Museum Educator (part-time)

museum educator (part-time)


The National Children’s Museum is a world-class museum that aims to spark the imagination and encourage children to dream. National Children’s Museum celebrates the joy of childhood through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) exhibits and programs. As a Museum Educator you will play an integral role in supporting this vision by playfully engaging with a wide range of audiences.

what you’ll do

Museum Educators ensure that daily interactions with Museum visitors are engaging, playful, and filled with high-quality learning. You will develop and facilitate dynamic STEAM programs for a variety of audiences including students, teachers, families, Scouts, and birthday party guests. Your time will be divided between facilitating in a high energy environment and focusing on administrative or programmatic tasks in the office. Museum Educators report to the Manager of Education and Outreach and work to execute the following:

Design and implement STEAM-based education programs including: PreK – 5th grade field trips, drop-in programs, workshops, camps, pop-up experiences, and birthday party activities;

Deliver in-person, STEAM-based workshops for a PreK – 5th grade audience;

Manage the day-to-day operations of the Museum’s Tinkerer’s Studio including: space and materials management, activity prototyping and development, team training, and facilitation;

Facilitate learning experiences on the exhibit floor and engage with children and families; 

Coordinate with the Visitor Experience team to ensure that field trip groups are greeted and supported during their visit;

Provide administrative assistance for booking educational programs and correspond with educators quickly and professionally;  

Organize, inventory, and maintain the Museum’s educational supplies and resources;

Be knowledgeable regarding Museum exhibits, programs, and services;

Serve as an ambassador of the Museum and provide exceptional customer service to guests;

Attend and participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings and trainings;

Adhere to Museum policies and procedures; and

Other duties as assigned.

what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role

At least 2+ years experience in formal or informal STEAM education;

Experience developing and teaching programs in science, engineering or math subjects to PreK – 5th grade students and/or families preferred; 

Ability to facilitate effectively and interact playfully with children, adults, and large groups in a fast-paced environment;

Experience with hands-on tinkering, building, and creation;

Exceptional customer service skills;

Flexible and willingness to adapt as needed; 

Detail-oriented;

Demonstrated ability to balance multiple long and short term projects, prioritize work, and meet deadlines;

Experience and demonstrated facility with spreadsheet software, and/or project management software;

Collaborative, creative, and organized with enthusiasm for new projects;

Insatiable curiosity with an eagerness to learn, willing to ask questions, and apply feedback; and

Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

hours and location

Position is located at National Children’s Museum at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Must be available to work onsite weekdays and with flexibility to adjust for evenings and weekends as needed.

pay rate

$25.00 per hour, commensurate with experience and skill set.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Part-Time Museum Educator.

what we value

Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The Museum is an innovative institution that sparks curiosity and wonder and a space where all children feel valued. In order to do this well, we need a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that we serve and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. We embrace that this work is critical to our mission and never finished. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum.