Position Title: Museum Educator

Fixed term, Immediately through September 2021, up to 30 hours per week

Pay: $18 per hour, DOE

Position Description: The Museum Educator is a new position for the Shafer Museum, adding to the museum’s capacity to engage residents and visitors about Methow Valley history, provide programs to support learning history, and increase communication with the public.

Responsibilities will include:

  • The Museum Educator will be a docent at the museum on the weekends, greeting and talking with museum visitors, supporting volunteer tour guides, and for the weekend opening/closing and general management of the museum.

  • Create, design, coordinate, deliver & evaluate programs, crafts, and interactive learning experiences for children and their families/visitor groups in a refinement cycle.

  • Aid the Museum Director and volunteers with communications across channels (ie. electronic & print newsletters, social media, newsprint advertising), including writing brief articles, photography and maintaining contact lists.

  • Educator will provide scheduling support for the volunteer docents and Saturday tour guides, assisting the Museum Director with staffing coverage by calling volunteers when there are absences or soliciting extra help as needed.

The position has an immediate start date and concludes late September 2021, with on-site work required through early September, and preferred through the end of the month although accommodation can be made to support college students. The Educator will report to the Museum Director, and work alongside volunteers in this position. As a very small museum, the Educator will gain a wide range of experience across operations and communications.

Position requirements:

  • Welcoming, reliable, and enjoys working with the public of all backgrounds, orientations, ages, and abilities

  • High degree of initiative, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and as a member of a team

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail

  • Excellent communication skills, in person, writing, over the phone and via email and social media

  • Weekends required (Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-5:15pm) plus approximately 14 hours during the week on a fixed schedule agreed upon with the museum director (about 30 hours/week); some evenings or special event support as needed.

  • Interest in public history and willingness to learn Methow Valley history

  • General comfort using technology, including Microsoft suite & G-Suite, Square, social media platforms, and A/V equipment.


  • Satisfactory completion of at least some college work in history, education, arts, culture, museum studies, teaching, humanities or a related field, OR professional experience in those fields

  • Creative thinker with fresh ideas about museum or educational programming

  • Experience with volunteers, as a manager or volunteer

  • Interest in equity, inclusion, and decolonization in education and museums, and interest in rural communities and issues.

  • Graphic design & photography skills desirable

  • Vaccinated for COVID-19 (for your protection and that of the community given frequent interaction with the public).


Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a brief cover letter & 1 page resume describing their qualifications to with the subject line “Museum Educator Application.” Please submit your application by June 1, 2021 for priority consideration; the position is open until filled and starts immediately.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search, and a driving history check.

Okanogan County Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.