Under the general supervision of the appropriate coordinator(s) within the Department of Museum Program, assist in daily maintenance and operation of exhibits or programs, take a front line management role in such program and facilitate the OSV experience for all learners in a friendly, courteous and professional manner.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following:
- Responsible for providing support to the coordinator for the day-to-day operation of the agriculture program and cider mill including mentoring paid and volunteer staff as well as providing content training, hand-skill development and input into staff reviews. Monitor staff for historical appropriateness of costume appearance, content of interpretive information, judicious use of morning hours and outstanding customer service. Oversee and ensure daily checks of the Fenno Barn, Towne Barn and Sheds, Freeman Barn and Sheds, Town Pound, Meetinghouse Horse sheds, Cidermill, managing livestock and fields. The “B” category position requires holiday work as well as five day a week unrestricted availability April through October with a minimum of four weekend days per month during this season. November through March, this position will require weekend availability with reduced hours. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provide the best experience for all OSV learners. Greet and orient audiences to the Village preparing them for their experience
- Ensure the safety and cleanliness of the work area and areas supervised, including maintaining good order and cleanliness of teaching spaces. Share responsibility with all staff for the clean and neat appearance of the entire museum.
- Understand, identify and appropriately respond to the multiple learning styles of a diverse audience that includes students, families, and other life-long learners. Actively engage these audiences using a range of interpretation techniques including hands-on, participation, tours, immersion, demonstration, recreation, orientation, role-playing, performance, lecture as well as others. Master the information and skills necessary to teach specific aspects of the museum to visitors.
- Travel independently to schools or other sites to conduct programs for audiences involving facilitated experiences or historical performance.
- Work programs or areas such as Village Classrooms, Birthday Parties, Discovery Camps, Visitor Center Ticketing as needed.
- Work evening programs such as Dinner in a Country Village, Christmas by Candlelight, Things that Go Bump in the Night, Hearthside Bounty, Evening of Illumination, Sleep-overs or other evening shifts as required.
- Work with colleagues (paid and volunteer) in the development, training, implementation and review of programs and experiences that meet the diverse needs of OSV audiences.
- Preserve the artifacts, reproductions, and buildings in the Village by caring for them properly; ensure the safety, security and cleanliness of area of work.
- Participate in special event programs and other special activities; work with Marketing & Public Relations to promote all museum activities. Where appropriate, take a major role in special programs requiring specialized skills in teaching, facilitation, interpretation, or performance.
- Participate in various projects or tasks assigned by the director, managers, coordinators or assistants.
- Safeguard visitors and staff by being alert to foreseeable health and safety hazards.
- Understand and observe all Village policies.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Provides direct supervision of staff working within the agriculture area. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; observing staff in anticipation of conducting performance appraisals, participating in staff calibration sessions and executing performance appraisals.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: Associates degree (A.A) or equivalent from two-year college; three months up to and including one year experience working with the public in a museum, educational institution or historical society; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Other Qualifications: Individuals in this position are subject to a Criminal Conviction Record check upon hire and every other year thereafter.
Salary or Pay Rate
$10.00/hour with benefits
How To Apply
Applicants can send cover letters amd resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or download an employment application from www.osv.org (follow Our Museum -> Employment) and mail to OSV, Inc. c/o HR to 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566. Note: The museum does not provide housing and is not able to assist candidates’ with interviewing or relocation costs.
Independent Action: Incumbent generally establishes own work plan and priorities, using established procedures to assure timely completion of assigned work in conformance with departmental policies and practices; problems lacking clear precedent are reviewed with supervisor prior to taking action.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may frequently be required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions.