White River Valley Museum & Mary Olson Farm

The Museum is seeking an enthusiastic individual with a flexible schedule to join the team! The assistant will receive an overview of informal education and Museum programming by serving as a Museum and Farm fieldtrip guide and assisting in the development of and staffing of public programs. The assistant will help guide our programming by working with volunteers and conducting occasional peer to peer reviews.

Schedule Varies:  10 – 40 hours per month/ $12.50 per hour

Example Schedule:

Late Play Dates (Year-round):

On the first Thursday of each month from 6 – 8pm: The Late Play Date program is a free, drop-in Museum program targeting families with children ages 3 – 12. The assistant will set-up and tear-down pre-determined crafts and activities, instruct volunteers and assist in guest participation.

Mid- March – mid-June 2018

  • Museum Fieldtrips: The Museum has a robust fieldtrip program seeing over 3,500 students on interactive, curriculum based tours on the subjects of local and Washington state history and the history and culture of local Native American tribes. The assistant will serve as a tour guide, delivering scripted curriculum for Museum fieldtrips for grades ranging from pre-K to 4th grade.
  • Farm Tots: Assist with a  once a week Farm preschool program every Tuesday in May from 10 -11am.
  • Overnights at the Museum March 23rd and June 8th: We have three themed overnights at the Museum every year for kids ages 7 – 12.  The assistant will help set-up and tear-down, assist kids with crafts, activities and scavenger hunts, help serve snacks, etc.

July – August 2018

  • Museum Mystery Camp July 16 – 20th and 23 – 27th Camp is held at the Museum on each day from 9am to noon. During camp the assistant will assist in leading activities and managing campers.
  • Living History Farm Camp August 6 – 10th and 13 – 17th:  Camp is held at the Farm on each day from 9am to noon. During camp the assistant will assist in leading activities and managing campers.
  • Summer Farm Fieldtrips:  During the summer months the Farm hosts fieldtrips to summer camps and daycares. The assistant will serve as a tour guide for these fieldtrips.

September – November 2018

  • Farm Fieldtrips:  The Mary Olson Farm hosts fieldtrips for 2,500 students each years. There are two curriculums at the Farm: Food on the Farm for first grade and Salmon and Stream Ecology for eighth graders. The assistant will serve as tour guide for both of the curriculums.
  • Overnight at the Museum November 16tth: We have three themed overnights at the Museum every year for kids ages 7 – 12.  The assistant will help set-up and tear-down, assist kids with crafts, activities and scavenger hunts, help serve snacks, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

Necessary Skills:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Great with kids!
  • Interest in or knowledge of object-based learning, visual thinking strategies and constructivist learning theories
  • General interpersonal and office protocol knowledge as well as the ability to engage with diverse communities
  • Ability to lift up to fifty pounds
  • Reliability and accountability
  • Reliable Transportation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working towards a BA or MA in education, museum studies, history or a related field
  • Experience working in museums, education or a related field with kids and students
  • Computer skills including Word and Excel
  • Possession of a WA state driver’s license

Additional Information

TO APPLY:

  • Send resume or CV to the Museum Curator of Education, Rachael McAlister, at rmcalister@auburnwa.gov
  • All applicants must submit to a criminal background check.