Work at Plimoth Patuxet
Retail Sales Associate
Plimoth Patuxet Museums is looking for Retail Sales Associates to work part-time in our beautiful gift shop(s). This is an opportunity to work at one of the country's most prestigious history museums. This role is ideal for individuals with customer service skills and the ability to engage with the guests from around the world. Our gift shops are often the last point of contact for our guests so we are seeking confident individuals who can interact with our guests in a positive and meaningful way. The ideal candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to problem solve when necessary. An interest in history is a plus!
General duties include point-of-sale checkout procedures, inventory replenishment, maintaining visual displays, direct sales, cash handling, inventory replenishment, general housekeeping, and other duties as needed. Experience in the retail or service industry is desired. Must have flexibility with assignment to various shops as well as hours and days of schedule including working a shortened day when visitation warrants smaller staff. Must be available to work at least one weekend shift and Monday holidays.
Guest Experience Associate -Theater Coordinator Lead
Plimoth Patuxet is looking for a guest facing assistant stage manager for the immersive museum theatre model at Plimoth Patuxet Museums. They will provide hands-on support for the scripted and semi-scripted, immersive production that is performed multiple times a day. They will assist the Museum Theatre Manager in the rehearsal process and run performances when the Museum Theater Coordinator is absent.
The Guest Experience Associate (GEA) - Theatre Coordinator Lead is also a guest facing position that leads/is a part of educational programs and living history programs. There is an option (not required) to learn some traditional skills and demonstrate those to guests. Due to the immersive nature of this production, we are looking for an excellent problem solver and communicator who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously. They must be comfortable overseeing and operating a complex performance. We also seek someone comfortable working outdoors and with immersive, devised theatre. A passion for history and education is a plus.
Plimoth Patuxet Museums seeks a staff accountant to join our team. You will be responsible for performing general bookkeeping, bi-weekly payroll, maintaining financial reports, and preparing and analyzing budgets. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and demonstrated knowledge of operational accounting and finance functions are a must.
guest services associate
The Guest Services Associate provides world-class customer service, serving as a brand ambassador, while attending to the needs of our museum guests and fellow staff. The Guest Services Associate ensures excellent customer service, timely responses to requests, and serves as the first point of contact for all of the Museum’s guests.
Environmental Services Associates
The Environmental Services Associates at Plimoth Patuxet Museums (PPM) are responsible for maintaining an assigned group of classrooms, restrooms, offices and related function areas and buildings in a clean and orderly manner to ensure a safe and clean work environment for our guests and staff. The position requires 3 years of maintenance and cleaning experience, and the ability to perform minor repairs to buildings, fixtures and equipment. Must be able to work various day and evening rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays. To apply please send resume to email@example.com.
Indigenous Program Associates
Plimoth Patuxet Museums seeks creative, outgoing, members of Indigenous communities who are interested in sharing knowledge and fostering public understanding of the history, heritage culture and lifeways of Indigenous communities of the Northeast. The focus is on the 17th-century, but also includes pre-contact as well as history and culture beyond the 17th century.
The Indigenous Program Associate (IPA) provides information and leads programs onsite and online for the Museum’s guests. Speaking from a modern perspective, the IPA gives timed, scheduled programs, talks and tours. The goal is to deliver a high quality, engaging, interactive and educational experience to guests. With a new Indigenous program building set to break ground in the coming months, we are seeking people who are inspired by the idea of helping to shape the future of the Museum’s Indigenous programs and exhibits. A high school diploma or equivalent required. BA/BS in a related field such as Indigenous Studies, Education or History is preferred. Interest in and at least two years of experience working with the public in some capacity is essential. Experience working with children in a professional educational setting (school or club, etc.) is strongly preferred. To apply please send cover letter and resume to Megan Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Experience Manager - Historic Patuxet Homesite
Plimoth Patuxet Museums seeks a member of an Indigenous community who is an experienced manager with vision and creativity to help lead the way as we re-imagine the Museum’s Indigenous History and Culture Program and exhibits to reach Museum guests at our campus and beyond. With a new Indigenous performance/exhibit space set to break ground in the coming months, we seek to hire a professional who is inspired by the notion they will be instrumental in shaping the future of the Museum's Indigenous Program for years to come. As the Guest Experience Manager - Historic Patuxet (GEM-HP), you will hold a key leadership position on the Historic Sites/Guest Experience team. In this position, you will oversee the day to day operations of the Historic Patuxet site, supervise and evaluate staff performance, ensure high quality programming and provide a guest experience that is second-to-none. The GEM-HP will work with the Education and Public Programs Departments to create new and engaging programs. If you are a strong leader, with solid management skills who is not afraid of hard work and who is committed to educating the public on the history, culture and lifeways of Indigenous communities of the Northeast in the 17th-century, this may be the perfect job for you! BA/BS required, Degree in related field preferred. Experience working successfully with the public, preferably in a museum or other educational or arts/cultural organization focused on the learner’s experience and on hospitality. Minimum of two years of experience in a supervisory or management role with direct reports required. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Megan Sharpe at email@example.com.
The Assistant Miller participates in all aspects of running a re-created, water powered grist mill educational exhibit, including sharing the history and technology of the Mill with Museum guests and producing stone ground products for sale. The position includes milling and processing corn, wheat, rye, oats, and other grains into a variety of products for wholesale and retail distribution, and maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of the mill building and mill machinery, all while providing exciting and engaging interactions with Museum guests. It is essential that the Assistant Miller approach their work from a guest first perspective, embody a growth mindset, possess a can-do approach to assignments and enjoy wide variety in their work. The Plimoth Grist Mill Assistant Miller works collaboratively with other Museum employees and volunteers who share the same work space to deliver a high quality, engaging, interactive, fun and educational experience to guests. He/she must Train in all aspects of operating a water-powered grist mill, including moving mill stones and grinding corn. With guidance from the Miller/Guest Experience Manager, assist in inspection, maintenance, and repair of mill equipment and parts. A high school diploma or equivalent required; college courses or degree in education or horticulture strongly preferred. Interest and at least two years of experience. working with the public is essential. Experience working with food products strongly preferred.
Some background working with hand and power tools strongly preferred. To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to Kim VanWormer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Experience Associate
Our Guest Experience Associates help to bring to life the remarkable stories of the people to lived along these shores of change 400 years ago and create a positive and memorable experience for our guests. In this position you will lead and/or be part of several walking tours of the Museum’s historical sites, guiding our guests through exhibits and programs. This position also provides educational programs and living history programs. There is an option (not required) to learn some traditional skills and demonstrate those to guests. Full-time and part time positions are available. Daily work hours vary according to the season, but in general between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. Mornings and early afternoons are busy when schools are in session; weekends are busy if the weather cooperates. Some early evening work during the summer season. Do you enjoy meeting new people and having conversations with them on subjects they’re interested in and you’re knowledgeable about? Do you love to entertain and educate? Are you interested in the history of our country and sharing that with guests from around the country and around the world? Do you enjoy being outdoors in all sorts of weather and walking (a lot)? If so, working at Plimoth Patuxet Museums as a Guest Experience Associate may be the job for you. No experience necessary; we offer an in-depth training program. Must be at least 18 years old. High school diploma or equivalent required; college courses in education preferred. Fluent in English. Being comfortable greeting and leading group tours and working with guests is essential as well as being comfortable having conversations with a diverse audience of various nationalities and cultural, ethnic, political, social and religious backgrounds. We are open 7 days a week, so some flexibility with your schedule is helpful. Must be able to work Saturday or Sunday (being able to work both weekend days is a plus). Some holidays and evenings may be required (depending on the time of the year and operating hours of the Museum). To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to Dan Rosen at email@example.com.
Plimoth Patuxet is looking for full time and part time Historical Performers for our new Museum Theatre program. These individuals portray 17th-century people in timed, scripted or semi-scripted, immersive productions that will be performed multiple times a day. Aspects of this production will include but are not limited to scripted scenarios, plays, hands-on activities, and storytelling. The Historical Performer must have a talent for as well as experience in performance and improvisation while being comfortable interacting with a diverse audience of all ages. The Historical Performer must be able to take cues from a director, memorize lines and blocking, and improve their performance based on feedback. They also must learn and retain a foundational amount of 17th-century historical information. The production will be built upon historical research and a foundational script. There will be situations where the Historical Performer must improvise with audience members. A high school diploma or equivalent required. Some college or professional level training in acting or performance is preferred.
Must have a minimum of two years of acting experience. This may include high school, college or community theatre performances. Experience with improv, immersive theatre, and devised theatre strongly preferred. Experience playing an instrument, singing, and dancing strongly preferred. Experience in theatre education and passion for history preferred. Experience working with the public or customer service is essential. To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and headshot to Nolan Boggess, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an opportunity to work at one of the country's most prestigious history museums. Operating on a remarkable property overlooking Cape Cod Bay, Plimoth Patuxet brings the story of the United States’ early foundation to life for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year since its founding in 1947.
The Development Analyst (DA) will play an integral role in Plimoth Patuxet Museums’ fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development (ADOD), the DA will join the Museum at an exciting time in its history. The DA will be responsible for administering Development software and systems; drafting revenue reports to measure and improve the Development department’s efficiency, quality and performance; creating donor dossiers for improved stewardship and segmented lists for targeted mailings.
Careers at Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Teamwork can be summed up in five short words ... "We believe in each other."
Do you want to be part of an established and exciting non-profit organization that helps to educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of guests each year? Do you have a passion for history and for meeting new people? If you do, then Plimoth Patuxet Museums—one of America’s great history museums—may be the right place for you.
Plimoth Patuxet chooses exceptional individuals who have the motivation and spirit, the energy and the skills to be part of a wonderful team – both as employees and volunteers. The Museum, established in 1947, is well-known and admired as a unique destination for its thought-provoking, entertaining and educational living history programs and exhibits.
If you can provide customer service that is second to none, and contribute to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere at Plimoth Patuxet then you’ll feel right at home here. Our hospitality toward our guests and enthusiasm for our work is key to the success of the Museum’s mission—whether we are in front of the public or working ‘behind the scenes’.
Picture yourself in a job where you can help people step back in time and discover a past that might surprise them, spark their imagination, promote their sense of wonder, connect people with their ancestors, and be part of someone’s once-in-a-lifetime family vacation, relaxing weekend, school field trip or group tour. These and many more opportunities await you at Plimoth Plantation.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time staff. BCBS medical and dental insurance is offered for the employee and their eligible dependents (cost-sharing involved). Term life insurance and long-term disability is offered for all full-time, year-round employees. A 403B retirement plan is available for all employees and profit sharing retirement plan for all eligible staff.
We also offer voluntary payroll-deducted benefits. These benefits include automobile, homeowners and supplemental insurances.
All full-time employees, both year-round and seasonal, are eligible for annual paid vacation allowance. The amount of paid vacation is based on length of service and number of hours worked per week. Part-time staff with at least four years of service are eligible for a one week based on average hours worked per week. Holiday and sick-time benefits are available for eligible employees.
An employee discount is offered for retail and foodservice purchases. The Museum also offers complimentary and discounted admission coupons to all employees.
Interested? Search the job titles for more information on these positions and how to apply. Please note that there is an application and interview process as well as pre-employment orientation to the Museum for both paid employment and volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer at Plimoth Patuxet
Be Part of History in your Community!
Do you have an open mind and enjoy engaging with people who share a common passion for history, lifelong learning, and community engagement? Join Plimoth Patuxet's Volunteer & Museum Guides Program! Volunteers & Museum Guides work in support of and alongside our staff fulfilling the Museum's mission to provide powerful personal encounters with history. They are:
- Guides on our sites and in our exhibits
- Caretakers of historic gardens and landscapes
- Greeters, golf cart drivers, and ushers at the Plimoth Cinema
- Makers and innovators in the Marine Shop and at the Plimoth Grist Mill
- Special programs and event support
- Behind-the-scenes alongside our curators and historians
and so much more...
Volunteer opportunities at Plimoth Patuxet are available based on departments’ needs, and therefore not only opportunities may be available at all times. Each opportunity is different and may require its own unique blend of skills and experience. Many do not require a formal history background. All Volunteers & Museum Guides should be curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn new things. The volunteer schedule is flexible and includes seasonal and weekend shifts.
The Internship Program at Plimoth PATUXET MUSEUMS
How can history change YOU? Plan a garden with heirloom and native plants, design an educational program about archaeology, learn the art of marketing a living history museum, play 17th-century games with summer campers, help us make collections accessible online... the possibilities are endless.
We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented young people with an interest in America’s early histories who want to share in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living museums. Plimoth Patuxet's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself centered on immersive, hands-on fieldwork. Interns also participate in a collaborative group project, enjoy field trips, and engage in unique professional development opportunities. Previous internships have been offered in Museum Education, Collections Management, Public History, Historical Clothing & Textiles, Public Relations, Marketing, and Development.
For more information about the Internship Program including current opportunities and application instructions, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.