Tinkering Camp Lead - DuPage Children's Museum

Tinkering Camp Lead

Position Title: Tinkering Camp Lead
Status:  Part time, Non-exempt, Short Term: July 6 – August 5, 2022
Hourly Rate: $16-18 per hour

Job Summary:  

The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Tinkering Camp Lead (TCL) serves a critical role in advancing the vision by being a vital part of DCM’s Summer Tinkering Camp. The TCL will oversee campers’ learning and experimentation during daily and special programming by encouraging and modeling the importance of open-ended and multiple outcome experiences. Such activities might include: helping children design and build their own inventions, teaching safe tool usage, and supporting campers’ creative and artistic expression. The TCLs will be responsible for ensuring volunteers/interns/staff work collaboratively with each other to provide a positive learning environment and maintain a safe, educationally sound, hospitable, and challenging environment for the camp.  

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead interactions with children to deepen their learning experiences during the day’s program. 
  • Direct participant and staff  safety and program readiness; lead set up and clean up of programs, which may include cleaning/disinfecting of materials as needed during assigned shifts.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of DCM mission, philosophy, policies and procedures as related to camp activities. 
  • Provide excellent service to participants and caregivers. 
  • Manage and mentor staff/interns/volunteers; create a positive and open learning environment for both staff and participants.
  • Participate in all staff training.
  • Follow proper opening and closing procedures for the day as needed, including COVID-19 cleaning supplies and procedures. 
  • Practice and train others in safe tool usage (tool safety training will be provided). 
  • Encourage communication and enhance team support/spirit among the DCM camp staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Relationships:

  • Reports to the Arts & Maker Specialist.
  • Appreciate, encourage, and coach museum volunteers/interns/staff.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience working with young children and/or interest in working with children a must.
  • Degree in, or in pursuit of,  Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education, or relevant field, a plus.
  • Experience leading child-directed arts and maker activities strongly preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with tools a plus. 
  • Must exhibit problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills.  
  • Must work well in a values oriented collaborative team environment. 
  • Fluency in Spanish, and/or other languages aside from English, a plus.

The following abilities are required for the position:  (a) Visually keep track of visitors, materials, and camp functioning; (b) Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; (c)effectively understand and communicate with children; (d) Assist visitors in emergency situations; (e) Display dexterity necessary to work with tools and building material; (f) Manipulate camp components and facility operating/maintenance equipment; (g) Stand, kneel  and move for extended periods of time; (h) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily (i) Bend, kneel, climb and reach; (i) Lift up to 50 pounds; (j) Tolerate noise and dust in the environment and handle disinfectant and cleaning materials; (k) Work outside in the heat and sun for an extended period of time. 


  • Must adhere to appropriate dress code.
  • Varied work schedule includes weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on a regular basis.
  • Shift availability dependent on camp registration numbers. 
  • Must be available for training July 6–7.


Download an Application
Please include a cover letter and your resume.

Submit to: jobs@dupagechildrensmuseum.org
DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources