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New England Job Postings
(Updated 3/20/23)

Child Life Specialist
Baystate Health
Springfield, MA

2 Full Time Positions (Only 1 Posting to Apply)

Baystate Child Life Specialists are responsible for the provision of child life focused care to children and their families served in a variety of health care settings.  Individualized, therapeutic interventions are facilitated through collaboration with the patient, family, and health care team members.  The choice of play outlets, educational approaches, and emotional support are built upon a strong foundation child life theory and expertise gained through ongoing practice experiences and intentional commitment to ongoing child life education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or related field (Master's preferred)

  • Child Life Internship (600 hours)

  • Child Life Specialist Certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals, or eligibility for certification and successful passing of CCLS exam within 12 months of hire.

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2023)

Child Life Specialist
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

1 Full Time Inpatient Position (Monday-Friday, occasional Saturdays)

The Child Life Specialist II functions within the policies, practices and program plans of the Department of Nursing at the organization. Under the supervisor of the Baird 5 Nurse Manager, s/he is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating Child Life programming for the hospitalized children that is designed to further the social, emotional and physical well-being of children within the hospital setting. In addition, s/he is also responsible for overseeing pediatric volunteers and for orienting hospital staff to the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Child Life (Masters degree in Child Life preferred)

  • CCLS Certification

  • At least 1 year experience working as a Child Life Specialist I at this organization or equivalent facility

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2023)

Child Life Specialist
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Newton, MA

1 Per Diem Position

The Child Life Specialist (CLS) is responsible for administering an educational, recreational, and therapeutic program for children in the hospital setting. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for formulating policies and administering programs designed to further the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children in the pediatric setting, for orienting hospital staff to the psychosocial needs of children and their families, and for fostering positive hospital-community relationships. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or related field (Master's preferred)

  • Child Life Specialist Certification or eligibility for certification within a year of hire

  • Prior experience working with children preferred

  • Strong background in child development required

  • Excellent communication skills required

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2023)

Child Life Specialist
Mass Eye and Ear
Boston, MA

Full Time and Per Diem Opportunities

Responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and administering an educational and recreational program for hospitalized children for both Inpatient and Ambulatory pediatric services. Responsible for implementing and maintaining a program that is designed to further the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of children in the hospital environment.  The Child Life Specialist is also responsible for policy information and overall program.


Child Life Specialist designs, implements and evaluates programs that assess and treat the psychosocial, developmental and educational needs of children and their families in the healthcare setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Child life certification required

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred

  • 2 years’ experience in a hospital setting required

For more information, please click here to visit the Mass Eye and Ear website and search "child life."


(Posted 3/2023) 

Child Life Specialist
Shriners Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

Per Diem Position

The Child Life Specialist is responsible to work with children, from infancy through adolescence, in a family centered care environment. This position provides services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Position requires strong skills in child development, assessment and planning, psychosocial support, procedural support and preparation, group leadership, volunteer supervision and goal directed play. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 1 to 3 years Pediatric experience

  • Bachelor's from an accredited Therapeutic Recreation or Child Life Therapy program

For more information, please click here to visit their website.

(Posted 3/2023) 

Child Life Specialist
Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA

Part Time and Full Time Opportunities

MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a full spectrum of care — from primary care to a broad range of specialty and subspecialty pediatric services — for newborns, children and adolescents from New England and around the world.  We currently have an opening on our inpatient unit for an experienced certified Child Life Specialist to join the integrative team.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred

  • 2 years experience in hospital/clinical setting preferred

  • Completion of child life internship (600 hours) under the direct supervision of a certified child life specialist required

  • Certification through the ACLP as a child life specialist is required within 6 months of hire

For more information, please click here to visit the Mass General Hospital website.

(Posted 2/2023) 

Child Life Specialist
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Dover, NH

Per Diem Positions

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a subsidiary of Massachusetts General Hospital, is renowned as one of the largest acute care hospitals in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. At Wentworth-Douglass, we value people who contribute to patient-centered care that enhances community health; we recognize and reward those who share our values and transform our patients' lives. We invite you to explore opportunities, cultivate community wellness and professional growth.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in child life or related field if holds a masters in child life specialist.

  • Certification in Childlife Specialist desired. Clinical background, computer literacy with internet and Microsoft Office.

  • CCLS-within 1st year of hire

  • Experience: Less than one year (Prefer three-five years of experience)

For more information, please click here to visit the website.

(Posted 2/2023) 

Child Life Specialist
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
New Haven, CT

1 Full Time

Responsible for promoting optimum development of infants, children, adolescents and families; maintaining normal living patterns and minimizing psychological upset. As integral members of the interdisciplinary health care team, child life specialists provide children opportunities for gaining a sense of mastery, for play, for learning, for self-expression, for family involvement and for peer interaction. Specialists also provide instruction and supervision to student interns and volunteers and interpret child life philosophy to the health care community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology, Recreational Therapy, or related field.

  • 600 hour Child Life internship completed or completion pending 1-2 years experience as a Child Life Specialist in a health care environment preferred

  • "Certified Child Life Specialist" designation eligible; must be eligible to sit for certification exam and pass within one year of hire.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with multidisciplinary groups in effective collaborative practice; CPR certified.

For more information, please click here to visit the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital website.

(Posted 2/2023)

Child Life Specialist
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA and Brookline, MA Campuses

Boston Children's Hospital has many current job opportunities and may require more than is listed below.  .  The hours range from 20 - 40 Hours depending on the department.  The Child Life Specialist will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Participating in therapeutic activities and programs to meet patients' psychosocial and developmental needs, and facilitating adjustment to health care experiences.

  • Serving as member of multidisciplinary team.

  • Delegating work assignments to volunteers and participates in clinical training of student interns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Child Life, or a closely related field with a concentration in child life.

  • 600-hour Child Life internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.

  • General skills to resolve problems requiring the use of child development theory, professional child life principles, and experienced‑based knowledge.

  • Well-developed writing skills, and excellent communication skills including conflict resolution to effectively work as a team member.

  • Certification in Child Life Specialist required within 1 year of hire for all new hires

For more information about these job opportunities, please click here and search for "Child Life". 

(Posted 1/2023)

Child Life Specialist
Dartmouth Children's Health
Lebanon, NH

1 Full Time Position (Inpatient)  $4,000 Sign On Bonus

The Child Life Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a regional service providing programming throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Our goal is to help children and families acclimate to the healthcare environment and to understand and manage challenging and stressful situations. Patients and their families are our number one priority. The post holder provides and supports the psychosocial development of children who are hospitalized or children of a patient who is hospitalized. Provides developmental activities or creates treatment plans compatible with medical and psychosocial needs, interests, and capabilities to assist in the adjustment to a hospital environment or setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Complete a 600-hour child life clinical internship under the supervision of a Certified Child Life Specialist

  • Completion of the internship is required before you can sit the exam to become certified

  • You must be certified or pending certification within 6 months of hire

  • Bachelor of Science/Arts in the field of Child Life, Human Resources, Child Development or Psychology, with a focus on the hospitalized child

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills essential

  • Required Licensure/Certification Skills


If interested or for more information, please click here and search "Child Life."

(Posted 12/2022) 

Child Life Specialist
Lifespan-Hasbro Children's Hospital
Providence, RI

1 Per Diem

The Child Life Specialist reports to the Child Life Manager with a dotted line to department manager for day-to-day operations. Functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team in meeting the developmental psychosocial and intellectual needs of pediatric patients and their families. Implements a therapeutic medical preparation program and supervises organizes and directs age appropriate therapeutic play experiences in order to help alleviate anxiety and provide a sense of normalcy. Orients trains and supervises students and volunteers assigned to the unit/department.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life Early Childhood Education Child Development Psychology or related fields.

  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Child Life Professional Certification (or completion within one year of hire).

  • Completion of Child Life Professional internship with one year experience working with children required. Professional child life experience in health care setting strongly preferred.


If interested or for more information, please click here and search "Child Life."

(Posted 2/2022) 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Cradles to Crayons

Boston, MA

Service Learning Activity Development

Developing age-appropriate educational activities and materials, leading and working alongside our student volunteer groups and implementing newly created service learning activities.

Time Commitment: 20-40 hrs/wk

Experience working with middle school and high school students, well-organized, experience doing research projects and knowledge of service learning.

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