HOURS: 30-35 hours May 1 through Labor Day; 10-20 hours per week 1‑4:30 pm, September through October 20; Saturday through Wednesday
DESCRIPTION: The Museum Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to give daily tours of the museum and to maintain museum interiors. He/she will also assist the director with programming special events which include a folk traditions series, colonial teas, special tours, community events, and art exhibits. In addition to tours, tasks will include media, clerical, curatorial, archival assistance and caring for the historic gardens and grounds.
REQUIREMENTS: Excellent verbal and writing skills
Interest in museums and history
Driver’s license, and preferably a car
SKILLS: Strong presentation skills, historical knowledge, computer experience including web and database maintenance, MS Word, MS Publisher, Lotus Approach; Good typing skills
QUALIFICATIONS: Experience or interest in small history museums
Ability to work independently and as a team
Highly motivated and self‑directed
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work well with the public of all ages
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Historic interpretation and preservation, educational tour and exhibit development, American, family and women’s history, archival processing, writing and journalism, historic gardens.
Compensation may be negotiated: options are for-credit, partnership with college funding programs or, in some cases a stipend.
TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to Susan J. Lisk, Executive Director, Porter‑Phelps‑Huntington Foundation, Inc., 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA 01035, and include a telephone number. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org