The Whaling Museum is looking for extra help running museum programs.
Immediate need is teaching Late June through August, with additional opportunity to teach on a part-time basis in the fall and winter. Local travel required.
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The Museum Educator offers the Long Island community exciting, high-quality educational programs in history, art, culture, and science, inspired by Long Island’s whaling history.
We are looking for additional staff member to join our education team. This position offers a unique opportunity to practice a wide range of skills by leading innovative, interdisciplinary activities, and connecting people of all ages with the museum’s collection. Educator is instrumental in strengthening visitors’ appreciation of Long Island’s maritime history with other diverse topics in culture, art, and science in meaningful ways.
The museum delivers programs from preschoolers to seniors; majority of events are family-friendly and are geared for children 5-12 years old. During July and August, the museum brings programs to diverse locations throughout Long Island, primarily at Long Island libraries who book the museum's programs for their patrons.
Travelling is required, as some museum programs take place off-site throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
As a friendly, small workplace, most staff wear many hats, can find ways to apply their individual talents, and are expected to give 100% effort to the tasks at hand.
- Pursuing or completed BA in education, or pursuing; Certification a plus; OR Degree in Life Sciences/History/Museum Studies coupled with teaching background
- At least 1 year experience teaching in classroom or informal museum settings; experience with elementary-age youth preferred
- Demonstrated skill in creating age-appropriate learning materials and crafts for many learning styles, including knowledge of hands-on, inquiry-based learning theories
- Cheerful, motivated, and enthusiastic, with strong can-do attitude; excellent and professional public presentation skills; with passion for the museum’s unique purpose
- Creative thinker; able to adapt our internal resources to make learning a fun adventure
- Knowledge of Long Island’s maritime history/whale biology, or willingness to learn
- Ability to integrate and adapt the arts & humanities into interdisciplinary subjects
- 100% reliable and punctual; trustworthy to protect museum’s collection with integrity
- Ability to travel to offsite locations with reliable personal car, as needed (mileage is reimbursed)
- Able to work independently or part of a close team; able to multi-task and manage time effectively in a small but busy workplace
- Excellent verbal and writing skills; strong organizational skills, with a professional presence
- PC proficient (Google apps, Canva, Video editing skills)
- Lifting of portable teaching bins is required (up to 40 lb)
- Primarily in Summer: Deliver Museum-To-You programs, chiefly at Long Island libraries throughout the Island
- Possibly: Help deliver Family Events at the museum on Fridays in the summer, with occasional help for weekend events
- Help run museum-run camp programs at the museum in late August
Past the summer season, the Educator can also contribute to the development and delivery of other in-person & virtual programs, including the following:
- School programs, mostly during weekday mornings during the school year
- Scout programs and other education programs
- Help oversee daily operations in the museum, including opening/closing
- Assist in developing special exhibits; work with other staff in interpreting the museum’s collections
- Undertakes or assists any special projects at the request of the Curator of Education.
We are looking to make a hire ASAP.
Interested applicants should send:
- Cover letter
- Resume with references
- Exact scheduling availability through June-August 2023, and the rest of the year.
- Example of an appropriate educational project which you created or developed, and can help show your skill.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED. DO NOT simply send your resume.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
No telephone calls for position inquiries, please.
The Whaling Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: From $17.50 per hour
- 4 hour shift
- 8 hour shift
- Weekend availability
Work Location: In person