Museum Educator, Spring 2019
The Natick Historical Society (NHS) seeks three temporary, part-time museum educators to help lead half-day field-trip programs in historic South Natick for the town’s public school third-graders in May, 2019.
During April 2019:
Attend two trainings (to be scheduled) at the Natick History Museum
Become familiar with the field trip content and prepare to discuss English and Algonquian perspectives knowledgeably and respectfully
On five half-days in May 2019 (to be scheduled):
Present field trip content to groups of students
Lead question-and-answer period and group discussion
Direct and supervise students in small-group activities
Oversee safe movement of students from one field trip “station” to another
About the Program:
The NHS field trip program, “On this Land: Algonquian and English People in Early Natick” brings the town’s third-graders (approximately 400 children) to the Natick History Museum and historic South Natick.
Students who participate in “On this Land” will engage with objects made and used by people who lived in early Natick, and they will walk on the same land where Algonquian and English people lived, worked, and worshiped. Students will begin to understand how they are connected to many generations of people who have lived in this area for thousands of years, and to see how their own communities are shaped by the past.
“On this Land” will also help students recognize and value the differing experiences and perspectives of Algonquian and English people during this early period. By engaging with the languages that Natick residents spoke, the distinctive burial practices they followed, and the variations in how each group used the Charles River, students will be able to see that there was not only one way to live in early Natick. Much like present-day New England, early Natick was home to many different people with many different experiences.
B.A. degree (completed or near completion) and experience teaching or managing groups of children required. Ability to sensitively convey multiple perspectives on colonial history, or willingness to learn to do so, required. Museum education experience or training preferred. Familiarity with early New England history, including Native American perspectives, preferred.
Natick is located seventeen miles west of Boston. We can arrange rides to and from the Natick commuter rail station for educators without access to cars.
Please email a letter of application and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.