Work at Plimoth
LIVING HISTORY EDUCATOR, PLIMOTH GRIST MILL
Living History Educators at the Plimoth Grist Mill provide a positive, friendly and welcoming environment by facilitating engaging and informative interactions in which Museum guests of all ages can explore history according to their own interests. Accurately interpret 17th -century life and the later history of Plymouth using 3rd-person techniques at a working water-powered grist mill. Ensure the safety of all guests. Foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in working with all Museum colleagues, including volunteers, Museum Guides and tour guides. Living History Educators work to maintain an optimal programmatic environment for Museum guests to experience Plimoth Plantation’s mission. The Living History Educator at the Plimoth Grist Mill will perform with attention to professionalism at all times and is personally accountable for ensuring the continued success of Plimoth Plantation’s programs. Plimoth Grist Mill Educators should have a passion for conveying the multicultural history, politics, arts, culture and science of Plimoth Plantation's programs to diverse audiences and communities.
Native History Educators Wanted!
Plimoth Plantation's Wampanoag Homesite is looking for native history educators! Our recreated 17th-century native homesite exhibit features seasonal native houses as well as demonstrates building and handcraft techniques, agricultural and cooking activities, hunting and fishing methods, mishoon (canoe) making, games and more! If you have a passion for sharing your Native culture, teaching and conversing with museum guests of all ages and backgrounds, this position is for you! Apply today!
Time Travelers Wanted!
Wish you could travel back in time every day? Join as a 17th century role-player! Our Museum role-players immerse themselves in 17th century lifeways in our living history exhibit through costumes, regional dialect, masterful knowledge of history and, of course, experimental archaeology! If you love digging deep into the historical record, recreating the past, teaching and having conversations with museum guests of all ages and backgrounds, this position is for you! Join us!
The Exhibit Carpenter is a hands-on position that is part of the Historical Built Landscape (HBL) team responsible for the maintenance, repair and, in some cases, new construction of the reproduction structures, exhibits and built landscape throughout the Museum. The HBL team ensures that all carpentry projects reflect the appropriate historical time period with use of tools, equipment and techniques reflective of the identified era, including modern buildings. Under the direction of the HBL Manager this position is tasked with ongoing routine maintenance of buildings, and meeting the goals of a prioritized work plan. The work may at times be done as a first-person role-player using historically appropriate tools and techniques while speaking with guests. Or work may be performed in modern clothing with modern tools, depending on the assignment.
collections database programmer
In partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston, Plimoth Plantation seeks a Collections Database Programmer to lead the digitization efforts of the Museum.
The Collections Database Programmer will assist with digitization of four of Plimoth Plantation’s archaeological collections and implement an online database of this information for scholarly and public use. This position manages the digitization, long term preservation, organization, and distribution of the museums’ digitized and born-digital material. As part of the Center for 17th-Century Studies at Plimoth (CSSP), the Collections Database Programmer creates and maintains sustainable online and offline systems while diligently working toward Plimoth’s goal of preservation and dissemination of digital materials.
This position is 30 month, part-time grant funded position through Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but can be conducted from a remote location with the possibility of regular visits to Plimoth Plantation.
This Position is responsible for maintaining an assigned group of classrooms, restrooms, offices and related Function areas and buildings in a clean and orderly manner to ensure a safe and clean work environment for our guests and staff.
To secure all buildings at the designated time and to provide a visual presence at all times.
Teamwork can be summed up in five short words...We believe in each other."
Do you want to be part of an established and exciting non-profit organization that helps to educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of guests each year? Do you have a passion for history and for meeting new people? If you do, then Plimoth Plantation—one of America’s great history museums—may be the right place for you.
Plimoth Plantation chooses exceptional individuals who have the motivation and spirit, the energy and the skills to be part of a wonderful team – both as employees and volunteers. The Museum, established in 1947, is well-known and admired as a unique destination for its thought-provoking, entertaining and educational living history programs and exhibits.
If you can provide customer service that is second to none, and contribute to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere at Plimoth Plantation then you’ll feel right at home here. Our hospitality toward our guests and enthusiasm for our work is key to the success of the Museum’s mission—whether we are in front of the public or working ‘behind the scenes’.
Picture yourself in a job where you can help people step back in time and discover a past that might surprise them, spark their imagination, promote their sense of wonder, connect people with their ancestors, and be part of someone’s once-in-a-lifetime family vacation, relaxing weekend, school field trip or group tour. These and many more opportunities await you at Plimoth Plantation.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time staff. BCBS medical and dental insurance is offered for the employee and their eligible dependents (cost-sharing involved). Term life insurance and long-term disability is offered for all full-time, year-round employees. A 403B retirement plan is available for all employees and profit sharing retirement plan for all eligible staff.
We also offer voluntary payroll-deducted benefits. These benefits include automobile, homeowners and supplemental insurances.
All full-time employees, both year-round and seasonal, are eligible for annual paid vacation allowance. The amount of paid vacation is based on length of service and number of hours worked per week. Part-time staff with at least four years of service are eligible for a one week based on average hours worked per week. Holiday and sick-time benefits are available for eligible employees.
An employee discount is offered for retail and food service purchases. The Museum also offers complimentary and discounted admission coupons to all employees.
Interested? Search the job titles below for more information on these positions and how to apply. Please note that there is an application and interview process as well as pre-employment orientation to the Museum for both paid employment and volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer at Plimoth Plantation
Be Part of History in your Community!
Do you have an open mind and enjoy engaging with people who share a common passion for history, lifelong learning, and community engagement? Join Plimoth Plantation's Volunteer & Museum Guides Program! Volunteers & Museum Guides work in support of and alongside our staff fulfilling the Museum's mission to provide powerful personal encounters with history. They are:
- Guides on the Living History exhibits
- Caretakers of historic gardens and landscapes
- Greeters, golf cart drivers, and ushers at the Plimoth Cinema
- Makers & innovators in the Marine Shop and at the Plimoth Grist Mill
- Special programs and event support
- Behind-the-scenes alongside our curators and historians
and so much more...
Volunteer opportunities at Plimoth Plantation are available based on departments’ needs, and therefore not only opportunities may be available at all times. Each opportunity is different and may require its own unique blend of skills and experience. Many do not require a formal history background. All Volunteers & Museum Guides should be curious, enthusiastic, and eager to learn new things. The volunteer schedule is flexible and includes seasonal and weekend shifts.
The Internship Program at Plimoth Plantation
How can history change YOU? Plan a garden with heirloom and native plants, design an educational program about archaeology, learn the art of marketing a living history museum, play 17th-century games with summer campers, help us make collections accessible online... the possibilities are endless.
We are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented young people with an interest in America’s early histories who want to share in the day-to-day work of one of our nation's most important living museums. Plimoth Plantation's interns enjoy an intensive experience as diverse as the Museum itself centered on immersive, hands-on fieldwork. Interns also participate in a collaborative group project, enjoy field trips, and engage in unique professional development opportunities. Previous internships have been offered in Museum Education, Collections Management, Public History, Historical Clothing & Textiles, Public Relations, Marketing, and Development.
For more information about the Internship Program including current opportunities and application instructions, visit www.plimoth.org/internships.