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Seasonal Museum Educator - Hale Farm & Village
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Job Description

Works closely with the Education & Public Program Manager to facilitate and enhance educational programming, including school, group and public programs.

Activities contribute to the museum's retail, facility rental, group tour, agricultural, craft and trade and preservation programs.


  1. Works directly with school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools.

  2. Meets, greets, and checks in groups before the assigned time for their education program.

  3. Reads and researches, as assigned, in preparation for teaching all of the programs offered through the Education Department.

  4. Prepares and maintains the materials used in the in the demonstration and production of assigned areas, as well as for educational programs, including site set-up, clean-up and general assigned maintenance duties.

  5. Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.

  6. May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.

  7. Demonstrates additional rural life activities and chores as appropriate to advancing public understanding about farm life in the 19th century Western Reserve, and its relevance today.

  8. Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm community events.

  9. Accountable to the Education & Public Program Manager for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.

  10. Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Education Program Manager.

  11. As appropriate, may demonstrate the process and contribute to production of a variety of historic crafts & trades or domestic skills specific to early- to mid-19th century rural life, which may include candle making, broom making, spinning, weaving, pottery, and hearth or stove cooking.


  1. Have a desire to teach and work with young people;

  2. Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team;

  3. Be able to prioritize, but also have extreme flexibility;

  4. Must exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior;

  5. Be dependable and reliable, and able to work to a time schedule;

  6. Possess knowledge of American and Western Reserve history.

  7. Experience in a historic craft & trade area, or arts training and experience in a related area, or the willingness to be trained in new skills as needed;

  8. Be physically able to accomplish routine program tasks, or crafts & trades production and demonstration tasks throughout seasonal conditions.

  9. Training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate, at (see below)


Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

About Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Historical Society was founded in 1867 to help preserve the early history of Cleveland and the Western Reserve. Over the years, WRHS collections have grown to be among the largest of any regional history museum and library in the country. The Library/Archives hold millions of items including books, photographs, manuscripts and documents making it a premiere research institute for scholars, the general public and genealogists. Highlights of the collections include Civil War materials, various ethnic and community collections including those of the African-American, Irish, Italian and Jewish histories of the region, and extensive business, industrial, entrepreneurial and political records. The museum includes two early 20th-century homes and houses one of the largest historic costume and textile collections in the United States, the country's largest collection of items related to the Shaker communities, 3,500 decorative arts artifacts owned by early residents of the Western Reserve, and approximately 800 paintings reflecting the history of the region. The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection contains more than 140 cars, 10 airplanes, and numerous motorcycles, bicycles and other transportation-related items.