The Museum Education Associate will work with groups from toddler to adult using role-playing and 3rd-person interpretive techniques to engage learners and inspire an appreciation of 17th-century New England’s importance to the development of modern America. Museum Education Associates deliver programs for a variety of audiences in diverse locations: on- or off-site and online, in formal classroom settings, and for the general public at libraries, businesses, other museums, and at Plimoth Patuxet. They perform with attention to professionalism at all times and are personally accountable for ensuring the continued success of Plimoth Patuxet’s programs. Education Associates have a passion for conveying the multicultural history, politics, arts, culture and science of 17th-century America to diverse audiences and communities.
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 history of Plymouth Colony, 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 in decision-making about 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 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 description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties inherent in satisfactory performance of the position.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to and from outreach programs is required.
- 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.
- Interest in working with children from toddler-high school is essential. Experience in museum education or with school-aged audiences preferred.
- Within six months of starting, the Education Associate must demonstrate basic understanding of 17th-century English, American, Native American and European history and the spectrum of learning styles and be able to apply this knowledge in interactions with students and Museum guests.
- 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.
Depending on the season, this position will include frequent night and weekend work and early mornings.
Education and Experience:
Relevant experience in formal or informal education settings such as museums, afterschool programs, summer camps, or enrichment programs required. Bachelor's Degree in Primary or Secondary Education, Museum Education, Native American or Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, History preferred.
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 their interactions with the public and coworkers. This commitment helps to ensure that Plimoth Patuxet’s reputation for excellence is maintained and that we, as stewards of the Museum, are helping to create a relevant and sustainable future for Plimoth Patuxet. The core principles that guide us in our work are:
- Safety and Comfort
- Compassionate Customer Engagement
- Professional Excellence
- Personal Accountability
- Create a Culture of Philanthropy
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.
- Work sitting or standing, sometimes for extended periods of time to deliver programs.
- Capable of lifting and moving objects up to 25 pounds.
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.
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability
- Bachelor's (Preferred)
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a PDF file of your resume, and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by submitting them by US mail to the following address:
Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Attn: Human Resources
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360