Museum educators are our primary visitor interaction and are tasked with
engaging museum visitors with our ships. They work aboard all of
our Museum ships, sometimes out doors and during inclement weather and are
expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of museum
guides. Such duties include engaging with visitors in various capacities
and occasionally selling tickets at the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
Museum Educators are also expected to provide presentations, demonstrations,
and activities during Museum programs that occur during normal day operations,
overnight programs, off-site, and Museum special events. These presentations,
tours, and education programs could occur on any of the museum’s sites: the
Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the WWII submarine USS Torsk; the
WWII cutter USCGC Taney; the light ship Chesapeake; and the
Seven-foot Knoll Lighthouse. Museum Educators are a part-time, hourly,
benefit-non-eligible position with the Museum’s Interpretive and Educational
staff. Educators are hired as Educator trainee’s for $11/hr, and promote to
Museum Educator at $13/hr when they complete their training. Part-time
educators may be work up to 29 hours a week but are guaranteed no minimum
number of hours per week. Visitor Associates are directly responsible to
the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education
Coordinator. Museum Educators are expected to learn subject matter pursuant to
those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a
timely manner after their date of hire (3 months after hire). Educators who
demonstrate full mastery of programs and subject matter are eligible for
promotion to Full-Time Museum Educator which is a benefit-eligible position
will 30+ hours per week. Museum Educators are expected to exhibit strong
standards of leadership, cooperation, punctuality, initiative, adaptability,
attentiveness to detail, adherence to policies, communication, and enthusiasm,
and to display exemplary professionalism and work ethic.
- Learning and demonstrating
mastery of shipboard presentations.
- Learning and mastering
overnight program materials and procedures, and working the different
billets (assistant, educator, and leader) as assigned.
- Working routine day
operations and procedures aboard all museum sites.
- Informing each visitor of the
safety procedures associated with each site as indicated in the Crew
- Working Museum special and
catered events as assigned.
- Handling money and conducting
daily ticket sales processes via the Altru software system.
- While on duty, wearing the
appropriate, clean, and serviceable uniform(s) for the various sites.
- Working with crew members to
develop their working fund of knowledge of program-relevant topics and
their ability to make public presentations.
- Performing daily, routine
duties and custodial maintenance at Museum sites in accordance with museum
protocols, directives, and instruction.
- Practicing safe, effective,
and exemplary work habits, realizing that you are a role model for the
crew members and volunteers.
- Being an effective co-worker
who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic
and good morale among ship’s staff and volunteers.
- Working closely with crew
members to maintain a high state of morale, professionalism, and
- Employing effective
communication skills at all times.
- Must be available weekends,
holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.
- Being aware of and complying
with Museum directives and protocols, written and verbal, associated with
the sites, including those of other departments and Department Heads.
- Performing all administrative
requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to:
sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.
requirements include customer service experience, preferably in a museum
setting. Money handling experience is also preferred, but not required.
Potential applicants should be able to successfully work independently and in a
team setting. Those with education experience either in a museum or classroom
setting are encouraged to apply.
Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with
boarding and departing the sites, opening and closing the sites, working
outdoors sometimes during inclement weather conditions, and they must be
physically capable of moving quickly through the ships and performing all tasks
associated with emergency procedures. Educators may be required to shovel snow
from the piers and the ship weather decks and gangways. Educators will commonly
work catered events that will require working late, often until after midnight,
as well as overnight programs which may require working through the night.
During overnight programs, educators will spend the night on the ship to which
assigned or, in the case of Constellation overnights, the museum
Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer