Jobs & Internships

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

South Street Seaport Museum seeks experienced, enthusiastic educators to teach educational programs on board our sailing vessels, in our galleries, on walking tours, and in classrooms around the city. We celebrate the ships, the people who sailed them, the cargoes they carried, and the businesses that supported them. We also celebrate New York Harbor as a vital natural resource. Our educators bring to our students a sense of the Seaport’s history and the Harbor’s continued importance as an ecosystem and as an economic waterway.

Educational programs for visiting schools last from 90 minutes to 3 hours, and include topics such as New Amsterdam history, Life on Board a Tall Ship, and Estuary Ecology. Most of our programs are interdisciplinary in scope. In addition to academic content, our programs support social and emotional learning for diverse groups. Please see the “groups” page on the “education” section of the website for a course listing.

NOTE: We have need for educators sailing on board the schooner PIONEER, at the dock on board Tall Ships, in the galleries, and on walking tours. The most desirable candidates are able to teach in any of these roles (training provided) but you may also apply as only land-based educator or only sailing educator.

The role includes but is not limited to:

Responsibilities:

  • Delivering content to school groups in an engaging and informative manner, with a focus on the learner
  • Supporting social and emotional learning as well as content knowledge
  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners, including different age groups, different amounts of background knowledge and experience, different ethnicities and cultures, different learning styles, and different educational and physical requirements
  • Communicating with teachers regarding their class, content, and students
  • Participating in training and professional development
  • For educators working on board schooner Pioneer, participate in additional training on Saturday mornings so that you may assist in vessel operations as necessary on education trips.

 

Academic background and Experience:

  • Teaching experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to education, history or science, OR Bachelor’s Degree in an unrelated field but experience in a related field

 

Desirable but not required::

  • Master’s Degree (completed or in process) in education, history, life or earth science, or a related field
  • Teacher certification
  • Spanish proficiency
  • Sailing, Sail Training, or Tall Ships experience

 

Personal Qualifications::

  • An outgoing personality with the ability to communicate well in public settings
  • Professional and personal demeanor
  • Flexibility and positive outlook in dealing with new experiences and people
  • Ability to spend several hours walking and/or standing in public spaces
  • Must be able to climb stairs and work out of doors.

 

Per Diem, Part Time, Seasonal, and Extended teaching positions are all available.

 

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter with “EDUCATOR 2016” in the subject line to education@seany.org

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Join a team telling the story of New York’s historic ships!

South Street Seaport Museum seeks Visitor Services Associates to join the Museum waterfront and galleries. Serve as the face of the museum. Work aboard hundred year-old ships. Tell the story of New York’s formation and its rich maritime past. Engage members, tourists, school groups, and other visitors in the fascinating world of sailing ships the trade that built New York. Extensive training will be provided, so no history experience required. Learn from experts on New York’s foundations and pass it along to our guests! Outstanding professional development with the opportunity for advancement.

Visitor Services staff are responsible for daily operations of the South Street Seaport Museum, and serving as the public face of the organization. The Visitor Services Associate will ensure high quality customer service and knowledge of the Museum’s history and current offerings. Energy, enthusiasm, an interactive and welcoming demeanor, are all required.

The role includes but is not limited to

  • Serve as first point of contact in welcoming visitors to the Museum. Maintain a friendly, personable, and positive attitude.
  • Learn and efficiently operates point-of-sale ticketing in order to successfully sell for public programs, including open ships, public sails, exhibitions and events along with managing and promoting membership to the Museum
  • Manages crowd control and visitor traffic flow with the ability to anticipate opportunities to assist visitors and allow for smooth operations
  • Provide information on wayfinding, facilities information, and the needs of patrons
  • Responds to and resolves customer complaints and concerns with patience and professionalism, calling upon a supervisor when needed

 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience in customer service and box office ticketing preferably in a cultural institution and/or non-profit organization. Theatre or other public interaction and presentation skills a plus
  • Demonstrated responsibility in handling money and retail sales
  • Interest in storytelling, museums, maritime and New York City history
  • An outgoing personality with the ability to communicate well in public settings
  • Professional and personal demeanor
  • Flexibility and positivity in dealing with new experiences and people
  • Experience with, or ability to learn and use databases and ticketing software
  • Ability to spend several hours walking and/or standing in public spaces
  • Available to work weekend, holiday, and evening hours
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work out of doors in inclement weather. May require stooping, bending, and carry weights of up to 50#.

 

How to Apply

Email resume and cover letter with “Visitor Services Associate” in the subject line to info@seany.org

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Equal Opportunity Employer

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Collections Internship

The South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) is dedicated to telling the vital story of the foundation of New York and its link to its great natural harbor. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, two working nineteenth century print shops, a library, a craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels on Pier 16.

The Collections Department at South Street Seaport Museum oversees more than 20,000+ objects, 10,000+ books, periodicals, photographs, prints and drawings, memorabilia, and ephemera.

The intern will assist with museum collections management system data entry in support of the review and maintenance of the collections database, catalog collection materials and enhance object files. Depending on the skill and experience of the intern, assignments may include providing care for collections objects.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in cataloguing collections and reference library books
  • Assist in organizing archives materials
  • Assist with research services
  • Document and condition report works of art and artifacts
  • Scan or take digital photographs as needed
  • Update collections management database
  • Help with basic conservation activities
  • Collect ideas and draft posts for the museum’s social media platforms on a monthly basis
  • Other works related to collections care and display

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organization skills and an eye for detail
  • Previous experience handling museum, archives, or library collections a plus
  • Strong computer skills, knowledge of museum collections management system preferred
  • Knowledge of digital photography and digitization technologies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment; handle multiple tasks at once; adhere to deadline.

Internship to begin mid-September until mid-December, working 3-4 days per week, Monday – Friday, 10 am-5 pm. Internship is unpaid, but credits and reference letter will be provided.

Please send to collections@seany.org a cover letter describing your interest in collections care and South Street Seaport Museum opportunity, and a resume. Please no phone or in person inquiries.

It is South Street Seaport Museum’s policy is to support equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, military status or status as a Vietnam‐era or special disabled veteran, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, domestic violence victim status, sex, age, medical condition, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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