Part-time Museum Assistant
The Natick Historical Society in Natick, Massachusetts seeks a part-time (24 hours per week) Museum Assistant. The assistant will report to the director and be responsible for overseeing collections and supporting outreach and events. Collections responsibilities include: tracking, storing, and caring for collections; processing new acquisitions; staffing the museum; and collaborating with the director on collections-related research, exhibits, and program development. Outreach and events responsibilities include: supporting communications (Facebook, website, and monthly e-news), assisting with event set-up/break-down (1-2 weekend or afternoon commitments per month), tracking event attendance and evaluations, and strategizing new ways to increase our impact in the community.
Candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree and have some experience working with museum collections. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel/Word (or Google equivalent) is imperative and a working knowledge of PastPerfect is preferred. Strong writing and communication skills are a must. Hours are flexible except for Tuesdays, 10am - 6pm. This position is a great opportunity for an energetic self-starter who is eager to gain broad experience in collections and public history. Pay rate is $20/hour. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume/cv to Niki Lefebvre at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Trip Volunteers, Spring 2019
The Natick Historical Society (NHS) seeks volunteers to support lead educators and help run half-day field-trip programs in historic South Natick for the town’s public school third-graders in May, 2019.
Attend one training on Thursday, May 9 at the Natick History Museum
Become familiar with the field trip content
Commit to at least two of the field-trip dates below
Support lead educators as they deliver content, answer student questions, etc.
Oversee safe movement of students from one field trip “station” to another
Field Trip Dates:
Tuesday, May 14 (9:00am - 11:00am)
Friday, May 17 (9:30am - 11:30am & 12:30-2:30pm)
Monday, May 20 (9:00am - 11:00am & 11:30 - 1:30pm)
Wednesady, May 22 (9:15am - 11:15am & 11:15am -1:15pm)
Thursday, May 23 (9:00am - 11:00am & 11:00am - 1:00pm)
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.
Interest in early New England history and elementary education
Some experience working with elementary-aged children
Ability to stand for 60-minute intervals and walk short distances
To get involved:
Please email email@example.com or call 608.655.0729.