Museum Educator

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum


Organization Description: 
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, located on a nine-acre site within Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York is an educational resource and cultural institution. The museum is charged with preserving and maintaining the historic Greek Revival mansion and carriage house, as well as its collection, gardens, cemetery, and hiking trails located within a 60-acre New York City Landmarked Historic District. Its mission is to create a vibrant site through the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the mansion and grounds for the benefit of the public. BPMM’s vision is simply to be one of the most beloved and visited historic sites in the New York metropolitan area. 

The museum serves a diverse audience of all ages from the Bronx, other boroughs, and lower Westchester County in addition to national and international tourists visiting the area. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is open year-round and is both a New York City and a National Landmark. Originally inhabited by the Lenape since ca. 1,000 A.D., Lenapehoking was acquired in 1654 by Connecticut physician Thomas Pell through a treaty with five Lenni Lenape Sachem that included 50,000 acres of what is today the Bronx and lower Westchester County. The property passed briefly to the LeRoy family from 1818 to 1836 before Robert Bartow, a Pell descendant, and his wife, Maria Lorillard, purchased a portion in 1836 and completed the mansion by 1842. In 1888 the city of New York purchased the property along with many other acres that now make up Pelham Bay Park. In 1914, the city leased the site to the International Garden Club (ICG). The club hired the architectural firm Delano & Aldrich to restore the mansion and design the formal garden. The building opened as a museum in 1946, and in 2008 the ICG was renamed Bartow-Pell Conservancy. The site also features a 19th-century carriage house, an 18th-century Pell family cemetery, an early 20th-century newly restored terraced garden, an authentically reproduced Northeast Woodlands Native American wigwam, a kitchen garden and apple orchard.

Position Description:
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum welcomes visitors to the only remaining grand country estate in Pelham Bay Park. Surrounded by woods and marshland, the mansion and carriage house depict family life in the 19th-century; a Northeast Woodlands wigwam is the centerpiece of its popular Native American program; and the teaching garden allows students to learn about science, nature, nutrition, and plants. Bartow-Pell educators use hands-on activities and inquiry-based discussions to bring the site to life.

The position of Museum Educator is to deliver educational programs to students from grades K-8 as well as provide guided tours of the mansion and grounds to adult groups during weekdays, and the general public on the weekends. The Museum Educator position is a part-time, flex-schedule, hourly, as needed position. Museum Educators also have the opportunity to develop new programs, exhibitions, and assist with special events and fundraisers.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Present hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based educational programs to school groups 
– Lead mansion and garden tours for adult groups
– Set-up and clean-up all school group education program materials
– Prepare program materials in advance of school trips
– Open and close the building for public hours on the weekends
– Process admission payments
– Handle transactions at the gift shop

Candidate Qualifications:
– Ability to speak in front of a group of people and lead engaging, dynamic educational programs
– Knowledge of the Bronx and its diverse neighborhoods
– Ability to learn new material quickly and willing to expend effort necessary to study the history of the Bartow-Pell site
– Strong organizational and communication skills, and particularly “excellent” people skills
– Ability to multi-task; work with a team as well as independently
– Enthusiastic, energetic, creative, and flexible
– Prior inquiry-based teaching experience and/or museum education studies degree preferred

Position Type:
Part-Time

Union Status:
Non-Union

FLSA Status:
Non-Exempt

Salary or Compensation:
Starting at $18/hour

Organization or Project Website:
http://www.bpmm.org

Application Info:
Please email your resume to info@bpmm.org and include Museum Educator position in the subject line.