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Part Time Visitor Support

Part Time Visitor Support 

We are looking for a “people person” that will work between departments as needed.   They would learn Front Desk duties, support Public Programs/Events, and lend a hand with Education Programs.  This person needs to be available weekends and an occasional evening.  15 – 20 hours/wk.

Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs

August 2022

Position Title: Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs                                                          

Status: Full time

Direct Reports: Educator(s), Public Programs Manager, Interns, and Seasonal Staff

Reports to: Executive Director

 Overall Purpose: To advance the Connecticut River Museum’s mission and vision by managing the development and implementation of educational and public programs.

As a member of CRM’s Management Team, the Assistant Director is responsible for the development, delivery and administration of unique, high-quality diverse, and inclusive educational and public programs that, in general, encourage river stewardship; foster a sense of devotion and delight in the Museum and the River; illuminate the River’s cultural and environmental history; capitalize on innovations in interactive programming and technology; reflect the Museum’s values; and are safe and fun. Programs take place on land and aboard Onrust, RiverQuest and a smaller watercraft and in schools. The Assistant Director will build on CRM’s strong program foundation to grow audiences, engage diverse and underserved populations, and extend the Museum’s reach upriver.

This position requires a demonstrated ability in creative program development and implementation, teaching/museum education, establishing strong collaborative relationships with community organizations, families, schools, teachers, board and staff, building effective teams and leading them towards a common vision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the design, development, delivery, and administration of:
    • school programs that may take place on CRM’s campus, off-site, virtually, on land and on the River employing new and innovative approaches and tools, as appropriate;
    • summer programs for children;
    • public programs for adults and families; and,
    • programs to engage and serve unique constituents such as home schoolers.
  • Hire, train and supervise education and public program staff and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the curatorial staff to ensure that programs are consistent with and illuminate exhibitions and collection themes.
  • Develop and manage the education and public programs budget.
  • Reach out to a diverse array of schools, teachers and families to engage and serve them.
  • Assist with development efforts such as grant applications and reports to secure program funding.
  • Administer and use program evaluation tools and data.
  • Teach small and large groups of varying ages.
  • Keep up to date on and employ best practices in the field including new technology.
  • Actively participate in the planning and execution of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024.
  • Work with marketing staff to promote programs via social media and other marketing channels.
  • Support the Museum’s team by assisting with public and educational programs, events, and fundraisers as needed, which may occur after regular Museum hours or on weekends.
  • Participate as an active member of CRM’s Management Team and support the Museum’s Education Committee of the Board of Trustees to help ensure clear communications and an effective partnership to realize education and public programming goals.


  • Master’s degree in education, history or related alternative
  • Excellent teaching skills and a minimum of 5 years of experience in museum education, the pre k-12 classroom or related field
  • strong management, communications, interpersonal and supervisory skills
  • demonstrated success in educational and public program development and implementation
  • knowledge of best practices in the field and related new developments in technology
  • strong multi-tasking ability and detail orientation
  • knowledge of CT/River/environmental history preferred, but not required

Additional Requirements:

  • must pass background and drug tests
  • must present 2 strong professional and 1 personal reference
  • finalists will be required to submit an original work sample in response to an assignment to be provided
  • physical demands: requires physical activity including sitting/standing, lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs.), up/downstairs, and walking on the Museum’s floating docks and aboard boats
  • work is performed in indoor and outdoor environments.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • commensurate with candidate’s experience and qualifications, starting at $55,000
  • retirement plan-employee contributions only
  • life insurance and medical savings plan
  • paid time off and paid national holidays
  • Work From Home options as schedule and duties permit
  • additional benefits under consideration

Opportunities Going Forward

CRM recently completed a very thorough strategic planning process resulting in a comprehensive strategic plan, “Setting Our Course to 50 and Beyond”. This strategic plan along with CRMs complete statement of values are available at Education and public programs play a critical role in CRM’s future success. Members of CRM management and staff will be expected to understand and commit to advancing the plan’s goals and strategies over the next 3-5 years.

About the Connecticut River Museum

The Connecticut River Museum (CRM) is a cultural gem dedicated to exploring and celebrating the dynamic relationship between one of America’s great rivers and the inhabitants along and around its shores. CRM focuses on the role of the Connecticut River, New England’s largest, in the social, commercial, and environmental evolution of its region, from the time of Indigenous Peoples through colonization and industrialization, to the present. By deepening the public’s appreciation of the River’s importance, CRM seeks to inspire future generations to embrace stewardship of this national treasure, one of only 14 rivers in the country designated by the U.S. government as a National Heritage River. Some 25,000 people from all fifty states and numerous foreign countries visit the Museum each year, including more than 2,500 school-aged children.

CRM’s mission is to deepen appreciation of the River’s history and to inspire its stewardship by providing unique educational and recreational experiences to diverse audiences.

CRM’s vision is that generations of stewards will appreciate and care for our rivers.

This AAM-accredited Museum was founded in 1974 and is now approaching its 50th anniversary.  CRM occupies a spectacular waterfront campus and is housed in four historic buildings.  CRM’s core offerings include:

  • a robust array of educational and public programs for youth and adults;
  • educational and recreational experiences onboard three vessels that operate from its docks;

the Onrust, a re-creation of the ship commanded by the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block on his voyage up the River in 1614;  RiverQuest, an eco-tour cruiser accommodating 60 passengers; and a 6 passenger aluminum landing craft often used for small education excursions and experiments;

  • an extensive collection of marine objects, tools, art,and artifacts (including the famous and highly popular “Turtle,” an operational model of America’s first submarine);
  • permanent and special rotating exhibits exploring diverse aspects of the River’s story;
  • a distinguished research archive comprising rare books, journals, and manuscripts; and,
  • a waterfront campus that serves as the venue for community gatherings and public events, including a summer concert series and lecture series.

The Museum is located six miles upriver from Long Island Sound in the picturesque village of Essex, Connecticut. Essex lies squarely within the tidelands area of the Connecticut River that the Nature Conservancy has named one of the Western Hemisphere’s “40 Last Great Places”. The village is widely acclaimed for its charming architecture, civic spirit, the natural beauty of its surroundings, cultural amenities, and excellent school system — indeed for its overall quality of life.  It is equidistant from New York and Boston and easily accessible to both by rail and car. Major nearby educational institutions, including Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Connecticut, Trinity, and Connecticut College. The abundance of other nearby educational, cultural, and environmental institutions presents rich opportunities for cross collaboration, which the Museum eagerly pursues.

 Application Process and Additional Information

Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of CRM. Finalists will be required to provide references and a work sample. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit inquiries and applications to:






Onrust and RiverQuest Crew Member

Sailing vessel Onrust and Tour Boat RiverQuest needs crew for Summer and Fall 2022! Ideal applicants will be able to work at least through the end of October. Onrust is a re-creation of the Dutch Yacht used by Captain Adriaen Block to explore the New Netherlands territory in 1614. RiverQuest is a 65’ twin hulled catamaran style tour boat. Both depart from the CT River Museum dock in scenic Essex CT, we offer regular public cruises to museum patrons. We also offer special themed cruises, private charters, and educational experiences to school groups, with a focus on local history and the environment. Occasional voyages to other ports are a possibility.

Crew must be capable of following the captain’s orders. Some level of physical fitness is needed to haul on lines and move about the boat in a safe manner. Crew must also serve as educators, nature guides, and historic interpreters on board, and will be called on to speak clearly, audibly, and enthusiastically to groups of up to 50 people. When representing the museum and the vessels, crew should maintain a high level of civility. Above all, the crew must be safety conscious and be aware of their surroundings.

Onrust and RiverQuest are US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels. As such, all crew must pass a pre-employment drug test and be enrolled in a random drug testing program for the term of service.

Onrust and RiverQuest are not live-aboard vessels; crew must commute to work.
This work is seasonal; both vessels operate May through October. We offer regular public sails & cruises Wednesday through Sunday, but charters and special programs may be scheduled on any day, at any time. The more available and flexible you can be, the more work will be available to you. Maintenance work such as painting and varnishing is a possibility, and may continue into November.

Experience working on the water is valuable, but we will train the right people. This is a great job for anyone who loves nature, history, and engaging with the public in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.
Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson:


Gunner’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Gunner’s Mate


  • Experience with the use and care of black powder weapons
  • Some knowledge of history regarding black powder weapons
  • Good public speaking/presentation abilities
  • Safety conscious


  • Clean and maintain Onrust‘s guns; this may include repairing and staining the carriages as well as cleaning and oiling the barrels
  • Demonstrate cannon firing to the public for occasional events
  • A Gunner’s Mate may be asked to act as a Boatswain’s Mate at times

Time Commitment

  • At least twice a year there will be a day devoted to cannon care
  • Be willing to sign up for specific events, either underway or dockside, that involve the firing of Onrust’s

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson:

Carpenter’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Carpenter’s Mate


  • Have significant skill and experience with carpentry; wooden boat experience a big plus
  • Own your own tools; access to a woodshop very desirable
  • Metal working/blacksmithing ability very desirable
  • Ability to work independently


  • Take on specific repairs or improvements on board Onrust, as outlined by the Captain. Examples of jobs: build new gangway steps, rebuild/repair engine cover, replace wooden cleats, replace deck planking, rebuild some interior cabinets

Time Commitment

  • Meet with captain and/or volunteer coordinator at least twice a year to discuss and plan projects.
  • Project time depends on the project


Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson:

Boatswain’s Mate – Volunteer Opportunity

Boatswain’s Mates


  • Ability to follow orders and work with others as a team
  • Familiarity with hand tools, paint brushes, electric sanders
  • Other desirable skills/ knowledge: splicing, knot tying, sewing, marine diesel maintenance, marine electrical
  • Safety conscious
  • Able to swim


  • Participate in general vessel maintenance, including, but not limited to, tasks such as sanding, painting, varnishing, caulking

Time Commitment

  • Between April and October, there will be at least 4 “all hands” Onrust maintenance days of about 6 hours in length
  • During haul out times (typically spring or fall), there may be several days in a row where Boatswain’s mates will be asked to serve as much as they are willing
  • Depending on skill set and needs of the vessel, other responsibilities may be assigned to particular mates

Non-vaccinated individuals are expected to have a mask on them, and wear it if going below. Hand sanitizer is available on board. All current museum staff and boat crew are fully vaccinated.

Interested applicants should email their resume to Dan Thompson:


The Connecticut River Museum, located on the waterfront in Essex, CT is seeking interns to assist in many areas of important Museum work. Internship opportunities are available for College Students in the education, collections, marketing, and fundraising departments. The Connecticut River Museum uses its exhibitions, museum programs and on-water activities to explore the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the River. Interns will have the opportunity to receive broad-based experience through a wide range of projects. Some evening and weekend time may be required.

Per-diem Museum Teacher

The Connecticut River Museum, a regional interdisciplinary museum that explores and documents the history, culture, and environment of New England’s largest river, seeks a per-diem, enthusiastic Museum Teacher. Teachers must support the objectives and goals of CRM by implementing educational activities in support of the educational mission of the museum.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as a Museum Teacher and deliver:
School Programs, in house and outreach
Summer Camp programs
Adult Education Programs
Group Tours
Public Programs
Assist with interdisciplinary youth group and overnight programs.
Assist with events and fundraisers as assigned.


Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching in nontraditional learning environments.
BA in museum studies, education, history, environmental science or related field.
Understanding of educational theory and techniques, knowledge of state educational standards.
Able to lift at least 30 pounds and be on your feet for long periods of time.
Positive, energetic, interactive approach with participants of all ages and learning styles.
Excellent oral, written, and computer communication and organizational skills.
Flexibility solving problems in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
Must have consistent, reliable transportation.

Hourly, part-time position; hours vary seasonally. May work up to 15 hours during peak season, average 4-8 hours.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and three references to Director of Education, Allison Insall, at  No phone calls please.

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