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MoPA operates a growing network of world-class Children’s Museums. The teams that work inside the Museum’s, and the HQ team that support them, are all truly wonderful individuals. We’re blessed to be surrounded by so many great people, but it hasn’t happened by accident.

Here at MoPA, ahead of anything else, we ‘hire for heart’. By hiring with a focus on kindness and positive intent, we have managed to assemble a diverse group of people who are united by their passion for play-based learning but also by their genuinely kind nature. Our team members are all the type of person that run to hold doors open for complete strangers, the type that can’t wipe the smiles from our faces (even on a rainy day), and the type that jump in to help each other out in times of need.

Our team members come from a range of backgrounds; from early-learning centres to primary-school art teaching, from study in occupational therapy to dance class co-ordinators, and all corners of the hospitality sector. And while we’re a diverse bunch, we’re also closely united by a common belief that providing safe, clean, rich opportunities for play-based learning and creativity will paint a brighter future.

If this team and this environment sounds like a good fit for you, we’d LOVE to meet you; regardless of your background, location, age, skills, education or experience.

Below you’ll find all current vacancies at MoPA Melbourne, MoPA Geelong, and in our HQ Team. You’ll also find details of how to apply for any position.

If you have any questions, we’re also very happy to help – please call us on 1800 00 66 72, any day, any time.

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Museum Manager – Northern Suburbs Museum

New!

A unique leadership role: Experience-led, diverse accountabilities, genuinely impactful on kids learning, magical, fun and hugely rewarding.

  • Based: Vic Northern Suburbs
  • Category: Museum roles
  • Position: Full-Time
  • Salary: $80k - $100k depending on prior experience (plus super)

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week. Please only apply for this Management Role if you’re available and willing to work weekends and through school holiday periods.

About MoPA: Museum of Play and Art

MoPA is a pioneering, family-led Children’s Museum company founded in Geelong in 2020. Our mission is to provide opportunities for families to experience rich play-based learning and creative exploration in a beautifully curated museum environment. Super passionate about play, an unwavering commitment to continuous learning, and a relentless drive to deliver the most outstanding guest experiences are some of the values that guide us to achieve every day…and we mean every day…we are open 364 days a year!

Role description:

We seek a dynamic, kind, and passionate individual to fill the position of Museum Manager for our upcoming museum in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. As a Museum Manager, you’ll play a crucial hands-on role in efficiently managing the day-to-day operations of the museum (museum exhibits, cafe, kitchen, birthday parties, excursions, and retail), inspiring a diverse team (circa 40) to deliver outstanding guest experiences and leading by example in maintaining the highest quality of standards for the museum.

It is essential to highlight that the role is not designing exhibitions or creating new activations. Instead, it’s about being actively present on the museum floor (particularly on our busy weekends and public holidays), participating in the daily activities, engaging with guests, and directing your guest experience, cafe, and kitchen teams—all in the quest to achieve outstanding guest experiences.

About You:

To succeed in this role, you should have proven experience building and coaching large teams in family-oriented hospitality or early learning settings. Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential, especially with children, parents, and team members. You must also be disciplined in executing operational processes and systems, managing the employee lifecycle, and driving continuous improvement in daily operations. Additionally, you possess an innate ability to problem-solve and champion museum culture.

We seek individuals from diverse backgrounds who are eager to learn, develop, and excel in this unique leadership role.

For You:

Competitive salary of $80k-$100k plus 11% super, a very supportive and collaborative work environment, professional development, and the chance to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families.

To be considered for this position, you will:

  • Be able to demonstrate proven success in positions of influence, team management (hiring, performance management, training, etc),

  • Be BORN to deliver a magical guest experience, with years of practice in a similar family environment, perhaps even an early learning environment, meeting the diverse needs of a very large, very busy, family environment

  • Be available to work most weekends (because weekends represent the greatest opportunity for you to ensure the largest number of visitors have the best experience)

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Casual Roles: Cafe

New!

Casual positions are available in our Experience Team (working as an educator in the Museum itself) but also in our healthy cafe!

  • Based: In the Museum!
  • Category: Cafe roles
  • Location: Geelong, Sandringham
  • Position: Casual
  • Frequency: 2-4 shifts p/week
  • Length: 4-8 hours per shift
  • Salary: Museum Industry Award

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week, almost every day of the year. Please only apply for a Museum or Cafe role if you’re available to work during weekends and school holiday periods.

Role description:

Our delightful crew of Cafe Team Members are responsible for ensuring that our cafe is the cleanest, yummiest haven for nutrients that our guests could ever ask for. Each day they’re the first team members in – prepping the for the day ahead. They then busily tend to guests orders for our delicious food and coffee menu, maintaining an impeccable environment within the serving area but also in the cafe eating areas, and scrub the place impeccably clean at the end of the day to ensure tomorrows team get a head start into another busy day.

You will be comfortable engaging with children and parents alike, you will demonstrate a genuinely kind and caring nature by helping anyone and everyone with whatever their needs may be, and you will be a ‘service machine’, endlessly re-strocking, tidying, wiping, vacuuming, emptying bins and doing all it takes to maintain the exceptionally high standard of cleanliness and hygiene that MoPA are famous for.

Give me more:

  • You’ll be rostered for 2-4 shifts per week of between 3 and 8 hours each

  • Most shifts occur on weekends, however some shifts will also occur on weekdays

  • Most shifts will be during the Museum’s typical operating hours (approx. 8.30am til 5.30pm) however some shifts will end later (9.30pm, at the latest) when events/functions occur in the Museum

  • You’ll be on your feet all day

  • Fastidious and constant cleaning and tidying of all areas

To be considered for this position, you will:

  • Have worked in a busy cafe with exceptionally high standards already, and you revel in this environment.

  • Be available to work at least 3 full day shifts per week.

  • Be a born ‘people person’ (You just LOVE engaging with babies, toddlers, adults, grandparents, carers and more).

  • Be a naturally fun, bubbly, positive personality – a breath of fresh air in everything you do.

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Casual Roles: Museum

New!

Casual positions are available in our Experience Team (working as an educator in the Museum itself) but also in our healthy cafe!

  • Category: Museum roles
  • Location: Geelong, Sandringham
  • Position: Casual
  • Frequency: 2-4 shifts p/week
  • Length: 4-8 hours per shift
  • Salary: Museum Industry Award

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week, almost every day of the year. Please only apply for a Museum or Cafe role if you’re available to work during weekends and school holiday periods.

Role description:

Our delightful crew of Experience Team Members are responsible for ensuring that every single visitor has a truly exceptional and memorable experience at MoPA. To succeed in achieving this, you will display endless energy and enthusiasm for children, families and play. You will be comfortable engaging with children and parents alike, you will demonstrate a genuinely kind and caring nature by helping anyone and everyone with whatever their needs may be, and you will be a ‘clean machine’, endlessly tidying, wiping, vacuuming, emptying bins and doing all it takes to maintain the exceptionally high standard of cleanliness and hygiene that MoPA are famous for.

Give me more:

  • You’ll be rostered for 2-4 shifts per week of between 3 and 8 hours each

  • Most shifts occur on weekends, however some shifts will also occur on weekdays

  • Most shifts will be during the Museum’s typical operating hours (approx. 8.30am til 5.30pm) however some shifts will end later (9.30pm, at the latest) when events/functions occur in the Museum.

  • You’ll be on your feet all day – because there’s always something that can be cleaned. But rest assured, all day you’ll also be laughing, dancing and having loads of fun with our team and our guests!

  • You’ll be running a host of scheduled activities such as dance parties, craft, games and classes

  • Fastidious and constant cleaning and tidying of all areas, exhibits and facilities

To be considered for this position, you will:

  • Ideally have worked with children in an educational capacity – many of our team are future, current or past formal educators.

  • Be available to work at least 3 days per week.

  • Be a born ‘people person’ (You just LOVE engaging with babies, toddlers, adults, grandparents, carers and more).

  • Be a naturally fun, bubbly, positive personality – a breath of fresh air in everything you do.

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Museum Assistant Manager

New!

You’re an aspiring manager, keen to learn how to manage a world-class venue from some of the best in the game

  • Based: MoPA Sandringham
  • Category: Museum roles
  • Location: Sandringham
  • Position: Full-Time
  • Salary: FTE $60,000++

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week. Please only apply for this Management Role if you’re available and willing to work weekends and through school holiday periods.

Role description:

MoPA is a large, busy, 24/7/365 operation. Managing the entire team, and the entire operation every day of the year, is a huge gig for any one person – that’s why we share it among a group of Museum Managers we call (not surprisingly!) our Museum Management Team.

This team plays a HUGE role in the success of the overall operation. Acting as a “Second in Charge”, if you will, Museum Managers works hand-in-hand with the Museum’s General Manager, taking on many of the responsibilities required to ensure the Museum runs as smooth as silk, every single day of the year.

Whenever the General Manager isn’t on the floor, the buck stops solely with the Museum Manager (that’s you). As a Senior Member of the MoPA team, you will epitomise the quality of interaction with guests that we wish for every member of the team to have. You will demonstrate the benchmark of our culture and desired behaviours, and support the broader team to operate at the same level through consistent training and feedback.

Alongside the General Manager, you will collaborate with your colleagues to hire, train, manage and maintain the biggest, bestest team of casual, part-time and full-time team members that you’ve ever been part of assembling before. This casual work force you will manage ultimately determines the Management Team and Museum’s success, and so you will assist General Management and your fellow Museum Managers in the implementation of all the necessary people systems that ensure every team member is engaged, learning, measured, delivering, receiving and implementing feedback, and doing the best job they’re capable of doing.

It probably goes without saying that Museum Managers are exposed to pivotal leadership and management responsibilities; an incredible opportunity to learn the ropes and put yourself in great stead for progression into General Management roles and responsibilities at MoPA’s growing network of Children’s Museums. And so if General Management is your aspiration, assisting the GM in this role of Manager is a truly fantastic way to build your skills and experience, in readiness for this huge step.

To be considered for this position, you will:

  • Be able to demonstrate proven success in positions of influence, team management (hiring, performance management, training, etc),

  • Be BORN to deliver a magical guest experience, with years of practice in a similar family environment, perhaps even an early learning environment, meeting the diverse needs of a very large, very busy, family environment

  • Be available to work most weekends (because weekends represent the greatest opportunity for you to ensure the largest number of visitors have the best experience)

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Barista Extraordinaire

You love coffee, you love customer service, you love a clean and well-maintained working environment, and you’re ready to take on additional cafe responsibilities!

  • Based: In the Museum
  • Category: Cafe roles, Museum roles
  • Location: Sandringham
  • Position: Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Salary: FTE $60,000 ++

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week, almost every day of the year – and our Barista Extraordinaire will be required to work weekends!

Role description:

MoPA Sandringham is already famous for it’s delicious coffee – but you will take this fame to new levels. You’re a passionate, reliable, service-orientated barista with a passion for the entire cafe offering, not just the coffee. You’re also ready to step up and take on additional duties to maintain stocktakes and ordering, food safety, immaculate cleanliness standards, liquor training + compliance, and more.

To be considered for this position, you must:

  • Make an absolute monster of a latte – the perfect coffee, every time (of course!)

  • Have a passion for good honest customer service – with unwavering patience and a cool head during the busiest of times

  • Be capable of much more than swinging the group head around like a seasoned cowboy – because you’ll also be responsible for stocktakes, inventory management in the cafe, maintaining an impeccable menu and testing new items, and more.

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Kitchen Hand / Cook

Calling all passionate foodies! Our Cafe ROCKS - but it could be even better with you! Positions available in both Geelong and Sandringham!

  • Based: In the Museum!
  • Category: Museum roles
  • Location: Geelong, Sandringham
  • Position: Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Salary: FTE $50,000++

Please note: MoPA is open 7-days a week, almost every day of the year. Please only apply for a Museum or Cafe role if you’re available to work during weekends and school holiday periods.

Role description:

We are looking for talented, efficient, passionate full-on foodies to pop into the Museum each morning and prep the Geelong Museum’s cafe for a successful day of food trade. On any given day, this may include managing stock levels, placing orders, overseeing the sourcing and receipt of top quality ingredients from a network of local providers, and then most importantly – all the preparation of the food that MoPA will serve through both the cafe and to our gorgeous party guests, supporting our very busy party schedule.

Core Responsibilities:

MoPA’s cafe provides a relatively simple but very carefully considered food service to guests of the Museum. As a member of the team overseeing this food operation, you will likely be the first person into work each morning, evaluating the Museums food requirements for the next few days, and ensuring the appropriate goods and ingredients are available, preparing those ingredients to make snacks, meals, platters, etc that meet the requirements of the day’s trade, maintaining the exceptional quality standards we’re famous for at MoPA, and iterating the menu to try new things and build on the success of this gorgeous little cafe.

To be considered for this position, you must

  • Have first-hand experience doing much of what we need you to do here at MoPA. Specifically, ordering and managing food levels and suppliers, prepping cafe food for service, maintaining cleanliness and operational excellence to the highest of standards in a busy venue-based hospitality operation.

  • Be a born ‘hospo’ person… A naturally fun, bubbly, positive personality – a breath of fresh air in everything you do!

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Details soon… 🌈🎨🔨🪚🧑‍🎨🖼️
“Our Earth” starts tomorrow at MoPA!!

Understanding ‘our place in this world’ is a lifelong journey for most. But SO many of the most important lessons are learned early in our lives, at home. To help facilitate the important conversations to have with children, MoPA’s educators have developed a range of new activities called “Our Earth” and this new series starts tomorrow at MoPA. All the new activities run all day, every day. Visit our fancy new website for more detail.

But ALSO, as a reminder of how easy it can be to make a difference, we’ve put together...

🌈 A BIG LIST OF SMALL THINGS (THAT ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE) ☀️…

1. Ride your bike or scooter
2. Plant some veggies
3. Buy second hand or swap with friends
4. Cook at home
5. Eat more vegetables and less meat
6. Organise a community clean up
7. Save water
8. Buy less packaged products
9. Recycle
10. Turn off the lights
11. Use a blanket instead of the heater
12. Clean with natural products
13. But the imperfect produce
14. Mend it instead of replacing it
15. Air dry your washed clothes
16. Compost organic waste
17. Refill water bottles
18. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
19. Carpool
20. Eat left overs instead of throwing them out
21. Use energy efficient lights
22. Use both sides of the paper
23. Plant a tree
24. Eat seasonal produce
25. Recycle batteries and buy rechargeable
26. Walk more
27. Make a bird feeder
28. Plant flowers for the bees
29. Buy less plastic toys
30. Up-cycle for craft projects
31. Donate old clothes and toys
32. Visit the library instead of buying a book
33. Plant native plants
34. Organise a toy trade with friends
35. Use reusable bags
36. Keep your cat indoors
37. Clean up your favourite park
38. Have a quick shower
39. Use cold water to wash clothes and dishes
40. Water your plants in the morning
41. Use a reusable coffee cup
42. Only run the dishwasher when full
43. Install slow-flow shower heads
44. Use reusable straws
45. Use Beeswax wrap
46. Avoid aerosol cans
47. Use fans instead of aircon
48. Turn off unnecessary electronics
49. Pack lunches in reusable containers
50. Be kind to creatures
What does yellow SMELL like? Ok, but what does it SOUND like? And how does it FEEL?

Asking children abstract questions about simple subject matter is SUCH a fun and fascinating way to unlock creative thinking. The resulting discussions will also probably be the cutest thing you’ll hear all week. 

Those that have explored the giant sensory colour wheel at MoPA Sandringham will remember that this exhibit is a huge abstract exploration of colour. And if you’ve perhaps just walked past it in the past, thinking that it sits smack bang in the centre of the Museum just because it’s beautiful - next time we suggest you pause, engage, discuss your colourful ideas with those around you, and soak up your child’s amazing abstract thought exploration…

x MoPA
As we grow older, and then become mothers and fathers ourselves, we start to realise that communicating the depth of our gratitude for Mums is impossible. But we sure can try 🥰 !!

This week at MoPA, we plan to do our BEST to show all our mothers and others just how much we love and appreciate them. Starting Monday 6th we’re kicking off a full week of festivities starting with the most gorgeous crafter-noons (and crafter-mornings!? 😅) making thousands of the lil’ flower cards pictured here in this post. 

All our Mumma-focused curriculum will run ALL day EVERY day, right up until Mother’s Day, May 12th. 

Love you Mum 💝 

x MoPA
There ain’t nothin’ like a super-cute puppy post to get us all to paws and reflect... 🐾

One of MoPA’s key partners, MacKillop Family Services, do LOTS of AMAZING work to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow up in a safe and loving home. One beautiful example [that’s particularly close to home for the team here at MoPA] of their work is the incredible “Paw Pals” program; supporting the placement of therapy dogs with children who have experienced trauma, to help them reconnect with their learning. 

Some of the MoPA team actually had the pleasure of meeting one of the program’s participants recently and... WOW. This. Program. Changes. Lives.

And today - 30 April, 2024 - MacKillop’s matching partners are TRIPLING all donations to the annual #pawpalsappeal . So, a $10 donation will become $30; $100 becomes $300, and the $333 donation MoPA has made this morning has become $999 - WOOP! 

Head to www.pawpalsappeal.org.au before midnight tonight to TRIPLE your impact ❤️
WE. LOVE. TO. PARTY 🥳 

Fully hosted, cupcaked, ballooned birthday parties are our thang!! 

Oh… And personalised exhibits, private rooms, party bags, children’s food packs, all dietaries catered, gourmet adult platters, family dance parties, coffee tabs, bubbles and beers, and SMASHINGS of fun!!! 

All parties book out roughly 8-weeks in advance. Give us a buzz if you have any questions!! xx MoPA
(Sound on) John Cleese: “Creativity is not a talent… It is a way of operating” ❤️ 

Right now at MoPA we’re curating self-expression and operating a brand new craft activity that, with the help of shape, material, and colour, challenges us to place and create a thumbprint that, although made of the very same foundations as all others, celebrates our unique perspective. Serious fun. But also serious 🧐😍🤪… FUN!
Starting TODAY we’re curating SELF-EXPRESSION at MoPA, with these super cute activities. 

Dancing, storytelling, playing, making, it’s all heaps of FUN, but it’s also super important for development. How? Why? Our team of educators explain…

“When children learn to express themselves, it fosters creativity (of course) but it also builds confidence and emotional intelligence, empowering them to communicate their ideas and feelings, develop an identity and belonging and enhance critical thinking.”

x MoPA