The Hale Farm and Village seeks a Museum Educator.
Responsible to the Education & Public Program Manager. Works closely with the Education & Public Program Manager to provide quality educational programs for youth, school groups, and other visitors of all ages. Activities contribute to the museum’s retail, facility rental, group tours, agricultural, craft and trade, foodways, and historic preservation programs.
- Works directly or remotely with guests, from early childhood to adult, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village, outreach locations, or through distance learning platforms.
- Reads and researches, independently and as assigned, in preparation for teaching all programs offered through the HFV Education & Public Program department.
- Prepares and maintains the materials and spaces in all assigned areas for programs, including site set-up, clean-up, and routine general housekeeping.
- Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.
- May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.
- Demonstrates additional rural life activities and chores as appropriate to advancing public understanding about farm life in the 19th century Western Reserve, and its relevance today.
- Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm signature events.
- Accountable to the Education & Public Program Manager for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.
- As appropriate, may demonstrate the process and lead educational experiences, including workshops, for a variety of historic crafts & trades or domestic skills specific to early- to mid-19th century rural life, which may include but not be limited to candle making, broom making, spinning, weaving, pottery, and hearth or wood stove cooking.
- As assigned, contribute to production of 19th century craft items, which may include by not be limited to candles, brooms, handspun yarn, and handwoven pieces for sale in the museum store.
- Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Education & Public Program Manager.
Distance Learning Program Support:
- Knowledge of Roots of Entrepreneurship or Market and Me
- Ability to teach 45-minute live video classes via Zoom or Google Meet or willingness to be trained
- Willingness to appear on-camera for recorded on-the-spot entrepreneur update videos.
- Initiative in gathering materials, review of and adding to digital content, contributing to program improvement
- Provide administrative support including program enrollment, live class scheduling, materials management, communications, records, and reporting.
- Have a desire to teach and work with guests of all ages, from early childhood to adult.
- Can work independently; contribute as a member of a diverse museum team.
- The ability to prioritize, but while also exhibiting flexibility to accommodate changing conditions and needs.
- The ability to exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior.
- Dependable and reliable approach to tasks, including remaining on schedule and managing time.
- Possession of knowledge of American and Western Reserve history.
- Experience in a historic craft & trade area, or arts training and experience in a related area, or the willingness to be trained in new skills as needed.
- Be physically able to accomplish routine program tasks, or crafts & trades production and demonstration tasks throughout seasonal conditions.
- Training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.
Salary range: $12 per hour
Job classification: Part time, hourly, seasonal, non-exempt from overtime
To apply: If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Dukes, HR Manager at [email protected].
Posted: February 12, 2024