Playing at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

About Us

Come to The Discovery Center and learn something amazing about the world and yourself. This remarkable 22,500 square foot space, with over 30 exhibits, was created for, with and by children. We understand that play is an essential part of learning and exploration of the world leads children to self-discovery. Children are free to touch, to laugh, to manipulate and to encounter in a happy and safe environment. The Discovery Center is for every young child and fascinates the child in everyone.

Ross Park Attractions

Co-located within Binghamton’s historic Ross Park, The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and Ross Park Zoo have been family staples in Greater Binghamton for generations. 

As one of the oldest zoos in the US, the Ross Park Zoo has been dedicated to education, conservation, and community engagement for more than 145 years. While just a parking lot away, The Discovery Center, a hands-on children’s museum features 40+ interactive exhibits both inside and outside of the Museum.

Welcome to Ross Park

Binghamton's Only Hands-On Children's Museum

Serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Discovery Center’s exhibits, themes and ambiance are community specific while leaving a wide margin for global discovery.

“We offer diversion; we offer fun; we offer love and a happy day. Come often, stay as long as you’d like and enjoy every minute. And know that everyone has a special place in our hearts.”

Pokey Crocker, Executive Director 1988-2016

Our History

'84
The Imagination Builders and the Junior League of Binghamton (JLB) open The Discovery Center in the gym of an empty, urban school which was quickly outgrown.
'87
The Center moved to Binghamton’s Ross Park campus next to the Binghamton Zoo, the fifth oldest zoo in the nation. Work began on converting a dilapidated maintenance barn into the extraordinary space that we are today.
'02
A major addition was completed adding exhibit space, classrooms, a performance space and enhancing visitor services and ADA accessibility.
'07
Our award winning Story Garden outdoor exhibit space was opened – a gift from the JLB. From dawn to dusk, there always families in the garden playing, enjoying the books associated with each garden vignette, pondering, picnicking and enjoying nature.
'13

We dedicated our Kids Commons addition to facilitate weekday preschool activities, summer camps and weekend programming.

Our Board of Directors

Erik Jones

President

Alyssa Enfield

Vice President

Zach Staff

Treasurer

Kelly Hudock

Secretary

Ben Amorese

Jake Brigham

Sean Britton

James Burnett

Jennifer Crawford

Jeffrey Jaketic

Jonathan Macko

Brandon MacWhinnie

Vanessa Moschak

Nicholas Perrino

Job Opportunities

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Position Description/Responsibilities
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier seeks a Preschool Lead Teacher to develop and implement educational programs in a preschool setting for 3-4 year old children. In this role, you will create lesson plans and syllabi for a classroom of up to eighteen (18) children. You will be responsible for consistently monitoring all children to ensure safety.

The ideal candidate will be creative, a team player, have an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and have an understanding of issues that may arise with young children. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have proven experience in planning curriculum for and management of a preschool classroom. This candidate will have the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with children and their families.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or related field
    OR
    Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or other OCFS recognized credential specific to the preschool developmental period AND one year experience related to caring for children
    OR
    Nine (9) college credits in Early Childhood, Child Development or a related field, with a plan of study leading to a CDA credential or Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or a related field AND two years’ experience related to caring for children
  • Knowledge of lesson planning, development and implementation
  • Classroom management skills for preschool age children

Desired Skills/Experience

  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • 2+ years of curriculum development

Compensation

  • $15.50/hour

Schedule

  • Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-3:30PM during the school year (September-June) with breaks for holidays
  • This position is nonexempt and reports to the Director of Education

Application Information

  • Please send an updated resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references to: Kristy Wales Director of Education directorofed@thediscoverycenter.org