Employment Opportunities

Tour Guide Openings

We’re looking for mature, responsible, reliable, friendly and outgoing men and women – from students to retirees – to join our staff of tour guides at Superior Public Museums. We offer ~

  • Part-time and Limited Term 40 Hr/Wk
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Daytime Hours
  • Great Summer Job
  • Student and Snowbird Friendly!

We’ll work with you to fit your schedule; work a little bit or a lot – one day a week, or up to 40 hours for limited term summer employment. If you’re a people person, if you are comfortable engaging with the public, if you want to work in a friendly environment, you’re the person we’re looking for! We’ll give you all the training you need to conduct fun and interesting tours of one or more of our three historic sites – Fairlawn Mansion, the SS Meteor Ship Museum, and the Old Firehouse & Police Museum.

Requirements: Tour guides at Fairlawn Mansion and the SS Meteor take groups of up to 20 visitors on 45 minute guided tours. You will also welcome visitors to the sites, provide information, and handle sales transactions of admissions and merchandise. You must be able to answer phones, operate a cash register, climb multiple flights of stairs, and be on your feet several hours at a time.

Tours at the Old Firehouse & Police Museum are free and self-guided. Staff members act as hosts to visitors, greeting them with a warm welcome and answering questions they may have about the museum and collections. You will also answer phones and operate a cash register for sales of merchandise.

We are always interested in new applicants. Annual recruiting for our summer season begins in March. Interviews and training start in April. Summer hours of operation for all three sites begin in mid-May. Interested parties can stop by the Fairlawn Gift Shop for an application.

Summer Intern Openings

Elementary Education/Interactive Displays
The intern will design and develop three interactive, kid-friendly exhibits for the Old Firehouse and Police Museum by researching historical fire-fighting methods and equipment. The intern will create and submit initial concepts for approval, ensuring that all exhibits are relevant to the museum, have interactive elements and meet budget and space limitations.
The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree in elementary education, history, or art.

Requirements:
Strong research, written communications and project planning skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications
Average Math and documentation skills
Creative
Independent and self-motivated

Outcomes include:
The successful intern can expect to gain experience in researching, planning and executing an interactive educational experience for young children, including creating documentation, budgeting, record keeping and working within an organization to delegate tasks which achieve an outcome.

Pay:
The Summer internship is non-paid, but we do offer the opportunity to work part time as a paid tour guide at any of the 3 sites of the museums.

Records Administration /Collections Curator
The intern will assist in researching and preparing objects for exhibit or storage including inventorying, cataloging, and organizing museum collections following established collections procedures. The intern will work with museum staff in preparing cataloging worksheets for items in the museums collections not previously catalogued, including photographing and written documentation. The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree in library science, museum management or other records management. Those pursuing math majors are also well suited to this type of work. A special consideration of this job is the careful and respectful handling of valuable and sometimes fragile historical artifacts and the ability to follow specific procedures.

Requirements:
Strong interest in organizational skills and records management
Excellent attention to detail and procedure
Good digital photography and writing skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office software applications
Independent and self-motivated
Interest in local history is a plus

Outcomes include:
The successful intern can expect to gain proficiency and basic understanding of the documentation procedure, artifact cataloging procedure, records management and data entry, as well as preservation and
storage of collections including but not limited to, books and other print material, photographs, textiles, and physical objects.

Pay:
The Summer internship is non-paid, but we do offer the opportunity to work part time as a paid tour guide at any of the 3 sites of the museums.

Visual Art/Exhibit Design
The intern will research prepare and submit for approval, visual exhibits for the SS Meteor or the Fairlawn Museum. Skill sets may include but are not limited to, graphic design and visual artistry for display purpose, basic desk-top publishing and construction of three dimensional displays. The intern will create initial design concepts ensuring that all exhibits are relevant to the museum, have aesthetic appeal and meet budget and space limitations; and work closely with staff in regard to current museum collections for display purpose. The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree in Visual Art and-or Business-Marketing. A special consideration of this job is the careful and respectful handling of valuable and sometimes fragile historical artifacts.

Requirements:
Strong art and design skills
Creative
Research, written communications and project planning skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications
Independent and self-motivated
Strong interest in local history is a plus

Outcomes include:
The successful intern will gain research and documentation skills and a proficient working knowledge of visual display for marketing purposes in general, and specifically for cultural center and-or museum quality display or similar venues.

Pay:
The Summer internship is non-paid, but we do offer the opportunity to work part time as a paid tour guide at any of the 3 sites of the museums.

Research/Publishing
The intern will prepare and submit for approval, a written historical account of the Superior Children’s Home and Refuge Society, circa 1920 – 1962. It will involve utilizing in-house written and audio records as well as accessing public records and preparing an account that is accurate and sensitive to the stories of the residents and staff. The end result will be a book manuscript suitable for electronic and print publishing. The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree in communications, business and/or marketing, and will have a strong interest in publishing via online resources.

Requirements:
Excellent written communications skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications
Strong organizational skills
Attention to details
Independent and self-motivated
Interest in local history is a plus

Outcomes include:
The successful intern can expect to gain proficiency in research techniques, including compilation and recording of historical information as well as developing written communication skills for publishing to a wide audience

Pay:
The Summer internship is non-paid, but we do offer the opportunity to work part time as a paid tour guide at any of the 3 sites of the museums.

For more information, call 715-394-5712.