New England Job Postings

Certified Child Life Specialist

Pediatric Emergency Department

Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA

36 Hours~Day/Evening Hours (9 hour shifts)

This position will primarily be for full time (36 hours) clinical coverage within the Pediatric Emergency Department, however may respond to consults in other areas as needed. 

This Child Life Specialist ensures that comprehensive services are provided to minimize the negative impact of trauma, illness, and hospitalization by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families throughout the healthcare experience. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in child life or closely related field with 1-2 years of experience in child life setting is required. Masters preferred.

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

  • Certification as a child life specialist is required.


If interested or for more information, please click Boston Medical Center Position


(Posted 2/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Pediatric Oncology

Northern Light Eastern Medical Center

Brewer, ME

Full Time 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

JOB SUMMARY/DUTIES TO INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Provides basic age appropriate situation-based assessments to foster positive coping with outpatient care activities through implementation of person and family centric intervention plans. Provides developmentally appropriate procedural education. Provides active preparation and support for interventional activities such as venipunctures / central access device access / initiation of IV therapy / bone marrow procedures / blood factor administration. Provides age appropriate educational materials to promote understanding of disease/treatment on part of patient/parent/siblings/extended family members. Works actively as a member of patient/family professional support team in a family centric manner. Works with hospital-based Child Life Specialists to assure positive continuity of care - may involve occasional visits during inpatient stays. Participates in daily patient care huddles, weekly team/care meetings, child/family care meetings, school visits, home visits, Bleeding Disorder Clinic, Survivorship Clinic and Camp Hope. Serves as a liaison with NLH Foundation in advancing support for patient/family activities/material needs. Occasional evening and weekend program-based activities may require flexing of scheduled hours. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field of study) from an academic institution accredited by an organization that is recognized by either the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the international equivalent AND additional coursework as specified by the Association of Child Life Specialists 600 hours of internship – under the supervision of someone with CCLS credentials – this most often occurs PRIOR to completion of the academic degree. Graduation from an ACLP-endorsed child life academic program (during the period of endorsement) or 10 college courses in the following content areas: Child Life Course Taught by a CCLS 2 Child Development Courses Family Systems Course Play Course Loss/Bereavement or Death/Dying Course Research Course Three Additional Courses For each of the 10 required courses, it is recommended that students take a 3-credit course or the equivalent to have an appropriate depth of instruction. A minimum of one full course must be completed for each of the required areas of study. (A minimum of two courses are required for the child development requirement.) For a course to count, the required content must be the primary focus of the course

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Education or Child Development

  • 6 - 9 months in medical setting. Prior experience working with Microsoft Office Word, Excel preferred. 

  • Child Life Specialist Certification within one year of hire; age appropriate CPR certified or within 6 months of hire. 

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2021)

Child Life Specialist

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston, MA

Full Time: 32 Hours, 5 Days a Week

The Child Life Specialist assists with planning and implementation of activity programs for isolation patients in the ambulatory care, as well as patients in the waiting and infusion areas. The clinic setting is designed to meet a wide range of developmental and emotional needs. The CLS strives to create a safe and nurturing environment in which patients and their families can reduce their anxiety and stress through creative expression and communication with each other. The CLS functions as an integral member of the health care team. The role requires critical thinking, collaborative practice, excellent communication skills and an understanding of clinical research. The mission, vision and core values of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are incorporated into all areas of practice. Develops and engages patients and families in activities that maintain of further develop the patient’s and family’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development across the life span. The CLS displays an understanding of the special needs and behaviors of children and families undergoing evaluation, treatment and follow-up of cancer and related diseases. They assist with developing and adapting the patient activity program to meet specific patient/family needs, incorporating developmental age, chronicle age, and physical limitations or handicaps.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Arts in Child Development, Psychology or a related field

  • Experience: One year of experience working with children and families in an acute care setting and/or experience in activity programming for a broad range of children, infancy through young adulthood.

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2021) 

Child Life Specialist II

University of Vermont Children's Medical Center

Burlington, VT

Per Diem: No Set Hours

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 3/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Lebanon, NH

Full Time

The Child Life Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock has an opening for a Child Life Specialist to serve the children of our adult patients with the main points of services being post trauma, bereavement, and to support conversation around diagnosis and treatment. This person will work closely with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, palliative care, the Jack Byrne Center and the ICU teams.

Our program 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 challgening 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:

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

  • 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.

  • Child Life certification or pending preferred.


If interested or for more information, please click here.


(Posted 3/2021) 

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Outside of New England Job Postings

Child Life Specialist

El Paso Children's Hospital

El Paso, TX

Full Time-Day Position

Ensures that comprehensive child life services are provided to minimize the negative impact of a trauma, hospitalization, and illness by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families.  Includes working with all pediatric age patients by facilitating their socialization and positive adjustment to the hospital environment, promoting age appropriate activities to assure continued growth and development; preparing them for the necessary medical interventions through play and/or discussion; by encouraging the use of coping skills during stressful medical encounters and by fostering the patient's self expression, autonomy, sense of mastery and positive self esteem.. Engages in opportunities to integrate child life services within the community and at the national level to promote the profession of Child Life. ​

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of Child Life Specialist Internship in a healthcare setting.

  • Thorough knowledge of  basic practices in child development.

  • Certification as a Child Life Specialist is required, or obtained within 9 months of being hired.

  • Current CPR required.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Child Life, Psychology, or a related field is required.

For more information, please click here

(Posted 3/2021)

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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