Opportunities

Fraunces Tavern Museum is currently seeking the following positions:

 

2017 Spring  Curatorial & Collections Internship

Fraunces Tavern® Museum, New York, NY
(8 – 24 hours per week)
Application Deadline: November 28, 2016

Housed in historic Fraunces Tavern, the permanent collection focuses on 18th and 19th century buildings, period rooms, prints, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and manuscripts relating to or reflecting aspects of early American culture and history.  Also included in the collection are items associated with the history of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York.

In order to better serve the community and fulfill the mission, the Museum has re-housed its collection and a complete inventory must be completed.  Reporting to the Executive Director, intern’s duties will include:

  1. Collection Inventory including condition reporting
  2. Learning artifact preservation best practices
  3. Exhibition installation
  4. Working with the Collection Database, PastPerfect 5.0
  5. Assist with registrar activities
  6. Day-to-Day office operations

The internship is from January to May (flexible dates).  It is unpaid.  No room and board available.

Qualifications:

Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate studies (history, politics, English, or similar) or graduate studies (museum studies, public history, education, American History or similar), or have completed either/or.  Intern should be detail oriented, patient, organized, and able to work independently.  Must be able to climb stairs and ladders.  A solid Early American, Colonial American and Revolutionary War history a plus.  An in person interview is required.

If interested please send cover letter and resume to: exd@frauncestavernmuseum.org

Assistant Facilities & Historic Preservation Manager

Assistant Facilities & Historic Preservation Manager will assist the Executive Director in matters affecting historic preservation and general buildings maintenance.  This position will support the efforts to preserve and promote the overall historic character of Fraunces Tavern and the adjoining four buildings of the Fraunces Tavern complex.  This position will serve as a representative of organization to the City and other agencies engaged in historic building protection. This position will provide overall buildings administration for the five building complex.  There is opportunity for growth.

The SRNY is a non-profit hereditary society formed in 1876.  It is dedicated to preserving and educating about the history of the American Revolutionary War.  SRNY founded Fraunces Tavern® Museum and continues today as the Museum’s parent organization.  The SRNY has approximately 800 members.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Establish and maintain a program for the monitoring of the buildings. Ensuring maintenance and upkeep is properly conducted
  2. Evaluating, making decisions and recommendations to the Executive Director and occasionally the Board of Mangers on building improvements.
  3. In association with the Chair of the Real Estate Committee, assist in selecting appropriate consulting engineers, architects, general contractors and trade companies to manage projects and maintenance work.
  4. Making sure all projects meet the criteria set forth by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
  5. Oversee and coordinate contractors, including coordination with tenants
  6. Negotiate contracts and agreements. Including, renewing and investigate options for the following maintenance contracts: elevators, HVAC, and fire extinguishers.
  7. Maintain the shop in a neat and orderly fashion. Always keeping the safety of staff and visitors a priority.
  8. Assist in the fabrication of exhibit structures.
  9. Ensure the timely inspections and maintenance of the following: fire extinguishers, HVAC systems, fire suppression, boiler, elevators, fire detection system, boiler, hot water heaters and fire doors.
  10. Handle and resolve all violations received by the organization.
  11. Interior and minor exterior painting. General building upkeep, with a focus in the areas of plaster and woodworking.
  12. Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Facilities & Preservation budget; forecast the funds needed for staffing, equipment materials, and supplies; monitor expenditures; implement adjustments as necessary; prepare and present budget recommendations year to year
  13. Serve as liaison to other groups and present historical preservation interests of the SRNY to external bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce, Civic Clubs and other organizations
  14. Study books, documents, and other materials to discern the history of the site/structure; perform research as necessary on site/structure to obtain historical information; document history for use in presentations, tours, and brochures.
  15. Promote the historical preservation within the Fraunces Tavern complex.

General supervision is provided by the Executive Director.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to exd@frauncestavernmuseum.org
Only emailed applications will be accepted.

 

Marketing Internship

2016 Fall Internship at Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York, NY
14-16 hours per week

Application deadline: September 26, 2016
Reports to: Development & Marketing Officer

Fraunces Tavern Museum is dedicated to educating the public and creating genuine appreciation for New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. The Museum, founded in 1907 by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, houses permanent collections focusing on 18th and 19th century buildings, period rooms, prints, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and manuscripts relating to or reflecting aspects of early American culture and history. Also included in the collection are items associated with the history of the Son of the Revolution in the State of New York.

Fraunces Tavern Museum seeks a Marketing Intern who will work closely with the Development & Marketing Officer to assist and gain experience and skills relating to marketing in a non-profit and museum environment. This position is unpaid. The intern’s duties will include:

  1. Assist in creating and researching marketing policy
  2. Maintain and create social media content
  3. Organize marketing material archives

Qualifications:

  • Must be either be currently enrolled in undergraduate studies (Communications, Marketing, Public Relations), a graduate studies program relating to Non-Profit Development or Museum Studies, or or a recent graduate
  • Must be organized and detail orientated
  • Possess strong writing and editing
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in Early American, Colonial American, and Revolutionary War a plus but not required

Please send cover letter and resume to development@frauncestavernmuseum.org.

 

School Program Educator

Fraunces Tavern Museum is always looking to invite talented individuals to assist with our educational programming. Our well trained volunteer School Program Educators ensure the continual success of our educational mission. If you have a passion for history and hope to share that interest with others, you would be a great addition to our team of educators!

Requirements:

  • Available to volunteer for at least 1 weekly School Program (approx. 90 minutes long).
  • Comfortable administering inquiry-based learning and hands-on activities with students from 4th – 7th grade.
  • Interest in New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct exhibit-based school programs for K-12 students in the Museum’s galleries and period rooms.
  • Use various educational strategies to lead school programs and engage students with the Museum’s collection.
  • Set-up & break-down of school program’s supplies and spaces.

Expectations:

  • Able to work with a team; is enthusiastic, dependable and flexible.
  • Enjoys interacting with the public and communicates effectively with individuals, families, and school groups.
  • Willing to learn new information through hands-on experience and materials provided by the Education & Public Programs Coordinator.
  • Capable of 2-4 hours of physical activity.

Benefits:

  • This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their public speaking skills and gaining experience in working with various populations in an educational setting.
  • Benefits include free admission to the museum and its lectures, exhibit openings, eligibility for a free $22 (cash value) monthly MetroCard, and an annual docent luncheon.

We need volunteers to ensure the success of our education programming, so you would truly be making a difference. Former teaching or public speaking experience is a plus.

Training involves receiving an educator manual, shadowing tours, and subsequent educator meetings.  If interested please contact:

Jacqueline Masseo
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
2education@frauncestavernmuseum.org
(212) 425-1778 x213


Docent

Fraunces Tavern Museum is looking for volunteer docents. Whether it’s helping with our guided tours for adults or working with the general public on the weekends, docents are the face of the museum. Docents will have the opportunity to facilitate a connection between the visitor and the Revolutionary history that took place here at Fraunces Tavern.

Requirements:

  • Time commitment ranges between 2 to 4 hours, either one or multiple days a week, including weekends.
  • Will occasionally lead 60 minute private or public group guided tours through museum gallery and exhibit spaces.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Guides the visitor experience to ensure a memorable and positive visit; this includes ensuring comfort and safety of visitors while fostering educational growth.
  • Staff museum exhibit spaces and events as needed to engage visitors in conversation and scripted activities.
  • Serves as a liaison between staff and visitor, notifying appropriate personnel about problems or success in the exhibit area.

Expectations:

  • Is enthusiastic, dependable and flexible.
  • Enjoys interacting with the public and communicates effectively with individuals or families.
  • Willing to learn new information through hands-on experience and materials provided by the Education & Public Programs Coordinator.
  • Able to react quickly to solve problems or contact a staff person, as appropriate.
  • Capable of 2-4 hours of physical activity.
  • Flexibility with scheduling; willing to lead privately booked, 60 minute adult guided tours.

Benefits:

  • This is a great opportunity for those interested in enhancing their public speaking skills and gaining experience in working with various populations in an educational setting.
  • Benefits include free admission to the museum and its lectures, exhibit openings, eligibility for a free $22 (cash value) monthly MetroCard, and an annual docent luncheon.

Training involves receiving a docent manual, shadowing tours, and subsequent docent meetings.  If interested please contact:

Jacqueline Masseo
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
2education@frauncestavernmuseum.org
(212) 425-1778 x213