Employment

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a fun place to work, learn and play.

To manage our unique community institution — improving visitor experience for our diverse audience, challenging ourselves to participate and meet community needs, and competing effectively against the growing number of “pay for play” franchises and theme-based activity centers — we employ an integrated management process. This focused approach effectively links functions, activities and information throughout the organization so that operational strategies, service initiatives, new exhibit and program ideas, and funding and marketing opportunities benefit from multiple perspectives. Through this approach, Museum staff become vested in each other’s success.
 
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment Application

Current Openings
  • Urban Ecology Educator
  • Events Specialist

 

Urban Ecology Educator

Full-time, exempt position with benefits.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose seeks an innovative environmental science/garden educator to fill an exciting new position as Urban Ecology Educator. Through programming in the onsite garden, environmental service learning outreach for youth and as an integral contributor in planning for an upcoming garden expansion, the Urban Ecology Educator will have responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Develop innovative programming focused on issues of urban ecology;
  • Develop youth-focused initiatives to support youth engagement and service learning with nature, science, and urban gardening;
  • Co-design, develop and oversee the Museum’s new and expanded garden/nature play area;
  • Identify and develop content connections to support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards;
  • Create and sustain community partnerships; and
  • Manage and maintain all materials and garden-related support structures.

In this role, the Urban Ecology Educator will design and develop activities, support existing and develop new service learning programs with schools, work with Education and Exhibits Department staff and design consultants to flesh out the vision for the Garden Expansion project, become familiar with new standards for schools, procure and care for all materials used in urban ecology special programs and exhibit area, and initiate, nurture, and maintain community partnerships.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in science and/or education); knowledge of gardening and garden education; previous experience implementing hands-on gardening and/or science curriculum for diverse ages and a strong commitment to inquiry-based learning. This candidate must possess
excellent communication skills and an ability to work in a team setting.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Events Specialist

Part-time; non–exempt. This entry-level position works on an as-needed schedule that is primarily on nights and weekends, when events are scheduled, facilitating Museum rentals and special events. Hours and days will vary. Events Specialists perform a wide array of duties; this includes but is not limited to: set up and breakdown of tables, chairs, pipe and drape; learn and assist in the Museum’s programs as required, such as cornhusk dolls, programs associated with traveling exhibits, and potential sales opportunities; assist in the opening and shutdown of exhibits; attend event briefings and trainings, exhibit and sound system training; and enhance each visitor’s Museum discovery and experience through interaction, guidance, and superior visitor service. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma/equivalent or be 18+ years of age; the ability to work with a wide range of culturally diverse clients of all ages; and have a strong interest in engaging with the public. Previous experience in the hospitality or customer service industry a plus.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org