Children's Museum of South Dakota

Employment & Internships

Spark Imagination for Children and Their Grown-Ups

Do you have a passion for helping children learn through play? We are looking for creative and innovative thinkers who inspire kids and kids at heart to stretch their imaginations. We seek individuals with a playful and energetic personality as well as a good sense of humor. An understanding of how children learn and create is a necessity.

 

CMSD Internships and Employment - Come Play Along!

With its playful, creative atmosphere, The Children’s Museum of South Dakota offers exciting internship and employment opportunities. Students gain invaluable experience in various fields including education, guest services, public relations and marketing, administration and human development, food services, and retail. Employees get to work in a dynamic and fun environment. 

Mission: The Children’s Museum of South Dakota sparks imagination and learning for all children and their grown-ups through play, creativity, and discovery.

Vision: CMSD seeks to transform the world by inspiring generations to love learning and to believe that life is full of possibilities.

 

Current Openings

Position:          Program Facilitator

Status:             Part-time, hourly, (weekend availability required, summer availability preferred).

Position open until filled. EOE  

Reports to:      Director of Education

Job Summary

In alignment with the Museum’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan, the Program Facilitator will assist in the implementation of educational programming that is welcoming and accessible to all. All employees of CMSD are responsible for supporting CMSD’s goal to become a recognized leader in the children’s museum industry.

Essential Functions:  Working with the Director of Education and Museum Educator, the Program Facilitator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepare and facilitate a wide variety of educational programming opportunities in the areas of arts and sciences to museum guests and groups in programming spaces, museum exhibits and on the museum floor
  • Develop a firm understanding of all museum program offerings and inform guests, staff, and volunteers as needed
  • Prepare and facilitate children’s birthday parties with enthusiasm and energy
  • Maintain a clean, organized, safe, and welcoming museum environment
  • Communicate with guests before, during, and after program offerings to ensure their needs are met and expectations exceeded
  • Support and guide volunteers during program offerings
  • Assist with preparation and implementation of educational activities for museum events and outreach
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Post-secondary education preferred
  • At least 2 years of experience engaging children in play-based learning opportunities  
  • Able to stand, bend, climb, and/or walk for a prolonged period of time
  • High comfort level working with children in a fast-paced, high traffic, public environment
  • Views children as capable and competent and recognizes that children naturally learn through play
  • Communicates effectively and interacts genuinely with families of all backgrounds and abilities
  • Works independently or cooperatively as a team
  • A strong commitment to the mission, vision, and values of CMSD
  • Must be reliable and flexible
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize workflow
  • Experience in creativity, art, or science projects and/or making things

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
Children’s Museum of South Dakota
Attn: Carrie Benson
521 4th Street
Brookings, SD 57006

cbenson@prairieplay.org

 

 

Position: Food Service Employee

Status: Part-time (weekend availability required). Position opened until filled. EOE

Reports to: Café Coteau Manager

Job Summary: In alignment with the museum’s mission, vision, and values, Café Coteau food service employees assist in all aspects of the daily operations including food preparation and clean-up, cooking, and customer service. The ideal candidate is passionate about food and customer service and enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare and serve a variety of foods according to customers' orders or supervisors' instructions, following approved procedures.
  • Clean and sanitize dining and work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, and silverware according to health and safety standards.
  • Receive and store food supplies, equipment, and utensils in refrigerators, cupboards, and other storage areas.
  • Create a positive guest experience by delivering a high level of customer service
  • Assist customers using the point of sale computer system to ensure cash management is done efficiently and accurately
  • Inform supervisors when equipment is not working properly and when food and supplies are getting low
  • Assist in any area of the café when staffing constraints require


Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Previous experience in restaurant or hospitality service preferred
  • Exhibits effective communication skills
  • Able to take direction effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to use touch-sensitive POS system
  • Interacts easily and happily with children, their grown-ups, and staff
  • Able to perform physical activities that require your whole body, such as lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, three professional references and availability to:

Children’s Museum of South Dakota / Café Coteau
Attn: Pouran Borchardt
521 4th Street Brookings, SD 57006
Pborchardt@prairieplay.org

 

 

Position:              Museum Studies Internship

Status:             Part-Time; 20-30 hours / week– Flexible to fit internship requirements                      

Reports to:      Associate Director

Job Summary: 

In alignment with CMSD’s mission, vision, and values, the Museum Studies Intern will have the opportunity to put classroom knowledge to use while working with a creative team in a non-profit organization that fosters hands-on, inquiry-based learning.    

Essential Functions: 

The internship will provide exposure in multiple areas of the children’s museum including operations, guest services, exhibits, marketing, programming and event planning.  Specific functions include:

  • Gaining insight into the operations of a children’s museum

  • Interacting with guests on the museum floor

  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment

  • Assisting in the implementation of special events

  • Assisting with scheduled programming activities

  • Gaining exposure to educational planning and programming including museum research and evaluative functions

  • Gaining exposure to exhibit maintenance, design and fabrication

Qualifications

  • Student currently attending college or graduate school in a related field of study

  • Recognizes that children naturally learn through play

  • Views children as capable and competent

  • Communicates effectively and interacts genuinely with people of all backgrounds and abilities

  • Shows initiative and is able to meet deadlines with attention to details

  • Works independently or cooperatively as a team

  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced, high traffic, public environment

  • Understands and shows commitment to the mission, vision, and values of CMSD

 

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, three professional references and availability to:
Children’s Museum of South Dakota
Attn: Mike Mogard, Associate Director
521 4th Street
Brookings, SD 57006
mmogard@prairieplay.org

 

For Fall Internship: Apply by May 1st for full consideration.
For Spring Internship: Apply by October 1st for full consideration.
For Summer Internship: Apply by March 1st for full consideration.