Museum Educator

Oct 11 2021
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description

With direction from the Director of Education and in collaboration with educators from the Science and Hawaiian Cultural Education groups, the Museum Educator will be responsible for developing and implementing a variety of culture-based educational programming, creating educational resource materials related to the museum’s content and collections and serve as an educational resource. The Museum educator also supports the work of the Education department by working with school and community group visits, daily visitor tours, and other public programming.  On occasion, the Museum Educator may be assigned to deliver outreach programs off-site.   


Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Develop, refine, implement and assess Hawaiian cultural content and multidisciplinary (Hawaiian Hall tours, Science Adventure Center activities, and Planetarium) programming, grounded in Bishop Museum’s Knowledge Core. Programming shall include a variety of delivery methods for appropriate audiences and may include dramatic storytelling, interpretation of the artifacts and replicas of artifacts from the Museum’s collection. Audiences include school groups, community groups and Museum visitors of all ages. 

  • Assist with the development and launch of innovative free and fee-based visitor experiences that serve visitor interests. 

  • Advise the Director of Education on budget needs and distribution of propose activities. 

  • Assist with the development and implementation of programming to support and enhance new exhibits and special events. 

  • Support staffing needs for special extended-hour events and facility rentals, as needed. 

  • Communicate and collaborate with museum staff to ensure high quality visitor experiences.  

  • Maintain an accurate inventory of program materials and request replacements, when needed.   

  • Properly care for program materials – artifacts and replicas of artifacts 

  • Work in a safe manner as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors. Comply with safety rules and regulations and establish safe work practices.  Read all safety materials received.  Report unsafe conditions and unsafe acts directly to supervisor.  Promptly report accidents to immediate supervisor.  Maintain assigned works area and equipment free of accident-producing conditions. 

  • When using the Museum’s vehicle – staff shall maintain a current Hawaii Driver’s License and shall comply with all highway regulations.   

  • Perform other duties as assigned.   


  • Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies, Pacific Island History, Science, Education or closely related field. 

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experiences and success in the development and implementation of formal (classroom) and informal (museum programming) educational programs. 

  • 3 – 5 years of experience performing similar job functions. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Knowledge and application of instructional methods that are grounded in Hawaiian cultural perspectives/worldview. 

  • Working knowledge of Hawaiian Language.  

  • Excellent presentation skills. 

  • Must be able to work collaboratively with others to develop and deliver program content. 

  • Must have strong written and verbal skills – in order to communicate with a variety of audiences. 

  • Must have strong organizational skills. 

  • Must be solution-oriented problem solver and team contributor. 

  • Ability to use a computer and appropriate software necessary to accomplish tasks (MS Office). 

  • Ability to engage with a wide range of audiences and communities. 

  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with little supervision. 

  • Ability to be organized, analytical and detail-oriented. 

Other Requirements 

  • Some weekend and evening availability (with advanced notice) 

  • Valid Hawaii Driver’s License with proof of insurance 

Direct Reports 

  • N/A 

Working Conditions 

  • May include weekend work 

Physical Requirements 

  • Must be able to lift and move up to 50lbs of equipment – Loading and unloading of Program vehicle with supplies and materials