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Historic Ship Museum Educator

22 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Brian Auer

JOB SUMMARY

The Museum Educators may work full-time or part time.  A limited number of Full time positions are open at any time.  All educators begin as part-time, benefit-non-eligible, but when available, and qualified on all of our programs, can be promoted to full time, benefit-eligible status.  Part-time educators may be required to work up to 29 hours a week but are assured of no minimum number of hours per week.  Educators work at all Museum sites, sometimes outdoors and during inclement weather.  Museum Educators are expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of the Museum Guides, as well as to provide presentations, demonstrations, and activities during Museum programs that occur during normal day operations, overnight programs, off-site, and Museum special events.  Museum Educators are directly responsible to the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education Coordinator

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Primary Responsibilities

1.       Museum Educators provide public presentations, tours, and education programs on any of the museum’s sites.  Those sites are: The Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the WWII submarine USS Torsk; the WWII cutter USCGC Taney; the light ship Chesapeake; and the Seven-foot Knoll Light House.

2.       Educators are expected to learn and demonstrate mastery of subject matter pursuant to those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a timely manner (within three months) after their date of hire.

3.       Educators act as the face of the organization, and are required to exhibit positive, friendly interaction and demeanor with visitors and guests always, and are expected to be able to manage their interactions with visitors and conduct themselves accordingly.

4.       Monitor, provide for, and protect the safety of the vessels themselves and all visitors to them by knowing and following established policies regarding operations. 

5.       Performing daily, routine duties and custodial maintenance at Museum sites in accordance with museum protocols, directives, and instruction.

 

Organizational Responsibilities: 

  1. Support museum-sponsored efforts such as, “all-hands” activities/evolutions to include, but not limited to: 4th of July celebration; New Year’s Eve celebration; “Victory Night”, “The Blast,” and Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies.
  2. Museum Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with boarding and departing the sites, and opening and closing the sites.   
  3. Educators will commonly work catered events that will require working late, sometimes until after midnight, as well as overnight programs which may require working through the night.  During overnight programs, educators will spend the night on the ship to which assigned or, in the case of Constellation overnights, the museum building.
  4. Being an effective co-worker who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic and good morale among ship’s staff and volunteers.
  5. Learning and demonstrating mastery of all shipboard presentations.
  6. Performing all administrative requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to: sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.

 

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Demonstrates and maintains effective leaderships and a positive work ethic. 
  2. Must effectively handle stress, and demonstrate an ability for decisiveness and quick thinking.  
  3. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Science, History, or a related field, OR a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a relevant field..(A higher degree may substitute for 1 year of museum programming experience, but does not necessarily increase qualification.)
  4. Must be available weekends, holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  1. While on duty, wearing the appropriate, clean, and serviceable uniform(s) for the various sites.
  2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk to various locations and maybe exposed to a variety of outdoor weather conditions.
  3. Various physical activities may be required on occasion including, but not limited to, moderate lifting, pulling lines, operating shipboard equipment, traversing ladders, and navigating spaces with low overheads.

COMPENSATION

Base pay: $10/hr, increased to $12/hr upon completion and qualification on all 13 interp. programs

Overnight Bonus: 10%/hr ($11-$13.20/hr)

Overnight Leader Bonus: 20%/hr ($12-$14.40/hr)


PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:

Amy Ferguson, aferguson@historicships.org


DISCLAIMER

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply.

 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

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