Homer High School Fellow

Homer High School Fellow

This position offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum industry through the development of youth and teen programs. This seven-week fellowship program is designed to foster creative thinking, to build community, and to use the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) collection for inspiration and idea building. The Homer High School Fellow will be one of seven fellows who will collaborate on projects and programs.

Please fill out the PMA employment application.

Homer High School Fellows must also complete this supplementary application.

Position Type: 
Staff Positions
Department/Division: 
Learning and Interpretation
Reports to: 
Associate Educator for Youth Learning
Essential Job Functions: 
  • Creates new ways for teen audiences to engage with the museum and its works of art through the creation of interpretative materials and programs.
  • Participates in discussions about new ways in which PMA programming could attract teen audiences.
  • Assists Learning and Interpretation staff in design and execution of drop-in art activities for youth, teen, and family audiences.
  • Attends PMA public programs (artist and curator talks, daily tours, etc.) to learn about the museum’s collection and exhibitions and to better understand how the museum makes the collection and exhibitions accessible to the public.
  • Participates in visits to working artists’ studios and visits the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck to learn about the importance of place in Homer’s work, and to link the process of observing with the process of creating.
  • Works on special projects in the Learning and Interpretation department with museum staff serving as mentors.
  • Fosters relationships and builds philanthropy with patrons at the PMA, as defined by displaying behavior that welcomes all individuals contacted during work. This may include answering questions, utilizing approachable body language such as smiling and making eye contact, thanking people for visiting the PMA, and other open and engaging behavior daily.
  • Supports the PMA’s strategic goal to advance a culture of inclusivity and diversity.
Supervisory Responsibility: 
None
Education and Experience: 
Applicants must be rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors and have the ability to obtain a work permit if under 16 years of age.
Qualifications: 
  • A high school student highly motivated in the visual arts.
  • Comfortable working with museum visitors of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted during work.
  • Interest in working with children.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to obtain a work permit if under 16 years old.
Working Conditions: 
  • Tentatively July 9 through August 21, 2018
  • The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 135 hours. Tentatively, seven hours a day for two days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.
Terms: 
The Homer High School Fellow position is a temporary part-time, hourly, non-exempt, employment-at-will position. Work is tentatively scheduled for July 9, 2017 - August 21, 2018, the specific schedule to be determined. The Homer High School Fellows will work at the PMA and offsite daily for a total of approximately 135 hours. Tentatively, seven hours a day for two days a week. Some weekend and evening hours required.
To Apply: 
Please scan and submit completed PMA Application for Employment and Supplementary Application for Homer High School Fellows available at the following email address: whhsf.pma.032018@portlandmuseum.org. (For tips to apply, please visit portlandmuseum.org/teens) The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, marital status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To Apply

Please scan and submit completed PMA Application for Employment and Supplementary Application for Homer High School Fellows available at the following email address: whhsf.pma.032018@portlandmuseum.org. (For tips to apply, please visit portlandmuseum.org/teens) The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, marital status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.