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
  • Admissions Cashier
  • Summer of Service (SOS) Positions
  • Program Specialist
  • Exhibit Specialist

 

Admissions Cashier

Non-exempt, part-time, 15- 20 hours per week, during museum public hours (Monday 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
 

Summer of Service (SOS) Positions

Summer of Service is a summer program for middle and high school aged youth, designed to give them fun experiences engaging in real community service work. Youth enroll for two-week sessions and choose one of five service themes: Environment and Ecology; Early Childhood Education; Media and Museum; Leadership, and Community Outreach. Teams of 10-14 youth and two team leaders, along with a high school intern, work together to plant trees, clean parks, plan hands-on activities for preschoolers, work behind the scenes in the Museum, complete digital media projects, work with seniors, or serve meals to the hungry. Friday Fun Days feature excursions to Bay Area attractions. The following positions are available for this program:

SOS Team Leader
Full-time, non-exempt, temporary position; Monday-Friday, June 6 to August 12. Team Leaders will be responsible for overseeing the youth experience in the program: promoting positive interactions, encouraging learning and fun for youth, transporting youth to service sites, playing games and ensuring safety. Team Leaders should be responsible, resourceful, playful, committed to community service, and enjoy working with middle school youth. Team Leaders must be at least 21 years of age, and should have prior experience interacting with youth. Experience in one or more of the program themes (stated above) is also helpful.

Assistant Team Leader
Part time, non-exempt, temporary position; approximately 35 hours per week. Monday – Friday, June 6 to August 12. Assistant Team Leaders will assist Team Leaders in all activities: traveling to service sites, helping and encouraging young teens to complete service projects, playing games, and representing the Museum. Assistant Team Leaders should be responsible, resourceful, playful, and passionate about service-learning. Assistant Team Leaders must have completed their junior year in high school and have a strong interest in education, community service, and working with young people.

Van Driver (1 position)
Part-time, temporary position; Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 6 to August 12. The Museum’s Summer of Service day camp program requires a driver to operate a 15-passenger van, shuttling middle school-aged youth and their team leaders to community service project sites within Santa Clara County. Must be at least 21 years of age, have a Class C or B driver’s license, previous experience driving a 15-passenger van, and a clean driving record. The ideal candidate will also be responsible, mature and enjoy working with youth.

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
 

Program Specialist

Part-time; non-exempt. Program Specialists are familiar with all exhibits and are primarily responsible for facilitating programmatic activities in the areas of the Kids’ Garden, the Wonder Cabinet (focuses on early childhood education), the Art Loft, and The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre. This position works with the public in a one-on-one teaching capacity and requires a high level of interactive skills and judgment. Specialists will also manage and maintain program spaces; handle materials preparation and maintenance; assess programs and provide feedback to Program Developers regarding successes and challenges of activities. Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma or equivalent, prior experience working with children, and have an interest in a career in education. Experience or coursework in education, early childhood education, art, drama, environmental studies or science is necessary, as well as commitment to positive visitor service.

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