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
  • Birthday Party Host / Retail Cashier
  • Communications Specialist
  • Urban Ecology Program Developer
  • Admissions Cashier
  • Museum Store Cashier
  • Events Specialist
  • Exhibit Specialist

 

Birthday Party Host / Retail Cashier

Part-time, non-exempt; approximately 12-15 hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays, and occasional week days or holidays. The Birthday Party Host / Retail Cashier has dual responsibilities: as Birthday Party Host, this position is responsible for facilitating fast-paced children’s birthday parties. This includes setting up decorations and supplies, greeting and interacting with guests, facilitating activities, serving food, and basic clean-up. As a Museum Store Cashier, this position supports all areas of customer service, sales transactions, merchandise display and inventory. The ideal candidate for this combined position is an outgoing individual with knowledge of children and related products, excellent verbal communication and organizational skills, and an ability to interact with a wide range of people.

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
 

Communications Specialist

The Communications Specialist is responsible for fostering communications with the public through development and coordination of written and visual content, and planning and implementation of social media strategies to build community, drive audience, and brand our Museum as a leader in interactive learning. Key responsibilities include serving as the primary contributor for official Museum representation on social media networks, managing written and visual content (photo and video) for social and other media; updating the website calendar and Don’t Miss pages; coordinating cross departmental communications strategies; and managing photo and other media archives.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and a resume.

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

Urban Ecology Program Developer

Full Time, Exempt: Urban Ecology Program Developer for Bill’s Backyard: Bridge to Nature is Children’s Discovery Museum’s brand new 27,500 sq. ft. nature play space, designed to encourage children and their caregivers to experience the creativity, curiosity, fun, and magic of outdoor play in the middle of an urban environment. Including a tree climbing area, hill, fort building, gravel dig pit, dry creek and vegetable garden, this fun and interactive area will encourage children and their caregivers to explore the natural world, inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. The Urban Ecology Program Developer will have overall responsibility for Bill’s Backyard: Bridge to Nature: developing innovative environmental programming, training and coaching part-time nature play facilitators and youth volunteers, aligning Bill’s Backyard efforts with Museum-wide initiatives, managing program materials, developing community partnerships and supporting fundraising. With support for regular maintenance, the Urban Ecology Program Developer will oversee plantings, prunings, and general health of the outdoor nature space, including seasonal planting and harvesting of the vegetable garden.

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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
 

Admissions Cashier

Non-exempt, part-time, 15- 20 hours per week, during museum public hours (Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm). This frontline position interfaces with the public to process admissions tickets and memberships, greet visitors and provide information, make announcements, and help direct the flow of visitors in the front lobby area. This individual will be energetic, organized, accurate, familiar with basic computer skills, and able to demonstrate outstanding visitor service skills while working with a diverse audience. Previous experience in visitor service, retail, or working with children is desirable.

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
 

Museum Store Cashier

Non-exempt; part-time, weekends and some holidays.The Museum Store Cashier is responsible for opening and closing procedures and provides a high level of customer service by greeting and assisting customers in the selection of merchandise, processing sales transactions, displaying merchandise and stocking inventory. The ideal candidate is outgoing, has a high school diploma (or equivalent) basic computer skills, cash handling experience, a minimum of 2 years previous retail experience, as well as knowledge of children’s interests and related products. Excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to interact with a wide range of customers are a must. Bilingual skills are an asset.

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 nights and weekends for Museum facility rentals and special events. Hours and days will vary. Events Specialists perform a wide array of duties; this includes but is not limited to:

  • Setting up and breakdown of tables, chairs, pipe and drape;
  • Learning the Museum’s programs and assist as required;
  • Promoting the Museum and its programs to visitors;
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of exhibits;
  • Attending event briefings and trainings, exhibit and sound system training, and
  • Enhancing each visitor’s Museum discovery and experience through interaction, guidance, and superior visitor service.

The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or 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
 

Exhibit Specialist

Part-time; non-exempt; weekdays and weekends, half-day shifts available. The Exhibit Specialist assists in the opening/closing procedures of the Museum, understands and demonstrates his/her knowledge of the Museum’s general themes and exhibits, and actively interacts with children and adults to enhance their enjoyment and learning experiences. Exhibit Specialists are also trained as greeters for scheduled field trips/groups, and should feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Must be outgoing and have a professional demeanor. A strong interest in teaching or education, or prior experience working with children is necessary, as well as good communication and visitor service skills.

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