Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Employment Opportunity: Historic London Town

Historic London Town and Gardens Hiring:
Public Programs Assistant
Museum Educators

Historic London Town and Gardens is looking for 3 to 4 people with experience in museum education or education to assist us with programs, tours, working with teachers and other educators, scheduling and developing education activities and programs. These are part-time positions, and takes place primarily Wednesday through Friday, 8:30am till 2:30pm, August 29, 2012 through December 7, 2012 and March 6, 2013 through June 14, 2013 with additional summer camp weeks and potentially weekend dates as well. These positions will also assist with our living history days, family programming, candlelight tours, and other programs as they arise. We are looking for someone who enjoys working with the public and feels comfortable speaking to groups. This position will assist with the continued development of programs and materials that are appropriate for all levels of education, from pre-K to adult groups. 

Primary duties include recreating a variety of 18th century lifestyles, tasks, and trades in a creative, educational, accurate and hands-on manner. The Museum Educator and Public Programs Assistant will help in coordinating and teaching museum education programs (primarily school group visits).  They will assist in developing and fabricating new education programs and activities and dealing with logistics of the program. They will also assist with creating and daily running of summer camps and specialized programming. Please see position descriptions for more information. 

Salary is $10 per hour. Please send your cover letter and resume to Lisa Robbins, Director of Education at education@historiclondontown.org or Historic London Town and Gardens Attn: Lisa Robbins 839 Londontown Rd. Edgewater MD 21037 or fax to 410.222.1918.

·         Demonstrated museum and/or education experience
·         Interest in working with school groups and special interest groups
·         Willingness to learn and perform all programs
·         Ability to research, prepare, and present educational materials
·         Conduct demonstrations of various 18th century skills and assist in active interpretation and maintenance appropriate to the site
·         Support the museum’s policies and work practices by maintaining a prompt attendance record, offering encouragement to new staff, openly engaging the public, and displaying an inviting and enthusiastic attitude, attention to customer service
·         Assist with site maintenance using modern equipment
·         Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:
·    High School diploma or equivalent preferred
·    One year of customer service preferred
·    Knowledge of colonial American history, domestic and agricultural skills preferred
·    Excellent communication skills

The applicant should possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
The following skills may be required in some or all exhibit areas. (Specific training is provided by Historic London Town and Gardens).
·    Knowledge of research practices and ability to perform critical analysis of historical studies, learn and then disseminate knowledge of colonial history to the public
·    Ability to take direction and to work efficiently either alone or with others
·    Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied ages and backgrounds in both individual and group settings
·    Ability to perform interpretive duties in 18th century costumes in a wide variety of weather conditions, walk, bend, and/or stand for extensive periods of time.
·    Ability to learn about regional plants, animals, and geology for collecting resources
·    Ability to learn (or experience in) numerous craft skills including basic carpentry, hand sewing, hearth cooking, gardening, etc.

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