New England Job Postings
(Updated 11/3)

Child Life Specialist
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, CT

Part Time (One 24 Hour and One 20 Hour)

Under general supervision, contributes to a positive hospital experience by providing psychosocial support for pediatric patients and their families to promote optimal cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of the patient and family during a hospital stay. Assess needs of children and their families taking into consideration each child's family, culture and stage of development. Provide children and their families with a variety of developmental, therapeutic and educational opportunities in order to minimize stress and anxiety, and to provide support to patient/family during hospitalization or challenging events. Reports to Manager of Child & Family Support Services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Child Development or directly related field in behavioral sciences or human development required.

  • Master's degree preferred.

  • Certified Child Life Specialist, issued through Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), within one year of hire.
    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) training certification required within one year of hire and maintained thereafter.


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


(Posted 11/2021) 

Child Life Specialist and Child Life Assistant
Franciscan Children's Hospital
Brighton, MA

2 Full Time Positions and 1 Per Diem  (Child Life Assistant)

The Child Life Specialist will work closely with the department supervisor. They will provide supervision and give feedback to the unit based child life assistant and the child life specialists. The child life lead will help support the child life specialists throughout the hospital and will be cross-trained to all departments that work with child life.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required

  • Master's degree preferred

  • 1 year or more of experience in Child Life preferred

  • Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) license through ACLP required or must be obtained within in six month of being hired

For more information, please click here and search "Child Life".

(Posted 11/2021)

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

1 Full Time Position and 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 10/2021) 

Child Life Specialist
Yale New Haven Health
New Haven, CT

 Full Time Days/Evenings

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 a related field required

  • 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.


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(Posted 9/2021) 

Certified Child Life Specialist
Emergency Department
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Days/Evenings/Weekends (30 Hours)

The 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. 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 preferred and required within 6 months of hire.

  • Preferred strong knowledge of hospital practices, procedures, and medical terminology.

  • Strong interpersonal skill set with the ability to be flexible.

  • Ability to prioritize, take initiative, and be self-motivated.


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


(Posted 9/2021) 

Child Life Specialist
UMass Memorial Health
Worcester, MA

2 Per Diem​ Positions

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 10/2021) 

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.  Some of the job opportunities are Developmental Medicine Department, Oncology, Dialysis, the Emergency Department, Primary Care, and the Autism Center.  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 8/2021)

Child Life Specialist II

University of Vermont Children's Medical Center

Burlington, VT

Per Diem: No Set Hours but Primarily 8am-5pm needs

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) 

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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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