Part-time & Temporary Positions - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Open Regular Part-Time and Temporary Positions


Winterthur offers privileges to our part-time and temporary staff. Many enjoy participating in our ongoing continuing education and family programs while others take delight in the discounts available at the shops and restaurant.

Competitive Pay
Learning Opportunities
Extended Hours to Access Gardens & Grounds
Flexible Schedule
Free Parking
Retirement Plan*
Service Recognition Programs
Free Guest Passes
Discounts in the Shops & Restaurant
*certain positions


Current Open Regular Part-time and Temporary Positions

JOB TITLE:  School Program Guide (5 Positions)

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The School Program Guide leads students from Pre-K to 12th grade, chaperones, and teachers through on-site school programs that use Museum, Garden, Conservation Labs, and School Program spaces, and travels to schools, libraries, and community centers to present outreach programs with objects from the Demonstration Collection. The Guide provides interpretation that addresses the needs of various age groups, learning styles, and knowledge levels of school visitors and is mindful of studentsí safety and comfort and the safety and security of the collections. The Guide demonstrates enthusiasm, flexibility, and confidence while working with students of all ages and while teaching concepts related to art, history, and science. He/she may also be called upon to assist with the development and implementation of custom school programs and teacher workshops and provides informal training and guidance to newer guides.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum: High School diploma. Preferred: Bachelorís degree, preferably in art, art history, American history or education. Minimum: 2 years (with HS diploma) of paid or unpaid experience teaching or interacting with children. Detail oriented Ė meaning able to process training information received verbally or in written form and reconstruct this information during school programs. Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Flexible. Good customer service skills. Must be able to submit a monthly availability calendar with an average of 13 days per month. Must be able to guide school program visitors during hours scheduled for up to 4 hours a day. Must be able to stand for up to 2 hours without a break. Must be able to sit on the floor or on child-sized chairs to lead hands-on interactions with students. Must be able to ride elevators and able to climb a staircase of 25 steps. Must be able to maintain visual surveillance of objects and people while on tour. Must be able to work outdoors in the Garden. Must be able to speak and hear in a normal range. Must be able to travel for school and library outreach programs with School Programs staff and carry 25 pound bag of Demonstration Collection objects. Preferred: 4 years (with HS diploma) of paid or unpaid experience in museum guiding or in teaching, or six months experience in museum guiding or teaching with Bachelorís degree in art, art history, history or education. Knowledge of child-development ages 3-18. Spanish proficiency Knowledge of art, American history, decorative arts, physical science, and /or horticulture.. Describe the nature and amount of experience needed to perform the duties of this position.
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JOB TITLE:  Flower Program Coordinator

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Flower Program Coordinator oversees the creation of floral arrangements and their maintenance for display at selected places in the Museum Period Rooms while being mindful of the safety of the collections and the Winterthur design requirements. He/she gives occasional lectures and floral design demonstrations. The Flower Program Coordinator also works with other departments to create bouquets, as needed, for public and private museum events. This includes ordering plant materials, scheduling and supervising the flower arrangers, while supervising the creation of flower arrangements both for the museum and for museum events. The Coordinator is responsible for scheduling the Flower Arrangers in general and ordering necessary supplies.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Choose appropriate floral display materials, including the types of flowers and containers in accordance with seasonal needs. This will require working with tour/season coordinator to plan necessary arrangements. Determine supplies and quantities of materials, keeping within annual budget. Work with suppliers to order plant materials and coordinate delivery. Or, consult with Garden department to arrange for and use cuttings from the Winterthur Garden. Supervise creation of arrangements. This includes training Flower Arrangers on H. F. du Pontís philosophy on flower arrangements. Create monthly schedule for flower arrangers to ensure that weekly processing of plant orders are met and arrangements are created and maintained. Join supervisor in meetings with representatives of Public Programs, Registration, Curatorial and Conservation departments and Estate Historian to review Flower Program needs, including selecting location of arrangements and appropriate containers compatible with Mr. du Pontís aesthetics. Coordinate with Events Department to create floral arrangements for public and private events. Ensure charges are made accordingly Ė to cover the cost of the display materials, creating and delivering arrangements. Review discrepancies with supervisor, if necessary. As needed, assist in the hiring and training of part-time Flower Arrangers.
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JOB TITLE:  Guide - Garden & Estate (3 Positions)

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Garden and Estate Guide will lead visitors through the Winterthur Garden and Estate by providing 30-minute narrated garden tram tours, guided garden walks, and estate tours. Walks and tours will include horticultural and landscape design information, and Winterthur history. Provide excellent customer service and be mindful of guest safety and comfort. May include school program garden guiding. Serve as lead guide coordinating daily tram operations, assigned on rotating basis. While most tours are conducted during daylights hours, evening tours may be required.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Education- Minimum: High School Diploma with 5 years of experience or Bachelorís with 1 year Preferred: Courses in horticulture Experience- 5 yearsí experience with HS diploma or 1 year with bachelors of paid or unpaid experience in any kind of teaching, interpretive or visitor service experience Knowledge/Skills/Abilities- Able to operate trams safely and pass Winterthur public-safety administered driving test. Able to lift 35 pounds and secure wheelchairs in tram safely. Basic knowledge of plant identification and horticultural practices. Good oral communication skills. Ability to interact well with guests of all ages. Flexible and welcoming demeanor. Good customer service skills. Able to work some weekends, some weekdays, and some holidays; flexible schedule. Valid driverís license with defensive driving certification. Understanding of Winterthur history and gardenís design. Able to participate in 90-minute walks. Able to drive trams in the evening. Preferred: Has an excellent understanding of landscape design, plant materials and horticulture. Work Schedule- This position is subject to peaks and valleys of visitor demand. Busiest months are April, May, and December. Fair-share of weekend and holiday work is required. Work hours are minimal in January, February, and during inclement weather conditions. Work is usually performed during the hours of 9:00 am -5:00 pm primarily outside. Must be available to work some holidays and peak-demand assignments including New Year's Day, Good Friday, Mother's/Father's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day weekend, day after Thanksgiving, 12/24, 12/26, 12/31. Occasional evening assignments are available. Will work between 250 and 600 hours per year, minimum of 200 hours per year
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JOB TITLE:  Floral Designer (2)

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Floral Designer is responsible for creating floral arrangements for display at selected places in the museum and for their installation, maintenance and removal while being mindful of the safety of the collections and the Winterthur design requirements. When scheduled by the Flower Program Coordinator, the Arranger creates arrangements for public and private museum events, or for weddings or non-museum parties and functions held at Winterthur, and installs and breaks down the floral displays. The Arranger may expect to participate in occasional lectures and floral design demonstrations. Job Responsibilities: When scheduled by the Flower Program Coordinator, create floral arrangements for seasonal tours and special events. Complete arrangements by selecting flora and foliage that has been ordered by the Flower Coordinator and designated for a particular display; trim materials; arrange bouquets following established principles of floral design, including color, shape, and proportion, in a manner compatible with Henry Francis du Pontís aesthetics or the interpretive or aesthetic requirements of the display. Spend at least two hours grooming bouquets on days scheduled, completing work before the start of museum tours. Use care and caution, and care-in-handling procedures when grooming arrangements. Help process ordered flowers and disassemble arrangements as needed. Properly dispose of damaged & diseased flowers. Perform other Floral duties as assigned, including conducting presentations and demonstrations. Move large arrangements.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum: High School diploma Preferred: Multiple courses in flower arranging, horticulture, and design. Detail oriented and organized. Must be able to differentiate the various types and colors of plant materials. Able to process information received verbally or in written form and reconstruct this information in creating and maintaining floral dťcor. Proven skills in creating floral designs in a variety of styles using both fresh and artificial material. Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and some holidays as needed, including in the Spring and Yuletide seasons, and days around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; have flexible schedule. Professional demeanor at all times, especially when working in the public eye. Must be able to lift arrangements that are up to 40 lbs. from a cart to a counter-top and have ability to walk up and down 2 flights of stairs. Minimum: 1 plus yearsí experience in floral design applying a range of skills compatible with Winterthurís aesthetic and needs. Preferred: Several (3-5) courses in floral design and horticulture, plus proven experience in creating flower arrangements following defined principles of color, mass, and texture. Experience in wedding and holiday design.
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