Working at The Children’s Museum is a fun way to get involved in your community, to meet interesting people (and animals), to help children discover and learn new things, and to learn about science, nature and the stars.
Museum Science Educator
The Children’s Museum, in West Hartford CT, is seeking energetic, creative and reliable informal science educators to develop and teach content-rich, hands-on programs to grade levels Pre-K through 8 in a fun, interactive environment. Responsibilities include the following:
- Teaching programs to school groups visiting the museum
- Travelling to schools to present classroom outreach programs at their site
- Teaching science programs both at our onsite preschool and as outreach at other preschools
- Presenting science assemblies at schools, libraries and community organizations, to large groups
- Teaching series of programs on an ongoing basis in an afterschool setting
- Assisting with curriculum development and instruction within our homeschool program series
- Assisting with vacation science camp and public programs during school holidays and vacation periods
Training on content will be provided, but a high level of confidence presenting to groups is essential. Positions are part-time with approximately 12-28 hours a week available. Preference will be given to those with strong knowledge in the topics of Physics, Astronomy, Earth Sciences and Life Sciences. Although individual educators may concentrate on areas where they have greater knowledge, training will be provided to cross train in instruction of other topics. All roles require contact and handling of live animals from our sanctuary.
- Bachelor degree in science or science education, or currently working towards degree
- Previous experience teaching inquiry-based science programming
- Ability to present science content in an enthusiastic and engaging manner
- Strong communication and presentation skills
- A strong comfort level for presenting in front of large groups of both children and adults
- Weekday afternoon and evening availability with a flexible schedule is required
- Programs take place both onsite and offsite so reliable transportation and a clean driving record is required
Interested candidates should send all of the following materials for consideration:
resume, cover letter, salary expectations and three references. (No phone calls please)
Education Program Coordinator
The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
The Children’s Museum Preschool is currently expanding and seeking applicants for full-time and part-time full year positions with morning and afternoon shifts available. Full-time positons are 40 hours per week with part-time positons ranging between 20-28 hours per week.
Providing a safe learning environment, planning and implementing play-based and child-driven classroom learning activities, meeting individual needs of the children and documenting observations.
- Familiarity with the Ct Early Learning and Development Standards and prior preschool experience preferred.
- Associates Degree in Early Childhood or Bachelors in a related field with early childhood credits.
- First Aid/CPR/Admin of Medications/Epi Pen certified or willingness to obtain
- Must possess the qualities to care for and work with children in all capacities, demonstrate a strong level of both verbal and written communication skills to assist parents/guardians, communicate and work positively with co-workers, and follow all background check/licensing mandates.
To apply please forward resume and cover letter, including minimum hourly salary expectation, to:
The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford CT 06119
Part Time Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator
The Children’s Museum Inc., West Hartford CT. is currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to fill the part time role of Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator. The Children’s Museum is a private, non-profit institution, founded in 1927. As the fifth oldest children’s museum in the nation, the museum’s mission is to provide life-long learning and innovation among children, adults and their communities. The Museum strives to assist in the development of curious, confident and innovative individuals and to be a valued asset and partner within the community. The Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator will work alongside our program, exhibits and development staff to creatively market and promote our brand, programs, exhibits and events.
This part-time Coordinator will assist with website management, oversee social media accounts, and act as the primary liaison for advertising and public relations. The position requires a knowledge of graphic design, including a proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently as well as part of a team. They should be able to identify newsworthy content within the organization and the appropriate channels through which to distribute it. Experience in marketing, public relations, communications, graphic design or a related field is a MUST.
- Manage organization’s website, including regularly updating graphics and seasonal information.
- Grow and manage organization’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Should be able to identify, create and cultivate appropriate content for each channel. Experience with Facebook Advertising is a plus.
- Set up and manage online sales screens thru Blackbaud Altru software.
- Graphic design creation of marketing materials such as flyers, signs, print ads, website banners, and more.
- Identify, coordinate communications and direct projects with outside vendors.
- Maintain community and media relations.
- Make direct outreach to media outlets when necessary.
- Coordinate paid advertisements and identify new promotional opportunities.
- Write and distribute Press Releases.
- Design and distribute email communications.
- Collaborate with Museum colleagues to create appropriate marketing material.
- Background in social media/ability to run a successful social media campaign
- Knowledge of WordPress
- Exceptional writing and editing skills
- Excellent communicator and creative thinker
- Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
- Graphic design experience
- Experience with Constant Contact and Blackbaud’s Altru software is a plus
Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, salary requirements, professional references, a writing sample and graphic design sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Facilities Assistant
Reports to: Facilities Lead and Director of Operations
Job Summary: To assist in routine housekeeping, outdoor grounds maintenance and exhibit and building maintenance projects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Entry level part-time position requires approximately 24 hours a week, with opportunities to expand hours for special seasonal projects. The ability to lift 50lbs and an understanding that this position requires both indoor and outdoor work is required. Tasks may include but are not limited to routine janitorial cleaning, seasonal outdoor ground maintenance, snow removal, painting and assisting Museum Caretaker with maintenance projects. Candidate must show they can communicate effectively with a team, respond positively to instruction, be punctual and committed to good attendance and maintain a positive attitude with a pleasant personality shown to other staff and museum guests.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Children’s Museum please contact Jennifer Parker at (860) 231-2824 ext. 380.