The Museum Educator supports the mission and goals of Maine Maritime Museum by teaching and facilitating programs developed by museum educators and collaborative partners. These programs occur both on the museum campus in Bath, Maine, and in school classrooms and community centers off-site.
The goal of the Education Department is to engage with the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities by offering relevant, compelling, and engaging educational programs that connect the past to contemporary and future issues.
Under direct supervision of the Education and Engagement Specialist and working in close collaboration with museum education staff and collaborative partners, this position is responsible for facilitating hands-on learning programs that center guided inquiry and discovery. These programs include:
- Maine Maritime Museum & ArtVan Collaboration: the museum and ArtVan have partnered to offer learning and art-making experiences to raise awareness of biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine. These sessions are held in community centers and after-school programs in Bath and Lewiston-Auburn for under-resourced youth and families. Educators will work closely with ArtVan art therapists to engage in open-ended, discovery-based learning to and introduce concepts in biodiversity, marine ecology, and evolution/adaptation by encouraging participants to design and build their own marine species.
- Sea Connections: Gulf of Maine Education Outreach: This program offers 60-90 minute in-classroom programs for schools within a 60-mile radius of Bath, Maine. Sessions are taught in K12 classrooms and encourage STEAM (STEM + Arts) learning. Program includes three lesson plans scaffolded for learning levels (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) that introduce concepts in ecology, biodiversity, and climate change.
- Sense of Place: This program serves 2nd, 4th, and 7th grade students in Regional School District 1 and all sessions are taught at the museum. Educators use guided inquiry to introduce local history and geography through analysis of objects from the museum collection.
- Museum Field Trips: These programs introduce various maritime topics to visiting K-12 school and homeschool groups in the museum galleries and historic shipyard.
Between January-June 2023, the Museum Educator will be focused on facilitating Sea Connections and ArtVan sessions; and will assist with Sense of Place as needed. This position will require travel to area schools and community centers within a 60-mile radius of Bath, Maine. Between July-December 2023, the Museum Educator will be focused on facilitating museum field trips and Sense of Place programs.
Successful applicants will have demonstrated a deep understanding of guided-inquiry based pedagogy, is comfortable with facilitating open-ended discussion and discovery for K12 students and their caregivers, and is comfortable adapting to various teaching locations.
This position requires creative thinkers who are passionate about fostering community through interdisciplinary learning and relationship-building. The Museum Educator needs to be comfortable teaching environmental sciences through creative play and art-making. The Museum Educator also needs to demonstrate an ability to connect with diverse audiences and backgrounds with sensitivity and respect and foster inclusive learning environments. The museum education staff will provide training and lesson plans for all sessions the Museum Educator is asked to facilitate.
- Serve as an educator for Sea Connections, ArtVan Sessions, Sense of Place, and Maine Maritime Museum Field Trips.
- Attend education and DEAI training sessions as needed, this time will be paid.
- Travel to schools and community centers within a 60-mile radius of Bath, Maine, to serve as an educator and museum ambassador to foster inclusive learning opportunities.
- Communicate with the Education and Engagement Specialist to remain up-to-date on the weekly education schedule and teaching locations.
- Coordinate with the Education and Engagement Specialist and collaborative partners to maintain inventory of art-making and teaching supplies.
- Serves as a liaison to local communities to assess ways in which the museum can creatively leverage museum resources to meet community needs and offer accessible programming
- Maintain accurate data regarding constituents served and programs offered.
- Attend staff meetings and other meetings as assigned.
- Up to 15 hours per week, January – June 2023, up to 10 hours a week July-Dec 2023
Job Requirements and Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Museum Education, Environmental Education or relevant field and/or experience. College/University students pursuing above degrees are also encouraged to apply.
- At least one year of K12 teaching experience (classroom teaching or non-traditional education). Students pursuing BA in education with student teaching experience are also encouraged to apply.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Google Suite.
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills with the ability to work as a team-player.
- Ability to be flexible and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Knowledge and passion for DEAI initiatives and fostering inclusive learning environments
- Travel is required. Applicants must be able to transport themselves to locations within a 60-mile radius of Bath, Maine. Mileage will be reimbursed.
Terms and How to Apply
The Museum Educator is a part-time, temporary position in Bath, Maine. Pay is $21.00/hour.
Up to 15 hours/week January through June, and up to 10 hours/week July through December. Please submit your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, protected genetic information, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.