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  • 06 Sep 2018 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    Experienced Cook/Prep Cook for Dinner Train service for part-time work. Job encompasses all areas of kitchen work including prep, cooking, plate-up and clean-up. Cooks assist with dish washing. Service is basically banquet style and does not involve line cooking. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Dress code & background check. No visible tattoos or piercings. Long shift. Must have own transportation and be able to arrive on-time. This position involves primarily working on Weekends and is seasonal. Banquet Service or Catering experience is a plus. Successful applicant must be able to start immediately.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $10.00 /hour

    Email resume to

    Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 

    4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421

  • 06 Sep 2018 9:21 PM | Anonymous

    Experienced Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager for Dinner Train service for part-time work. Job encompasses all areas of kitchen work including stocking, prep, cooking, plate-up and clean-up.Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager will be responsible for not only food preparation but also keeping the kitchen and the kitchen staff functioning on time and in an efficient manner and is the direct supervisor of the kitchen staff.  Will coordinate scheduling adequate staff for operations and assist in seeing that the dining car(s) are provisioned and ready for each departure. Service is basically banquet style and does not involve line cooking. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Dress code & background check. No visible tattoos or piercings. Long shift. Must have own transportation and be able to arrive on-time. This position involves primarily working on Weekends and is seasonal. Banquet Service or Catering experience is a plus. Successful applicant must be able to start immediately.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $13.00 /hour

    Email resume to

    Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum 

    4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421


  • 05 Sep 2018 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Chadds Ford Historical Society is currently seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Special Events Manager. This position ensures that the Society provides successful and engaging special events for the community while raising funds necessary for the operation of the organization.

    Schedule:  Part-time; Wednesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (3:00 pm Friday) with occasional evenings & weekends for special events

    Salary:  $19/hour


    Special Events

    • ·         Work with special events committees and the Executive Director to plan and implement special events hosted by the Society including but not limited to Chadds Ford Days and the Great Pumpkin Carve
    • ·         Plan and manage smaller events such as the CFHS annual meeting, exhibition openings, volunteer or members appreciation events, small fundraisers (like guest bartending events), and other smaller scale events; work with volunteers and ad hoc committees as needed to ensure the success of these events
    • ·         Work with vendors, demonstrators, reenactors, suppliers and partners to ensure that event logistics are planned and communicated accurately to all parties involved
    • ·         Coordinate the Township’s special event permit application to ensure that it is complete and submitted on time; work with event committees and Executive Director to ensure all application information is accurate
    • ·         Update registration forms for events requiring vendors, demonstrators and other 3rd party service providers or participants
    • ·         Work with events committees and Executive Director to develop realistic budgets for events during the annual budgeting process; make recommendations for increasing revenue and reducing costs for each event
    • ·         Work with events committees and the Society’s volunteer coordinator to evaluate staffing needs for each event and recruit and train volunteers to ensure adequate coverage
    • ·         Work at the Society’s major events including the Great Pumpkin Carve and Chadds Ford Days
    • ·         Coordinate with partner organizations such as the Brandywine Conservancy that host special events on CFHS property; ensure adequate onsite supervision of partner events by CFHS representatives
    • ·         Lead the post-event evaluation process by assessing the overall success of the event and identifying challenges and recommending improvements for future events; maintain a record of all discussions regarding event issues and resolutions
    • ·         Make recommendations for future events and assist with the evaluation of new event suggestions by assessing its revenue potential, realistic chance of logistical success, and relation to the Society’s mission

    Auxiliary Activities

    Museum Store

    • ·         Oversee the Society’s museum store in the Visitors Center and manages the daily tasks such as stocking, display, cash register management and cleaning
    • ·         Work with the Executive Director to select new merchandise that reflects the mission of the Society while providing the best possible return on investment through resale
    • ·         Track sales trends and makes decision on liquidating poorly performing merchandise as needed
    • ·         Work with special event committees as appropriate to include museum store merchandise for resale at special events like the Great Pumpkin Carve; coordinate event-specific items such as artwork or tee-shirts as concession sales at special events
    • ·         Maintain the inventory database within the Square Register; update the database with new merchandise as it arrives and removes old merchandise when appropriate
    • ·         Oversee the end-of-year inventory process

    Facility Rentals

    • ·         Manage the administrative tasks for the Society’s rental facilities at the Visitors Center and the Barns-Brinton House; respond to rental inquiries, maintains rental calendar, complete and send contracts and invoices to clients, coordinate payments of deposits and fees; ensure insurance coverage is adequate as needed
    • ·         Ensure that rental facilities are clean and set-up in advance of a client’s arrival onsite; is familiar with all mechanical and electrical systems in rental facilities
    • ·         Work with Executive Director to ensure staffing coverage for facility rentals as needed; provide training as needed for rental staff coverage
    • ·         Periodically review the Society’s rental contracts and pricing structure; make recommendations for improvements
    • ·         Coordinate photography and filming sessions on the Society’s properties as needed; work with the Executive Director on special photography/film requests


    • ·         Work with the Executive Director to develop and manage the Society’s special event budgets; ensure special events remain within event-specific budgets
    • ·         Work with the Executive Director to develop and manage the Society’s facilities rental budget, museum store budget and marketing budget
    • ·         Ensure that supplies for special events purchased and available when needed
    • ·         Maintain accurate admission records for special events
    • ·         Works with event committees to schedules staff and volunteers to work at special events;

    Complete other duties as assigned


    The successful candidate will have:

    ·         A minimum of 2-3 years of event planning, preferably in a non-profit organization; a Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications or a related field is preferred but not required

    ·         Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple priorities/projects

    ·         Ability to understand vendor contracts and negotiate fees, as necessary.

    ·         Strong customer service and relationship management skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills

    ·         Ability to work independently on various projects and tasks.

    ·         Ability to develop and manage departmental budgets

    ·         Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; a willingness to learn donor management software

    ·         Ability to work in a small, dynamic team environment

    ·         Willingness and ability to work extended hours, nights, and weekends as needed during prime event seasons

    How to Apply

    To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to Mike Connolly, Executive Director, at or Chadds Ford Historical Society, PO Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Application deadline: September 30, 2018

    For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society please visit our website,

    The Chadds Ford Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 05 Sep 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Chadds Ford Historical Society is currently seeking a part-time (24 hours/week) Education & Public Programs Manager. This position ensures that the Society meets and continually improves its public history education programs and tours while maintaining control of the education department’s operating budget.

    Schedule: Part-Time; Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (some flexibility required) with occasional evenings & weekends for special events

    Salary: $19/hour


    Public Education Programs

    • ·         Leads the efforts to maintain, improve, and grow the educational programing for both adults and youth that is offered by the Society; current examples of public programs include the Society’s annual lecture series, summer history camps, Tavern Talks, and Escape Brandywine; Society programs emphasize the 18th century, especially the colonial and revolutionary periods
    • ·         Liaises with schools and teachers to identify educational needs of students, develop new educational programs that meet mandated curriculum standards, promote the Society’s programs and activities and increase education program enrollment
    • ·         Markets, coordinates and supervises group tours for adults, students and other youth groups
    • ·         Works in partnership with other community organizations (non-profits, senior centers, scouts, etc.) to meet the needs of their audiences
    • ·         Develops and delivers presentations, educational workshops and activities that engage the audience in partnership with 3rd party interpreters/demonstrators as appropriate
    • ·         Conducts evaluations of public programs, analyzes results and implements changes needed to improve program and organizational effectiveness
    • ·         Works with Executive Director to coordinate and promote the Society’s internship program; manages interns that are directly related to museum education and interpretation
    • ·         Develops, coordinates and leads youth history camps including ensuring adequate assistance and training for staff and volunteers
    • ·         Sets up and cleans up educational programs

    Museum Interpretation & Education

    • ·         Develops research-based, site-specific tours that are creative, engaging, dynamic and reflect best museum practices while honoring the tradition of living history activities of the Society
    • ·         Develops appropriate furnishing plans for historic houses that support and enhance the current interpretation of the sites; works with the Executive Director to make recommendations for acquisitions to collections to improve interpretation
    • ·         Supports interpretation of museums with primary or secondary documentation research
    • ·         Provides public interpretation when Program Specialists or Guides are not available; this may include guided tours of historic houses, living history activities, and educational outreach; may require dressing in period clothing (provided)

    Exhibition Development, Design & Installation

    • ·         Researches topics related to the history, culture and people of Chadds Ford and the surrounding area and develops exhibition concepts for the Visitors Center and/or historic buildings
    • ·         Curates and designs creative and engaging exhibitions using the Society’s collections as well as objects on loan to the Society to illustrate the exhibit concepts while ensuring the security and preservation of all artifacts; ensures text panels, object labels and other interpretive materials are easily understood and accessible to all audiences
    • ·         Works with vendors to produce exhibit materials as needed to be sure exhibitions open as scheduled
    • ·         Oversees the installation of exhibitions; coordinates and supervises staff and volunteers that are working on installation; ensures all artifacts are handled and treated using best museum practices      
    • ·         Plans exhibition openings, lectures, publications, store merchandise, etc. that are appropriate and relevant to the current exhibition           

    Visitor Services

    • ·         Supervises the weekend staff at the Visitor Center, stepping in as needed to provide adequate coverage and security while maintaining service levels
    • ·         Greets guests at the Visitors Center; assist with questions and recommendations related to the Chadds Ford area, its history, and tourism information
    • ·         Responds to requests for historical or genealogical research as appropriate or when Executive Director is unavailable
    • ·         Assists with museum store functions including operating the cash register as needed


    • ·         Works with the Executive Director to develop and manage the Society’s education budget; ensures educational programs remain within program-specific budgets
    • ·         Ensures that supplies for educational programs and activities are purchased and available when needed
    • ·         Responds promptly to request for group tours and other specialized programs; accurately maintain tour calendar;
    • ·         Maintains accurate admission records for museums, visitors center and special events
    • ·         Researches funding opportunities for education and museum programs; works with the Executive Director and Grants Committee to apply for related grants and other funding opportunities
    • ·         Participates in the recruitment or Program Specialists with the Executive Director
    • ·         Conducts training of Program Specialists, Guides and other interpretive staff or volunteers; provides regular feedback to Program Specialists and Guides to ensure program quality and consistency
    • ·         Schedules staff and volunteers to work in historic house museums; ensures that coverage is sufficient for scheduled

    Special Events

    • ·         Works with event committees to plan and implement youth activities as part of special public events when appropriate
    • ·         Makes recommendations to event committee, event chair, or Executive Director for improvements to event or concerns with planned activities
    • ·         Supplements the Executive Director and marketing volunteers with event marketing (social media, emails, online calendars, etc.)
    • ·         Assists with additional event planning tasks as needed (vary from event to event)
    • ·         Helps with set-up and clean-up or event, as needed
    • ·         Assists with activities on the day(s) of the event which may include managing a particular functional area
    • ·         Contributes to coordination of event volunteers including coverage of areas, and matching volunteers to tasks based on their experience and skill level
    • ·         Participates in event-specific meetings as needed in conjunction with or in lieu of the Executive Director

    Complete other duties as assigned


    The successful candidate will have:

    ·         A bachelor’s degree in education, history, museum education, museum studies, or a related discipline; graduate degree preferred

    ·         2-3 years of experience developing and presenting engaging history education programs to both children and adults, preferably in a museum or historic site setting

    ·         Experience with the interpretation of historic house museums

    ·         Ability to develop and manage departmental budgets

    ·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    ·         Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and social media

    ·         Ability to work in a small, dynamic team environment

    How to Apply

    To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to Mike Connolly, Executive Director, at or Chadds Ford Historical Society, PO Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Application deadline: September 30, 2018

    For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society please visit our website,

    The Chadds Ford Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 04 Sep 2018 8:19 PM | Anonymous

    Job Title: Education Retail Agent (Part Time)

    Reports To: Education Programs Coordinator 

    Pay Rate: $10 per hour



    The mission of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is to collect for preservation, operation, interpretation and display, railroad artifacts in an authentic setting to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region. 


    The Tour Guide will:

    • Be a Front line customer service presence to our public 
    • Seek to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region 
    • Be interactive with customers and create a clear interpretation of the impact of trains throughout history 
    • Be responsible for product display that is presentable and desirable to the consumer. 


    • Reports to and works under the direction of the Education Program Coordinator . Position works independently and requires a measure of judgment and discretion in completion of duties 
    • Research, develop and present thematic original tours and special programs for groups and individuals
    • Provides interpretive knowledge by answering questions, creating and implementing talks and a variety of interpretive opportunities
    • Ensures visitors have an engaging experience
    • Learns about the area history locomotives, passenger cars, other equipment on the property and the experiences that took place on trains to help visitors imagine and understand as they interact with the trains
    • Facilitates with customer feedback regarding customer needs and concerns, museum challenges, and generates ideas and solutions to meet identified needs


    The Tour Guide may preform additional functions, which can be assigned from time to time. The position may require work on weekends, nights and holidays to accommodate facility programming and train activities.


    • Loading and unloading of customers from train in a pleasant manner
    • Ability to lift equipment to load and unload passengers (ie. step box and ramp) weighing up to 25 lbs
    • Able to deal with tour groups and guiding them to their seats and other locations under time constraints 


    • Post-secondary education (Associates degree or courses towards a Bachelor degree) American history/studies, American History Communications, Social Science, Humanities, Mechanical Engineering or any related field. 
    • One (1) year of related experience or acquired knowledge of Museum functions and/or trains, through community involvement or any combination of education and training that demonstrates candidates to perform the essential duties of the position.
    • Ability to engage in a positive and harmonious work relationship with Volunteers and other Museum Staff
    • Able to communicate verbally, be attentive and engage with customers and make sound judgments


    Send resume to Shana Haynes, Assistant to the Education Programs Director at or 2200 N Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37406

  • 04 Sep 2018 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Delaware Seashore State Park is seeking a creative and motivated person to help research and develop interpretive programs at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. 

    This position is a year-round position and will consist of 37.5 hours/week, from March through November, and 29.5 hours/week December - February. Start date is negotiable.

    Pay rate: $11.25-$12.25/hour for qualified candidates.

    This position has a flexible schedule that will include weekdays, evenings, mandatory weekend hours and does not provide benefits such as vacation, sick leave, medical/dental insurance, or overtime pay.  


    • ·         Research, develop, schedule, and present interpretive programs involving the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum and local maritime history
    • ·         Develop promotional materials such as fliers, signs, brochures, and e-newsletters
    • ·         Keep Indian River Life-Saving Station social media outlets active and engaging
    • ·         Help maintain museum collections, exhibits, and assist with site maintenance
    • ·         Continue ongoing archival research on the history of the Life-Saving Service in Delaware
    • ·         Assist with training & scheduling of other educators & volunteers
    • ·         Organize, schedule, and present school group and scout programs
    • ·         Assist with environmental education programs and special events
    • ·         Assist with gift shop and park permit sales on an as-needed basis



    • ·         Bachelor’s degree (or pursuing a degree) in History, Museum Studies, or related field
    • ·         Minimum 1 year experience presenting interpretive programs
    • ·         Must be willing to work weekends and 1-2 nights per week
    • ·         Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • ·         Exceptional organizational skills
    • ·         Excellent customer service skills in a fast-paced environment
    • ·         Must have valid driver’s license with less than 6 points & be in good physical health


    • ·         Experience with Past Perfect or other museum database software
    • ·         NAI Certified Interpretive Guide or teaching experience
    • ·         Current First Aid/CPR certification
    • ·         Experience researching genealogical records

     Apply online at:
  • 16 Aug 2018 10:13 AM | Deleted user

    Hiring Range: $10.20/hour 

    (29 hours/week, 1500 hours/year)  

    Job Type: Hourly Wage/PT

    Job Description: Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF) is looking for qualified Group Educators (Museum Program Assistants) to present accurate and interactive structured education tours and programs in support of educational mission of the Foundation.

    Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    - Conduct guided tours at Jamestown Settlement and The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown for student and adult audiences, incorporating accurate 17th/18th c. history. 
    - Use approved inquiry teaching methods and questioning strategies to enhance student/visitor learning. 
    - Conduct structured hands-on education programs and demonstrations once trained. 
    – Conduct visitor surveys and assist with Visitor Research projects as assigned. 
    - Work effectively to provide high quality customer service.

    Minimum availability requirement is three weekdays per week and two weekend days per month. Two required days of weekly availability: Thursday and Friday.

    Minimum Qualifications: Successful candidates do not have to have formal teaching experience, but need experience working with children in a volunteer or paid capacity, excellent communication skills, proven ability to quickly learn and apply new information in a fast-paced environment, enjoy working with the public, and must be able to work outdoors in all reasonable weather conditions. 
    Required: High School diploma or equivalent

    Preferred Qualifications: Some college education preferred.

  • 01 Aug 2018 11:17 AM | Melissa M. Heaver

    The Fire Museum of Maryland seeks a part-time Duty Officer to start in September 2018. Pay will be $15/hour. The schedule is Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    About the Fire Museum of Maryland:

                The Fire Museum of Maryland is in Lutherville, MD and was established in 1971. The museum’s mission is to educate the public about the history, technology, and innovation of the fire service through a unique collection of operating apparatus, memorabilia, and programs.

    About the Duty Officer Position:

    The Duty Officer is responsible for the operation of the museum every Saturday when it is open to the public. The incumbent will be a level-headed and responsible key holder. They will be responsible for the opening, security during open hours (10 am to 4 pm), and the closing of the building. They will often serve as the face of the organization and must be comfortable speaking with the public.


    • Ensuring the museum’s collection is safe during open hours.
    • Welcoming visitors, introducing the museum, and interpreting the history and technology of the fire service.
    • Learning details of the museum’s buildings (i.e. electricity and water shut offs) in order to respond to emergencies.
    • Managing a Saturday staff of two others; a Receptionist and a Fire Alarm Operator
    • Learning the duties of the other Saturday staff members to temporarily relieve them.
    • Preparing Saturday’s income for a bank deposit.
    • Maintaining the building’s cleanliness.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    The Ideal Candidate Will Be:

    • Experienced in managing a small staff during interactions with the public.
    • Comfortable with public speaking, particularly to audiences of children and families.
    • Familiar with the fire service.
    • Experienced in operating a computer and/or cash register.
    • Interested in history.

    Employees can gain additional hours staffing special events and rentals.  Employees can also participate in parades and community events where the museum takes engines.

    To apply, send a cover letter and resume to the Fire Museum of Maryland’s Director, Steve Heaver at by Friday, August 31
  • 09 Jul 2018 4:32 PM | Deleted user

    Hiring Range: $19,000/year with State benefit package

    Job Type: Quasi Full-time

    Job Open : 07/02/2018

    Job Close: 07/15/2018

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking a qualified individual to be responsible for supporting the Visitor Services Manager and Senior Technicians in the daily operations of the Visitor Services department at two living history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which are open 363 days per year.

    Duties consist of overseeing day to day operations within Visitor Services, such as completing department specific opening/closing procedures, developing daily staffing rotations, submitting daily financial reports, preparing nightly deposits, and providing daily leadership for staff. Additionally, these positions are responsible for providing superior quality customer service while processing admission sales for individual visitors and groups along with providing general information about the museum exhibits and area attractions. Frequent weekend & holiday work is required and monthly schedules are posted well in advance.

    These positions are quasi full-time salaried positions that work 40 hours per week February 25th – December 24th.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Applicants must possess excellent communication and customer service skills, demonstrate experience in cash handling and high-volume sales, basic computer skills, and a willingness to learn quickly on-the-job. A driver’s license and the ability to work a 40 hour weekly schedule during a 7 day workweek are required.

    Required Qualifications:

    Experience with a computerized point-of-sale system and leadership skills, including the ability to motivate staff, are preferred.

    Please apply online at the link to be considered for this job.

  • 09 Jul 2018 3:50 PM | Deleted user

    Hiring Range: $16.15/hour - upto 750 hours/year

    Job Type: Wage/Part-time

    Job Open Date: 06/28/2018

    Job Close Date: Open until filled

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking skilled instructors to present hands-on, educational history programs to students in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This position will work with a variety of ages and abilities, primarily at the elementary school level (K-5).


    Minimum Qualifications: 

    Applicant must have classroom teaching or museum education experience. Knowledge of and ability to learn different teaching methods. Ability to apply these methods in the development and implementation of curriculum-based, educational programs for all levels, especially for elementary-aged children. Experience with public speaking and/or leading group programs. Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and as a contributing team member. Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced and changing work environment.

    Required: Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience teaching elementary-aged children in the classroom or in a museum setting. Degree in education, museum studies, or history; or equivalent experience.

    Please apply online at the link to be considered for this position.

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