Museum Guide Summer Worker

(Summer Worker)

Recruitment #230222-5704VR-001


Are you looking for a seasonal position?

Would you like to build your knowledge and skills in State museum operations?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!


The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking Museum Guide Summer Workers to be stationed at one or more of the four museums operated by the DECD: Eric Sloane Museum (Kent), Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (East Granby), Prudence Crandall Museum (Canterbury), and the Henry Whitfield State Museum (Guilford). 



  • Training will begin in April and the open season will run from May through October
  • This position allows for a minimum of 16 hours/week to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week and requires weekend work. Some holiday work will be required.
  • Locations: Kent, Canterbury, East Granby, Guilford
  • Monday - Friday
  • First Shift

  • The Museum Guide Summer Workers will report to the staff person in charge of the site. 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. 
  • Summer Workers will also 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.
  • Summer Workers at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine will sometimes be assigned duties that require comfort with underground tunnels, caves and low ceilings. Special duties may be assigned depending on the needs of the site, including assistance with moving collections, clearing/cleaning buildings/barns, and/or assistance with research and collection management. Work hours during specified workdays may vary depending on hours of operation and special event schedule. Remaining hours may roll over at the end of the season and schedules are to be determined with the site supervisor. 
  • Summer 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.


    The DECD is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. The agency takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture. Specifically, the department:

    • Supports existing businesses and attracts new businesses and jobs with a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper;
    • Promotes Connecticut industries and businesses here at home, throughout the country and across the globe;
    • Strengthens Connecticut’s communities by providing funding and technical support for local community and economic development projects;
    • Works to make tourism a leading economic contributor and a source of pride for Connecticut;
    • Develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors; and
    • Helps to eliminate brownfield properties by promoting smart growth principles, strengthening public/private partnerships and providing a one-stop resource for expertise.

    Selection Plan

    • Selected candidates must at least 16 or 18 years old, depending on the position.
    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
    • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
    • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
    • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
    • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, 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.
    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    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 available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Brittney Woodley 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  $14.00 $17.00 
    Patient Care Services  $14.00 $17.00 
    Maintenance  $14.00 $17.00 
    Laboratory Assistant  $14.00 $17.00 
    Recreational Aide  $14.00 $17.00 
    Transportation Services (Bus Driver)      $14.00 $17.00 
    Tourist Information Clerk  $14.00 $17.00 
    Specialized Recreational Services  $14.00 $17.00 
    Tourist Information Coordinator  $14.00 $17.00 
    Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00 $22.00 
    Professional Engineering  $19.00  $22.00 


    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.


    See attached Addendum


    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.


    • Experience working at any of the four museums operated by the DECD (Eric Sloane Museum, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, the Prudence Crandall Museum, and the Henry Whitfield Museum)
    • Experience as a paid staff member at a museum
    • Experience operating a Point of Sales system
    • Experience working with children in a school
    • Experience as a camp counselor
    • Experience leading informational tours


    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.