Jobs at Old Sturbridge Village are diverse and exciting ways to connect with history. Current job openings will be posted below when available. Unless otherwise noted in the job posting, please send cover letter and resume to:
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
or send via email
You can also download an Employment Application and mail it to the above address. Applications must be signed and dated to be accepted.
Old Sturbridge Village does not provide housing and is not able to assist candidates with interview or relocation costs.
Old Sturbridge Village is seeking a Horticulture Coordinator to lead, manage and grow the museum’s historical horticulture program, including day-to-day planning and oversight of the museum’s Countryside Gardens, Center Village Gardens, Herb Garden, and expansive trail system.
The Horticulture Coordinator reports to the Director of Interpretation, and works closely with the Agriculture and Household programs.
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in Horticulture or equivalent from four-year college.
- 3 to 5 years hands-on horticulture experience.
- One year or more experience working with the public in a museum, botanical garden, educational institution or historical society.
- Proven ability to identify and manage horticultural issues including insects and plant disease, and general garden upkeep and maintenance. Specific knowledge relating to the historical background of plants, their uses, and the history of gardens is desirable but can also be attained through Village garden experience.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Lead the Village’s horticulture program, including day-to-day management of paid staff, volunteers and interns; oversight of the historic flower, vegetable and herb gardens and nature trails located throughout the Village; and administration of the Village’s seed packaging program.
- Develop and execute a 3-year plan for innovating and expanding the Village’s horticulture program; in collaboration with garden leads, plan, organize, communicate and measure yearly goals for the horticulture program and its interplay with other museum departments.
- Bring the museum’s Horticulture program to life through teaching, facilitation, interpretation and/or performance skills.
- Serve as an active ambassador and advocate for the Village’s Horticulture program both within the Village and externally.
- Work with the Horticulture staff to manage the overall logistics of the horticultural program and its defined goals; craft and clarify daily and seasonal directives internally and interdepartmentally to guide the garden team, and ensure garden tasks are completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner with consideration to restrictions on staffing, budget and time.
- Day-to-day responsibilities including recruiting, training, managing and evaluating employees; planning, assigning, directing and observing work, directing work; conducting performance appraisals; and participating in staff calibration session.
- Develop innovative garden-related programming to draw new visitors to the museum while evaluating, supporting and/or scaling existing programs with garden topics and activities.
- In partnership with the Chief of Visitor Experience and Special Events Coordinator, introduce a Flower and Garden Show at the Village in 2018, as well as scale the museum’s annual Garden Symposium.
- Lead, organize and/or participate in horticulture-related special events and other programs; communicate special event details to all gardeners and evaluates the successes of events; and work with Marketing Department to promote horticulture-related programs.
- Work closely with the Agricultural and Household Coordinators to help craft a holistic view of 19th-century life that the Village presents to the public.
- In order to ensure clarity of communication with colleagues, successfully balance face-to-face communication with use of technology.
- Understand, identify and appropriately respond to the multiple learning styles of a diverse audience that includes students, families and other life-long learners; actively engage these audiences using a range of interpretation techniques including hands-on, participation, tours, immersion, demonstration, recreation, orientation, role-play, performance, lecture and others.
- Work with colleagues – including paid staff, volunteers and interns – in the development, training, implementation and review of horticulture programs that meet the diverse needs of Village guests.
- Preserve the historic buildings, gardens, landscapes, artifacts and reproductions in the Village by caring for them properly.
- Ensure the safety, security and cleanliness of work areas; Safeguard visitors and staff by being alert to foreseeable health and safety hazards.
- Understand and observe all Village policies and federal, state and local laws.
- Work evening programs such as but not limited to Dinner in a Country Village, Hearthside Bounty and Christmas by Candlelight.
- Preform other duties as assigned by Director of Interpretation.
Skills & Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. In addition, the individual must be able to accurately portray a 19th-century horticulturalist. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Individuals in this position are subject to a Criminal Conviction Record check upon hire and every other year thereafter.
- Proven knowledge and passion for growing a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs either through experience at the Village or a comparable organization.
- Ability to establish own work plan and priorities, using established procedures to assure timely completion of assigned work in conformance with departmental policies and practices; problems lacking clear precedent are reviewed with supervisor prior to taking action.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be outside for long periods of time and stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Proven ability to recruit, train, manage and motivate a diverse workforce
- Be honest, reliable, and demonstrate a passionate commitment to the horticulture field.
- Unwavering attention to detail, organization, quality of guest experience and customer service.
- Able to communicate ideas and information clearly both verbally and in written format.
- Strive to build and maintain productive and respectful relationships with all team members and guests.
- Must be a team player and flexible to assist in other divisions when the need arises.
- Effective problem solver – anticipating, preventing and managing issues as they arise.
- Must be an effective listener and be able to understand and clarify concerns and issues.
- Must be able to work varied shifts and hours including weekends, nights, early mornings and holidays
Interested candidates should send their cover letter, application, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Sturbridge Village is seeking a Gardener's Helper to assist the Horticulturist in the outside grounds of the museum. This person will be responsible for the watering, upkeep of gardens, moving hoses and other duties as assigned to assist the Horticulturist.
This job is 3 days and approximately 9 hours per week for the summer starting May 15th.
This person must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be able to stand , bend , kneel , squat and be out in hot weather. Must have a valid driver's license.
Do you love working with children? Looking for a flexible, part-time job in an energy-filled, social work environment? Come join the staff of Old Sturbridge Village - New England’s largest living history museum! Museum Educators are responsible for teaching education programs for school and youth groups for a variety of ages. Programs include small group hands-on workshops, larger assembly style shows, and thematic tours of the Village. In addition, Museum Educators are responsible for greeting school buses, helping to prep teaching materials, and providing input into the content and design of education programs.
- Have experience working with children in a teaching environment
- Are interested in history
- Enjoy working with people in general and children specifically
- Are able to roll with the punches in an often-changing environment
This is a part-time job with limited hours Wednesday-Friday that largely follows a school year schedule. For those interested in additional hours, there may also be potential for limited summer hours for the Discovery Adventures program, and occasional weekend hours for scout programming and evening tours.
For more information about our education programs, visit exploreoldsturbridgevillage.org.
Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Under the supervision of the Housekeeping Supervisor, the Janitor/Housekeeper will perform year-round cleaning and general maintenance duties for public restroom areas, buildings, offices, exhibit spaces and other large scale cleaning and maintenance tasks as assigned.
This position is a part-time 10 - 15 hours per week with limited benefits.
MUST be able to work from 5:30am to 9:30am and weekend availability also required.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Ensure the safety and cleanliness of work area and share responsibility with all staff for the clean and neat appearance of entire museum
- Keep the public restroom areas throughout the Museum in clean and orderly condition at all times
- Sweep, mop, scrub and vacuum floors
- Empty trash and garbage containers
- Wash windows and steam clean carpet
- Care for certain collection items with museum exhibit spaces as directed
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Related janitorial or maintenance experience required
- Ability to read, write and communicate routine information
- Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl for long periods of time
- Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs
This summer, Brian Clowdus, acclaimed director of the sold-out The Sleepy Hollow Experience , joins forces with Old Sturbridge Village to bring Mark Twain’s timeless tale of Huckleberry Finn to the shores of the Quinebaug River in this epic outdoor musical production.
Old Sturbridge Village is seeking Bartenders, Cashiers and Concessions Staff to support the production of Big River - the Story of Huckleberry Finn. Interested applicants must be 18 years of age. Bartending, concessions and/or restaurant experiences and TIPS certifications preferred, but not required. Must be able to work every Wednesday - Sunday night from 5:00 p.m. until close beginning June 14 and running until July 9.
Old Sturbridge Village is looking for a professional Sous Chef to work closely with our Chef meeting their specifications and guidelines. The successful candidate will employ culinary and managerial skills in order to play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing our customers’ satisfaction.
- Helping in the preparation and design of all food and drinks menus
- Producing high-quality plates in both design and taste
- Ensure that the kitchen operates in a timely way that meets our quality standards
- Costing out menus
- Fill in for the Chef in planning and directing food preparation when necessary
- Resourcefully solve any issues that arise and seize control of any problematic situation
- Order supplies to stock inventory appropriately (as needed)
- Comply with and enforce sanitation regulations and safety standards
- Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers
- 5+ years of experience as a Sous Chef
- Understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and procedures
- Accuracy and speed in handling emergency situations and providing solutions
- Familiar with industry’s best practices
- Working knowledge of various computer software programs (MS Office, restaurant management software, POS)
- BS degree in Culinary science or related certificate a plus
Job Type: Full-time
Under the direct supervision of the Kitchen Manager, the Banquet cook’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing all food for functions of up to 250 people to ensure the highest level of food quality and presentation
- Other duties as assigned
This is a part-time position with limited benefits.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, weekends and holidays
- 1 to 2 years of banquet food preparation experience preferred
- Ability to read, write and communicate routine information
- Must be able to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl for long periods of time
- Must be able to lift and move up to 50lbs
To apply, please forward your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School is seeking a talented educator to serve as a teacher for grades k-3. Successful candidates possess experience working in diverse schools with English Language Learners and students with disabilities, classroom management expertise, and a passion for pioneering collaborative curriculum development set at a living history museum.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Early Childhood (k-2)/Elementary Certification (1-6) or must pass subject matter MTEL (Early Childhood k-2: Early Childhood + Foundations of Reading, Elementary 1-3: General Curriculum, math subtest, and Foundations of Reading (Reading (08) will also meet this requirement. within one year of employment
- Experience teaching in an EL Education and/or charter school
- Experience crafting curriculum using backwards design approach strongly preferred
- Experience gathering and analyzing data to track student progress
- Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement
- Must share OSACPS’s mission and EL Education philosophy, which will provide k-8 students with rigorous, real world learning experiences in a supportive and nurturing school community, helping all students to become reflective inquisitors, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers.
- Ability to collaborate with EL school designer, Director of Teaching and Learning, and colleagues to build curriculum and plan Learning Expeditions
- Successful experience implementing school wide procedures and processes to maintain a school culture of high academic achievement and behavioral expectations
- Collaborative spirit of “we are crew, not passengers”
- Running a daily Morning Meeting that fosters the culture of our school and character education
- Preparing students for Student-Led Conference through the creation of Portfolios
- Attend and help facilitate Student-Led Conferences (~2-3 per year)
More details about the school and this position are available on the Old Sturbridge Academy Public Charter School website. In order to apply for a teaching position, please answer the following questions in 1 paragraph each along with 2 letters of recommendation, 3 references with contact information, and resume. Send to email@example.com.
- Why are you interested in teaching? More specifically, why are you interested in teaching in the opening year of a charter school set at a living history museum?
- Describe how you envision using EL Education Core practices in your work at OSACPS.
Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School is seeking talented educators to serve as paraprofessional teachers for grades k-3.Paraprofessionals work under a teacher’s direct supervision to give students additional attention and instruction. Successful candidate must share OSACPS’s mission and EL Education philosophy, which will provide k-8 students with rigorous, real world learning experiences in a supportive and nurturing school community, helping all students to become reflective inquisitors, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers. Successful candidate should have a collaborative spirit of “we are crew, not passengers.” See below for more details.
Ideal candidates will possess the following qualities/skills:
- Dedicated to meet the needs of every child in a diverse school population
- Motivated to learn to teach in ways that are interactive, hands-on, project-based, and promote self-discovery and critical thinking
- Experience in teaching small groups in math and literacy
- Demonstrated ability to work with children in developmentally appropriate and kind ways
- Capability to nurture students and work collaboratively with families
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team
- Commitment to develop and contribute to a community of educators
- Flexibility, commitment, and enthusiasm
- Highly desired: Understanding of behavioral interventions and applied behavioral analysis (ABA)
- History of personal achievement
- Upbeat, positive, outgoing, and personable
- Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Knowledge of the IEP Team process
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail
- Must hold an associate’s degree (or higher) or passed one of the formal Massachusetts-endorsed Assessments: ParaPro or WorkKeys
- Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers in order to coordinate instructional efforts.
- Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
- Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of lead teacher.
- Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
- Supervise students in classrooms, halls, lunch area, and any area considered school grounds.
- Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
- Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
- Organize and label materials, and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
- Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
- Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas, and submit outlines to teachers for review.
- Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and learning disabilities.
- Take class attendance, and maintain attendance records.
- Assist in bus loading and unloading.
- Attend staff meetings, and serve on committees as required.
- Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists.
- Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories, and assist students with hardware and software use.
- Provide students with disabilities with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
- Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
- Use computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.