Key Responsibility Area: Plan, Coordinate, and Implement Early Childhood Programs
— WonderLab currently runs three weekly “Science Sprouts” programs for children ages 0 - 3, and one weekly “Discovery Time” program for children ages 3 - 6. The Early Childhood Educator will plan the weekly curriculum for these classes, prepare all the necessary materials, and teach the classes in an engaging, developmentally appropriate, and hands-on way.
— Plan monthly programmatic themes, and weekly sub-themes (e.g. chemistry, earth science, the senses, vehicles, etc.).
— Coordinate with other museum departments (e.g. Marketing) as needed to ensure program success.
— Maintain organization and inventory of program supplies and space.
— Coordinate long-term program planning and development of the above programs, as well as future early childhood programs to be determined.
Key Responsibility Area: Science Sprouts Place
— Science Sprouts Place (SSP) is the museum’s new exhibit area (open October 2019) for children birth through age 3 and their caregivers. The Early Childhood Educator will play a key role in programming, engagement, evaluation and maintenance of this space.
— Develop and implement early childhood education trainings for interns and volunteers who will work in SSP.
— Coordinate the planning and implementation of programming in SSP. Possible programs include: STEM Storytime and Baby Brilliance Playgroup (a program that brings content experts into SSP and invites caregivers to ask them questions and engage in an informal way).
— Work regularly-scheduled shifts in SSP: maintain a clean and safe environment, model engagement, and provide additional information to caregivers.
— Work in conjunction with gallery staff to manage and maintain the physical environment including: materials, safety, cleaning, and storage.
— Implement both formal and informal evaluation of SSP.
Key Responsibility Area: Sprouts Lab
— Sprouts Lab is a specialized area adjacent to SSP that offers young children (ages birth through 3 and ages 4 through 6) hands-on, mess-happy exploration with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Sprouts Lab will feature a new activity each week that complements the weekly/monthly early childhood program theme.
— Design, and/or support interns to design, weekly activity curriculum for Sprouts Lab. Tasks include: writing up activities, selecting and purchasing materials, prototyping activities, evaluate activities, and training relevant staff on how to run the activities.
— Work shifts in Sprouts Lab as scheduled, helping to facilitate hands-on STEAM activities, maintain a clean and safe environment, and provide additional information and modeling to caregivers.
— Oversee training and scheduling of interns and volunteers to facilitate STEAM activities in Sprouts Lab.
Key Responsibility Area: Other
— Build and maintain relationships with families, caregivers, and community members
— Present occasional early childhood-focused offsite events at schools, libraries, or community events
— Provide effective coordination, training and support of work-study students, interns, and volunteers, as assigned
— Comply with all administrative policies and procedures described in employee handbook
— Other duties as assigned
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the WonderLab Job Application Form (available at the museum web site:
The application must also include a cover letter, a resume, and at least two letters of reference mailed directly to the address below or e-mailed to Education Director Deirdre Sheets at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference letter(s) should be sent directly to email@example.com from the person who wrote the letter.
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
Attn: Deirdre Sheets
P.O. Box 996
308 West 4th Street
Bloomington, IN 47402