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Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.

Part-Time Instructor for Teaching & Community Outreach

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Are you a natural at engaging diverse K-12 groups to imagine and explore? If so, we hope you will apply to work as a Part-time Instructor in the Penn Museum’s Learning and Public Engagement Department.

With a remarkable collection of objects from around the world and a dedication to continuous research and fieldwork, the Penn Museum brings to life some of the greatest evidence and mysteries of human existence. The Learning and Public Engagement Department provides immersive educational experiences to K-12 student and teacher groups. The Penn Museum team use hands-on, multi-sensory, and object-based teaching techniques to bring museum content to life through interactive workshops and guided tours onsite at the Museum. For groups unable to make a physical field trip, the Museum uses video conferencing technology to provide an interactive virtual workshop to distant student groups in real time. Virtual Programs are broadcasted from a dedicated studio in the Museum.

As a Part-Time Instructor, you will be part of educators who facilitate unique Penn Museum educational experience at the Museum, in the surrounding community, or through virtual programs. You will be asked to greet and facilitate interactive workshop for diverse K-12 student groups visiting the Penn Museum for field trips. You will work closely with Outreach Programs Manager to teach Virtual Programs and learn how to facilitate interactive workshops digitally to deliver these programs to students many miles away from the Museum. Finally, you will assist in staffing and planning the logistics of community events that occur throughout Philadelphia.

This is a 6-month position with the possibility of extension.


  • Work ~20-25 hours/week (mostly between hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, M-F, some weekends required)
  • Learn about ancient world history as it connects to the artifacts in the Penn Museum Galleries
  • Facilitate museum-focused workshops to diverse school groups, both on-site, digitally, and out in the community
  • Interest in operating and teaching through video conferencing
  • Assist in organizing logistics, staffing, and maintenance of community crafts
  • Be a collaborative and participatory team member of the Learning and Public Engagement Department


  • Teaching experience with diverse learners in classroom or gallery setting
  • Experience facilitating online learning experiences preferred but not required
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Driver’s License and ability to drive throughout Philadelphia
  • Passionate in learning new topics, teaching trends, and emerging technologies
  • Independent forward thinker, who is easily able to collaborate as a member of a team
  • Ability to build rapport quickly with groups of students, on-site and virtually
  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills
  • Organized, responsible, punctual, and flexible
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin, or Arabic a plus

Pay and Benefits

  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Accrued sick days
  • Penn Card for access to many resources at the Unveristy of Pennsylvania

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted February 6, 2020

Summer Camp Counselors

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Anthropologists in the Making and Junior Anthropologists are eight-week day camps (June 22-August 14, 2020) for children ages 6 to 13. Each week will have a different theme, such as “Signs and Superstitions” and “Engineering Marvels of the Ancient World”.

Positions are seasonal. Counselors will report to the Summer Camp Director. Pay rate is $13/hour.


  • Lead and assist small and large groups of campers in a variety of activities, including gallery tours, art-making projects, games, scavenger hunts, and performances
  • Foster a fun and positive learning environment by facilitating friendships and teamwork among campers and acting as a mentor


  • Enthusiasm and experience working with children, preferably in an educational setting
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and teamwork skills
  • Competence in teaching and administrative work
  • Patience, creativity, enthusiasm, initiative, and flexibility a must
  • Completed college degree with background in education, anthropology, archaeology, history or art preferred
  • Completed clearances preferred: A child abuse history, PA criminal record, and FBI criminal history
  • Must be available to work June 15-Aug. 14, Monday–Friday, 35-40 hours per week

How to Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references – one work-related reference must be cited. Please submit all materials as one document and e-mail to Summer Camp Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than April 30, 2020. Please include “Summer Camp Counselor position” in email title. Interviews will be conducted in March and April 2020. Hiring decisions will be made in May 2020.

Posted January 30, 2020

Part Time Facility Rentals Coordinator

Open to all, the Penn Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

The part-time Facility Rentals Coordinator will be responsible for handling rental events in the Museum that are assigned to them by the Director of Facility Rentals. The coordinator will be primarily responsible for handling student events and rental events for parties of 149 or less. During events, the coordinator will work closely with Catering, Security and Building Operations and any other vendors related to the event. The coordinator will also provide assistance with sales and marketing initiatives.

The part-time position will be a four day per week position, working some nights and weekends. This is a two-year funded position that will be reevaluated at the end of the two years.


  • Assist in implementation and oversight of Facility Rentals events. Assist clients with the planning and logistics of events. Must be present at events from start to finish.
  • Assist in incoming sales calls and email inquiries. Schedule client meetings for site visits.
  • Work closely with other Museum departments and vendors to ensure smooth operation of events
  • Responsible for entering contracts for all events in Altru and distributing information to appropriate departments. Communicate with other Museum departments regarding the scheduling of events.
  • Assist in the maintenance of financial records in Altru. Keep track of status of clients in Altru and following up with clients regarding booking status.
  • Responsible for office duties such as making sure paper is stocked, printer ink is full, mailbox is checked, shared office calendar is up to date, etc.
  • Responsible for positive and helpful interactions with Museum visitors, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • H.S. degree required, Associate degree strongly preferred
  • Two to three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and willing to take initiative on old and new projects.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills; catering or event planning experience preferred.
  • Background in sales and marketing helpful.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, be flexible and patient.
  • Computer literate with high proficiency in MS Office desired.
  • Required to work evenings and weekends frequently and some holiday.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

Pay and Benefits

  • $20/hour
  • Accrued sick days
  • Penn Card for access to many resources at the Unveristy of Pennsylvania

How to Apply

Apply online here.

Posted January 29, 2020