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Ship to Shore Overnight Program Educator 

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This position provides hands-on engaging programming for school groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport during the week. The Ship to Shore overnight program provides an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the JOSEPH CONRAD. For more information about the Ship to Shore overnight program visit http://www.mysticseaport.org/learn/k-12-programs/ship-to-shore/. This position is a seasonal job during the week starting March 5, 2018 through June 4, 2018. Hours range from 15 hours to 35 hours per week during this time depending upon program bookings.

Applications are due Jan. 12, 2018.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead tours, hands-on activities, indoor and outdoor games and crafts, demonstrating professional teaching skills and thorough understanding of educational content
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the JOSEPH CONRAD
  • Assist in various tasks to prepare for weekly programs, including running errands, communicating with staff and supervisors to arrange activities, supply shopping, and management of equipment and materials
  • Assist with rigging climbing
  • Assist with cleaning of program facilities
  • Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
  • Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques
  • Contribute to the development of new programs and enhancement of existing programs
  • Help advance department and institutional goals, adhere to mission, and serve as ambassador for Mystic Seaport
 
Position Requirements
  • Experience working with children, youth and families in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Demonstrate caring and respectful attitude towards children, youth, and families
  • Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customers
  • Self-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles
  • Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to get along with others; ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to perform assignments creatively, conscientiously, and accurately with high standards of quality and overall effectiveness.
  • Capacity for accepting responsibility of position without need for follow-up; ability to act independently without specific instructions.
  • Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
  • College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, and/or teaching or youth development experience is preferred
  • Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum

Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
  • Late nights, early mornings, overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD primarily during the week.
 
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated 19th century coastal village, a working shipyard, exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.

With a full-time staff of 150 that swells to 350 during the summer season, the Museum hosts 250,000 visitors annually. Mystic Seaport employs a diverse staff of scholars, librarians, historic interpreters, educators, scientists, musicians, and skilled artisans.

A stroll through the historic village transports visitors back to the mid-1800s where they can experience firsthand from staff historians, storytellers, musicians, and craftspeople just what life was like to earn one's living from the sea. In the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, they can watch shipwrights keeping the skills and techniques of traditional shipbuilding alive as they restore and maintain the Museum's watercraft collection.

The Museum's 41,000 sq. ft. Collections Research Center (CRC) offers access to more than 2 million artifacts and is also home to the G.W. Blunt White Library, a 75,000-volume research library where scholars from around the world come to study America's maritime history.

For more than 80 years, visitors, students, and scholars have turned to Mystic Seaport to preserve and interpret America's maritime experience. The Museum's commitment to that mission is as strong as ever.  

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