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The Institute for American Indian Studies

Collections Assistant and Museum Educator Job Descriptions

Our Mission:

The Institute for American Indian Studies’ mission is to preserve, share, and promote the Spirit of the Northeast’s First Peoples. Through discovery and creativity, the Institute for American Indian Studies preserves and educates about the diverse traditions and knowledge of Native American cultures. With integrity, the Institute for American Indian Studies honors the communities, diversity, knowledge, and vitality of Native American cultures.

Job Description:

For more than 45 years, our Native American museum has been engaging the public in archaeology, history, and the culture of Native Americans in interactive and culturally appropriate ways. IAIS is seeking two people for job opportunities in two different departments: A Collections Assistant (full time, 35+ hours a week) to work in Research and Collections, and a Museum Educator (part time, 30+ hours a week) to work in Education. Though these are separate jobs there is some overlap, in that they will both be required to work with the public and to assist in school tours with visitors. Both jobs will also require the occasional heavy lifting (25+ lbs.); a background check; in-person attendance; basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom); excellent communication skills; flexibility, reliability, and the ability to work either independently or as part of a team. See below for each job specifics.

Collections Assistant Responsibilities and Requirements:

Assisting the curator in researching, planning, and setting up new exhibits in the museum space.

Work on the maintenance and preservation of permanent collections.

Detailed research with one specific collection may be required.

Attendance at staff meetings.

Ability to lead tours or help with school groups for the education department.

Helping to manage and give guidance to in-person (and remote) interns.

Other duties as needed by IAIS Administration.

Must have at least a Bachelor’s degree or higher in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, or a related discipline.

PastPerfect experience is preferred but not mandatory.

Experience working with diverse communities, and/or shared heritage, knowledge, & understandings of Native American cultures. There are items in our collections that are culturally sensitive, as well as working directly with tribal entities in managing oral histories.

Contact Paul Wegner and Sara Regensburger at The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793 | 860 868-0518, ask for research | research@iaismuseum.org | www.iaismuseum.org

Museum Educator Responsibilities and Requirements:

Teach age-appropriate, curriculum-based museum programs.

Facilitate hands-on learning activities, in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Provide a safe learning environment and stewardship of the museum facility through “classroom” management.

Leading interactive, discussion-based tours for museum visitors of all ages on weekdays and weekends.

Facilitate virtual education programs on a variety of platforms.

Assist in preparing teaching materials and supplies, as well as the set-up and clean-up of educational activities.

May be asked to help with the Wigwam Escape Room, requiring check in of guests, processing reservations and payments, game orientation, and monitoring of player activities.

Other duties as needed by IAIS Administration.

Must be willing to work both weekdays and weekends, with a flexible schedule that may vary depending on the season.

Comfortable working with elementary school-age children.

Creativity, with a willingness to experience new ideas.

Contact Darlene Kascak and Gabe Benjamin at The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793 | 860 868-0518, ask for education | education@iaismuseum.org | www.iaismuseum.org


To all STN tribal members who are unemployed or underemployed and are looking for work, the Connecticut Indian Council (CIC) would like to meet with you! The CIC is searching for enrolled STN tribal members in need of training or employment. You must be an enrolled STN member, at least 18 years of age, unemployed or underemployed and males must register for Selective Service. If you meet the minimum requirements, please contact the CIC @ 1 (860) 535-1277. 


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