Children's Museum of Sonoma County
The Children’s Museum is seeking an enthusiastic and outgoing person for our Playologist position. Playologists are integral to the day-to-day operations and overall success of the Children’s Museum. They are highly motivated and outgoing individuals whose primary role is to provide exceptional experiences to all of our visitors through play, program facilitation, and policy enforcement. Playologists help with exhibit set-up and breakdown, encourage public interaction with exhibits, and ensure the Museum facility is clean and ready for visitors. The ideal candidate is an outgoing, self-motivated individual who thrives on working with families in a dynamic environment with a wide variety of job responsibilities and demands. This position reports to the Visitor Experience Manager and Director of Programs.
Welcome visitors & help orient them to the Museum exhibit areas
Ensure the safety of all visitors by communicating & enforcing museum policies gently & professionally
Engage with visitors in indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces
Must be a team player, with the ability to communicate and support fellow Playologists
Provide educational & interactive experiences through play
At all times, demonstrate & model a high level of professional conduct & communication with all visitors and staff
Remain welcoming and approachable at all times to visitors, staff & volunteers
Anticipate visitor needs, make proactive suggestions to facilitate a quality Museum experience, respond to visitors who may need assistance
Ensure supervisor or manager involvement if necessary to satisfy visitor needs
Perform opening & closing duties of the Museum
Assist in the maintenance & upkeep of program spaces and exhibit halls
Model ways to safely play with the Museum exhibits
Model appropriate practices for teaching & learning with young children
Observe & document museum activity & report findings to Visitor Experience Manager
Participate in regular, monthly team meetings
Facilitate misc. programming: story time, art, science & other drop-in programs
Previous experience interacting with young children, preferably in a teaching environment;
Previous professional or volunteer experience interfacing with the public;
Experience leading activities for young children in an informal educational setting;
Understanding of behavior management strategies
Bilingual Spanish/English is preferable.
Must be able to communicate clearly.
Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
Ability to work indoors and outdoors as needed.
Ability to assist with tasks that require lifting (at least 30lbs.) and bending.
Ability to make eye contact and smile – repeatedly!
Hours: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Part-time position ranging from 16-30 hours per week
Schedule: Must be able to work Mondays, Wednesday with a flexible 3rd and/or 4th day
Holidays* and school closures required, including summer, winter and spring school breaks;
*CMOSC is open all holidays except the following: Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
Occasional evening events;
Full-day shift: 8:15am-4:30pm
Pay Rate: $12.00-13.00/hr
Reports to: Visitor Experience Manager
This position requires a mandatory background security screening.
Email your application documents as a PDF or Microsoft Word attachment (please do not send your application embedded in the text of the email message):
Subject line: “Playologist – your name”
To: Abby Lake at email@example.com Include the following items:
3 references (please note affiliation)