Metalworking Mentor

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Website Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Status: Full-time Hourly; Non-Exempt; Temporary through March 2025
Reports to: Manager of Making
Compensation: $14.00-$16.00 per hour commensurate with experience

About The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh:

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative and inclusive museum experiences that inspire kindness, joy, creativity and curiosity for all learners. We forge connections with artists, community partners and neighbors to work on behalf of children, youth and families. We have a vision to transform education. We believe people of all ages can benefit from different types of learning experiences. We value Learning, Experimentation, Partnerships, Diversity, Kindness, Good Design as well as Art and Artists, and Reflection and Improvement.

About the Position:

The Metalworking Mentor creates and integrates metalworking experiences that foster joy, creativity and curiosity among participants. The Metalworking Mentor develops and facilitates creative, authentic, and process-based experiences with youth, teens, families and groups, using the “real stuff” (tools, processes, materials) in MuseumLab. These youth-oriented, culturally-relevant projects associated with a variety of metal working processes will respond to the community’s needs and interests.

This is a temporary, grant-funded position that supports the work of “The Fusion Program, Supported by the Arconic Foundation

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works as part of an education team, with interns and volunteers, as a part of a high-functioning visitor-centered team supporting audience engagement through facilitated experiences
  • Leads and supports experiences for a variety of audiences, including: drop-in family visits, scheduled youth workshops, school field trips, summer camps, and others.
  • Assists in scheduling metals field trips and workshops, with a focus on ages 10-and-up
  • Brings metalworking expertise and ideas to the ongoing development of programs and events
  • Maintaining a welcoming metal shop, including creating and upholding a high standard of safety and cleanliness for both visitors and staff, monitoring and anticipating supply consumption
  • Collaboratively and independently develops interactive learning experiences for Museum visitors, including working with Education Department to combine varying expertise and disciplines
  • Follows museum-identified best practices for creating and delivering exploratory, hands-on, and learner-driven experiences in an informal learning environment
  • Will provide technical skills, expertise and support related to metals and metalworking
  • Acts as a visible and accessible caring adult for youth visiting MuseumLab, exemplifying culturally-relevant practices with youth
  • Works directly with Youth Culture Liaison to grow an arts-based career development program
    Serves as a liaison between youth, their interests, and potential programs of MuseumLab
  • Monitors and assists visitors, ensuring safe, interactive experiences that involve tools and physical movement throughout exhibit spaces
  • Participates in reflective practice, including research-oriented discussions with partners, artists, and youth
  • Actively shares with, and learns from, a variety of peers, professionals, visitors, and others
  • Participates in reflective practice, including research-oriented work

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Represents the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab in a positive manner to the public, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Participates in education ideation sessions
  • Fosters a community valuing social justice and amplifying youth voice
  • Works with the public across other exhibit spaces within the Museum campus
  • Coordinates metals-related programs and content for special events

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time based on business needs and in support of the mission of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.



  • Documentable education or work experience in an appropriate related field (e.g. metals, jewelry making, sculpture; informal or inquiry-based teaching, education, etc.) required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Substitution of years of experience may be considered equivalent to formal educational training.


  • Working with youth and teens, in formal and/or informal learning environments
  • Experience working with metals-centric processes such as: jewelry-making, benchwork, enameling, etching, small-scale metal casting, etc.
  • Familiarity with other art-making processes including woodworking and technology
  • Personal interest and background in youth programs, youth leadership with a focus on design, and/or art
  • Is a working artist, technician, or fabricator, and consistently engages in personal growth of process, technique, fluency with materials, etc.
  • Administrative experience (e.g., record keeping, scheduling, project management) required


  • Metalworking skills- proficiency in safely handling tools and equipment (jewelry-making, benchwork, enameling, etching casting, electroforming, etc.)
  • Excellent communication, time management, and organization
  • Willingness to grow, learn and adapt
  • Analytical skill
  • Leadership and teamwork

Physical Requirements, and Equipment Usage: Walking, Standing, and Sitting: The duties and responsibilities associated with this position will be performed in a stationary position (standing or sitting) for approximately 75% of the workday, and will also require movement throughout museum spaces to interact with visitors and activate museum experiences.

Verbal Communication: This position frequently communicates with visitors while facilitating museum experiences. The Museum Educator will be expected to exchange accurate and helpful information, and communicate issues to team members and/or supervisors.

Lifting: Occasional lifting and moving of furniture, equipment, and supplies weighing up to approximately 50 lbs.

Manual Dexterity: The Museum Educator will operate various equipment, including but not limited to kilns, power tools, torches, sharp tools, etc.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Work Environment, Hours of Work, and Travel Requirements:

  • Weekend availability is required, and occasional evening availability is occasionally required
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Essential duties of this position will be performed in a museum environment, which includes interaction with the public and exposure to children and families.


FBI fingerprint, PA Child Abuse (Act 33) and PA Criminal (Act 34) Clearances are required.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic or trait protected by local, state, or federal law.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete our online application found at: and submit a resume and cover letter.

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