to learn new things quickly and to perform repetitive tasks with high degree of care and accuracy

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

    • Excellent communication skills

    • Able to command attention of children and adults and lead activities in group settings

    • Able to follow through on tasks and to seek assistance from appropriate staff members

    • Able to multi-task and to remain calm and courteous under pressure

    • Demonstrates a team approach and is flexible; can adjust to different roles

  • Physical

    • Ability to kneel, walk and/or stand for prolonged periods of time; ability to lift and maneuver up to 30 pounds

Time Commitment:

  • Shifts are four hours (typically 3:30pm to 7:30pm) on set party days