Indigenous Education Associate

Position Summary

Plimoth Patuxet Museums seeks creative educators who are outgoing members of Indigenous communities interested in sharing knowledge and fostering public understanding of the history, heritage, culture and lifeways of Indigenous communities of the Northeast. Indigenous Education Associates (IEAs) work with groups from toddler to adult and deliver educational programs for a variety of audiences at the Museum, in K-12 classrooms across the region, and at libraries, businesses, other museums, and online. Indigenous Education Associates develop, facilitate, and evaluate outreach workshops, summer camps, overnight programming, evening outreach events, guided tours and drop-in public programs to engage learners and inspire an appreciation of pre- and post-European contact Indigenous history.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare for and deliver a variety of educational programs, including, but not limited to, classroom visits, on- and off-site workshops, summer camps, overnights, evening outreach programs, guided tours, and drop-in public programs. Some programs may require an overnight or longer stay at or away from Plimoth Patuxet. Engage and tour visitors on the Museum’s living history sites as needed.

  • Follow and help develop program outlines and appropriately use artifacts, reproduction clothing and research to teach education programs. Study written training materials (provided) on the region’s Indigenous history pre- and post-European contact, the historical context of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and educational theory.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Museum to create experiences for learners that are welcoming and ‘individualized’ to that group’s interest and abilities. Ensure an inclusive experience for all.

  • Work with departmental staff to maintain and safeguard department equipment and resources, including Wampanoag and Colonial Education Sites, reproduction clothing and artifacts, craft supplies and related materials. Prioritize guest and staff safety at all times.

  • Provide input on departmental goals and objectives, the development of new programs, the improvement of existing programs based on user feedback, and special assignments as needed for other departments.

  • When not leading educational programs or working on grant-related projects and initiatives, the Museum Education Associate will support the interpretive goals of the living history sites. Through conversation and demonstration, the Indigenous Museum Education Associate interprets the daily life, history and culture of the communities presented by Plimoth Patuxet Museums.

  • As needed, perform clerical duties to ensure excellent customer service, including contacting schools, completing expense reports in a timely manner and answering customer inquiries.

This outline description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties and responsibilities inherent in satisfactory performance of the position. Management reserves the right to revise this job description from time to time as needed.

Required Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to speak with expertise on matters relating to Indigenous culture and communities.

  • Flexibility in working hours, days and programs delivered is essential. During the Museum’s open season (March-November) the general schedule for this position is either Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday-Saturday. Some evening hours will be required.

  • Knowledge of making traditional Indigenous crafts (for example, house-construction, baskets, pottery, clothing, etc.) is helpful, but not required.

  • Interest in working with children from toddler-high school is essential. Experience in museum education or with school-aged audiences preferred.

  • The Indigenous Education Associate must demonstrate understanding of 17th-century English, American, Native American and European history

  • Understanding the spectrum of learning styles and being able to apply this knowledge in interactions with students and Museum guests is preferred.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from like-age and mixed-age groups from student to adult.

  • Ability to create safe spaces for children and learners of all ages.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with others, both staff and volunteers. Must be able to work independently or as part of a team to deliver quality educational programming.

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to and from outreach programs is required.

Education and Experience

  • A high school diploma or equivalent required

  • Bachelor's Degree in Primary or Secondary Education, Museum Education, Native American or Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, or History preferred.

  • Relevant experience in formal or informal education settings such as museums, afterschool programs, summer camps, or enrichment programs required.

Additional Requirements

The Museum is open 7 days a week April through the end of November. Thanksgiving Day is an “All-Hands On” day for which all employees must be available to work. Typical hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm, five days a week through the end of November. Flexibility in work hours and days off is required. Depending on the season, this position may include working additional night/weekend hours or days as needed. Schedules may change based on weather forecast, and/or low attendance for any given day.

The Museum respects the religious, and cultural beliefs and practices of all employees. On request, The Museum will strive to make an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available, and does not create an undue hardship on the Museum.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands outlined here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties may include:

  • Working sitting, standing, bent over or kneeling;

  • May involve some lifting and moving of objects;

  • Standing for extended periods; climbing stairs, ladders, companionways, and/or gangways.

  • Capable of lifting and moving objects up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Work requires standing and/or walking for up to 80% of the time.

  • Most of the work involves addressing a group of learners in school environments, in virtual programs hosted on web platforms, and outside in the Museum’s historical exhibits where there are animals, dust, and smoke from hearth fires.

  • The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc.

  • 20% of work is generally performed within an office environment with standard office equipment including computers and basic software such as Microsoft and Google Suite products.

Core Commitment

Whether part-time or full-time, year-round or seasonal, all staff and volunteers at Plimoth Patuxet advance the Museum’s educational mission and strategic goals. They uphold the Museum’s core values and principles in their work and in all of their interactions with the public and with coworkers. This commitment helps to ensure that Plimoth’s reputation for excellence is maintained and that, as stewards of the Museum, we are helping to create a relevant and sustainable future for Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The core principles that guide us in our work are:

  • Safety and Comfort

  • Compassionate Customer Experience

  • Professional Excellence

  • Personal Accountability

  • Advance a Culture of Philanthropy

  • Teamwork

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a PDF file of your resume, and cover letter to, or by submitting them by US mail to the following address:

Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Attn: Human Resources
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360