Playologist Description

Position Summary: 

Playologists work alongside children and families in Hands On! helping to facilitate discovery, exploration and play with our exhibits.


  • Explore and interact with exhibits alongside children and their families.
  • Model to children and parents appropriate interaction with exhibits.
  • Help deepen children’s understanding of topics and activities in our exhibits through questioning, activity suggestions and discussion.
  • Maintain exhibit cleanliness.
  • Ensure the safety of visitors.
  • Let staff know immediately if an exhibit needs repair or if a visitor’s behavior is unsafe in an exhibit.


Volunteers will be trained in, hands-on learning, inquiry based science, developmentally appropriate activities, safety, and activities in the Hands On! exhibits before beginning their volunteering.


Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery, 318 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Qualifications Needed:

  • Enjoys working and playing with children and families.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible.
  • Able to move throughout the museum – standing, sitting, kneeling, crawling, climbing, etc. as needed.
  • Must be a rising 6thgrader or older.
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per volunteer visit. Preferably, will be available once a week at a specific day and time, but this can be flexible.  Summer Volunteer hours are 10-6. School Year Volunteer shifts are available after school until 5 pm or between 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and School holidays.


Operations Manager & Visitor Services Coordinator


  • Regular training, social and enrichment opportunities.
  • Opportunity to gain work experience in a nurturing environment.
  • Regularly inspiring children to appreciate and enjoy learning as they play.

For Questions, please contact: Jeff or Mindy at (828) 697-8333 or by email at

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