Work at the Museum

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Paid positions
Volunteer positions
Internship opportunities

Paid Positions

Assistant to Museum Store Manager
Director of Technology
Science on the Street Coordinator
Visitor Services Assistants
Temporary Gallery Staff
NASA Space Grant Summer Robotics Fellow


Assistant to Museum Store Manager

Position Overview:

Member of team providing retail and customer service to Museum visitors and patrons. Assists Store Manager in all aspects of Museum Store operations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Monitor store displays on a daily basis and update as needed to reflect current stock levels and new merchandise, and to ensure maximum attractiveness. Work with Visitor Services staff to maintain a neat, clean and visually appealing store.

  • Assist in maintaining inventory levels adequate for estimated sales by monitoring stock levels and inventory management reports. Create replenishment purchase orders for selected merchandise using inventory management reports, and sales and OTB forecasts created by the Store Manager.
  • Update point-of-sale database with new merchandise as instructed by Store Manager. Create purchase orders for new merchandise as directed by Store Manager.
  • Ensure that point-of-sale database has a high level of accuracy for all entries. Become proficient in basic operations of point-of-sale system.
  • Organize incoming merchandise to be counted, priced and stored by Visitor Services staff. Working closely with the Visitor Services financial clerk as needed, enter receivings into POS for all merchandise, reconcile routine discrepancies, and notify Store Manager of discrepancies that require higher level attention.
  • Monitor changes to merchandise cost and make pricing adjustment recommendations to Store Manager as needed.
  • Ensure that two stockrooms are well organized, with merchandise easy to access and clearly identified.
  • Assist Store Manager to perform annual inventory of all store merchandise to comply with MIT accounting standards.
  • Create new displays as directed by the Store Manager.
  • Provide credit card information to vendors for payment of merchandise invoices. Verify vendor charges against invoice. Track credit memos from vendors to ensure they are applied to subsequent bills. Assist with processing of merchandise returns.
  • Assist Store Manager to implement and launch online store including developing content; maintaining store website; entering and processing orders; reconciling transactions; handling customer inquiries for information; problem solving customer complaints within guidelines established by Store Manager.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Store Manager, MIT Museum. Works closely with Store Manager to determine daily priorities, depending on recent deliveries; stock replenishment needs; availability of Visitor Services staff; upcoming Museum or MIT special events; and other eventualities. Operate independently to resolve receivings problems, and to create purchase orders for merchandise replenishment within general framework established by Store Manager.

Supervision Exercised:

Delegates routine tasks including counting, pricing and storage of new merchandise to Visitor Services staff. Organizes merchandise to facilitate processing of incoming items and annual inventory. Helps to oversee staff hired specifically for annual inventory of all merchandise.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED: High school diploma or equivalent required. College degree in marketing, retail management or similar field preferred. Minimum 2 years retail experience. High energy and the ability to work in an ever-changing environment. Excellent attention to detail while working quickly and accurately. Ability to prioritize tasks for self and part-time stockroom staff. Good design sense and an understanding of basic merchandising principles. Ability to understand and evaluate replenishment and similar reports for stock level maintenance and replenishment ordering. Proficiency with cash register operations, and standard business software (Excel & Word), including the graphic portions of Word. Understanding of basic principles of database software. Working knowledge of graphic software (Adobe Creative Suite). Occasional travel to local trade shows, and evening or weekend work is required. Ability to lift 50 lbs., and move about a crowded stockroom.

PREFERRED: Experience with maintaining online websites or web-based stores; processing orders placed through a website, and packing and shipping. Previous experience with purchasing in a retail environment, preferably for a gift store.

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #13119.

Director of Technology

Position Overview:

The Director of Technology is responsible for all aspects of technology operations, including strategic planning, technical implementation, budget preparation and management. The Director of Technology reports to the Museum Director and is a member of the Museum's senior management team.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage support for 35+ full and part-time staff and interns' desktop and laptop computers. Includes procuring computers, monitors, peripherals and software; installation of software and software updates; training staff as needed in use of systems and software; managing repair or replacement of systems.

Define and implement file server and backup system for all staff and Museum Collections data.

Collaborate with Exhibitions, Education & Public Programs, Collections, Store, PR & Marketing, and Administrative staff in developing new technology initiatives and projects.

Oversee Museum web sites, develop procedures for implementing, testing, deploying, and operating web sites based on static HTML as well as on active back-end systems such as Wordpress. Implement web sites in-house, work with outside suppliers, or work with other museum staff who are working with outside suppliers. Monitor web sites to ensure proper operation, maintain backups of web sites, update server software as needed.

Develop multimedia systems for exhibits, including investigation into new platforms such as iPads, Linux-based computers, and other special-purpose hardware. Implement exhibit technology installations capable of operating over periods ranging from a few weeks to years with minimal intervention required by other Museum staff.

Oversee MIT360 video projection system, work with MIT A/V and outside vendors to maintain, install, upgrade, and repair the system. Work with Museum staff to ensure A/V requirements are met.

Continuously investigate new technologies, experiment with potential technologies such as virtual servers, rich media web site software, exhibit and interactive hardware and software.

Provide advice to Museum staff members needing assistance with technology planning for new exhibits, web sites or other operational needs.

Participate in the development of strategic plans. Initiate and develop special initiatives related to museum technology.

Provide overall direction and advice on Museum's technology implementations. Work closely with colleagues to meet team goals and improve processes and practices.

Supervise one or more full or part-time permanent or temporary staff members working on technology or technology related projects.

Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications & Skills:

Bachelor's degree in computer engineering or information technology required. Ten or more years of experience in computer technology implementation and management with evidence of increasing responsibility. Able to work without direct supervision and to carry out multiple projects simultaneously. Must possess a broad base of technical knowledge in information technology and computer engineering; emerging technology trends and issues, especially in a museum or university environment. Knowledge of programming using sh/bash, Python and AppleScript; systems administration expertise with Mac OS (including command line), Linux and Windows. Understanding and use of distributed version control such as Git and/or Mercurial. Full stack web programming/implementation; knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX, MySQL and/or PostgreSQL. Ability to collaborate with a broad range of museum professionals whose primary experience is not in the museum technology field. Experience in advising, supervising, and mentoring museum staff.

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #12999.

Science on the Street Coordinator

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Director of the Cambridge Science Festival, the Science on the Street Coordinator will oversee the daily activities of the year-round program and assist with the production of the annual Cambridge Science Festival.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and direct the daily activities of the year-round, statewide program Science on the Street.
  • Plan and implement a strategic statewide, year-round presence in cultural festivals, community events, school programs, and other creative venues.
  • Recruit and manage relationships with scientists and outreach volunteers at a variety of local institutions (e.g. companies, universities, etc.) to create and run hands-on activities communicating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to broad audiences.
  • Foster relationships and coalitions of STEAM organizations in strategic locations across Massachusetts.
  • Develop engaging hands-on activities to communicate and excite the general public around STEAM.
  • Creatively present engaging STEAM activities in a wide variety of settings to diverse public audiences.
  • Promote both Science on the Street and the Cambridge Science Festival through social and traditional media.
  • Assist with event planning and execution of big, high profile events in the Cambridge Science Festival.
  • Drive a van with volunteers and equipment throughout Massachusetts.
  • Independently learn new skills on the job.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

  • Qualifications & Skills:

    Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree preferably in a science, technology, engineering or math field and 2 years of experience in directly relevant positions. A theatrical background is desired. Must have a demonstrated record in science communication, volunteer management, public and community relations, and complex logistics management; familiarity with program delivery to school and community audiences; initiative; and excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Requires a flexible, adaptable team player who demonstrates a passion for science and the ability to communicate effectively with academic and industry-based scientists as well as community organizations. Proficiency with social media including Twitter and Facebook, MS Word, Excel, database development, and Internet applications strongly desired. Must have valid MA driver's license and comfort driving a passenger van; and be able to routinely lift a minimum of 40 lbs.

    Frequent weekend and evening work required.

    This is a term position, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

    To Apply:

    Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #13243.


    Visitor Services Assistants

    The MIT Museum seeks part-time visitor services assistants. Duties include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up museum store purchases and periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods and other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications: A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, Bachelor's degree preferred. Museum Studies/Arts Administration students encouraged to apply. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, have an interest in science and technology and possess basic computer skills. Retail experience desirable but not mandatory. Foreign language proficiency, especially in Mandarin, desirable but not mandatory.

    Hours to include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day during the spring (approx. 16-20 hours per week). Potential for hours to increase to approx. 30-35 hours per week during July and August. Additional evening hours occasionally available during museum functions and programs.

    Please send resumes and cover letters to palane@mit.edu or mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.


    Temporary Gallery Staff

    The MIT Museum seeks temporary gallery staff for a two-week special event. (Training April 13-17, event April 18-26). Duties include managing museum entrances and exits for crowd control assistance, monitoring behavior in the galleries to ensure the safety of visitors and objects, way-finding assistance, and coat-check staffing.

    • Ability to remain standing for long periods of time
    • Strong customer service skills
    • Ability to remain calm in high pressure situations
    • High school diploma or equivalent education required, Bachelor's Degree preferred
    • Gallery experience preferred

    Please send resumes and cover letters to palane@mit.edu


    NASA Space Grant Summer Robotics Fellow

    The MIT Museum’s Education & Public Programs team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, is seeking an experienced individual to help refresh our robotics curriculum with LEGO EV3 and NXT robots. This interactive educational experience will be used with middle and high school students in an informal learning environment at the MIT Museum and will integrate elements of current Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence research at MIT as well as objects from the Museum’s Collections. The Summer Fellow will update pre-and post-workshop activities for use by classroom educators. In addition to content development, the Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop with visitors on and off gallery.

    Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms (NXT and/or EV3 models). Individuals who have supervised FIRST Robotics Competitions are strongly preferred. Must be open to group collaboration and able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. Should be able to make connections to MIT research, Massachusetts Science & Technology/Engineering Frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. This is a temporary, part-time position (20 hours/week, Monday-Friday) beginning in early June and ending in mid- to late August. Compensation of $15-$18/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to edsearch@mit.edu.


    Volunteer Positions

    Education & Public Programs

    The MIT Museum is looking for individuals who are committed to engaging with the public and sharing enthusiasm and knowledge of MIT, current MIT research, or the MIT experience. Ideal candidates are passionate about science, technology, and art and are able to convey their excitement to Museum visitors of all ages.

    Volunteers conduct demonstrations illustrating different academic topics in our galleries - such as holography or robotics - interacting with visitors and empowering them to delve deeper into the subject. Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own demonstrations with the guidance of the Programs and Education team, showcasing areas of research that they want to share with the public, but may also explore our existing visitor demonstrations.

    Requirements

    MIT Museum volunteers must:

    • have completed high school and be at least 17 years old
    • commit to at least 50 hours of volunteering per year
    • participate in volunteer training administered by the Museum
    • behave in a manner consistent with the Museum's values

    Benefits

    Volunteering at the MIT Museum grants you the following benefits:

    • Behind the scenes look at Museum exhibitions and collections
    • Gallery talks & tours with curators and staff
    • MIT Museum shirt
    • 20% Museum store discount
    • Annual volunteer recognition event
    • Four Museum passes for successfully completing annual minimum hours
    • Free admission to many Boston-area museums!

    Application Instructions

    Please click here to fill out an application.


    Internship Opportunities

    Move Project Internship
    General Collections Internship
    Architecture & Design Internships

    The following internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, or graduates. Internships typically start three times per year: with the Fall or Spring semester, or in the Summer. Internships are unpaid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we’re happy to discuss terms with the intern’s academic advisor. Résumé and cover letter required for all applications. Collections internships are available during weekday Museum hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

    Move Project Internship (Collections Department)

    The MIT Museum is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented intern to assist with a large multi-phased collections move. The candidate will be a highly organized, proactive, flexible individual with excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in a collaborative environment. Computer experience with collections databases preferred. The position requires interest or experience in museum studies, archival storage practices, fine art packing or related field. Knowledge of current registration and collections management practices, especially information management, is an advantage. This position involves physical activity. To apply, fill out the online application listing "Move Intern" in the Opportunity field.

    MIT General Collections Internship

    The MIT Museum is seeking interns to work with materials related to the institutional history of MIT for semester-long internships. The intern will inventory, arrange and describe small collections of mixed papers and objects from MIT faculty and alumni. The intern will assist in the production of finding aids as appropriate, using the museum's standard format. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and will assist with collection inventory and packing as needed. As time allows and based upon the interests of the intern, the intern may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, marking objects for tracking and research and scanning for reference requests. To apply, fill out the online application listing "MIT General Collections" in the Opportunity field.

    Architecture & Design Internships

    The MIT Museum is seeking interns for semester-long internships to work with materials in the Architecture and Design Collections. Projects may include inventory, arrangement, and description of architectural drawings and papers, and production of finding aids as appropriate. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, and assisting with research requests. Additional responsibilities may include projects for current or future exhibitions in the Museum. Interns should have a background in art history, architectural history, architectural design or related fields. To apply, please fill out the online application listing "Architecture and Design" in the Opportunity field.


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