Calling all History Lovers! We are hiring a Museum Operations Assistant at Boone!

 

 

Job Description

 

Job Title:                                 Museum Operations Assistant

Reports To:                             Board President, Daniel Boone Homestead Associates

Salary:                                     $15.00 / hour

Hours:                                     15 – 20 hours per week

Primary Work Location:        The Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, PA

Date last revised:                   June 2022

Purpose of the Job

 

The Daniel Boone Homestead is a historic site owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and operated by the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates, a 501 (c)3 organization.  The Museum Operations Assistant at the Daniel Boone Homestead helps the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates successfully execute day-to-day operations.  This includes manning the reception desk in the Visitor Center, giving accurate and engaging tours during weekend opening hours, assisting with occasional site events, and checking in and out of frequent rentals. 

 

The Museum Operations Assistant helps ensure that all visitors are graciously received and have a positive educational experience.  Additionally, this individual will assist the Daniel Boone Homestead Associates with initiatives and programs that lead to the growth and sustainability of the site.  

Primary Responsibilities

Operations and Management

  • Staff the Visitor Center admissions desk and lead guided interpretive house tours when the site is open

  • Assist with scheduling and managing facility rentals and tours (including checking groups in and out)

  • Handle and record income in keeping with site procedures

  • Cleaning of bathroom facilities, office, and public areas

  • Open and secure the site as required

  • Respond to emergencies as needed in a professional, calm, and efficient manner

Education, Interpretation

  • Make all visitors feel welcome

  • Provide historically accurate and enjoyable tours, catering to any special needs or areas of interest visitors may have

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of site events, including set up and tear down.

  • Facilitate hands-on educational activities for school groups and at events.

Advocacy, Outreach, Recruitment, Engagement

  • Assist with keeping the site’s website and social media posts up to date and sharing educationally informative content with online audiences

 

Development

  • Assist with maintaining and building the organization’s membership program

Museum Best Practice, Collections Care & Management

  • Clean exhibit cases, exhibit areas, and historic spaces according to the cleaning schedules, utilizing proper procedures for handling objects.

  • Abide by documents, policies, procedures, and practices in keeping with PHMC’s Standards Program

  • Report any missing or damaged collections or building issues promptly

  • Work in conjunction with Agency and Industry Best Practice guidelines and initiatives

Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

 

Experience

  • Coursework in a museum-related field or some experience in museum / historic site operations preferred

Knowledge

  • Enthusiasm for the subject matter of the site preferred

  • Experience of working with collections preferred

Competencies

  • Self-motivated individual with strong interpersonal skills who works well both independently and as part of team

  • Ability to interact successfully with students and visitors of varying ages and knowledge levels and recognize the importance of giving each visitor to the site an enjoyable experience

  • A dedication to the success of the site, and willingness to act as an ambassador of the site both inside and outside working hours

  • Ability to communicate well

  • Proficiency with software such as Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks, as well as website and social media content management preferred

Additional Information:

 

Hours

  • Part-time.  Approximately 15-20 hours per week, and not to exceed 20 hours per week.  The schedule may vary depending on the busy season and site needs.  Hours will generally encompass weekends, particularly during the open season.  Hours may include some evening hours, depending on-site activities.

 

Salary

  • $15 per hour

 

Benefits:

  • No medical or retirement benefits

  • Paid holidays – None

  • Vacation Policy – 2 weeks per year – accrued on a prorated basis, based on the hours worked

 

Selection:

  • The candidates who appear from the information available to have the best qualifications and experience will be invited to interview. 

 

To Apply:

  • Please email your resume and cover letter to Brad Kissam, bkissam@goberkscounty.com, Board President of The Friends of Daniel Boone Homestead, by August 12, 2022.