Work at Plimoth
Native History Educators Wanted!
Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Homesite is looking for native history educators! Our recreated 17th-century native homesite exhibit features seasonal native houses as well as demonstrates building and handcraft techniques, agricultural and cooking activities, hunting and fishing methods, mishoon (canoe) making, games and more! If you have a passion for sharing your Native culture, teaching and conversing with museum guests of all ages and backgrounds, this position is for you! Apply today!
Time Travelers Wanted!
Wish you could travel back in time every day? Join as a 17th century role-player! Our Museum role-players immerse themselves in 17th century lifeways in our living history exhibit through costumes, regional dialect, masterful knowledge of history and, of course, experimental archaeology! If you love digging deep into the historical record, recreating the past, teaching and having conversations with museum guests of all ages and backgrounds, this position is for you! Join us!
director of operations, museum experience group
As our community approaches two major anniversary milestones in 2020 and 2021, Plimoth Plantation is planning exciting new educational programs and living history exhibits that illuminate the past and inspire the future- continuing to deepen and strengthen the museum's mission. We are seeking an experienced Director of Operations to provide leadership and organization for our Museum Experience Group, which encompasses all of our living history sites. The successful candidate will thrive on innovation and growth, exhibit a high level of professionalism and a creative, energized spirit. This mission-driven role is highly focused on creating a first-rate guest experience and delivering outstanding support to a fast-paced and dynamic team.
The Exhibit Carpenter is a hands-on position that is part of the Historical Built Landscape (HBL) team responsible for the maintenance, repair and, in some caes, new construction of the reproduction structures, exhibits and built landscape throughout the Museum. The HBL team ensures that all carpentry projects reflect the appropriate historical time period with use of tools, equipment and techniques reflective of the identified era, including modern buildings. Under the direction of the HBL Manager this position is tasked with ongoing routine maintenance of buildings, and meeting the goals of a prioritized work plan. The work may at times be done as a first-person role-player using historically appropriate tools and techniques while speaking with guests. Or work may be performed in modern clothing with modern tools, depending on the assignment.
Under the direction of the Manager of Historical Clothing & Textiles, use your well-rounded, diverse costume skills in all aspects of wardrobe production (drafting, draping, cutting, stitching, hand finishing), repair and maintenance. We are seeking an individual who will greet with energy and enthusiasm the challenges and opportunities inherent in the daily use of costumes.
This is very much a hands-on job and most of the work during spring, summer and fall is the construction and maintenance of costumes in use by our interpretive staff. The winter mainly focuses on preparation for the upcoming season. We will provide on the job training in our techniques but you will need to have costume or fashion experience or training, perhaps through working in a similar role, and/or through relevant educational experience. You should have a verifiable reputation for excellence in your work. You possess the energy, vision and drive to be part of a team that will achieve great results. You are equally effective and efficient working independently and as part of a highly collaborative team.
If you have the relevant skills, proven experience, and are committed to high standards in your work; if you are passionate about sharing dress history and constructing garments that are thought lost to time; if you thrive on solving problems but sometimes getting a little messy; if you see yourself as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and are excited about sharing your vision and skills with the public; then this may be the perfect job for you.
collections database programmer
In partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston, Plimoth Plantation seeks a Collections Database Programmer to lead the digitization efforts of the Museum.
The Collections Database Programmer will provide leadership, strategic planning, and digitization of four of Plimoth Plantation’s archaeological collections and assist in developing an online database of this information for scholarly and public use. This position oversees the digitization, long term preservation, organization, and distribution of the museums’ digitized and born-digital material. As part of the Center for 17th Century Colonial and Native New England Studies (CCCNNES), the Collections Database Programmer creates and maintains sustainable online and offline systems while diligently working toward Plimoth’s goal of preservation and dissemination of digital materials.
This position is a three-year, part-time grant funded position that is based in Plymouth, Massachusetts at Plimoth Plantation.
About the Project: This project will digitize the artifacts and archaeological excavation records for the Winslow Site (C2), the William Bradford II Site (C6) and the Allerton-Cushman Site (C21) and assist in developing an online database to disseminate the data.
digital assets project manager
The Digital Assets Project Manager will provide leadership, strategic planning, and digitization of two of Plimoth Plantation’s archaeological collections and assist in developing content for an online, public-oriented exhibit. This position oversees the digitization, long term preservation, organization, and distribution of the museums’ digitized and born-digital material. As part of the Center for 17th Century Colonial and Native New England Studies (CCCNNES), the Digital Assets Project Manager assists staff in the Curatorial Department to create and maintain sustainable online and offline systems while diligently working toward Plimoth’s goal of preservation and dissemination of digital materials.
This position is twenty-two month, full-time, grant funded position that is based in Plymouth, Massachusetts at Plimoth Plantation.
About the Project: This project will digitize the artifacts and archaeological excavation records for the Eel River Sites (PL 521 and PL 522) and assist in developing an online exhibit to disseminate the data.
Museum teacher, native program
The Museum Teacher delivers highly engaging, interactive, entertaining, thought provoking and personal museum experiences to a variety of audiences including school groups, families, scouts, homeschoolers, seniors and mixed-age groups ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizen. The teacher uses a variety of techniques to interact with audience and teach about Plymouth history and culture, including role playing, 3rd person interpretive techniques and museum theater. Programs take place both off site and at Plimoth Plantation.
The Potter is one of the principal guest-facing artisans demonstrating in the Craft Center. The Potter’s primary responsibility is the demonstration of 17th-century pottery-making while effectively interpreting to Museum guests the history and significance of trades in England. The Potter also supplies the Museum’s Craft Center Shop with pottery for retail sale and the Colonial Interpretation Department with reproductions for use in the 17th-Century English Village, aboard Mayflower II, and by museum programs.
This Position is responsible for maintaining an assigned group of classrooms, restrooms, offices and related Function areas and buildings in a clean and orderly manner to ensure a safe and clean work environment for our guests and staff.
To secure all buildings at the designated time and to provide a visual presence at all times.
Teamwork can be summed up in five short words...We believe in each other."
Do you want to be part of an established and exciting non-profit organization that helps to educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of guests each year? Do you have a passion for history and for meeting new people? If you do, then Plimoth Plantation—one of America’s great history museums—may be the right place for you.
Plimoth Plantation chooses exceptional individuals who have the motivation and spirit, the energy and the skills to be part of a wonderful team – both as employees and volunteers. The Museum, established in 1947, is well-known and admired as a unique destination for its thought-provoking, entertaining and educational living history programs and exhibits.
If you can provide customer service that is second to none, and contribute to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere at Plimoth Plantation then you’ll feel right at home here. Our hospitality toward our guests and enthusiasm for our work is key to the success of the Museum’s mission—whether we are in front of the public or working ‘behind the scenes’.
Picture yourself in a job where you can help people step back in time and discover a past that might surprise them, spark their imagination, promote their sense of wonder, connect people with their ancestors, and be part of someone’s once-in-a-lifetime family vacation, relaxing weekend, school field trip or group tour. These and many more opportunities await you at Plimoth Plantation.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time staff. BCBS medical and dental insurance is offered for the employee and their eligible dependents (cost-sharing involved). Term life insurance and long-term disability is offered for all full-time, year-round employees. A 403B retirement plan is available for all employees and profit sharing retirement plan for all eligible staff.
We also offer voluntary payroll-deducted benefits. These benefits include automobile, homeowners and supplemental insurances.
All full-time employees, both year-round and seasonal, are eligible for annual paid vacation allowance. The amount of paid vacation is based on length of service and number of hours worked per week. Part-time staff with at least four years of service are eligible for a one week based on average hours worked per week. Holiday and sick-time benefits are available for eligible employees.
An employee discount is offered for retail and food service purchases. The Museum also offers complimentary and discounted admission coupons to all employees.
Interested? Search the job titles below for more information on these positions and how to apply. Please note that there is an application and interview process as well as pre-employment orientation to the Museum for both paid employment and volunteer opportunities.
The Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation
How can history change YOU? Plan a garden with heirloom and native plants, design an educational program about archaeology, learn the art of marketing a living history museum, play 17th-century games with summer campers, help us make collections accessible online... the possibilities are endless.
We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented young people with an interest in America’s early histories who want to share in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living museums. Plimoth Plantation's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself centered on immersive, hands-on fieldwork. Interns also participate in a collaborative group project, enjoy field trips, and engage in unique professional development opportunities. Previous internships have been offered in Museum Education, Collections Management, Public History, Historical Clothing & Textiles, Public Relations, Marketing, and Development.
Questions about The Internship Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.