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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:

  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Database Manager
  • Outdoor Discovery Center Coordinator
  • Exhibit Props & Procurement
  • Visitor Services Supervisor
  • Museum Teacher/Program Coordinator
  • Museum Preschool Teacher
  • Reception/Admission Staff - Part Time 
  • Gallery Staff - Part Time
  • Cafe Staff - Part Time

To Apply:   

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  
No phone calls please.

Facilities Supervisor

This dynamic, creative team leader has lead responsibility for the overall upkeep and care of the LEED certified 28,000 square-foot museum, to include museum shop, half-acre outdoor exhibition/landscaped areas and parking lot/dumpster area. This key position will maintain exceptional standards of building maintenance, safety, cleanliness and functionality. Duties include the management of daily and routine maintenance and repairs of the building and related support systems, including HVAC, electrical, interior and exterior lighting, fire and security systems, elevator, plumbing, landscaping, custodial services and other related oversight of trades required to fulfill these and other additional maintenance requirements.

The Facilities Supervisor reports to the Director of Exhibits & Facilities and coordinates closely with the Senior Operations Manager, as well as works with other key department staff, including Education, Visitor Services, Café, Development, and Exhibits/Facilities to assist in the implementation of programs, events and projects or initiatives. This key position must be a hands-on Supervisor who can manage projects and staff while also performing some construction and maintenance work. This position is responsible for the cleanliness, safety and orderliness of the museum Shop, MSDS sheets, and acts as museum Safety Committee Lead including chairing quarterly meetings with assigned department leads. This position must interface with numerous community partners such as the City of Olympia, vendors and contractors.

This position: Works closely with Director of Exhibits & Facilities to set, monitor and achieve strategic and budget goals and create positive workplace culture. Directly partakes in the supervision of Exhibit & Facilities Technicians with the Director of Exhibits & Facilities and has direct supervision of the Facility Maintenance Assistant for facility maintenance and related projects. May at times have oversight of Volunteers for special cleaning projects or other facility related tasks. Monitors the work schedules of Exhibit and Facility Technicians and Maintenance Assistant and evaluates and problem solves/adjusts as needed daily/weekly staff schedules.  Work with Director of Exhibits & Facilities to consult with and conduct staff discipline, coaching, payroll and related documentation as needed.  Participate in hiring process for Exhibit & Facility Maintenance positions. Researches Custodial best practices including using other children’s museums as resources and strive for constant improvement.  Participate in weekly department meetings; attend quarterly “All Staff” meetings and Ops meetings and other special events related meetings as needed. Supports other departments as needed, other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, relevant work experience may substitute.
  • 3 or more years’ experience as a Facilities Supervisor overseeing building and staff maintenance in hospitality or similar environment.
  • Experience supervising 2 or more staff.
  • Must possess high attention to detail identifying building conditions relating to cleanliness, safety and appearance and provide successful implementation to remedy.
  • Experience with budget planning and oversight.
  • Able to work independently with limited direction in a fast-paced environment with a great deal of flexibility.
  • Must be able to stand and remain active for an eight hour shift.
  • Must be able to work in an outdoor weather environment; Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects
  • Must be able to work a core schedule of Mon-Fri &Tues-Sat. and evenings, weekends, holidays, and special events as needed around seasonal museum programming.
  • Must be reliable, flexible & detail oriented.
  • Must have vehicle and valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent project coordination skills; multi-tasking and prioritizing.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent initiative and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent office skills including: word processing; e-mail; record keeping and multi-line phone system. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Ability to work in a team setting with a high degree of daily communication required.  Must care about and value the viewpoints of the other team members and organizational mission.
This is a full-time position. Core schedule flexible, Monday-Friday while training but may move to Tuesday - Saturday during busy weekend seasons. Core adjusted to participate in Private Events and Special Museum Programs. Submit cover letter, resume and 3 references. EOE 

Database Manager 

This key Development Department position works with the Front Desk, Reservations, and other Museum departments at the award-winning Hands On Children’s Museum to manage the Altru database which includes 45,000 constituent records including Museum members, donors and visitors. This position ensures excellent data integrity and accuracy in all departments and uses best practices for gift entry, gift & pledge processing, invoicing, mailing list pulls, membership renewals, data queries and reports. We’re looking for an administrative professional who thrives on working in a fast-paced environment, is very detail-oriented, is a great communicator, works well with others, loves data analysis and takes pride in a job well-done! 

This is a full-time professional exempt position with a core schedule of Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm plus the ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events.

Salary DOE. Competitive compensation package includes medical and dental health insurance, a retirement plan and PTO.  EOE

To apply, send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and response to the following:

  1. List specific databases used/worked in?   How many years?  Number of Records managed?
    For example:   Altru, Access, Raiser’s Edge, 2 years, 10,000 records
  2. What were your specific database duties?
  3. Describe your experience creating queries and analyzing data.

Outdoor Discovery Center Coordinator 


Unique opportunity to oversee ½ acre Outdoor Discovery Center including children’s garden, chicken coop and outdoor exhibits at award winning children’s museum.

We are seeking highly flexible, experienced candidates with strong staff supervision skills.  This position supervises staff and volunteers stationed in ODC and assists Sr. Operations Manager in drafting and maintaining effective ODC systems and procedures.  Acts as Supervisor on Duty overseeing building as assigned - problem solving customer service & staffing issues.  Will be assigned additional gallery & event support duties during “low” season for ODC.  Communicates effectively with other Visitor Service (front desk/reservations, café) and museum Education department teams to ensure appropriate facility preparation and use for programs or events.

Outgoing and customer focused personality key.  Ability to work in a fast paced environment and independently problem solve.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Outlook, Word & Excel.

Three or more years of direct supervision of a minimum of two staff is required.  Experience in development and presentation of informal learning experiences preferred.  Bachelor’s degree preferred.  
Core schedule Tues-Saturday with flexibility around museum programs, events and high visitation days. Must be available holidays and some evenings.  Salary DOQ

EOE.  To apply, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.  No phone calls please.


Exhibit Props & Procurement 


This dynamic position reports to and works directly with the Director of Exhibits & Facilities. This position is responsible for ensuring the Museum's interactive exhibits are well stocked with support props needed for the 300,000 visitors attending each year. 

Specifically this position will:
• Become familiar with the various props needed for 10,000 square feet of indoor exhibits and a half-acre of outdoor exhibits. 
• Ensure that the Museum's exhibit props and interstitials in the galleries are stocked and in excellent condition with an adequate inventory back-stock. 
• Maintain a clean, safe, organized and documented on-site exhibit prop storage room. 
• Perform creative research to identify engaging props to refresh and enhance the exhibit experience for visitors.
• Research, compare quality and cost for procurement of new and replacement props.
• Assist in writing procedures for exhibit prop set-up, cleaning and rotations and orient gallery staff of prop updates at meetings when needed.
• Attend OPS meetings representing Exhibits Department.
• Keeps records of vendors, purchasing history, receipts, and related research. 
• Provide administrative support to Director of Exhibits and Facilities.

Requirements: 
• High school diploma with minimum 2-years related work experience or education. 
• Experience with Microsoft Office including Outlook and Excel must! 
• Excellent computer skills including previous experience in on-line research.
• Organized, detail-oriented with excellent analytical skills to compare product quality and pricing. 
• Ability to demonstrate creativity, innovative thinking and tenacity. 
• Outgoing and professional. 
• Excellent problem solving skills. 
• Customer service experience necessary. 
• Great phone and email etiquette. 
• Some purchasing and procurement experience required. 
• Ability to work effectively in a team and independently and able to meet deadlines. 
• Thrive in a fast-paced, often noisy, environment. 
• Must have a current WA Driver's License and insurance for errands when needed. 
• Must be able to climb ladders to heights of up to 6', lift and/or move up to 30 lbs. 
• Previous trades experience and working with children a plus. 

This fun position is full-time with opportunity for growth. Core schedule M-F, 8 am -- 5 pm with additional hours during exhibit installations. Submit cover letter, resume and 3 references. EOE

Visitor Services Supervisor


Opportunity to join the Visitor Services Leadership Team at our award winning children's museum!

We are seeking highly flexible, experienced candidates with front line leadership experience, ideally in a museum or high end hospitality setting. Must have proven success in providing exceptional, proactive customer service to a diverse audience. This full-time position:
 - Supports the Sr. Operations Manager and orients, trains, schedules and supervises Gallery Services staff members. 
 - Provides active supervision to ensure adherence to museum policies and procedures, and manages staff time efficiently. 
 - Assists in hiring and appraising staff effectively and in taking corrective action in a timely manner according to museum policy. 
 - Assists Sr. Operations Manager in drafting and maintaining effective department systems and procedures. 
 - Acts as Supervisor on Duty overseeing building as assigned - problem solving customer service & staffing issues. 
 - Communicates effectively with other Visitor Service (front desk/reservations, café) and museum Education department teams to ensure appropriate facility preparation and use for programs or events.

An outgoing and customer focused personality is key, with a strong ability to effectively direct & train staff, work in a fast-paced environment, and to independently problem solve. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software is a must, including Outlook, Word & Excel.

Three or more years of direct supervision of a minimum of two staff is required. Bachelor's degree preferred. 

Core schedule Sunday-Thursday with flexibility around museum programs, events and high visitation days. Must be available holidays and occasional evenings. Salary DOQ. Competitive compensation package includes medical and dental health insurance, a retirement plan and PTO.

EOE. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references. No phone calls please.

Museum Preschool Teacher


Inspiring educator to join our play-centered, whole-child 9 month preschool program serving students 3-5 years in award winning children's museum setting. Year round part time position includes school break day camp teaching.

Qualified candidates may also be considered to lead teach other museum education programs to create a full time position. Opportunities include partner programs with local community service agencies to present parent education and support programs and/or field trip art/science workshop teaching.

2+ years preschool teaching experience. BA in Early Childhood Education, Education or relevant experience/education may substitute. Core schedule weekdays, occasional weekends and evenings in support of museum events & programs. 

Museum Teacher/Program Coordinator

Join our team of talented museum educators and program coordinators. Depending on qualifications will include teaching or coordinating elementary field trip art & science workshops, garden programs, art studio/MakeSpace programs, school break camps and partner programs with social service agencies to offer parent education and support. 

PT and FT opportunities. 2+ years elementary teaching experience in informal or formal setting. BS in Education or relevant experience/education may substitute. Salary DOQ. 


Reception/Admissions Staff

The Hands On Children’s Museum is looking for qualified candidates to support our admissions desk.  Staff will greet our visitors and process their admission, membership, program registration, gift shop and café transactions.  1+ year relevant customer service and sales experience with excellent skills required.  Candidates must have the ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple competing tasks; excellent time management and ability to work in a fast paced environment.  Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated attention to detail.  HS diploma required.  

Part time - must be able to flex schedule around museum programming needs, including weekdays, evenings, weekends and holidays.  Candidates qualified to cross train for Gallery and Café Staff given priority consideration. Minimum Wage. EOE



Gallery Staff

Responsible for daily exhibit and facility maintenance and ensuring customer service and safety for our visitors. Opportunities to be considered for additional duties such as birthday party/activity host and education program support duties. Demonstrated excellence in communication and customer service. Must have weekday and weekend availability, evening availability a plus, and have own transportation. Ability to lift 50 lbs and be on feet all day. Hours vary and depend on museum programming demands – a great position for college students. Part-time. Minimum Wage. EOE

All Front Desk, Visitor Service and Cafe staff will be cross trained to work in multiple departments. Priority consideration given to candidates with experience relevant to multiple departments.



Cafe Staff

Responsible for daily café facility and product maintenance, processing café sales transactions and ensuring customer service and safety for our visitors. Demonstrated excellence in communication and customer service. Previous cash handling experience a must. Must have weekday and weekend availability, evening availability a plus, and have own transportation. Ability to lift 50 lbs and be on feet all day. Hours vary and depend on museum visitation demands – a great position for college students. Part-time. Minimum Wage. EOE

All Front Desk, Visitor Service and Cafe staff will be cross trained to work in multiple departments. Priority consideration given to candidates with experience relevant to multiple departments.


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.