Opportunities

Site Administrator, Connecticut Landmarks

Hempsted Houses, New London, CT

Overview

Owned and operated by Connecticut Landmarks, the state’s largest statewide heritage organization, and situated in the Hempstead Historic District, this landmark property tells the story of three great populations whose paths collided in early New London: the Native Americans who were here from the beginning, the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, and the enslaved Africans who were brought to New London at the same time. Connecticut Landmarks seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial museum professional to take this exceptional site to its next level of growth. Reporting to CTL’s Assistant Director for Operations, the Site Administrator’s primary responsibilities are to continue its community outreach and programmatic growth; contribute to grant proposals and reporting, hire, train and maintain a dedicated interpretive staff; and develop and execute new earned income opportunities that leverage the site’s assets and lead the site to financial sustainability, increased relevance and audience growth.

Management

The Site Administrator will provide strategic leadership; hire and manage part-time, seasonal site staff; develop a corps of volunteers who will help direct and operate the site; expand the site’s successful programs; work closely with CTL’s Central Office staff on marketing, fundraising, special event and outreach activities; build productive relationships with staff, volunteers, businesses and community stakeholders locally and regionally; and be responsible for budget preparation, operations, program, personnel and financial management, business development (including event rental growth), and audience growth.

 Skills and Experience

Looking for a self-starter with excellent time management and organizational skills; programmatic creativity; creative vision; financial acumen and enthusiasm; independent judgment; a collaborative working style; a can-do attitude and positive outlook; strong computer and customer service skills; and expertise in strengthening the site’s funding model. Bachelor’s degree preferred with at least 2-3 years of experience managing staff. This is part-time, year-round position.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter describing your interest in the position and relevant skills and experience, a résumé and three professional references to: elaine.ingraham@ctlandmarks.org


Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, CT – Museum Teachers/Interpreters

Connecticut Landmarks seeks enthusiastic Museum Interpreters/Teachers to lead house tours and facilitate discussions that connect the site’s history with the present day. The right candidate will be skilled at engaging groups of children with hands-on learning activities during field trips to the historic site and sharing information using age-appropriate methods. School groups visit the Homestead in May, June, September & October, 3 or 4 days a week, from morning to early afternoon. Additional Museum Interpreter hours assigned as needed during open hours from May-Oct. Other duties include assisting with public programming, site events and rentals, and daily cleaning tasks. Strong candidates have the ability to work with audiences of all ages, possess a background in education and enjoy history. Exemplary communication and customer service skills required. Minimum wage position.

Send resume and letter of interest to executiveassistant@ctlandmarks.org. Position open until filled.


CT Landmarks – Museum Interpreters Wanted

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a museum interpreter at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic properties, including Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House & Garden and Isham-Terry House in Hartford; Hempsted Houses in New London; and Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield. Interpreters greet visitors and share properties with them, give guided tours, and assist with school programs, public programs and special events. Houses are open seasonally. 12-14 hours per month, including weekends. Minimum wage. Training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the visitor experience for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. This may include storytelling, providing historic context, engaging in hands-on activities or giving a tour. Interpreters must be able to ascertain the interest of visitors and deliver a tour that appeals to them.
  • Work with students from kindergarten through college; assist with school programs.
  • Help deliver public programs. Support special events, including weddings, fundraisers and other functions.
  • Safeguard collections, secure the property and watch for the safety and well-being of visitors.
  • Promote other CTL sites and tourism throughout the state. Provide additional information as necessary regarding attractions and amenities, especially in the local community.
  • Develop and continue to expand a detailed knowledge of the site and its place in the local community and in local history. Continue to learn new skills in order to improve the experience provided to visitors.
  • Answer visitors’ questions honestly and follow up promptly when additional information is required.
  • Manage admission and gift shop sales, answer the phone. Dust and do other minor cleaning and grounds upkeep. Some interpreters may be asked to perform small conservation projects.
  • When appropriate, dress in period costumes to promote and enhance site events.
  • Perform other tasks as needed to ensure the smooth running of the site.

Qualifications:

  • Good to superior storytelling abilities; good public speaking skills.
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, flexible, courteous.
  • Interested in history; an additional interest in architecture, gardening, cooking, arts/crafts, landscape history, historic houses, domestic spaces or a related field is a plus.
  • Interested in working with audiences of all ages; ability to listen to the visitor, learn about his or her interests and respond accordingly.
  • Love of learning, good research skills. Must be open to new ideas and able to work independently as well as with others. Willingness to take direction.
  • Sense of responsibility and appreciation for a historic site. Appreciation for local history and the community.
  • Appreciation for diversity.
  • Professional and punctual; solid time-management skills. Able to work weekends and to commit at least a minimum number of hours to the site in order to stay fresh.
  • Previous museum experience a plus. Qualified high school students will be considered.

Physical Qualifications:

The position entails walking up and down stairs, standing for extended periods of time (up to several hours), working in an environment that is not air-conditioned, helping to move chairs and other objects, stooping and bending to help with cleaning and other tasks.

This position is part-time.

Send resume and cover letter to the attention of Executive Assistant at 59 South Prospect St., Hartford, CT 06106 or executiveassistant@ctlandmarks.org.


Connecticut Landmarks Internship Program – Fall 2019

Connecticut Landmarks welcomes applications for internships and invites Academic Advisers to encourage student interest. Interns choose a concentration and join one of the organization’s departments: Archives, Gardens & Grounds, Curatorial, Education, or Marketing & Development. Interns are placed both in CTL’s Hartford office and at each of CTL’s historic house museums.

Structure: Internships are part-time, volunteer positions with the potential for academic credit. Student interns enjoy benefits such as free parking, unlimited free admission to the Connecticut Landmark sites and selected programs. Work will be organized around specific functional areas, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities and operations of specific museum departments. Upon request, an Internship may be structured to give the student more than one aspect of operations.

Requirements: Preferably, candidates will have computer and basic office skills, and will be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students. Museum assignments require the use of telephones, PCs, copiers and other office equipment.

Goals: Internships at Connecticut Landmarks give undergraduate and graduate students experience in areas related to their fields of study and/or career plans.

Placement Opportunities:

Archives & Collections Management: Intern will assist Collections Manager to sort, organize and re-house documents and photographs; scan and transcribe documents. The Archives Intern will be shared with the Curatorial Department and will assist in the on-going registration of CTL’s large collection of the fine & decorative arts.

Curatorial: Intern will assist the Collections Manager with research on and documentation of CTL collections including, the history of the site and connections to local and regional history, the original families, decorative and fine arts, and historic building and landscape. Assist with care and organization of the collection at the Palmer-Warner House in East Haddam and contribute to program and exhibition planning and execution.

Education: Intern will help Education Coordinator and Site Administrators develop, deliver, and evaluate programs that serve adults, students, families, and other target audiences circulate curriculum materials.

Marketing & Development: Interns work with the Marketing & Development Manager to draft and prepare press releases, maintain mailing lists, make calls to media, process and prepare mailings, get duplicates of photographs and slides, and place feature stories. Interns will assist in database management, membership outreach, event coordination, grant research and more. This department promotes CTL’s properties, publicizes programs, fundraising events and more.

Connecticut Landmarks’ mission is to use historic properties to inspire an understanding of our complex past.

To apply for an internship, or for additional information, please call or email Jamie-Lynn Fontaine Connell, Marketing & Development Manager at 59 South Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06106, jamie.fontaine@ctlandmarks.org, or 860.247.8996 x 23.