Careers/Volunteers

Call for Actors-I am Joan Sullivan

Time: March 30 and 31; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.;

Open auditions Location: The House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA

Sponsored By: The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association is looking at life and labor over four centuries at its National Historic Landmark District Museum Campus. The program highlights the struggles of Joan Sullivan, a former indentured servant of the Captain John Turner who first built the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, today best known as The House of the Seven Gables.

Open Audition: Please bring along a resume and headshot. Bring a prepared, one minute a monologue of a classic text such as Shakespeare that will demonstrate skill with early modern language.

Roles Needed: This is a contract position that will be paid to the actor by The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.

  • Colonel Bartholomew Gedney, 41, a Salem merchant, doctor, and local magistrate, Mr. Gedney is a grave and pious man. Years of experience in war and business as well as marriage and fatherhood have grounded him in his faith.
  • Thomas Maule, 36, a seditious Quaker tailor, unafraid of speaking his mind, even and especially when it gets him trouble with the law.
  • Priscilla (Kitchen) Hunn, 30, the widow of Captain Nathaniel Hunn of Salem, a casualty of King Phillips’ War. She is fierce in her convictions, a defender of Thomas Maule, and likely a fellow Quaker.
  • Lucretia Hilman Derby, 38, the wife of Roger Derby, soap maker, who served as a witness for Joan Sullivan, and may have been a Quaker. She appears to have been strong-willed and business-minded.
  • Joan Sullivan, 17, Thomas Maule’s Irish Catholic indentured maid servant. She previously served in the household of John and Elizabeth (Roberts) Turner, the House of the Seven Gables. This character will be asked to sing a short acapella tune in the audition and performances.

Rehearsal Dates: April 26, 27; May 3, 4 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Performance Dates: May 5, 2017 6:00, 7:00, 8:00; May 6, 2017 6:00, 7:00, 8:00; May 7, 2017 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Concierge Staff – Volunteer

Overview:

To fulfill the Museum’s mission and goals, the Concierge volunteer staff member will assist primarily with greeting visitors and office-related projects, but also may help with other Museum programs and projects. As a key member of the Visitor Services Team, Admissions staff people interact with guest to the museum while staffing the front desk in the Visitor Center under the supervision of the Visitor Services Manager. Concierge staff may assist with processing tickets, communicating with guides, do light paper work and answer guest’s questions regarding the museum, Salem and the surrounding area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Concierge staff members are required to learn about Salem, answer guest questions regarding the historic site, Salem and surrounding area, other attractions in town in a positive and non-opinionated manner;
  • Greet visitors and assist with Admissions staff;
  • Assist with general office tasks;
  • Assist with visitor-related projects;
  • Assist with special events and other programs;
  • Arrive at work on time and work the entire agreed upon shift;
  • Admission Staff must work in cooperation with all Guest Service Staff to provide a prompt, courteous experience to all our daily guest.

 Qualification:

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
  • Interest in history, museum, office procedures, or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English;
  • Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other staff members;
  • Demonstration of good customer service skills;
  • Willingness to learn and follow professional museum practices;
  • Must be guest focused;
  • Ability to accept supervision, work both independently and in a group, and be flexible to changing situations;
  • Have a basic knowledge of historic Salem;
  • Be presentable, well groomed, and wear name badge with lanyard (given by The Gables).

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Nathaniel Hawthorne House and Hooper Hathaway Docent/Volunteer

Overview

As a key member of the Visitor Service Team, Nathaniel Hawthorne House/Hooper Hathaway Docent  and Exhibit monitors interact with guests while answering questions and monitoring guest behavior in the self-guided areas of the site. Volunteers in these areas ensure that guests are respecting the historic spaces by following established rules.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Welcome guests entering Nathaniel Hawthorne House or Exhibit space
  • Inform guests that you are there to assist them as they self-guide through the space by answering questions or helping them find their way
  • Stay in the space the entire time until relieved by another staff member for breaks or lunch. While stationed in this area, remind guests as needed to please not touch objects on display, not to eat, drink or smoke in the space, and not to take any pictures of any kind.
  • Arrive at work on time and work the entire scheduled shift

Qualification

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to take direction and adjust to changing circumstances quickly
  • Must be guest focused
  • Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other staff members
  • Interest in history
  • Ability to accept supervision, work both independently and in a group, and be flexible to changing situations.
  • Have a basic knowledge of historic Salem
  • Be presentable, well groomed, and wear name badge with lanyard (given by The Gables)

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Costume Repair/Sewing Volunteer

Overview

The Costume Repair/Sewing Volunteer will sew/repair identified pieces of clothing necessary for our Museum Programming. These costumes assist with the performances done during our fall shows. They are worn in the Turner/Ingersoll Mansion, otherwise known as The House of the Seven Gables, and Hawthorne’s Birthplace. They are worn by our actors and actresses.  (Beginning of the summer)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Sew pieces of costume
  • Repair damaged or worn costumes
  • Iron costumes (if need be)
  • Clean and launder costumes (if need be)
  • Use of needle, thread, scissors

Qualifications

  • Basic Sewing
  • Interest in Sewing
  • Ability to accept supervision, work both independently and in a group, and be flexible to changing situations.

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Event/Marketing Staff-Volunteer

Overview:

To fulfill the Museum’s mission and goals, the Event/Marketing volunteer staff member will assist the Special Events Manager and Marketing & Group Sales Coordinator. Some of the duties may include following up on leads/inquiries regarding events, prospecting for group tour companies and maintaining spreadsheets on current clients and future prospects. The volunteer may be asked to help with social media as well as marketing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research future group tour companies and schools;
  • Follow up on leads and inquires on past and current clients;
  • Assist with general office tasks;
  • Conduct surveys and enter into database;
  • Help set up for events;
  • Arrive at work on time and work the entire agreed upon shift;

 Qualification:

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;
  • Interest in history, museum, office procedures, or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English;
  • Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other staff members;
  • Demonstration of good customer service skills;
  • Willingness to learn and follow professional museum practices;
  • Must be guest focused;
  • Ability to accept supervision, work both independently and in a group, and be flexible to changing situations;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite;
  • Lift up to 20lbs and stand for long periods of time (occasionally).

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Garden Guide Staff Volunteer

Overview

The Garden Guide Volunteer acts as the host/hostess to gardens and grounds. The volunteer will explain the garden, hand out garden literature and answer questions. Be a Goodwill ambassador for the gardens. The Garden Guide Volunteer will also assist guests with any other questions regarding the grounds and historic homes on the site.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Discuss different plants/trees and history of Garden
  • Greet and help orient guests in the Garden
  • Assist guests around the grounds
  • Respond to guest inquiries
  • Answer guest questions regarding the historic site, Salem and surrounding area, other attractions in town in a positive and non-opinionated manner.

Qualifications

  • Background in gardening
  • Knowledge of types of plants and trees
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other staff members
  • Be guest focused
  • Have a basic knowledge of historic Salem
  • Must have the ability to work outside for extended time
  • Be presentable, well groomed, and wear name badge with lanyard (given by The Gables)

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org

Museum Store Staff Volunteer

Overview

The Museum Store Volunteer works to ensure the highest level of museum experience in the Museum Store. The volunteer must provide excellent customer service and greet and engage visitors in conversation for the purpose of sharing information about the museum, store merchandise, programs and exhibits.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Welcome guests that enter the Museum Store
  • Answer guest questions regarding the historic site, Salem and surrounding area, other attractions in town in a positive and non-opinionated manner.
  • Recommend other attractions based on guest’s expectations
  • Assigned a duty in the back rooms of the store to help watch for potential shop lifting. If this occurs will notify paid staff
  • Dust and clean shelves when communicated by Museum Store Manager

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Must have the ability to deal effectively and courteously with the public and other staff members
  • Ability to accept supervision, work both independently and in a group, and be flexible to changing situations.
  • Must be guest focused
  • Have a basic knowledge of historic Salem
  • Be presentable, well groomed, and wear name badge with lanyard (given by The Gables)

For more information or to apply for a career/volunteer opportunity, please contact Melissa Reynolds, Human Resources Manager, at 978-744-0991 ext. 111, or mreynolds@7gables.org