New England Job Postings
(Updated 7/21)

Child Life Assistant
Maine Medical Center
Portland, ME

Part Time 24 Hours, Flexible Days (Saturdays required)

Under direct supervision, assists in the development and implementation of therapeutic video gaming and closed circuit television to encourage recovery, and enhance the continued personal growth and development of the pediatric patient.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Work requires advanced communication skills and/or specialized knowledge in the area of growth and development, family dynamics, play and activities, etc., acquired in a two year degree program in Child Life/Child Development or related field or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge of general policies followed in Child Life Programs and a proficiency in performing at an assistant level normally acquired during one to three months of related experience

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with pediatric patients, parents and siblings as well as other members of the healthcare team.  Ability to provide support to grieving parents

  • Analytical skills necessary to observe and note significant patient behaviors, input to patient status and suggest appropriate activities

  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail up to fifty percent of work time when observing and instructing patients and recording notes and observations

  • Physical agility and high stamina required to walk and stand for up to eighty percent of work time


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(Posted 7/2022) 

Child Life Specialist
St. Luke's Hospital
New Bedford, MA

Part-time (24 hours), Evening shift, weekend & holiday rotation, 3:00pm to 11:30pm

We are searching for a CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST to provide interventions to reduce stress and promote healthy coping with the hospital experience by focusing on the emotional, cognitive and developmental needs of children and their families in the health care setting. Mentor hospital staff to the psychosocial needs of children and their families to foster a positive hospital-community relationship.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development, or a related field; Master's degree preferred.

  • Child Life Professional Certification is required within 6 months of hire.

  • Completion of a Child Life Internship consisting of at least 480 hours is required.

  • CPR Certification is required (within 90 days of hire).

  • 1+ years related experience 


If interested or for more information, please click here.


(Posted 7/2022) 

Certified Child Life Specialist
Concord Hospital
Concord, NH

1 Per Diem

Conducts planned educational and recreational activities for children, adolescents, and their families. Assist families in recognizing and dealing with the intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development of children and adolescents. Assists patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness, new diagnosis, death and/or loss. Acts as patient advocate and functions as a full member of the health care team.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or related field.

  • Completed Child Life internship.

  • Certification: Child Life Specialist through the ACLP or pending certification.

  • One year child life experience in healthcare setting.


If interested or for more information, please click here.


(Posted 7/2022

Child Life Specialist
UMass Memorial Health
Worcester, MA

2 Full Time (30 Hour) and 1 Per Diem

The Child Life Specialist will be creating a welcoming, stress reducing environment in a variety of pediatric settings, including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, radiology, pediatric surgery, and the emergency department. Through the direct intervention strategies of pre-procedure and preoperative teaching, medical and therapeutic play, the Child Life Specialist will provide psychosocially sound, family-centered support to children 0-21 years of age and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Child Life, Child Development or related field.

  • Must have current Child Life Certification or pass Child Life Certification Exam within one year of employment.

  • Incumbent must be enthusiastic and dedicated to providing quality Child Life services to children and families in a variety of health care settings.

  • Ability to demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills required.

  • Must be a self-starter, flexible, and possess ability to work well independently.

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

(Posted 7/2022) 

Child Life Specialist
Baystate Health
Springfield, MA

1 Per Diem Position

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 7/2022)

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

1 Full Time and 1 Per Diem

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 7/2022) 

Child Life Specialist
Dartmouth Children's Health
Lebanon, NH

1 Full Time Position (Inpatient)  $2,000 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 6/2022) 

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 4/2022)

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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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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