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Venue & Special Events Assistant

We have an immediate need for a responsible, reliable individual to assist our Facility Use Manager and Special Events Manager with execution of events.

You will work evening and weekend hours to set up and manage the smooth running of events working closely with our Operations Team. You will work closely with outside catering vendors who use our kitchens and ensure that they leave it in a clean and orderly fashion. You will ensure that the facility is set up and the grounds are clean throughout the event and that restrooms are equipped and maintained during the event along with any other maintenance need that may arise. You will ensure that the facility is left clean, reset and ready to open for our regular business hours. This position works member exhibit openings, weekend festivals, member events and serve as the key host for private events

You must have a positive, customer service attitude and be able to take direction, follow procedures and be respectful at all times. You will be a gracious and professional problem solver and have strong computer skills, interpersonal skills, have your own transportation and a valid driver’s license. You must be able to lift 50 lbs., bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk and/or run. Qualifications include High School degree or equivalent, prior experience in event planning preferred with some college exposure. You must be able to pass a background check and be available to start immediately.

Please reply by email to lbeck@stamfordmuseum.org, jgromoko@stamfordmuseum.org for immediate consideration and include your resume. You may also apply in person at Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

Visitor Services Team Member

Title: Visitor Services Team Member
Organization: Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Supervisor: Visitor Services Manager
Employment Status: Part-Time - Hourly

Serves as the “first face” of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center for our visiting public, members & guests in multiple locations on the site including the front gate, back gate, gift shop, museum galleries and front desk and works our special events, festival weekends, etc. as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Front and Back Gate:
• Welcomes the public/members/guests and takes admission fees. Tracks the number and types of visitors to SM&NC daily.
• Reconciles cash and sales at the end of the day.
• Provides site maps and timely accurate information about current exhibitions, activities and events, as well as promotes upcoming events.
• Provides driving directions and parking instructions as needed, including directing visiting school buses to the designated drop-off and parking areas and alerting appropriate staff of arrival.
• Keeps up to date on all of our programs, activities, events & exhibitions by reading Next magazine upon publication and asking for clarification as needed.
• Checks membership status and renews expired memberships. Actively solicits new members by offering information regarding the features and benefits of membership.
• Inputs information into Altru database including visitor attendance, membership sales and any other information as requested.
• Responsible for closing main gate to exiting visitors in the event of a lost child report. Directs emergency vehicles to appropriate site location as required.
• Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

Gallery Attendant:
• Welcomes the public and ensures the safety of the public visiting the exhibitions; paying special attention to all objects that should not be touched.
• Provides information about the Museum's activities and exhibitions.
• Shares visitor feedback with appropriate staff members.
• Manages crowd control in the museum galleries as needed.
• Maintains order, cleanliness, and neatness of hands-on activity areas and lobby gift shop and in the galleries.
• Handles phone and in-person inquiries and provides accurate information in a warm and friendly manner.
• Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

Gift Shop:
• Greets museum visitors, provides accurate information in a warm and friendly manner. Sells memberships when staffing the gift shop.
• Reconciles cash and sales at the beginning and end of the day.
• Manages gift shop inventory and replenishes displays. Engages shoppers with specific information on merchandise in an effort to boost sales.
• Keeps gift shop physical space clean, neat and including wiping glass shelving, vacuuming, etc. on a daily basis.
• Keeps up to date on all of our programs, activities, events and exhibitions by reading Next magazine upon publication and asking for clarification as needed.
• Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.
• Other duties as assigned.

SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS
• One year experience in a customer service related position preferred
• Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
• Takes initiative and solves problems in a positive manner
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal and client service skills
• Must be a strong team player
• Ability to organize work area and prioritize projects
• Excellent computer skills
• Database input experience helpful
• Must be available to work evenings/weekends/holidays
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must be able to work in inclement weather and at any site location
• Must be able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run.
• Must be able to pass our background screening process

CONTACT & RELATIONSHIPS:
Public/Members Provides information, gets information.
Staff Problem solving, provides information, gets information
Volunteers Provide information or expertise.

To apply: Email resume to Brian O’Toole, Visitor Services Manager

 

Maintenance Position - Part Time

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center - a 118 acre property in North Stamford (1 mile from Merritt Parkway) with multiple buildings, art museum, observatory, playground and working farm has an opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter with experience in carpentry, plumbing, electrical procedures, and janitorial duties.

You will use power and hand tools, have good problem solving abilities, communicate clearly verbally and in writing and have a positive attitude and strong service orientation. This is a 3 day per week, part-time position and Sundays are mandatory. Evening work may be required.

We offer a competitive salary and a great working environment.

Job Type: Part-time
Schedule: 8 hour shift; Day shift; Weekends
Experience: General Maintenance: 3 years (Required)
Work Location: On-site
Work Remotely: No

To inquire: Contact Jared Durrse, Director of Facilities, at JDurrse@stamfordmuseum.org or 203.434.3362.

 Camp Educator (Part-time, seasonal)

 Camp Educator (Part-time, seasonal)

About the positions:

The SMNC will be hiring:

One (3) Camp Educators who will work with our new Animals, Authors, & Art program for elementary school students. This new program, in conjunction with the Stamford Public Education Foundation, will give 15 rising 6th graders an overview of various environmental career fields through hands-on experiences at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  One position will work approximately 1:00-5:00 from July 5-August 13th and two positions will work from July 5th-July 30th.  These positions will also work in conjunction with full-time museum education and farm staff members. 

Responsibilities

  • Co-teach and structure activities for a group of 15 students that provide an overview of various environmental careers with the help of Full-Time SM&NC staff. Activities will include live animal programs,
  • Help to promote responsible environmental education and create activities that support SM&NC mission
  • Help to ensure health and welfare of all campers

 Qualifications

  • 18+ years of age
  • Experience working with early elementary-aged children
  • experience with working with children in an outdoor setting is a plus
  • creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility a must
  • ability to commit to entire camp season
  • experience working with plants/animals/farm also a plus
  • must submit a current (within 3 years) physical form before the start of camp
  • Candidate must past a background check

Compensation: $16 per hour/depending on experience                  

Send letter, resume and 2 references to (e-mail preferred):

Lisa Monachelli
Director of Education  
Stamford Museum &Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org

About the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 118-acre not-for-profit museum, working farm and environmental educational facility situated on the former estate of fashion magnate Henri Bendel.  The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor's experience of our unique site.

Explorers Camp Educator (Full-time, seasonal)

About the position:

The Explorers Camp Educator is a full-time, seasonal position working approximately 32.5 hours per week with the schedule of Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with our Full Day Explorers camp for campers entering grades 2-6. The camp season is approximately July 1-August 9, 2019.  No camp on July 4th or 5th.

Staff training will be held on June 23-24, 2021.  The Explorers Full Day camp serves approximately 85 students in over a seven-week period. The goal of our camp programs is to provide quality and innovative environmental education experiences using the various resources of the SM&NC, within a camp atmosphere.    Please visit our website at www.stamfordmuseum.org for more information. 

Responsibilities

  • Co-teach and structure activities for a group of 12 campers within weekly camp theme
  • Help to promote responsible environmental education and create activities that support SM&NC mission
  • Help to ensure health and welfare of all campers

 Qualifications

  • 18+ years of age
  • experience with working with children in an outdoor setting is a plus
  • creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility a must
  • ability to commit to entire camp season
  • experience working with plants/animals/farm also a plus
  • must submit a current (within 3 years) physical form before the start of camp
  • Candidate must pass a background check

Compensation: $15-$17/hour, depending on experience

Send letter, resume and 2 references to (e-mail preferred):

Lisa Monachelli
Director of Education
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org


About the Stamford Museum & Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 118-acre not-for-profit museum, working farm, and environmental educational facility situated on the former estate of fashion magnate Henri Bendel.  The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibits, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor's experience of our unique site.

Environmental Educator & Art Specialist (Full-Time)

Reporting to the Environmental Education Supervisor, the Environmental Educator position is an entry-level, full-time, non-exempt position working Sunday-Thursday from 9-5 (35 hours), although some early/evening hours and other days (outside of regularly scheduled special events) will be required. This position will be responsible for teaching a variety of art, natural history, and farm-themed school and after school programs for groups, primarily aged preK-5th grade.  The Environmental Educator will also create and implement display and exhibit materials for our Discovery Space classrooms at local schools and aid in the development of display materials for Overbrook and Heckscher WILD! The Environmental Educator & Art Specialist will serve as either Co-Head of Art and Nature Half Day Camp, teaching and coordinating the art-based programming, or head of grant-funded Summer Camp, depending on available funding.  This position will serve as education liaison to the Curatorial team and will aid in the development of exhibition-related programming throughout the year. This position will teach after school programs, scout offerings and public programming and will serve as a full member of the Environmental Education team.  This position will start after July 1, 2021.

Specifically, the Environmental Educator (Full-Time) will:

  • Teach educational programs for predominantly preK-5th grade students on a variety of art, natural history, astronomy, and farm-based topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools, including live animal programs  
  • Teach after school programs on art/natural history/farm/science topics, both onsite and as a part of SMNC in the Schools and keep curriculum records on these programs
  • Teach scout and public programs, including but not limited to Vacation Drop Off Days, Take a Hike Week, and Outdoor Adventurers programs
  • Serve as Co-Head of Art and Nature Half Day Camp, leading the art portion and working with their co-leader to provide hands-on, cohesive curriculum, create camper records, and follow camp protocol or serve as head of grant-funded summer camp (depending on funding)
  • Create exhibit/display materials for SM&NC’s Discovery Spaces at local schools
  • Aid in creation of exhibit/display materials for Overbrook and Heckscher WILD!
  • Work with Director of Education and Curator of Collections to develop environmental/art programs in correlation with our public exhibition schedules
  • Work with Director of Education to add additional art-based components to school, after school, public, and home school programming
  • Work with Environmental Education department to develop and strengthen school, after school, scout and public programs that make use of SM&NC resources, including the farm, organic garden, forest and wetland habitats, and collections, and that tie to curriculum standards and goals
  • Help to ensure that programs promote responsible environmental education and support SM&NC mission
  • Aid in care and feeding of reptile, mammal, amphibian, and invertebrate teaching animals
  • Provide interpretation and animal care in our Heckscher WILD! live animal exhibit
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications & Essential Skills:

  • Minimum of two years relevant, professional related experience in environmental and art education
  • Minimum B.S/B.A. in art, education, or related field.
  • Must possess a maturity to have professional, respectful demeanor with Board, major donors, and other key business contacts acting with discretion and a keen understanding of confidentiality.
  • The position requires excellent communications skills, oral and written, as well as the ability to multitask and think creatively on program development and implementation.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs., bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, twist, sit, walk, and/or run.
  • Interest in variety of natural history, farm, and/or physical science topics
  • Interest and aptitude for a variety of art-based teaching concepts
  • Experience handling, caring for, and teaching with a variety of animals including reptiles, birds, and mammals or willingness to learn
  • Excellent interactions with the public and use of exhibits and components as a teaching tool
  • Excellent Internet and research skills. Must be well-organized and detail-diligent with ability to perform your own administrative work

To apply:

            Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:

            Kendall Musgrave, Environmental Education Supervisor
            Stamford Museum & Nature Center
            39 Scofieldtown Road
            Stamford, CT 06903
            Kmusgrave@stamfordmuseum.org

 

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.