Early Childhood And Family Programs Museum Educator

Missouri History Museum Saint Louis , MO 63150

Posted 3 weeks ago

Position Summary:

The Early Childhood and Family Programs Museum Educator will be responsible for engaging young children and their families and caregivers in the museum setting through innovative programs and visits to the museum's family gallery, the History Clubhouse.

Essential Functions:

Facilitate innovative education programs that engage young children and their families in the museum environment. All programs intentionally engage diverse audiences from across the greater St. Louis area and include (but are not limited to):

  • Storytelling

  • Museum Babies

  • Early Childhood Group Programs

  • Parent & Me classes

  • Summer Family Fun Series

  • Make-and-Take Workshops

  • Girl Scout and Cub Scout programs

  • Family Fun Days

  • Winter Getaway

Engage children, families, and groups during visits to the History Clubhouse and maintain the space

  • Welcome, play with, and converse with visitors

  • Interpret historical content

  • Sanitize and ensure cleanliness

  • Work to ensure safety of visitors

  • Work to protect History Clubhouse gallery space from misuse

  • Complete opening and closing procedures for History Clubhouse

Develop and prepare craft projects for upcoming programs.

Work as a team (among 10 other employees) and communicate effectively and strategically.

Work to promote the History Clubhouse and Early Childhood and Family Programs among the local community.

Must have weekend availability (required to work 2 weekend shifts per month, 8am-5pm).

Attend educational training as scheduled Must have Wednesday availability for training (2-7pm).

On average there are two trainings per month that last 2-3 hours each. Trainings are PAID and focus on direct preparation for program facilitation as well as a variety of relevant topics such as fostering inclusion/equity, connecting audiences to complex content, early childhood education, positive behavior support, visual thinking strategies, and engaging whole families.


  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • College: Some coursework in Education, Early Childhood Development, Human Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, History, Museum Education, Museum Studies, or related field is strongly preferred

  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with children ages 10 and under; experience with children ages 2-5 is preferred

  • Minimum 6 months customer service experience

  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time during day-long programs

  • Able to lift supplies and small furniture up to 20 pounds on occasion

  • Able to work with children at their level, including kneeling and sitting on the floor

Please Note: Significant experience working with children will be considered in lieu of formal education.


  • Strong knowledge of educational pedagogy, educational trends and the needs of early childhood educators, families, and youth groups

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent customer service skills

  • Comfortable speaking publicly in large and small group settings

  • Strong ability to work as a member of a team

  • An interest in and passion for history

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with Reggio approach and/or constructivist approach to learning preferred

  • Bilingual/multilingual skills preferred

Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Early Childhood And Family Programs Museum Educator

Missouri History Museum