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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


Working at SEEC

SEEC hires both full and part time educators. Lead teachers typically have a Masters, Bachelors or Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field with a minimum of 15 credits in Early Childhood).

Associate Teachers also often have Bachelors or Associates degrees in related fields with some practical experience and/or additional coursework. Associate teachers may also have a CDA.

Assistant teachers work part time and bring a wide range of training and practical experience to the position. Assistants must have at least a high school diploma, although many have some college coursework.

SEEC teachers exemplify:

  • Highest Quality Practice: SEEC teachers exhibit exemplary early childhood practices at all times, based upon professional criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Commitment: In order to maintain a stable learning environment for the children, teachers are required to give their commitment for the entire school year, September through August.
  • Teaming: Working as a member of a team is an integral part of teaching at SEEC. Team relationships begin in the classroom and extend out to the other teams in the Center, as well as to the SEEC program as a whole.
  • Responsibilities and Qualifications: It is each teacher’s responsibility to meet the daily needs of the children, helping to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities based upon the "Museum Magic" curriculum. Each works to establish an environment which is safe, interesting, challenging, and inviting to the children.


Compensation: SEEC strives for a balance of formal knowledge and practical experience among its teaching staff. Beginning salaries are competititive and are based upon the level of college coursework attained, as well as years of experience in an early childhood classroom.

Benefits: The program provides a supportive work environment through ongoing staff development, reimbursement for college coursework, and recognition of excellence. A strong benefits package includes health insurance, earned vacation and sick leave, and a retirement plan and a 4 week paid sabattical after every 5 years of service.

Current Openings

SEEC accepts resumes for teaching positions on an ongoing basis, but most employment opportunities occur when the children move to new classrooms in September as our educators commit to year long contracts. The hiring process for fall openings begins in late spring.




Please submit your resume to the address listed below for consideration:

Meredith McMahon
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
National Museum of Natural History
Room CE-G50, MRC 184
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012


Fax application to 202.786.3153

Volunteers and Interns

SEEC has a limited number of volunteer and/or intern opportunities to work in the classrooms and in the central administrative office. Please contact Meredith McMahon, Executive Director at SEEC at 202.633.1395 or send an e-mail to Meredith McMahon if you would like to explore this type of arrangement.