Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Summer Worker (Museum Guide)

Recruitment #200306-5704VR-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Economic and Community Development is seeking museum guides to be stationed at one of the agencies’ four State Museums: Eric Sloane Museum (Kent), Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine (East Granby), the Prudence Crandall Museum (Canterbury), and the Henry Whitfield Museum (Guilford). The museum guides will report to the staff person in charge of the site. This is a 37.5 hour/week position and requires weekend work. Individual work schedules will be determined by the site supervisor, however the work week will begin on Wednesday or Thursday and run through Sunday or Monday. Some holiday work will be required. The summer season begins on or about May 1 and ends on or about November 1, 2020.

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the minimum and preferred qualifications to be considered for this position.

You must specify all locations that you are interested in on your application in order to be considered for those locations. All applications must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system.

Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicant may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Mitch Samal at


In various agencies as a summer employee performs one or more tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature in providing a variety of services to clients or the public in one of several areas. This class may also be used during the winter college intersession for a period not to exceed six weeks.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

Assignment                  Minimum
Hourly Rates     
Hourly Rates
General  $11.00 $11.00 
Patient Care Services  $11.00 $11.00 
Maintenance  $11.00 $11.00 
Laboratory Assistant  $11.00 $11.00 
Recreational Aide  $11.00 $11.00 
Transportation Services (Bus Driver)      $11.00 $12.00 
Tourist Information Clerk  $11.00 $12.00 
Specialized Recreational Services  $11.00 $14.00 
Tourist Information Coordinator  $11.00 $14.00 
Information Technology System Analysis  $11.00 $14.00 
Professional Engineering  $11.00  $15.00 


Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

1. Returning Summer Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


2. Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

3. College students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


Duties include performing tasks associated with visitor services, including but not limited to site interpretation and group tours, retail services (including ticket sales, gift shop sales, refreshing and inventorying gift shop merchandise), social media and computer needs, and basic facilities maintenance. Seasonal workers will interact directly with visitors of all ages presenting information about the museums, answering questions, assisting with program presentation, doing basic site maintenance tasks, opening and closing the facilities, making rounds of the site for security purposes, answering telephones, handling gift shop operations and ticket sales, and working special events. Special duties may be assigned depending on the needs of the site, including assistance with moving collections and/or clearing/cleaning buildings/barns. Work hours during specified work days may vary depending on hours of operation and special event schedule.

Seasonal workers must be able to traverse uneven terrain, three flights of stairs, and be comfortable outdoors in all types of weather; must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and remain standing for long periods of time.


Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of assigned specialty; knowledge in operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding client behavior; interpersonal skills; skill in techniques of assigned specialty; ability to assist clients in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; ability to understand and carry out written orders and oral instructions; adequate physical strength and stamina to perform duties; some positions may require supervisory and/or leadership abilities.


Any experience and training that could reasonably be expected to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


  • Prior work at any of the four museums operated by the DECD
  • Prior work experience interacting with visitors at a historic site, museum, library, state park, camp or school
  • Prior experience operating a Point of Sales system
  • Prior work experience with children in a school, camp, or other summer program
  • Completion of at least one college level class in American history


1. Incumbents in this class assigned to recreational activities must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed and certain positions will require a current Standard First Aid Certificate.
2. Incumbents in this class assigned as bus drivers or operate a motor vehicle must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator License to drive a bus and/or a Motor Vehicle Operators License as necessary.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.