A Peoria Park District Facility

Jobs at the PlayHouse

The PlayHouse hires for the following part-time positions as needed, and accepts applications for these positions year-round:

Playologist - Experience Facilitator

POSITION: Part Time (Average  24 - 29 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Background in Education, Art or Early Childhood Development a plus.  Experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.
  • Must have one year previous experience in a museum or customer service. Experience in a school or other informational educational setting working with children 0-8 years of age a plus.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and respectfully with adults as well as children of all ages.
  • Must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and innovation.

DUTIES:

  • Facilitate visitors’ play experiences in a welcoming, enthusiastic, and open-ended manner.
  • Engage children, adults and teachers in play through museum exhibits, educational programs, and personal interactions.
  • Deliver high quality customer service by answering questions and assisting visitors.
  • Monitor the orderly operation of the museum including communicating rules to visitors/field trips and following safety standards and sanitation requirements. Routinely walk through galleries and straighten as needed.
  • Continually organize exhibition spaces throughout the day. Perform cleaning and resetting of exhibitions for opening and closing procedures daily.  Spot clean as needed.
  • Assist in setup for Museum exhibits, workshops, birthday parties and programs.
  • Report supply needs and exhibition repairs or maintenance to supervisor and/or Exhibit Care Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Lead planned and impromptu group activities and special events as necessary.
  • Report all visitor comments, complaints and trends to Operations Manager in a timely manner.
  • Exhibit and understanding of and promote PlayHouse mission and core values in all areas of work and interactions.
  • Promote PlayHouse mission, programs, and offerings through personal interactions and distribution of printed materials.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
  • Attend all staff meetings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:

  • Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am – 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.

How to Apply: Applications are available at the Peoria Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from www.peoriaparks.org under “Join Our Team”.  Applicants may submit a resume’, but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT -  Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL  61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

Maker Playologist - Experience Facilitator

POSITION: Part Time (average 20 - 25 hours per week).

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Successful candidates must have experience and comfort with basic carpentry tools. Must have demonstrated experience building or constructing things from a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, plastic, reclaimed/recycled materials.
  • Experience or interest in interacting with and leading children 0-8 years of age in open-ended art or building related projects.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.

DUTIES:

  • Work in the Real-Tools exhibit, interacting with visitors as they learn how to use hand carpentry tools and complete carpentry projects.
  • Facilitate visitors’ play experiences in a welcoming, enthusiastic, and open-ended manner.
  • Deliver high quality customer service by answering questions and assisting visitors.
  • Monitor the orderly operation of the museum including communicating rules to visitors/field trips and following safety standards and sanitation requirements. Routinely walk through galleries and straighten as needed.
  • Continually organize exhibition spaces throughout the day. Perform cleaning and resetting of exhibitions for opening and closing procedures daily. Spot clean as needed.
  • Assist in setup, delivery and visitation.
  • Report supply needs and exhibition repairs or maintenance to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Lead planned and impromptu activities as necessary.
  • Report all visitor comments, complaints and trends to Operations Manager in a timely manner.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
  • Attend all staff meetings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:

  • Starting pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am – 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.
Information regarding how to apply for positions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Admissions and Retail Attendant

POSITION: Part Time (Average 24 - 29 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a customer service role, ideally a museum or other visitor attraction setting.
  • Must have excellent customer service, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in a highly diverse informal educational setting.
  • Practical understanding of ages and stages of child development.
  • Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain focus and professional demeanor in a highly demanding atmosphere.
  • Ability to create an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers. Experience working as or with volunteers preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and respectfully with adults as well as children of all ages.
  • Must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and innovation.

DUTIES:

  • Open and close Welcome Desk computer systems according to defined procedures.
  • Perform cashier duties including handling cash, check and charge transactions.
  • Promote and sell PlayHouse Children’s Museum admissions, memberships and programs.
  • Clean and maintain an organized and well-stocked front desk area and assist in exhibition cleaning and organizing on a daily basis. Perform spot cleaning in other areas as needed.
  • Interact with museum visitors by answering questions about the Peoria PlayHouse Museum, Peoria Zoo and Luthy Botanical Gardens programs and ticket options.
  • Interact with the general public and privately booked groups, school groups, and birthday parties and ensure an excellent experience for all visitors.
  • Light clerical work: answering and directing phone calls, data entry and other duties as assigned.
  • Check in and direct guests for museum workshops and programs.
  • Manage lost and found area.
  • Attend all staff meeting s and trainings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:

  • Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am – 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.

Monticello Education Intern, August 2019 - August 2020 (PAID)

POSITION: Part Time (28 hours per week); a full year commitment is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate field trips, including:
    • Communicate with teachers interested in booking field trips.
    • Complete field trip bookings in museum calendar and in the museum's booking system.
    • Assist in setup and facilitation of interactive field trip experiences, including leading selected field trips.
  • Assist with education events and programs; design activities or components of programs.
  • Assist with booking additional programs, including birthday parties and rentals, as needed. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree is required. Degree in Education, Museum Studies, Art or Early Childhood Development a plus.
  • Experience in a formal or informal educational setting working with children 0-9 years of age. Previous experience in a
    museum or with customer service is a plus.
  • Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
    Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.

OTHER:

Stipend is $15,000 for one-year internship, to be paid in increments every 2 weeks. Typical work hours are assigned and performed on weekdays, 9am - 4pm, but may include some evening and weekend
hours. 28 hours per week.

This internship has a study/research component, which includes the opportunity to travel to other museums and meet with staff there, and/ or attend regional conferences. Study/research time is unpaid; there is a $1000 budget for travel expenses paid for by the Park District.

How to Apply for Jobs at the PlayHouse :

Applications can be found here. They are also available at the Peoria Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from the Park District website.  Applicants may submit a resume, but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT -  Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL  61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability to perform the tasks of the job.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum