Topic ID #37898 - posted 1/12/2017 3:37 AM

Multiple Openings! Museum Educator Historic Ships in Baltimore

Jennifer Palmer

The Historic Ships in Baltimore, located in the city's Inner Harbor, seeks applicants for multiple Museum Educator positions! All positions begin as part-time with the opportunity to move to full-time based on performance evaluations. 

To apply: send a cover letter and resume to Amy Ferguson, Interpretation Coordinator, Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Follow the link or continue reading below for full position description.

The Museum Educator part-time, hourly position is a benefit-non-eligible position with the Museum’s Interpretive and Educational staff.  Part-time educators may be required to work up to 29 hours a week but are assured of no minimum number of hours per week.  Educators work at all Museum sites, sometimes out doors and during inclement weather.  Museum Educators are expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of the Museum Guides, as well as to provide presentations, demonstrations, and activities during Museum programs that occur during normal day operations, overnight programs, off-site, and Museum special events.  Museum Educators are directly responsible to the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education Coordinator. Museum Educators provide public presentations, tours, and education programs on any of the museum’s sites.  Those sites are: 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 Light House.  Educators are expected to learn and demonstrate mastery of subject matter pursuant to those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a timely manner (within three months) after their date of hire.  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.  Part-time Museum Educators are expected to qualify for the Overnight Educator Assistant position within two weeks of their date of hire and overnight Educator within two months of their date of hire.  Part-time Museum Educators may be promoted to Full-time Educator, and they may qualify and be assigned as Overnight Leader and Day Chief.



Primary Responsibilities

  1. Learning and demonstrating mastery within three months of hire all shipboard presentations.
  2. Learning and mastering overnight program materials and procedures, and working the different billets (assistant, educator, and leader) as assigned.
  3. Working routine day operations and procedures, first aboard USS Constellation, then as directed, at the other museum sites.
  4. Informing each visitor of the safety procedures associated with each site as indicated in the Crew Manual (4.5.1).
  5. Working Museum special and catered events as assigned.
  6. While on duty, wearing the appropriate, clean, and serviceable uniform(s) for the various sites.

7.      Working with crew members to develop their working fund of knowledge of program-relevant topics and their ability to make public presentations.

Coordinated Responsibilities

  1. Performing daily, routine duties and custodial maintenance at Museum sites in accordance with museum protocols, directives, and instruction.
  2. Practicing safe, effective, and exemplary work habits, realizing that you are a role model for the crew members and volunteers.
  3. 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.
  4. Working closely with crew members to maintain a high state of morale, professionalism, and effectiveness.
  5. Employing effective communication skills at all times.
  6. Must be available weekends, holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.
  7. 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.
  8. Performing all administrative requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to: sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.



Minimum requirements include customer service experience, preferably in a museum setting. 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.



Museum 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 building.


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