Museum Guide

Seasonal Worker

Recruitment #240201-5704VR-001


Department of Economic and Community Development
Museum Guide (Seasonal Worker)

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is seeking Museum Guides (Seasonal 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). 

Position Details:
The museum guides will report to the staff person in charge of the site. This position allows for a minimum of 16 hours/week to a maximum of 37.5 hour/week and requires weekend work. Individual work schedules will be determined by the site supervisor. Some holiday work will be required. Training will begin in late April and the open season will run from May through October. 

Position Responsibilities: 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seasonal 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. 
  • 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.
"The commitment and passion that our Seasonal Workers bring to our team, is truly what makes our institutions some of the most engaging and dynamic museums in Connecticut.” – Curator Morgan Bengel

If you're passionate about museums and are looking to gain more experience in this field, the Museum Guide Summer Worker position is an excellent opportunity to pursue. This position offers a variety of experiences such as daily interactions with guests, leading tours,, and research, opportunities all while learning about day-to-day museum and collection upkeep. It's a perfect fit for those wishing to continue their museum employment experience or those aspiring to work in a museum setting.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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In a state agency this class performs tasks and duties of a seasonal nature by providing services to clients or the public.

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

 Assignment Minimum Hourly
Maximum Hourly
 General  $15.69  $17.00
 Patient Care Service  $15.69  $17.00
 Maintenance  $15.69  $17.00
 Laboratory Assistant  $15.69  $17.00
 Recreational Aide  $15.69  $17.00
 Transportation Services (Bus Driver)  $15.69  $17.00
 Tourist Information Clerk  $15.69  $17.00
 Specialized Recreational Services  $15.69  $17.00
 Tourist Information Coordinator  $15.69  $17.00
 Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00  $22.00
 Professional Engineering  $19.00  $22.00
 Legal  $19.00  $22.00

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

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


  • 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.

  • Undergraduate or graduate 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.
NOTE: 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; 
    • operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; 
  • Knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding an individual’s behavior; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • techniques of assigned specialty skills; 
  • Ability to
    • assist individuals in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; 
    • 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 Department of Economic and Community Development (Eric Sloane Museum, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, the Prudence Crandall Museum, or 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 leading informational tours 


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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