Fields: indigenous, history, anthropology, humanities, education
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
About the Organization: Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures. Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
About the Position: The Culture Educator delivers culture-based programming to school groups, community groups, and general public at Bishop Museum. In conjunction with other educators, he/she serves as a cultural content resource in the development, delivery, and evaluation of museum programs, exhibits, and special events. He/she oversees public exhibit spaces in the Hawaiian Hall Complex, supporting the Museum’s volunteer docents and interacting with museum guests.
- College degree or equivalent in experience in relevant field.
- Specialized knowledge in Hawaiian culture, history, and practice required. Experience in traditional performing arts (i.e. hula, oli, hana keaka, etc.) highly desired. Experience in traditional arts (i.e. weaving, carving, featherwork, etc.) highly desired.
- Strong verbal communication skills required. Strong written communication skills highly desired.
- Must be flexible, patient, and diplomatic. Must be able to handle multiple projects while maintaining composure. Must have strong organizational skills.
- Must enjoy working with children, families, and general public. Experience in informal education (i.e. museum, zoo, etc.) highly desired. Experience in formal education (i.e. classroom teaching) highly desired.
- Solutions-oriented, diplomatic problem solver and true team player.
Estimated Salary: $34,000 – $36,000/year. (Note: Dr. Amy K. Glasmeier at MIT estimates the living wage in Urban Honolulu to be $33,349.
Deadline: Until filled
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum