POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM as of February 1, 2019
2019 Education Assistant Position (Part Time)
Under the supervision and direction of the Director of Education of APM, she/he will be responsible for delivering existing museum programs in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas with some “A” (arts) thrown in for fun (STEAM). Programs may include coding camps, basic 3D design and printing, basic robotics, electronics and mechanical assembly exercises. The Education Intern will also develop new programs as needed and inspired. Other programs may address the variety of social, economic and environmental effects of the evolution of technology and manufacturing in America. May work in cooperation with the Machine Shop Leader to develop public education programs around the Innovation Station (the on-site working machine shop). This position must undergo a background check. The position begins in May. Exact date to be determined.
This is a 25 hour/week position to assist with the expected increased number of school visits and the increased size of groups. Ideally a person(s) with all, or a majority of the following:
- Experience teaching STEM or related education program
- Some mechanical experience or willingness to learn
- Training or experience with 3D design
- Basic coding in a variety
- Willingness to work weekends
- Enjoys working with a variety of age groups
- Reliable transportation and be within commuting distance
2019 Volunteer Interpreter Position
Volunteer Interpreters are the face of the Museum. Through dynamic, informative and fun programs they offer visitors opportunities to experience the history and objects of our site in meaningful ways. Building connections between the tangible objects of our museum and the visitors personal experiences and interests is their primary task. You will help visitors achieve the “wow” factor, the “aha” moments, in their museum experience.
You will also be offered an opportunity to achieve a recognized certification in professional interpretation through the National Association of Interpretation(NAI).
Any age may apply if you feel you meet the requirements/qualifications. Mature young people age 16 and above are eligible for NAI certification.
The positions begins in May. Exact date to be determined.
In addition to an interest and willingness to learn the principles and practice of professional heritage interpretation volunteers must possess some combination of the following:
- Likes meeting and interacting with people of a wide age and diversity range
- Interest in history, particularly manufacturing and technology
- Enjoy teaching activities with a wide range of ages and diversity
- Willing to commit to a regular weekly schedule during our open season (May-October)
- Willing to work some weekend hours and/or some holidays
- Interest in machines and technology, old and new
- Willingness to learn new technology skills (e.g. 3Dprinting concepts, etc.)
- Must have reliable transportation and live within reasonable commuting distance
2019 Machine Shop Leader Position (Part Time)
The American Precision Museum is seeking a Summer Machine Shop Manager/Educator/Mentor.
Persons interested in public presentation and education of historic and modern manufacturing technology may find this a perfect summer employment.
The position begins in May. Exact date to be determined.
This is a 25 hour/week position. Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Education, the Machine Shop Educator will be responsible for:
- the safe operation and maintenance of the historic machine shop
- training and supervising up to three high school interns in the operation and public presentation of the history and use of the machines in the workshop
- scheduling and time reporting of the interns,
- manufacturing one or more products to be sold in the museum gift shop
- developing new products for sale in the museum gift shop
- assisting in the development of new education and interpretive programs for the general public and for school groups.
2019 Machine Shop Intern Position (Part Time)
The work takes place at the American Precision Museum in Windsor VT from June through August, and weekends during the fall until the museum exhibits close to the public on Oct. 31. As a Working Machine Shop intern, you will:
- Learn to safely operate and demonstrate historic demonstration machines to engage visitors.
- Using the demonstration machines, make items for sale in museum shop.
- Learn professional interpretation and presentation skills to explain to the museum’s visitors what you are doing, and help them to understand the museum’s exhibits.
- Gain significant resource knowledge: i.e. become well versed in the site history, be able to identify each machine and exhibit.
- Maintain a clean and organized Working Machine Shop and follow all safety rules.
- Work alongside the museum’s staff and adult volunteers in other areas of the museum if needed.
- Work hours are 25 hrs./week and will include alternating weekends.
- Work with and get along with other machine shop interns.
- Other related duties as assigned.
- Must have reliable transportation and live within reasonable commuting distance
Compensation (Machine Shop Intern)
The rate is $10.50/hour. The minimum age requirement is 16 years old. 16 & 17 year olds who are student learners must be registered in a school partner program.
There are no vacation/sick time, health insurance or retirement benefits associated with this position.
If affiliated with a school program the school may provide insurance. If not affiliated with a school, interns are covered under the museum’s Workers Compensation policy.
Workplace Skills and Evaluation
Interns are selected in a competitive application process based on the intern position description and assessment of the candidate’s employment goals. Working alongside other museum staff and volunteers, interns will learn skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to succeed in the workplace. Interns will be evaluated according to the Vermont standards on Workplace Readiness and Employability Skills that measure progress toward mastery of skills, attitude, behavior, and sense of responsibility required for success in the workplace.
We hope to arrange field trips to visit area manufacturing employers in Windsor, Springfield, and the Upper Valley in NH. Field trip travel and visit time is considered part of intern work time.
VISITORS SERVICES ASSISTANT 2019
Organization Profile: The museum is located in the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, a National Historic Landmark. Exhibits are open daily 10am -5pm from Memorial Day weekend (starting Sat. May 25) through end of October. APM holds the most significant collection of historic American machine tools in the nation. Our mission is to capture the imaginations of young and old with the spirit of innovation, problem solving and design --- as demonstrated through dynamic stories of the machines and the people who form the foundation and the future of manufacturing in America.
Position summary: Seasonal, part-time hourly position, Saturday and Sunday throughout the season, May 25 to October 31, with additional week day and occasional evening work a possibility. Two days of training will take place during the last week in May on weekdays TBD.
Responsibilities: Be a friendly, welcoming, and helpful presence
Reception: Meet and greet visitors - Answer phone, take messages and forward calls to other staff
Admissions and Gift Shop: Handle admissions, discounts, gift shop sales - Use Point of Sale system, and complete daily cash-out reports - Keep the shop and reception area attractively arranged
Assist with special projects as needed, such as special events, projects
Desired aptitudes and skills:
- Customer service attitude a must
- Cash register experience a must
- Knowledge of local area a plus
- Background or interest in museums/cultural tourism a plus
- Computer skills
- Willingness to learn about the museum and collections
- Teamwork and problem solving approach
- Ability to work independently, multi-task, perform basic math, and keep accurate data
American Precision Museum Seeks Volunteers to Work with Visitors
Like working with people? Like machines? Are you interested in the history of machine and machine tool development? Do you enjoy communicating your interests to others?
If you answered YES, please get in touch! The American Precision Museum in Windsor tells stories of innovation and evolution of the machines and machine tools that continue to shape our modern world. We are now seeking volunteers for our new docent program. We will train you in professional museum and heritage interpretation, and you will learn to deliver short programs for our visitors.
Below is a picture of John Johnson - a volunteer industrial historian working with visitors in our lobby exhibit area.
American Precision Museum is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.