STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

 

Strawbery Banke Museum is a comfortable and progressive workplace where staff members work as a team to provide the highest quality experience for our visitors. Strawbery Banke Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Join the Museum team and help share Portsmouth/Seacoast history with visitors from all over the world!

Strawbery Banke Museum is now hiring for five positions:

1. Grant Writer (Part-time)

Under general direction from the Director of Development, the Grant Writer works as the lead writer, managing grant proposal submissions and performing key information searches for new grant opportunities. Candidates should possess excellent writing and computer skills, and time management skills. The candidate must be highly organized, collaborative, and proactive, with the ability to conduct follow-up processes, effectively work under pressure during deadlines, use independent judgment, and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches and identifies new funding opportunities from private foundations, corporations, and state and federal agencies.
  • Develops, creates, writes, prepares, and completes grant proposals, closely collaborating with the Curatorial and Education departments.
  • Develops and updates proposal calendar; tracks and communicates results of proposal submissions.
  • Create and maintain a master list of all grants including proposal due dates, completed proposals and report dates.
  • Provide monthly/quarterly reports with details on grant opportunities, grants applied for and the status of active/open grants.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by management.
  • Participate in Development department  fundraising activities as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with grant writing or related work required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree desired.
  • Thorough understanding of a development operation in a complex environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills; Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • A commitment to professional ethics; ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion with sensitive information.

Hours & Benefits:

This position is part-time, 20-22.5 hours per week, 3-4 days per week dependent on candidate’s schedule.

Benefits include a flexible schedule, paid time off, 403(b) with match, and museum membership.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
Joe April, Director of Development

japril@strawberybanke.org

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2. Visitor Services Associate
Visitor Services Associates greet visitors from all over the world as they arrive at Strawbery Banke; sell admission tickets, memberships, and merchandise; and provide visitors with the information they need to start their tour of the museum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service and relations to deliver an outstanding visitor experience to visitors of all ages, interests, abilities and backgrounds
  • Sell admission tickets and merchandise while maintaining proper cash controls and inventories
  • Promote museum memberships and associated benefits to all visitors
  • Be a resource for visitors, providing information about the historic houses, events, and educational programs, as well as general information about Portsmouth
  • Answer and direct phone calls, providing information as requested
  • Uphold the mission of Strawbery Banke Museum and help implement its Long Range Interpretive Plan
  • Participate in annual and ongoing training to build professional knowledge in historical content and interpretive techniques
  • Maintain a professional demeanor; comply with stated personnel policies, cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
  • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule

Qualifications:

  • Previous cashier and retail experience
  • Knowledge of Portsmouth and the surrounding area
  • Excellent public speaking skills and interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to work enthusiastically with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Basic computer skills
  • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations
  • Positive attitude and ability to build respectful working relationships

This is a seasonal position (May – October) and weekend work is required. The rate of pay is $9/hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
Jonathan Brown

education@strawberybanke.org

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3. Parking Lot Attendant
Parking Lot Attendants greet visitors from all over the world as they arrive at Strawbery Banke, provide information about the museum and Portsmouth, and ensure an engaging welcome to all.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be an information resource for visitors, providing directions and other assistance as requested
  • Collect parking fees and ensure accurate and secure cash handing
  • Monitor parking lot and assist with traffic flow as needed
  • Provide excellent customer service to deliver an outstanding visitor experience
  • Maintain a professional demeanor; comply with stated personnel policies, cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
  • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Portsmouth and the surrounding area
  • Excellent public speaking skills and interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to work enthusiastically with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations
  • Positive attitude and ability to build respectful working relationships

This is a seasonal position (May – October) and weekend work is required. Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions. The rate of pay is $9/hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
Jonathan Brown

education@strawberybanke.org

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4. Historical Roleplayer

Using Strawbery Banke’s buildings, collections, and landscapes, a Historical Roleplayer helps museum visitors connect their experiences and memories to the past through the portrayal of an individual living during a particular period in Portsmouth history. She/he uses a variety of approaches to communicate historical information, with a focus on providing an outstanding visitor experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct conversations with visitors of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds to bring about new understandings of history and themselves
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of historical periods and individuals interpreted on site
  • Assist in protecting the safety of visitors and the security of museum collections
  • Maintain a professional demeanor; cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
  • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule
  • Participate in annual and ongoing training to build professional knowledge in historical content, interpretive techniques, and educational theory

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree; coursework in history, art history, museum studies, anthropology, or education preferred;  - or -  Combination of education, training, and  experience that demonstrates equivalent proficiency
  • Knowledge of and interest in American history, especially New England culture and history
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work enthusiastically with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Experience in acting, theatre, or improvisation
  • Ability to read, remember, and transmit accurate content according to interpretive goals
  • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations

This is a seasonal position (May – October) and weekend work is required. Must be willing to work indoors and out, in all weather conditions, while dressed in accurate historical garments. The rate of pay is $9/hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

education@strawberybanke.org

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5. Historical Interpreter

Using Strawbery Banke’s buildings, collections, landscapes and written resources, promote the Museum’s  mission to share the ongoing history of a seaport neighborhood, celebrating the lives of ordinary individuals and the value of community by helping museum visitors engage with the past. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interact with visitors of all ages, interests, abilities and backgrounds to bring about new understandings of history and themselves
  • Develop familiarity with interpretive topics and the historical timeline of the site
  • Use a variety of approaches to communicate historical information, including but not limited to: conversation/dialogue, description, discussion, inquiry and presentation of evidence
  • Assist with exhibit interpretation, museum teaching, and/or skills demonstration
  • Uphold the mission of Strawbery Banke Museum and help implement its Long Range Interpretive Plan
  • Provide excellent customer service and relations to deliver an outstanding visitor experience
  • Help to ensure the welfare and safety of visitors and the security of collections
  • Maintain a professional demeanor; comply with stated personnel policies, cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
  • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule
  • Participate in annual and ongoing training to build professional knowledge in historical content, interpretive techniques, and educational theory

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree; coursework in history, art history, museum studies, anthropology, or education preferred;  - or -  Combination of education, training, and  experience that demonstrates equivalent proficiency
  • Knowledge of and interest in American history, especially New England culture and history
  • Excellent public speaking skills and interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to work enthusiastically with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to read, remember, and transmit accurate content according to interpretive goals
  • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations
  • Positive attitude and ability to build respectful working relationships

This is a seasonal position (May – October) and weekend work is required. Must be willing to work indoors and out, in all weather conditions. The rate of pay is $9/hour.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

Jonathan Brown
education@strawberybanke.org

For more information about employment at Strawbery Banke Museum please contact:

Human Resources
Strawbery Banke Museum
PO Box 300
Portsmouth, NH 03802
603-433-1104
603-433-1129 (fax)