Employment Opportunities in Pennsylvania’s Museums

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Museum Educator 2, PA Military Museum, Boalsburg

This position is assigned to the Pennsylvania Military Museum, a dynamic and complex historic site with monuments, static displays, living history demonstrations, and varied facility use.  The historic site serves over 30,000 visitors annually.
 
As the Museum Educator 2, you will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the museum’s educational and interpretive programs, ensuring they are based on primary and secondary source historical research and that they align with current museum teaching methodologies and curriculum standards.  You will also coordinate visitor center operations and manage the site volunteer program, providing training as well as evaluation and feedback.  Work is performed independently in accordance with PHMC policies and procedures and professional standards under the supervision of the Site Administrator and in cooperation with museum and PHMC staff.
 
In the role of Museum Educator 2, you will work directly with the public, education groups, military units, veterans, and Gold Star families and be responsible for the care and presentation of sometimes controversial, emotional, and stirring histories.  Such public service is not to be taken lightly.  You will be required to demonstrate tact and sound judgment on a daily basis.
 
This is a professional museum education position requiring a knowledge of U.S. military history.

Interested in learning more?  Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.
Salary: $58,035.00 – $88,235.00
Closing date: 8/6/24
(Posted 7/17)

Museum Assistant, Pennsbury Society, Morrisville

Required duties:
• Provide tours of Pennsbury Manor and its outbuildings to the general public including school groups, commercial bus tours, and “walk-ins”
(visitors in small groups with no reservations).
• Manage front desk operations and including answering phones, selling tickets, greeting visitors, daily cash-out operations, keeping records, execute opening and closing procedures, etc.
• Assist in the implementation of special programs including programs for school groups, public programs, volunteers, Summer Camp, and site initiatives. Duties include setting up, interpretation, and clean up.
• Perform custodial work such as vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, etc. Assist with historic housekeeping, and grounds clean up.
• Perform light clerical work such as photocopying, preparing mailings, assisting with tour confirmations, etc.
• Perform on-site research as needed to support interpretation responsibilities.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Schedule is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Sunday. 9:00-5:00 pm (80 hrs. bi-weekly) This schedule is subject to change depending on site need.

Supervisor:  Zachary B. Long, Museum Educator
                    Erin Emerick, Volunteer Coordinator

The Pennsbury Society (501 C 3) at Pennsbury Manor Historic site seeks qualified applicants for our entry level Museum Assistant position.  Duties involve providing school and daily tours, front desk operations, light custodial and office work, and serving as part of a team at this accredited museum. Applicants should have a degree in a related field (such as History or Education) or comparable experience.

Deadline: 8/5/24

$15/hour

This position is full-time and paid through the Pennsbury Society. Benefits are included as well as paid vacation and sick leave. Please send a resume, letter of interest and three references in one PDF file to Zachary Long, zaclong@pa.gov with subject heading “Museum Assistant.”
Application date closes on August 5, 2024. No phone calls, please.
(Posted 7/16)

Executive Director, Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, Somerset

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County (HGSSC), a non-profit community-based organization, tasked with preserving the cultural and historic heritage of rural southwestern Pennsylvania, is currently seeking applicants for the position of a full-time Executive Director.  This individual will be responsible for steering the organization and managing its operation as it continues to work towards fulfilling the mission of the HGSSC.  Interested individuals should have at least one to three years of professional museum educational and/or curatorial experience including at least two years of supervisory experience and (1) a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field or (2) a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in business administration with a minor in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field.

A complete job description with salary and benefits package can be obtained at https://www.somersethistoricalcenter.org/news-events/newsroom.html/article/2024/07/10/we-re-hiring-

ALL CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE DIRECTED TO Christopher Zanoni, Society President by emailing him at czanoni@somersethistoricalcenter.org

Salary range: $60-65K
(Posted 7/16)

Project Manager, Oil Region Alliance, Oil City

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (ORA) is seeking a Project Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting, developing, and implementing educational and outreach programs that promote the Oil Region National Heritage Area’s (ORNHA) rich history and recreational amenities. This person will be organized, prompt, and attentive. Flexibility in scheduling, including a willingness to work hours outside a typical Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5:00 schedule, is a requirement for this position.

Responsibilities:
• Develop and implement education and outreach programs that engage the public, schools, and community groups in the history of the ORNHA.
• Conduct research on regional history to inform program and project development.
• Develop educational materials, such as brochures, interpretive panels, newsletters, and exhibits, that communicate the region’s history and recreational opportunities to the public.
• Develop and maintain ORA social media platforms, blog entries, and other communications, as assigned.
• Monitor and participate in significant events throughout the region showcasing and promoting the ORNHA in the context of its rich history and unique tourist attractions.
• Establish a comprehensive system for engaging volunteers and tracking volunteer hours especially for the historic Tarbell House in Titusville.
• Collaborate with the team to support and meet the goals and objectives outlined in the current strategic plan by providing assistance with various projects and deadlines.
• Create and maintain an inventory list for all ORA shop items.
• Assist the ORA team with any other tasks as requested.
Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in history, education, or related field OR at least two-years’ experience in these fields
• Experience in program development, education, or outreach
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational and project management skills with the capability to work independently with minimal oversight
• Comfortable with interacting with the public and leading tours of historic properties
• Interest in oil and regional history and recreation activities
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media platforms

The annual salary for this position is $33,000, including a benefits package with health insurance and a retirement plan. If you are passionate about regional history and are excited about sharing your knowledge with others, we encourage you to apply for this position.

The chosen candidate will be required to obtain clearances, including PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check, in order to perform the job responsibilities outlined above.

Deadline to apply: 7/26/24

The ORA will accept applications, including resumes and cover letters, for this position until Friday, July 26, 2024; however, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. Please direct any questions and email your materials to Chris Clifton, Office Manager / Finance Assistant, at cclifton@oilregion.org or 814-677-3152.
(posted 7/9)

PT Interpreter for Tours, Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn

Glencairn Museum is seeking museum interpreters to deliver tours to a public audience. This part-time position reports to the Director of Education and Tours. Responsibilities include attending training sessions, learning scripted material, completing certification, and leading public tours.

Glencairn Museum is part of the Academy of the New Church and is affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem www.newchurch.org, a Christian denomination based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg. The mission of Glencairn Museum is to create an intentional space that invites visitors to encounter religious art and artifacts as expressions of spiritual beliefs and practices. In stewarding and interpreting the collection and historic home, the Museum places a particular emphasis on art and artifacts that reflect the beliefs and practices of the New Church (Swedenborgian Christian) and the history of Glencairn, a National Historical Landmark.

Glencairn is seeking applicants who are committed to the Museum’s mission and values. For more information about Glencairn Museum and its mission, please visit www.glencairnmuseum.org/about-us

Details:
• $15.00 hourly rate
• Hours vary from 2 to 8 hours per week
• Weekend hours are available
• Part-time, no benefits
• Reports to Director of Education and Tours
• Paid training

Working Conditions and Environment:
This part-time position requires work between 2 to 8 hours per week. Tours are offered weekdays at 2:30pm, by-appointment, and weekends between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Public tours are 90 minutes in length. Work schedules will be determined based on the reported availability of the museum interpreter and the needs of the Museum.

Responsibilities:
1. Attend required orientation and training sessions.
2. Learn tour scripts with mentorship provided by the Director of Education and Tours.
3. Complete certification tour conducted by the Director of Education and Tours.
4. Deliver scripted tour to public audiences.
5. Enforce all museum safety policies with tour visitors.
6. Know and be prepared to act according to museum emergency procedures.
7. Answer visitor questions about Glencairn Museum regarding information not included in the tour script. (FAQs provided).
8. Promote enrollment in e-communications, membership benefits, upcoming events in the Bryn Athyn Historic District, and participation in visitor surveys.
9. Undergo an annual assessment tour conducted by the Director of Education and Tours.

Personal and Professional Requirements:
Employees of Glencairn Museum are expected to uphold the mission, principles, and policies of the Academy of the New Church; support the mission of Glencairn Museum; and follow all Museum policies and guidelines. Successful applicants will:
1. Be friendly, energetic, and welcoming individuals.
2. Show a love and enthusiasm for education through material objects.
3. Be punctual.
4. Possess the ability to engage the attention of visitors of all ages including groups as large as 16 people.
5. Prioritize attention to the safety of visitors and objects.
6. Treat all museum visitors with courtesy and respect.
7. Efficiently operate an elevator and move people through museum galleries.
8. Communicate through both text and email.
9. Commit to learning and using the scheduling system used by Glencairn Museum.
10. Be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma and experience in public speaking.

How to Apply:
Applications are due by Sunday, July 21, 2024. An important part of the interview process is understanding why this position and our mission particularly resonate with you. Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter that includes mention of Glencairn’s mission and why it is important to you. With your submission, please include contact information for three professional references that can speak to your abilities, skills, and work ethic.

Contact Person:
Please direct questions and submit applications to:
Amy Glenn
Director of Education and Tours
amy.glenn@glencairnmuseum.org
(posted 7/9)

PT Museum Educator, Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn

Glencairn Museum is seeking museum educators to deliver education programs to students and families. This part-time position reports to the Director of Education and Tours. Responsibilities include attending training sessions, learning scripted material, completing certification, and leading education programs.

Glencairn Museum is part of the Academy of the New Church and is affiliated with the General Church of the New Jerusalem www.newchurch.org, a Christian denomination based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg. The mission of Glencairn Museum is to create an intentional space that invites visitors to encounter religious art and artifacts as expressions of spiritual beliefs and practices. In stewarding and interpreting the collection and historic home, the Museum places a particular emphasis on art and artifacts that reflect the beliefs and practices of the New Church (Swedenborgian Christian) and the history of Glencairn, a National Historical Landmark.

Glencairn is seeking applicants who are committed to the Museum’s mission and values. For more information about Glencairn Museum and its mission, please visit www.glencairnmuseum.org/about-us

Details:
• $15.00 hourly rate
• Hours vary from 3 to 10 hours per week
• Most programs take place between 9:00am and 1:00pm
• Part-time, no benefits
• Reports to Director of Education and Tours
• Paid training

Working Conditions and Environment:
This part-time position requires work between 3 to 10 hours per week. Education programs are offered on weekdays between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Work schedules will be determined based on the reported availability of the museum educator and the needs of the Museum.
Responsibilities
1. Attend required orientation and training sessions.
2. Learn education program scripts with mentorship provided by the Director of Education and Tours.
3. Complete certification of each program conducted by the Director of Education and Tours.
4. Deliver scripted programs to student and family audiences.
5. Enforce all museum safety policies with students and families.
6. Know and be prepared to act according to museum emergency procedures.
7. Answer questions about Glencairn Museum regarding information not included in the program script. (FAQs provided).
8. Promote attendance at upcoming family-friendly events, future education programs, and return visits.
9. Undergo an annual assessment conducted by the Director of Education and Tours.

Personal and Professional Requirements:
Employees of Glencairn Museum are expected to uphold the mission, principles, and policies of the Academy of the New Church; support the mission of Glencairn Museum; and follow all Museum policies and guidelines. Successful applicants will:
1. Be friendly, energetic, and welcoming individuals.
2. Show a love and enthusiasm for education through material objects.
3. Be punctual.
4. Possess the ability to engage the attention of visitors of all ages including groups as large as 16 people.
5. Prioritize attention to the safety of visitors and objects.
6. Treat all museum visitors with courtesy and respect.
7. Efficiently operate an elevator and move visitors through museum galleries.
8. Communicate through both text and email.
9. Commit to learning and using the scheduling system used by Glencairn Museum.
10. Be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma and experience in public speaking.

How to Apply:
Applications are due by Sunday, July 21, 2024. An important part of the interview process is understanding why this position and our mission particularly resonate with you. Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter that includes mention of Glencairn’s mission and why it is important to you. With your submission, please include contact information for three professional references that can speak to your abilities, skills, and work ethic.

Contact Person:
Please direct questions and submit applications to:
Amy Glenn
Director of Education and Tours
amy.glenn@glencairnmuseum.org
267.502.2962
(posted 7/9)

Historic Germantown Guide/Educator, Stenton, Philadelphia

Do you love History as well as working with children and the public? Historic Germantown, a partnership of 19 museums in Northwest Philadelphia, is currently seeking Educators for the hands-on learning program History Hunters, as well guiding tours at several of the museums.

The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, a national award-winning educational program, takes place at five historic sites in Historic Germantown: Cliveden of the National Trust, the Johnson House, Stenton, La Salle University Art Museum, and Wyck. The program uses individual histories of the sites to teach students a larger American narrative, covering United States’ history that spans from colonial times through the Civil War, focusing on the diverse perspectives of history, and making connections to the past with a diverse population of students. The program will serve approximately 3,500 students during the 2024-2025 school year, in Grades 4 and 5.

All Educators will receive complete training and support for all five of the History Hunters locations and will also work with the general public at several Historic Germantown sites throughout the year, which may include Stenton, Cliveden, Wyck, Concord School House, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Historic Fair Hill, ACES, Lest We Forget Slavery Museum, Historic Rittenhouse Town, and Historic Germantown Museum.

An ideal candidate for this position might have a background in American history or education, will have experience working with children and the public, is comfortable presenting information to a group, is enthusiastic, friendly, and personable. Some college or equivalent experience desired. We aim to have our team reflect and respect the experience and background of all the children they will be working with. Bilingual candidates and those who have experience and ability working with children from Philadelphia public schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Historic Germantown is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches our community and our educational and employment experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Historic Germantown is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

This position is part-time. It requires some flexibility, and hours will vary depending on when tours are scheduled. Weekday availability is required; weekend availability is strongly desired. Compensation is $17.00 per hour.

For information about the program, visit www.historyhunters.org.
For information about the sites in Historic Germantown, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com

Please send resume, references, and cover letter to both contacts below:

Rachel Corma
History Hunters Program Coordinator
(215)-329-7312
rachel.corma@stenton.org

Carolyn Wallace
Cliveden Education Director
(215)- 848- 1777
cwallace@cliveden.org

Deadline to apply: August 1, 2024
(Posted 7/8)

PT Education and Public Programs Assistant, The Hershey Story Museum, Hershey

The Hershey Story Museum is looking for a part-time program assistant to help create and deliver educational programs to school and summer camp groups and to assist with the planning and execution of public programs for visitors of all ages.  This position works in a team environment to provide engaging visitor experiences that focus on the life of Milton Hershey, the town of Hershey, the company and of course chocolate!

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

– Help facilitate in-person, outreach and virtual learning programs for schools, camps, scouts, and other community groups.

– Assist in the development, creation, and implementation of curriculum-based and other programming for diverse audiences that provide interactive experiences.

– Input group information into ticketing system, create confirmations, and update spreadsheets.

– Communicate with schools, groups and staff to arrange visits.

– This position will be scheduled Monday – Friday, 25 – 28 hours a week with an occasional weekend or evening shift for special events.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities Required:

– Excellent public speaking skills and ability to lead and engage groups of children and adults.

– Ability to work well as part of a team, follow through with assigned tasks and think on your feet.

– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

– Knowledge of museum practices and museum education standards are a plus.

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

– Three years of experience in a museum or classroom or in conducting programs for children.

– Bachelor’s degree in education, history, public history, museum studies or related field is a plus.

$18.00 per hour

This position requires criminal history background checks in addition to child abuse background checks as a condition of employment.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Elizabeth Lindsay at elalindsay@hersheystory.org.
(Posted 6/24)

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