Job Opportunities at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vergennes, Vermont
Multiple Positions
Posted
7 months ago

Office and Communications Coordinator

Job TitleOffice and Communications Coordinator
Reports ToExecutive Director
Employment DatesYear-round, part-time (20 hours/week); flexible seasonal hours available
StatusNon-Exempt
Salary Range$15.50/hour, plus year-round, part-time benefits package

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Job Purpose

The Office and Communications Coordinator supports the work of the finance, business operations, and office management functions and acts as the first line of communication with the public at the Museum. This position handles a range of responsibilities associated with finance, office management, and public communications, with a focus on bookkeeping and scheduling. The position reports directly to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with all Museum departments, specifically with the Business Manager. The ideal candidate can handle a wide range of assignments; ensure sensitive material is kept confidential; and is willing to be flexible in their responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Office Management
    • Manage office supplies and mailing, including checking the mail and registering check receipts
    • General office support for Museum staff
    • Staff support for shared communications platforms (including Zoom, Survey Monkey, and Cognito Forms)
    • General support for Executive Director as needed, including scheduling and meeting preparation
  • Public Inquiries and Communication
    • Answer the phones, check voicemails, reply to visitor/public queries and/or direct communications from the public to the relevant staff at the Museum – Manage info@lcmm.org account and requests
    • Support Museum special events as needed, including rowing races, weekend programs, and collaborative events with Basin Harbor as needed
  • Bookkeeping
    • Basic Quickbooks entries from:
      • Online donations from Square and/or Little Green Light
      • Donations
      • Deposits
      • Entering and paying bills
      • Entering other Square transactions
    • Basic Quickbooks reporting
    • Museum store/QuickBooks reconciliations
  • Museum Online Store
    • Trained in the Museum’s on-site store to cover lunch breaks and days off for Gateway staff
    • Manage online store transactions and shipping

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • Office management experience (1-3 years)
  • General knowledge or willingness to learn basic bookkeeping and Quickbooks
  • Previous experience with Square, Stripe, or other online credit card payment processing company preferred
  • Previous experience with online forms system preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and working knowledge of database and spreadsheet programs
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task and navigate multiple deadlines and work schedules
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize
  • High attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to info@lcmm.org with “Office Coordinator Job Application” in the subject line. Applications are due by April 16, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Museum prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

 

On-Water Teen Trip Leaders

Job TitleOn-Water Teen Trip Leader (2 openings available)
Reports ToAssistant Director of Champlain Longboats
Employment DatesJuly 10-July 26 and July 31-August 8, 2021 (additional hours available)
Salary RangeUp to $150/day during excursions, $17/hour at base camp depending on experience

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Job Purpose

The On-Water Teen Trip Leaders (2 open positions) will lead two teen expedition programs at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum during Summer 2021; Champlain Discovery and Expedition Champlain.

Champlain Discovery is a unique and challenging expedition for up to 10 teens to kayak the length of Lake Champlain from Whitehall, NY to Burlington, VT. Trip Leaders will work from July 10-26 (the expedition runs from July 11-25).

Expedition Champlain is a rowing expedition for up to 12 teens that departs from the Museum in Vergennes and rows north in two 32’ pilot gigs. These 6-oared boats are capable and sea worthy, but they are not common and we will provide training in handling them to the right candidate. Expedition Champlain runs from July 31st to August 9th.

Because of our small size we are flexible outside of the dates listed above. For a candidate who is looking for a full summer’s worth of work we may have some day programs such as the Kayak Building Camp that will run from June 25th to July 9th. There will also be outfitting and preparation work for the expeditions on an hourly basis. In addition, we run a working wooden boat shop on the grounds of the Museum and there may be work according to the needs of the Champlain Longboats program.

Pay will be based on experience, up to $150/day on trail, and will be hourly when in base camp. Housing and food will be included while the programs are on the trail.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the emotional and physical safety of all participants while on trail.
  • Work with your co leader to make route and activity choices that will best serve the needs of your group and the current conditions.
  • Regularly communicate your route and any deviations from it to the Assistant Director.
  • Work with your co leader to guide the healthy development of your group so that all participants are challenged and given the opportunity to grow.
  • Create an open and welcoming environment for all participants.
  • Establish a healthy and communicative relationship with your co-leader.

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • WFA or WFR certificate (WFR preferred).
  • Experience with on-water trip leading, preferably in kayaks, and leading and managing group dynamics needed.
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, positive energy and a desire to work with teenagers is essential.
  • A desire to share your knowledge in ways that are relatable to teens.

Working Conditions

This position includes onsite, offsite, and on-water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions and includes evening and weekend hours.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to stand and walk on uneven ground and dock surfaces for extended periods of time and
  • Must be able to lift/haul +50 pounds. 
  • Strong swimming skills required

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to CharlieB@lcmm.org with “On-Water Teen Trip Leader Job Application” in the subject line. Applications are due by April 1, 2021

Education Programs Manager

Job TitleEducation Programs Manager
Reports ToDirector of Education & Interpretation
Employment DatesYear-round, full time; flexible season hours
Status Non-Exempt
Salary Range$16-19/hour, depending on qualifications (Pay Band B), plus a comprehensive benefits package

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Job Purpose

The Education Programs Manager develops, coordinates, and teaches education programs to students and visitors with the goal of ensuring that LCMM delivers year-round, high-quality, audience-centered programming. The position develops after-school, on-site, and off-site education programs, including summer camps, which tie to the Museum’s content areas of history, ecology, and archaeology. The position serves on interpretive teams to develop Museum exhibits and Museum programs that connect to exhibits.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Program Development and Delivery
    • Develop and lead new education programs and refine existing Museum programs to align with curriculum standards
    • Manage on- and off-site program logistics and safety
    • Coordinate with partner organizations, including teachers, schools, and others
    • Evaluate program impact on learners
    • Maintain program resources and records
  • On-Site School Visits
    • Coordinate on-site school visits to the Museum, including working directly with teachers and administrators to book, schedule, and coordinate school visits
    • Work with the Director of Education and Interpretation to develop and refine school visit programming, including the Museum’s “1776: American History in the Champlain Valley” and “Paddling Ecology”
    • Lead school visit programming on-site
  • Camps
    • Supervise and manage camp staff; act as camp educator as needed
    • Working with the Director of Education & Interpretation, develop camp content
    • Write camp program descriptions and reports
    • Evaluate camp impact on students
    • Provide images and other media to Marketing Director for social media
  • Exhibit and Program Development
    • Work with exhibit teams to develop new exhibition content and develop museum education programs connected with exhibits
  • Provide support for LCMM’s special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • Undergraduate degree in education, history, archaeology, ecology or a related field
  • Advanced degree in museum studies, museum education, history, archaeology, science/ecology, or related field preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with public education standards at state and federal levels
  • Experience managing museum programs with complex logistics
  • Experience working with youth through classroom teaching, digital platforms, after school programs, mentoring or youth development programs
  • An interest in boats and navigation, with on-water experience
  • Experience and/or interest in Revolutionary War-era history content preferred
  • On-water education experience, or significant personal expedition experience on water
  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize diverse tasks, including a strong ability to work under the pressure of multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work flexibly in a small office, both independently and as a team-member
  • Research and writing skills
  • Commitment to collaboration
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for Lake Champlain, its history, and its future
  • Access to private transportation
  • CPR, First Aid or Life Guard certification, or willingness to obtain certifications (CPR may be provided by Museum)

Working Conditions

This position may include onsite, offsite, and on-water work. Work outside will occur in all weather conditions and may include evening and weekend hours.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to stand and walk on uneven ground and dock surfaces for extended periods of time and lift/haul +50 pounds. 
  • Strong swimming skills required.

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to info@lcmm.org with “Education Programs Manager Job Application” in the subject line. Applications are due by March 1, 2021.

Director of Programs and Visitor Experience

Job TitleDirector of Programs and Visitor Experience
Reports ToExecutive Director
Employment DatesYear-round, full time; flexible seasonal hours available
StatusExempt
Salary$22-$24/hour, plus a comprehensive benefits package

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Job Purpose

The Director of Programs and Visitor Experience is responsible for shaping the overall visitor experience at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Strategic and thoughtful, this position advocates for and implements new and innovative ideas for audience engagement and programming. Across all points of public access and onsite engagement, the goal of the Director of Programs and Visitor Experience is to help visitors have a meaningful connection with the history, archaeology, and ecology of Lake Champlain. This position supervises on-site staff and volunteers.

The position designs and/or oversees exhibit and replica boat interpretation, onsite demonstrations, courses and workshops, on-water excursions, weekend events, and volunteer docent programming. Additionally, the Director of Programs and Visitor Experience establishes annual goals and recommendations based on programs to date, audience attendance, challenges, and formal and informal evaluations.

This position is a key member of the senior leadership team, with a focus on creating welcoming, meaningful two-way relationships between Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the audiences we serve. This role will also collaborate with several teams across the museum including working with the Development team to support fundraising for visitor programs and member engagement at the museum; with the Education and Champlain Longboats teams to optimize school field trips, boat building, and team building programs; with the Marketing team to increase visibility, attendance, and support for programs and visitor experience; with the Facilities Director to support visitor experience efforts; and with the Business Manager to manage grant funding and financial management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a strategy and plan for on-site visitor experiences including live demonstrations and tours, ticketed weekend events and excursions, and self-guided tours with goal of maximizing visitor and community uses of the museum
  • Develop and execute the museum’s overall visitor experience plan, including visitor orientation, store experience, and exhibit experiences
  • Hire and train seasonal staff and volunteers for visitor interpretation, demonstrations, tours, and programs
  • Establish annual goals and recommendations based on programs to date, audience attendance, challenges, and formal and informal evaluations
  • Create, plan, and oversee courses and workshops including blacksmithing, metal arts, and glass blowing, as well as developing new courses and workshop content.
  • Create and monitor program budgets, assess return on investment
  • Plan and produce signature and special events
  • Create exhibit and site interpretation for new and existing exhibits and replica boats, as part of exhibit teams and as exhibit team lead
  • Collaborate with Education and Champlain Longboats teams to create engaging school visit programs including field trips, on-water experiences, and team-building programs
  • Collaborate with the Business Manager to manage grant funding and act as back up for basic finance tasks

Qualifications, Skills, and Attributes

  • 5 plus years’ experience working in a visitor-facing position at a museum
  • Culturally competent with knowledge and proven proficiency discussing and demonstrating commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity
  • Experience planning museum public programs, demonstrations, or hands-on experiences, including managing program and grant budgets and finances
  • Experience hiring and training staff and volunteers in interpretation
  • Experience working at a maritime or history museum preferred but not required
  • Undergraduate degree in education, history, archaeology, or a related field
  • Advanced degree in museum studies, museum education, public history, or related field preferred but not required
  • Passionate about engaging the public in complex conversations about history
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Able to multi-task and navigate multiple deadlines and work schedules
  • Flexible and able to adapt to new opportunities
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading group activities
  • Excellent research, writing, and storytelling skills
  • Collaborative and communicative
  • Availability for some weekend and evening work
  • Experience with and/or interest in boats and navigation, with on-water experience preferred
  • Familiarity with and/or enthusiasm to learn about Lake Champlain, its history, and its future

Working Conditions

  • This position may include onsite, offsite, and on water work.
  • Work outside will occur in all weather conditions and may include evening and weekend hours

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to info@lcmm.org with “Director of Programs and Visitor Experience” in the subject line. Applications due by March 8, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. The Museum prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Location
4472 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491