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
  • Discovery Actor
  • Admissions Cashier
  • Program Specialist
  • Youth Programs Facilitator
  • Gift Shop Cashier
  • Events Specialist
  • Exhibit Specialist

 

Discovery Actor

Are you an actor who plays well with others?

  • We are auditioning for our newest interactive play, Potter the Otter: The Adventure Continues, which will be presented alternate weekends between February and May, 2017.
  • We are also auditioning for Potter the Otter Outreach performances which will be presented weekday mornings at various sites between February and May, 2017.

These are part-time, non-exempt, non-equity, temporary weekday or weekend positions running January through May 2017. Roles are available for experienced actors, male or female, ages 16 – 30ish. Experience with children is desirable. Please provide resume/headshot if you have them. Daytime outreach applicants should have your own vehicle.

How to Apply: Please join us for drop-in auditions:

  • Wednesday, January 18 – Friday, January 20
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon for weekday Outreach
    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for weekend performances
  • Saturday, January 21
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for weekend performances

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110

For questions or to set up an audition appointment outside of these times, e-mail: theatre@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
 

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
 

Youth Programs Facilitator

Part-time, non-exempt, temporary position, mid-October through May. Tuesday -Thursday, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and occasional evenings. Youth Program Facilitator assists the Youth Educator with development, facilitation and technological aspects of after school programs for middle school youth in the Media.Studio at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The Media Studio provides programming after school and on weekends in the areas of multimedia production and service learning, and includes a strong component of documentation and reflection. Current projects include digital photography and videography, and community service. Responsibilities for this position include interacting with and supervising young adolescent participants, ensuring their safety, communicating with parents, and preparation and clean-up for daily programs. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent, previous experience working with adolescents, dedication to community service, and familiarity with the use of DSLR and video equipment, industry standard multimedia tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, digital video editing software, and PC operating systems. Excellent communication skills with multiple audiences are necessary: Spanish language skills are highly 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
 

Gift Shop Cashier

Non-exempt; part-time, weekends and some holidays.The Gift Shop 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