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.
The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford CT. 06119
Full-Time Preschool Lead Teacher
The Children’s Museum Preschool, in West Hartford seeks an experienced, enthusiastic and nurturing pre-k lead teacher to join our team of dedicated early childhood professionals for a fulltime/year round position. The ideal candidate will possess all the skills and abilities necessary to plan and implement play-based learning connecting to the CT ELDS, perform the physical demands required as a preschool teacher, collaborate as a team and nurture family partnerships, and be current in First Aid/CPR, Epi-pen and Administration of Medication. This lead role will share some administrative duties and will assume responsibility for the preschool in the absence of the Preschool Director. Bachelors in Early Childhood/related field and a minimum of three years’ experience teaching in a preschool required. Prior administrative/management experience preferred.
Expected pay rate: $14.00/hr- $15.00/ hr plus benefits
Please send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:
or mail to:
The Children’s Museum Preschool
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT 06119
Part-Time Seasonal Informal Educators- Summer 2017
The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families, school and community groups, and home schooled children. At the Museum and in classrooms throughout Connecticut, we encourage children to become creative thinkers and lifelong learners. Children engage in our interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits and demonstrations, a live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. Our unique Children’s Museum Preschool, co-located on our West Hartford campus, integrates science experiences into early childhood learning. Nearby Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton offers environmental exhibits, nature programs, concerts and acres of outdoor hiking, bird watching, and winter cross-country skiing.
Multiple Seasonal Educator positions are currently available at our West Hartford, CT location. Length of position and required hours will differ depending on specific educational role. All Summer Educator applicants should have a minimum of two years of College-level studies or career experience in; physics, chemistry, earth science, agriculture/horticulture, or other environmental or biological sciences. Experience engaging children in informal learning environments is expected along with a strong confidence level for communicating with their caregivers (parents, grandparents and teachers). Applicants must be willing to commit to the duration of the position as stated in the descriptions below. All Applicants must successfully pass a background check. Hours and salary vary by position.
Seasonal Outreach Science Educator
Description: The Summer Outreach Educator will work alongside our Education Coordinator and year-round Educators to develop and deliver hands on science education programs within schools, libraries and other community locations throughout Connecticut. Educators collaborate on the development of informal Science curriculum and hands on activities and exhibits to ensure an overall positive learning experience that is tailored to the ages and experiences they are presenting to. Science topics include; Physics, Chemistry, Earth science, Biology and Environmental Science. A strong knowledge of general science principles is expected. Educators will routinely handle live animals during presentations. Adherence to all safety protocols will be required. This position requires confirmation of a clean driving record and the occasional use of a personal vehicle, for which mileage re-imbursement will be provided. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 40 hours per week and will fall between mid-June and September 1st. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate range $10.75-$11.25/hour.
Outdoor Environmental Educator/Gardener
Description: The Children’s Museum maintains a 1,300 soft screened in butterfly enclosure that is designed as a natural environment for native butterflies. In addition raised garden beds are maintained to demonstrate a variety of educational initiatives. This summer we are launching a “Kids can Compost” initiative and composting stations will be built, maintained and used as an educational resource for programs made available to our visitors. We are seeking a hands on Gardener/Environmental Educator to assist in the maintenance of our gardens and compost and to lead daily programs for our visitors utilizing these resources. This role requires a very active person who will work outdoors in all weather conditions to plant, maintain and harvest as well as turning and managing the compost. They will work with education staff and the Director of Operations to design and lead hands-on gardening and compost programs for families and large groups attending the museum. This position is outdoors in all types of weather and requires heavy lifting with routine bending. A strong knowledge of horticulture, agriculture and sustainability is required. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 28-30 hours per week and will fall between early May and mid-September. Some weekend hours will be expected. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate range $10.75-$11.25/hour.
Summer Science Camp Educator
Description: The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the year, even when the kids are out of school! In the summer the museum runs a multi week summer day camp program for children in grades 1 thru 6. Each camp week has a science theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. The Science Camp Educator works alongside our Camp Manager to design, plan and implement hands-on science activities in a fun day camp setting. Applicants working towards a science degree, with a solid understanding of general science principals are preferred. Education majors will also be considered. The Camp Educator works Monday through Friday Approximately 40 hours/week from Early June thru the second to the last week of August. Rate range $10.75-$11.25/hour.
Summer Science Camp Education Assistants
Description: The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the year, even when the kids are out of school! In the summer the museum runs a multi week summer day camp program for children in grades 1 thru 6. Each camp week has a science theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. Camp Assistants work Monday through Friday and aid our Museum Educators in planning and implementing science based activities, crafts and educational games. At times Education Assistants will rotate through the museum exhibit areas and will be trained to lead simple science, craft or other learning activities with the general public including adults and children. This role is ideal for someone with some background in education and supervision experience with children. Training is provided to ensure all safety protocols are maintained. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 35 hours per week and will fall between Mid-June and the second to the last week of August. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate: Minimum $10.50/hour. College students with less than two years completed college level education may be considered for these roles.
Please send resume and a cover letter, detailing your preferred position and identifying any limitations to availability.
or mail to
Director of Operations
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford CT. 06119
If you are interested in volunteering at The Children’s Museum please contact Jennifer Parker at (860) 231-2824 ext. 380.