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 email@example.com with the position in the subject.
Where: The Bostonian Society – Old State House Museum, Boston
When: Summer 2017
What: Unpaid internship
Description: Interns needed to complete a comprehensive collections inventory on our large and diverse historical collection.
Under the supervision of the Collections Manager, you will take the lead on an inventory of more than 6,000 objects of all types dating from the seventeenth century to today. Together the team of interns will be responsible for recording location and condition information for every object in our diverse collection.
This internship would be ideal for anybody interested in working Collections Management, as it will give you crucial experience with a foundational aspect of collections management, the baseline inventory. It will also give you experience handling a wide range of object types, from paintings to fish bones and everything in between.
About the Bostonian Society: The Bostonian Society is dedicated to explaining, studying, and preserving Boston’s uniquely important history, embodied in materials, records, and structures such as the Old State House, and in sharing an understanding of the revolutionary ideas born here.
- A background in museum studies (ideally you will be working towards a certificate or a degree in museum studies)
- Some object handling experience
- An interest in American history and material culture
- An eye for detail
How to apply: Please send a resume and a cover letter indicating availability to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th, 2017.
Development Director at the Avery Copp House Museum
The Avery Copp House Museum in Groton, CT is seeking a Development Director to be responsible for planning and implementing fundraising initiatives. We are a small and growing historic house museum located within the Thames River Heritage Park. The new director will work with the board of directors on creating a development plan, including identifying and applying for grants and other fundraising opportunities. Responsibilities will include the inauguration of a membership program; overseeing the Annual Appeal; the cultivation of long-term donors and planned giving; and the maintenance of a donor database.
This position requires the ability to establish relationships with corporate partners and community organizations. The new director will be involved in marketing and public communications for the museum, and work closely with the Museum Director on creating a volunteer program.
Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree, with knowledge and experience in fundraising management. This new, full-time position requires superior communication and organizational skills. Strategic thinking, an interest in volunteer and donor services, and an ability to play well with others will be important for a successful candidate. For more information on the museum please visit the web site at www.averycopphouse.org.
Interested applicants please send a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017.
Public Education Manager – The New York Botanical Garden
This position is Monday through Friday, with at least one Saturday and one Sunday per month.
The Public Education Manager plays a key role in managing programs for visitors of all ages. S/he is responsible for developing dynamic programs that reflect the opportunities of a unique urban garden setting that specializes in art, science and the humanities. S/he works with the Director and full time staff members to develop, coordinate, and implement public programs such as films, lectures, concerts, performances, demonstrations, and special evening events.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage event productions, such as musical performances, demonstrations, lectures, films, festival weekends, and evening programs
- Execute logistics on-site at events, including basic AV set-ups; liaise with onsite Garden staff to ensure proper hardscape set ups for events
- Train, schedule, and supervise Weekend Assistant staff and volunteers
- Contribute ideas to support the content of programs and research program ideas and event schedules; Identify trends in contemporary culture, focusing on art, science and the humanities, and create programs that feature these elements
- Identify and build relationships with potential presenters, performers, and community partners, including artists, scholars, and other specialists
- Prepare budgets and event reports for programs
- Assist in managing Coordinators’ projects such as Event Plans, Operations Reports, Weekend Handouts, and Staff Plans
- Communicate with vendors for program production needs such as stage, lighting, and sound equipment
- Facilitate communication between departments on Garden-wide events and activities and lead meetings with Visitor Services, Creative Services, Security, and Operations teams to ensure adequate preparation and staffing for events
- Keep up to date with best practices in museum programming, and seek to strengthen the Garden’s program roster and maintain contact with the broader network of museum professionals through participating in conferences, professional networks and organizations.
- Other projects and events as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree with at least three years of experience in program or special event planning or related experience
- Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
- Excellent interpersonal skills; a polished, polite, articulate, energetic, friendly, team-player demeanor with an engaging, outgoing personality who enjoys working with the public with a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and problem-solve quickly and efficiently
- Excellent organizational skills, showing attention to detail and the ability to self-start and prioritize to meet deadlines
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends and holidays as program schedule necessitates.
- Familiarity with basic technical A/V set ups preferred
- Driver’s license required