Position: Museum Teacher
The USS Constitution Museum seeks a talented and experienced educator for a part-time Museum Teacher position. Museum Teachers are responsible for facilitating all school and youth programs (grades K – 12) at the Museum. Museum teachers play a key role in creating engaging programs environments for participating youth. Responsibilities include: leading interactive, engaging, and curriculum-based programs for student and youth groups visiting the Museum; communicating the themes and content of programs at an appropriate level for groups of various ages, grades, and capabilities; fostering a comfortable, encouraging, and accessible environment for all student and youth visitors; approaching individuals who might need direction in the galleries or show particular interest in a display or activity; maintaining the materials and resources needed for school and youth programs; and supporting the Museum Learning Department with special events as needed.
The successful candidates will have demonstrated experience working with youth (classroom teacher, classroom aid, after-school facilitator, museum program facilitator, camp or youth group leader, scout leader). Knowledge of best practices in museum teaching and interpretation techniques is preferred. Successful candidates will have a passion for history and the ability to confidently communicate content and themes related to USS Constitution’s story. A schedule with the flexibility to teach on weekdays during school hours and occasional weekends is necessary. This position is ideal for graduate students, those with a flexible schedule, retired educators, and those interested in museums.
Two part-time (9-17 hours/week) seasonal positions are available from April – Mid August.
Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. EOE.
Position: Visitor Experience Representatives
The Visitor Experience Representative serves as the public face of the USS Constitution Museum and is essential to fulfilling the Museum’s goal of creating a positive, memorable experience where visitors can learn and connect to history. Interacting with over 350,000 visitors annually, this position serves a dual-role by providing outstanding customer services at the admission desk and leading a range of hands-on experiences for youth, family, and adult audiences throughout the exhibits.
Admission Desk: Act as a resource for visitors by welcoming and orienting them to the Museum’s offerings and other attractions in and around the Charlestown Navy Yard. Clearly communicate the admission by donation policy and accurately process financial transactions. Track daily visitation statistics and complete associated paperwork. Manage high volumes of visitor traffic and large crowds while providing personal attention to as many individuals as possible. Promptly and courteously answer incoming calls on the multi-line telephone system. Provide immediate and appropriate responses to safety and security concerns.
Exhibit Interpretation: Communicate information about USS Constitution’s history and engage with children, families, and adults in a way that respects their individual needs, motivations, and abilities. Provide positive and memorable experiences by facilitating a range of hands-on, minds-on programs and tours. Recognize and act on opportunities to enhance a visitor’s engagement in the exhibits by providing one-on-one assistance or by facilitating short activities at hands-on areas. Maintain exhibit spaces by resetting and restocking materials. Inform visitors of safety guidelines and, when possible, provide reasonable alternatives. Prepare materials for activities, programs and events. Learn more about the USS Constitution Museum’s exhibit and program philosophy at www.engagefamilies.org.
Successful candidates will have exceptional customer service skills, a background or interest in history, a mature and outgoing personality, and an enjoyment for interacting with members of the public. Previous employment or volunteer experience as a museum program facilitator, classroom teacher, tutor, camp councilor, or scout leader is preferred. Available to consistently work a Sunday-Thursday (8:30-5:00) or Monday, Friday, Saturday (8:30-5:00) schedule from April 1st through October 31st is required for this position. Additional shifts or extended hours will also become available to accommodate peak periods, such as Mayflower Sails and Harborfest, special group visits, and staff vacations.
Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume, and schedule preferences to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. EOE.
Position: Library Volunteer
The Samuel Eliot Morison Memorial Library at the USS Constitution Museum seeks a Library Volunteer to assist with various library tasks, including shelving, cataloging, general organization, and other projects related to the research library’s holdings. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
- Graduate or undergraduate coursework in library science.
- Familiarity with basic administrative duties, including filing, database work, and data entry in Excel.
- Interest in research libraries and/or special libraries.
- Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
Minimum of 4 hours per week between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday – Friday.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Kate Monea, Manager of Curatorial Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.