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Docent Educators [Shirley-Eustis House, Boston, MA]

Shirley-Eustis House, Boston Seeks Docent Educators For the 2017 Summer/Fall Season

The Shirley-Eustis House (SEH),a 1747 Royal Governor’s Mansion located in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to hire two (2) Docents to assist with seasonal programming (June through Columbus Day). In addition to the mansion, the site comprises the Gardner Carriage House Learning Center, heritage gardens/orchards, and a charming Tea Folly.

Docents will be responsible for interpreting the collections, architecture, and family stories of a diverse group of intriguing residents, who called SEH home from 1747 through circa 1910.

JOB DESCRIPTION: In addition to providing engaging tours, applicants will meet and greet visitors; open/close museum (including light housekeeping duties); present hands-on education (making butter, spinning) as needed; and assist with events as needed. Must be able to lift and carry buckets of water, wooden tables, and benches on occasion. Opportunities to assist with events beyond the season—such as the SEH Christmas Celebration—exist; some set-up duties included. Shifts run from 12:30-4:30Thursday through Sunday through Labor Day and Saturday/Sunday through Columbus Day; weekend flexibility required (advance notice will be given). Season Starts Saturday, June 3rd; a mandatory training session will be held prior to opening day.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of /passion for American history; comfortable speaking to and connecting with diverse audiences; a willingness to undertake both on-the-job training as well as research to expand your interest in the house, its history, and its occupants. Basic computer skills required, as is the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Advanced undergrads, graduate students, and educators in the historical, archaeological, art-history, or related fields encouraged to apply, as are applicants with archival, exhibit, and/or public-speaking skills/experience. Docents will be encouraged to complete a research project on some aspect of the house, collections, landscape/heritage gardens, residents, or folly.

Kindly forward a Résumé/CV, Cover Letter, & a List of Three (3) References to:, noting DOCENT POSITION in the subject line. Please respond by Wednesday, April 26th. Thank you.

Detroit 1967 Community Outreach Summer Internship [Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI]

Position:  Detroit 1967 Community Outreach Summer Internship

Reports to: Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

Start Date: June 1, 2017

The Detroit Historical Society is pleased offer two, for-credit summer internship opportunities with its Outreach and Engagement Department. The Society’s summer internship program involves an intensive, full-time, experience over eight weeks that enables graduate level students to assist with major special projects in one or more museum departments. Internships generally focus on specific projects, but are flexible enough for students to involve themselves in several aspects of museum work. Summer interns are treated as museum professionals and included in the regular ongoing activities of the institution.

The summer internship program is designed to provide graduate level students with exceptional service to the museum community while they evaluate possible career paths, develop a peer network, and gain firsthand experience with professional staff, diverse audiences, and cutting-edge facilities. Summer interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 (divided into four bimonthly payments) to help cover cost of living expenses while working for the Society.

These internships will focus specifically on programmatic and community outreach with one of the Detroit 67 Project’s Story Collection Campaigns. The two interns selected will work cooperatively over the course of eight weeks to coordinate these efforts that will involve collaboration with a host of community partners. Throughout the summer, these organizations will offer an array of community-based public activities such as panel discussions, cultural events, exhibitions, and corporate and community training workshops.

The Story Collection Campaigns are one of several efforts designed to create a larger dialogue regarding current issues impacting local residents such as authentic youth engagement, neighborhood advancement, racial equity, and economic inclusion. To date, numerous and diverse community partners have enthusiastically agreed to be part of this effort, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit, the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, Focus: HOPE, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Young Professionals, and Detroit Public Theater.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the logistics, planning, and implementation of a story collection campaign designed to canvass the community asking the question, “What’s Your ’67?” The purpose of this effort is to offer an alternative opportunity for residents who did not live through July 1967, to share their experiences and perspectives with the broader community. It will also complement D67’s Oral History Project/ Archive already in progress. This will include:
    • Recording community members’ responses (i.e., audio, video, photography).
    • Collecting 100 or more entries/ interviews over the course of the internship.
    • Submitting collected materials for use on DHS’s Website, social media outlets, and printed collaterals.
  • Develop a strategic plan for executing this effort in collaboration with Engagement & Outreach department, Marking and Communications department, and Oral History Project staff.
  • Work with oral history project team to appropriately store collected interviews.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with marketing department to ensure timely and complete program information for press releases, newsletter deadlines and other notifications.
  • Assist with the Detroit 67 project evaluation process, as related to community outreach programs. This may include:
    • Distribute and collect patron participation surveys during events and coordinate data results, as needed;
    • Collect and prepare research and/or complex statistical data;
    • Provide summarization of data analytics supporting attendance trends at programs and events;
    • Ensure that information collected at Detroit67 programs and events flows timely and securely to and from the organization and is calculated in a timely
  • Serve as a Detroit 67 project ambassador at community events, which includes presenting information to the public regarding ongoing Society-related programs, events, and schedules.
  • Distribute Society and D67 marketing materials to patron participants.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong people skills – comfortability with interacting with people or all ages and from all backgrounds
  • Ability to act independently and be a self-starter while operating collaboratively as a team player
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends for Detroit67 programs
  • Experience and/or training evaluation and/or data management is preferred
  • Experience and/or training in program development is preferred

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Enrolled in a graduate level academic program in journalism, marketing/communications, history, museum studies, public history, public administration, or a related field
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, current resume, and a letter of support from faculty supervisor by April 30, 2017 to:

Kalisha Davis
Director of Community Outreach & Engagement
Detroit Historical Society
5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

No phone calls, please.

Education & Public Programs Director [Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), Cold Spring Harbor, NY]

March 2017

The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) is currently looking to fill the position of: Education & Public Programs Director


Founded in 1948, SPLIA works with Long Islanders to protect, preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections. The Society oversees three historic properties, owns and interprets important collections of material culture from the region, spearheads advocacy for Long Island’s historic resources, and maintains well-regarded education and publication programs.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education & Public Programs Director is responsible for the development and implementation of all education and public engagement efforts on behalf of the organization. S/he joins a core staff of nine and works with the Curator, Preservation Director, and Education and Public Engagement Committee to translate mission-based activities into innovative programs for families, students, and adults. The Education Director will enhance and expand the Society’s school curriculum-based programs and work with the Curator and Preservation Director to develop interpretive materials for on-site and virtual tours at three historic sites. S/he is also the liaison to SPLIA house administrators, docents, volunteers, and the visiting public. Essential duties include the following:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate all on-site and in-school education and enrichment programs working as a team leader with house administrators and educators
  • Collaborate on other onsite programs, lectures, workshops, tours, and non-traditional learning experiences with other key programmatic staff
  • Develop and adapt supplemental material for the Society’s website, enews, and social media outlets
  • Outreach to local schools, colleague organizations, and various social networks both online and actual to build collaborative relationships and new audiences.
  • Manage scheduling for schools and other groups, including attendance tracking and data entry
  • Manage inventory and distribution of all program materials within budget guidelines.
  • Research, write, and administrate grants related to educational programs


This position requires a self-motivated, organized, creative problem-solver with excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, the ability to manage time and motivate people, and a facility for cross disciplinary thinking that embraces new media technologies. The candidate must have knowledge of Common Core requirements, museum or classroom teaching experience, and be able to design intergenerational programs for diverse audiences. Strong research skills and an advanced degree in museum studies or education is preferred. Strong computer skills are required with particular proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience in historic house interpretation, and developing and managing web-based content is preferred. The candidate will also operate effectively both independently and in a team environment.


This is a part-time position ranging 24-28 hours per week including occasional evening and weekend hours. Candidates must have access to a car and be able to drive to meetings, events, and historic sites throughout the region. Employee benefits and flex-time weekly scheduling is available.

Compensation: $20 to $25/hour.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and sample lesson plans and/or program schedule by email to:

Education and Public Programs Director Search
or Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities
P.O. Box 148
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Search is open until May 1, 2017
For additional information:

Development Director [Museum L-A, Lewiston, ME]

Museum L-A seeks an energetic and committed leader to advance the fundraising efforts for the achievement of its mission, vision and organizational sustainability. The Development Director will be in charge of all individual and institutional fundraising and should have a strong background in non-profits. Must possess great self-confidence, have had experience in major gifts, development planning, entrepreneurial spirit, great personality with a good sense of humor. Candidate must be able to work as a team member with board, staff and volunteers. This position requires a passion for results and the experience to plan and execute a strong fundraising plan for a dynamic and growing organization. This is a pivotal time to join the leadership team, as we move toward the development of a new museum on a new site by the historical downtown and riverfront. To apply for this great ground floor opportunity, please send a cover letter, with salary expectations and your resume with sample writings to: Rachel Desgrosseilliers at

Job Openings [Old North Church, Boston, MA]


As the public faces of the Old North Church, educators must be friendly, outgoing, and engaging to our visitors (approximately 500,000 annually), ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone. This position is perfect for those who love to share their passion for history with others and facilitate meaning-making for visitors in a historic site. Responsibilities include welcoming and providing excellent customer service to all visitors; leading brief presentations on the history of the church to groups as large as 200 people and as small as 10; facilitating thirty minute tours and additional educational programs to all ages; providing information on the North End neighborhood and the city of Boston; opening and closing the church campus; keeping the church building clean; and soliciting donations. Qualifications: excellent public speaking skills and a friendly smile; mature and outgoing personality; must love talking with people; interest in education, history, or museums preferred; outstanding customer service skills; ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and manage several tasks simultaneously; reliability and professional appearance. This position requires climbing steep stairs, navigating narrow passageways and working in indoor and outdoor New England weather conditions. Previous education, theater, and customer service experience a plus! Selected candidates MUST be available to attend an all-day training on ONE of the following dates: April 1, April 26, or May 20. Salary: $11/hr.

Clough House Interpreters

As the public faces of the Clough House, a historic home located on the campus of the famous Old North Church, interpreters will be trained in both The Printing Office of Edes & Gill and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, educating our visitors on the history of colonial chocolate and colonial printing. Interpreters, wearing period appropriate clothing (provided), conduct chocolate demonstrations with tools and materials found in the 18th century and assist the Print Master with various tasks. Each of these living history programs contains an essential retail component for which Interpreters are also responsible. Responsibilities include: welcoming all visitors upon entrance; providing informative, interesting presentations on chocolate and managing the print shop alongside the master printer; soliciting voluntary donations; cleaning all equipment and the shops; restocking, folding, and presenting the merchandise; cashiering; provide way finding information and general information about the campus and the surrounding neighborhood; and wearing and maintaining the provided period clothing. This position does not require first-person interpretation. Qualifications:excellent public speaking skills, passion for history and education; outgoing and engaging personality; cash handling experience; ability to work in a fast paced environment; ability to stand for long periods of time. It is essential that you are available weekends and holidays for the duration of the season, which runs April 1 – October 31. Salary: $11/hr.

To apply for these positions, please email your resume (no more than 2 pages) and letter of interest to with the position in the subject.

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