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Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

Full-time position beginning July 2019

The ideal candidate has an M.A. or Ph.D. in history or art history and 4+ years full-time curatorial experience organizing and curating exhibitions and collections. She/he is a scholar familiar with the professional practices of an AAM-accredited museum for the care and presentation of collections; has superior writing, communication and organizational skills; is a team player (7 f/t, 12 p/t staff); likes working with volunteers and interns; and is proficient in Microsoft office suite and collections database management software.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develops two exhibitions per year in Special Exhibitions Gallery (990 sq. ft.)
  • Oversees independent contractors’ work including designer and, when hired, guest curators
  • Organizes packing, shipping and insurance for occasional loan exhibitions
  • Works closely with Exhibitions Committee to vet and evaluate proposals for special exhibitions.
  • Conducts research on the permanent collection (3,000 objects) and is responsible for its preservation, care and planning for its greater impact and accessibility
  • Rotates collections on exhibit in Permanent Collections Gallery (500 sq. ft.).
  • Provides seasonal interpretive displays in Bush-Holley House and oversees cleaning of period rooms; supports education department with training on its collections
  • Presents items for acquisition to the director and Collections Committee
  • Works closely with the development, marketing and education departments by supplying them with information required for funding, publicity and program planning
  • Presents gallery talks and/or pubic lectures on the museum’s exhibitions and collections

Apply

Email cover letter and resume to sflinn@greenwichhistory.org with “Curator Search” in the subject line by June 15. No phone calls please.

Assistant Camp Director

Description of Camp Program

The Greenwich Historical Society History & Art Camp offers children in second through eighth grade a highly interactive camp experience. The first two weeks concentrate on colonial history, while the second two focus on art. Sessions are fun, engaging, and hands-on. A field trip and a Friday Parent’s Day are included each week. The camp is staffed by educators and experienced counselors who have a special interest in history, art, or education. Additional instruction will be provided by professional artists, educators, and re-enactors.

The camp serves approximately 30 children daily from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Camp Director in directing and overseeing all camp programs and functions in accordance with the standards set by the CT government
  • Help the Camp Director conduct a pre-camp training for seasonal camp counselors
  • Provide support and guidance to camp counselors and CITs
  • Guide camp counselors in implementing the activities and experiences offered by the camp
  • Help lead art lessons, crafts, and outdoor activities with groups of 15 or 30 children
  • Help to supervise and successfully run four field trips
  • Support counselors by assisting with behavior management
  • Help maintain camp records (medical forms, permission slips, daily attendance, and special medical need forms)
  • Be aware of health issues affecting campers (particularly nut and dairy allergies)
  • Be aware of the signs of child abuse and be willing to report any suspicions to the Camp Director immediately
  • Create a safe, educational, fun, and nurturing environment while making sure discipline is maintained
  • Act for the Camp Director in their absence
  • Be available before and after camp season for additional pre- and post-camp tasks

Qualification

The Assistant Camp Director must have a BA (education degree preferred); significant and successful experience working with children aged 6 to 12; strong classroom management; an excellent rapport with both parents and children; an ability to work cooperatively with the camp counselors and invited instructors; be highly organized and detail-oriented; and have a background in visual art and/or colonial history. The Assistant Camp Director must be able to work well under pressure and be able to multi-task and prioritize. The successful candidate will be outgoing, enthusiastic, maintain a positive attitude, put the children’s safety and well-being first, and maintain an open dialogue with parents. Previous experience in camps or schools is preferred. CPR training preferred.

Time Commitment:

  • 1 weeks for camp preparation: July 1 through 5 (no work July 4)
  • 4 weeks to manage the camp: July 8 through August 2
  • 1 week to tie up all reports and loose ends: August 5 through 9 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Heather Lodge, Camp Director.

Camp Counselor

Description of Camp Program:

The Greenwich Historical Society History & Art Camp offers children in second through eighth grade an engaging and creative camp experience. Two weeks concentrate on colonial history, while the other two focus on art. A field trip and a Friday Parent’s Day are included each week. The camp is staffed by educators and experienced counselors who have a special interest in history, art, or education. Additional instruction will be provided by professional artists, educators, and re-enactors.

The camp serves approximately 30 children daily from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Camp is in session from July 8 through August 2. Two mandatory training sessions will take place July 2 and 3.

Position Requirements

  • Must be 18 before July 1, 2019
  • one to three years’ experience working at a camp or teaching in a classroom with elementary age students
  • Interested in history and art education
  • Detail-oriented and punctual
  • Able to lift 20 lbs.

Time Commitment

Daily time commitment is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Classroom prep for the morning program
  • Handing out nametags to campers
  • Handing out supplies to campers
  • Leading campers to the classroom from the drop-off point and neatly placing lunch boxes in the classroom fridge
  • Returning to drop-off point to collect campers as needed
  • Assisting with camp activities such as crafts, lunch, performances, and games
  • Assist in behavior management
  • Classroom clean up at the end of the day and prep
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation: $10.50/hour

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Heather Lodge, Camp Director.

Archival Processing Intern

Paid internship beginning in January 2019

Position Description

The Archival Processing Intern will work under the direction of the Curator of Library and Archives on processing and description of one or more archival collections. This will include arranging and re-housing collection material in appropriate enclosures.  The intern will perform research as necessary to create scope and content notes, develop finding aid(s) to provide intellectual access to collections and may prepare collection inventories and content lists for use by staff and researchers. Digitization (scanning) of selected collection items and application of metadata to digital images may be required. Collection information will be recorded by the intern in an ArchivesSpace database.

This is a paid internship ($18/hour) with a duration of 175–180 hours. Internship will begin in January 2019. Weekly work schedule (Monday through Friday) is flexible based on academic commitments.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program pursuing a degree in library and information science, archival studies/administration, museum studies or a related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Excel and Word). Experience with ArchivesSpace collection management software a plus
  • Experience using a flatbed scanner and performing basic imaging processing
  • Familiarity with primary sources and experience working with and researching in archives
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • Good organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently after initial training
  • Ability to climb ladders, bend and stoop to access and move collection enclosures and lift archival boxes weighting up to 40 lbs

To Apply

Please send resume, letter of interest and contact information for three references to Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives at cshields@greenwichhistory.org.

Current Volunteer Openings

Is Gardening Your Game?—Join the Green Team!

We are seeking volunteers to join the Green Team, a group that assists with the planting and maintenance of the Bush-Holley Historic Site’s flower and vegetable gardens. The heirloom vegetable garden is planted each year based on journals kept by artist Elmer MacRae in the early 1900s when the house was his home and the center of the Cos Cob art colony. MacRae’s notes have left us a perfect source for interpretation of our beautiful historic landscape. 

The Green Team provides a wonderful opportunity for beginners, master gardeners, scout troops and garden club members who seek a meaningful, hands-on opportunity. Perks include sharing in the garden’s bounty, recognition in our annual report and at our annual volunteer reception, and an invitation to the annual Green Team dinner held each autumn to celebrate the harvest season.

For more information, please contact Michele Couture, Director of Operations and Visitor Services, or call 203-615-8904.