Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park – Museum Program Aide – Seasonal/Year-Round

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park – Museum Program Aide – Seasonal/Year-Round
Organization Montgomery Parks
Location Wheaton, Maryland
Job Type Seasonal
Application Deadline Jun 1, 2024


Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, part of the Montgomery Parks system, is seeking several part-time Seasonal Museum Program Aides to assist park patrons in the Visitor Center and lead guided tours. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (WMCP) offers programming focused on the Underground Railroad, 19th century African American communities, Quaker Heritage, and 19th century agricultural life.

Museum Program Aides conduct guided hikes, tours and help with programs for a wide range of audiences. Additionally, Museum Program Aides work in the Visitor Center providing professional and knowledgeable customer service for phone calls, emails, and onsite park patrons.

Candidates must have experience or a strong interest in museum interpretation, educational programming, public speaking, and/or U.S. History. Successful candidates will be a strong communicator, self-starter, show a willingness to take direction, be team player and have interest in education, either in a classroom or informal environment. Knowledge of 19th century American history, historical/museum interpretation and a second language are ideal.

This position pays at a rate of $16.00 per hour to $21.44 per hour. The salary range listed above represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Work Schedule:  As needed, based on scheduled programming and museum hours. Primarily April – November, Friday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm, occasional evenings. Availability two weekend days a month is required. Additional availability weekdays a plus.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. We manage 421 parks on more than 37,000 acres of parkland. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/.

Examples of Important Duties

  • Conduct onsite/in-person guided hikes and tours for families, community groups and schools visiting the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, historic Manor House and grounds, and the Woodlawn Museum using interpretive materials provided by Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.
  • Work in the Visitor Center (April – November). Open/close public buildings, answer park patron questions and provide direction, check-in program attendees, ring up admissions and gift shop sales.
  • Assist in maintaining the Visitor Center and public spaces. Restock brochures, merchandise, and restrooms. Assist with merchandise research, pricing and displays. As needed, assist with cleaning and sanitation of restrooms and other public areas.
  • As needed, assist with development, delivery, set-up/breakdown for onsite, offsite, or virtual programming.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • One year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license, or the ability to acquire one.
  • Ability and enthusiasm for customer service and public speaking.
  • Knowledge and willingness to learn about American history and lifeways.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ideal candidates should be pursuing or have earned a college degree in American History, Public History, Museum Studies, Education, or a related field.
  • Experience Working in a historical, tourism, educational or cultural setting.
  • Experience conducting tours, programs, or activities in a museum, park, or classroom setting.
  • Proven ability to excel in verbal communication, attention to detail, flexibility to multitask and maintain stability under pressure.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service, inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
  • Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish especially) are a plus.

Work Conditions:

  • Ability to regularly work onsite/in person with staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Ability to regularly walk three (3) miles outdoors on a wooded, natural surface hiking trail and fields in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to regularly move between the museum, visitor center, historic buildings, and grounds.
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up 50 pounds.
  • Use of multiple technical equipment and software applications is required
  • Ability to provide regular transportation to work. No public transportation to the work site.

This year-round, part-time position does not qualify for benefits.

A complete background check will be completed prior to hire.

May be subject to medical, drug and alcohol testing.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology or status as a Veteran.

Applicants with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selections Services Unit at the time of applications at or 301-454-1411 (Maryland Relay 7-1-1)

M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.

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