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Payroll Title:  Preservation & Museum Specialist 1
Job Title: Museum Educator (Intermittent Hourly)
Salary: $20.19/hour
Appointment Duration: 1 year from start

Job Summary
Under the general supervision of the Museum Field Trip Program Manager, the Museum Educator is responsible for the delivery of a variety of educational programs designed for groups of PreK – 12th grade students who visit the museum. Program content areas include earth science, life science, and Native American cultures of the Pacific Northwest, highlighting Burke collections and research. This position may also support the revamping of programs featuring science and Heritage Arts and Cultures collections represented at the museum, including but not limited to: the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. The Burke Museum Education Department is committed to making the natural world and globally-influenced cultural heritage of Washington State accessible to all learners. We aim to foster and support empathy, curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. We encourage anyone from communities representing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.
Basic Functions:
  • Present facilitated field trip programs and virtual programs at the museum to groups of PreK-12th grade students and their teachers and chaperones;
  • Assist with program preparation and logistics to ensure successful program delivery, including: set up and break down of materials before and after program facilitation, restocking consumable materials, pre-visit preparation & support for clients, and greeting/orienting groups to the museum upon arrival;
  • Support and facilitate educational experiences for youth and family audiences, including family programs and events, summer & break camps;
  • Assist with maintenance of teaching collections and program materials for both facilitated and self-directed programming;
  • Work with the Museum Field Trip Programs Manager, Youth and Family Programs Manager, and other Education staff to develop activities and hands-on materials for educational programs as needed; 
  • Provide support for Burke Boxes and facilitate offsite outreach programs as needed;
  • Observe education programs offered by the Burke in order to gain a thorough understanding of the work of Burke Education and develop/grow your teaching practice;
  • Provide excellent customer service to all Burke Education clients;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Other Responsibilities:
  • Uphold the institution’s commitment to decolonization, equitable, and inclusive practice.
  • High degree of flexibility, initiative, and ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, and the ability to work with diverse audiences and multiple learning styles;
  • Experience working with youth (Pre-K – 12th grade) in a formal or informal education setting;
  • Satisfactory completion of two years of college work in history, English, education, fine arts, art history, anthropology, archaeology, or museology and two years experience working with museum collections, exhibits, artifacts, preservation, acquisition or restoration; OR experience in historic preservation, or in historic or natural science research or interpretation, may be substituted, year for year, for education.
  • Work and life experience in any fields related to the job functions are valued equally to college coursework. 
  • Understanding of equity, inclusion, and decolonization in museums, and experience fostering inclusive practice;
  • Experience working with the public in customer service capacity;
  • First Aid/CPR Certification;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally involves work on weekends, evenings and holidays;
  • Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions;
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 30 pounds alone and up to 60 pounds with assistance;
  • Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by position;
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.