Museum Educator/Assistant $13/hour

Position Title
Museum Educator/Assistant

Hiring Institution
Historic Newton

City, State
Newton, MA

Salary/Hourly Compensation

Position Description
Through a stop on the Underground Railroad, a colonial farm house, and three historic burying grounds, Historic Newton tells the stories of the Newton Community within the context of American history. The Museum Educator & Assistant works as part of an enthusiastic, innovative team of educators committed to learning and sharing knowledge by creating participatory, educational experiences for audiences of all ages.

Join Historic Newton’s education team and tell the stories of the Jackson Homestead and Museum, a documented stop on the Underground Railroad, as well as those of enslaved people who freed themselves from bondage. At the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, discuss and debate what freedom meant to 18th century people of European descent, Native people, women, and people of African descent. Lead students on an exploration of their community’s history through Newton’s East Parish Burying Ground using headstones as primary sources.

The Museum Educator/Assistant works both as a Museum Educator, to prepare, present, and develop education programs for groups from a variety of backgrounds, interests, and ages, and as a Museum Assistant, to greet, orient, and assist visitors and callers while maintaining a safe, clean museum environment.
An ideal candidate will have…
• Passion for history and interest to share knowledge with others.
• Enthusiasm for expanding personal knowledge.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to react positively and follow policy in reaction to unforeseen occurrences and emergencies.
• Confident, flexible, and professional attitude.
• Ability to work both weekend and weekday shifts at the Jackson Homestead and Museum and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds.
• Experience and confidence working with people of a variety of ages and backgrounds.
• Experience in teaching (especially in a museum setting) and/or customer service preferred.

Apply by April 15, 2019 by sending letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Cynthia Cowan at

The position is hourly, at a pay of $13/hr.

Historic Newton is a public-private partnership between the Newton Historical Society and the City of Newton and an equal opportunity employer.

Preferred Degree in Area of Study
Bachelor’s in History, Museum Studies, or related field; Master’s (or Master’s in progress) preferred

Interested in
Only Local Applicants, Applicants who can start right away, A candidate that fits the organization’s internal culture

Part Time

Benefits Include
Workplace Mentor, Paid Sick/Personal Days, Team Building Activities

Management Styles of the Organization (you can find the descriptions of each style by following this link):

Closing Date 

Resumes should be sent to
Please email your cover letter and references to Cynthia Cowan at

Include the following with your resume
Cover Letter

Interview Process
We typically conduct one 30-60min interview that includes standard questions and some situational “What would you do” questions. If two candidates are highly qualified, a second interview may be requested, but this is rare.

Interview Follow Up 
It’s okay to email if we haven’t gotten back to applicants in the time we said we would.

Applicants will be notified if interviewed but not selected for the job.

Please do not call or drop in to inquire about this position.

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