The Tenement Museum is currently seeking dynamic storytellers from all backgrounds and abilities to join our Part-time Educator staff. 

Founded in 1988, the Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of the United States. We are widely recognized as a model for narrative history, storytelling, and visitor engagement. The museum is housed in two historic buildings located on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Guided by an educator, visitors can hear the site-specific stories of the former tenants of our buildings or explore the neighborhood through walking tours.

Because the museum is accessible via guided tour only, educators are part of a team that serves as the face of the museum and interacts with thousands of visitors from across generations and the globe.

Position Description:

As a Part-time Educator you will lead public tours and school group programs for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the Museum’s historic tenement buildings. You are an enthusiastic and engaging storyteller who is interested in the history of immigration and migration, as well as contemporary issues related to immigration. You are committed to visitor engagement, flexible and creative in adjusting your tour to meet the needs of visitors, are interested in working with children and teens, and devoted to the museum’s mission. You are looking for a position that is permanent part-time work.

Starting pay rate for Part-time Educators is $18.00 per hour. Benefits include paid time off commensurate with hours worked, pre-tax transit passes, and matched contributions to the Museum’s pension plan. This is a unionized, non-exempt position.

As an Educator you will:

  • Provide a best-in-class museum experience for all visitors and exhibit a genuine desire to work in a front-facing education role. 
  • Adeptly facilitate conversations with visitors who have an array of perspectives and experiences. 
  • Utilize onsite time wisely studying text-based tour materials in preparation for paid training sessions.
  • Commit to learning multiple programs in a short period of time.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with managers.
  • Attend mandatory meetings. 
  • Support tour logistics and provide additional support for visitors.
  • Perform occasional administrative tasks as assigned.


  • Candidates must be available to work a set schedule of two weekdays and one weekend day per week.
  • Additional hours for morning and evening programs may be scheduled with advance notice as needed.
  • Applicants should also expect to work holiday hours as needed (the museum is closed only on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day). 
  • The Tenement Museum provides training and development. All new educators are required to attend a mandatory four-day onboarding and orientation program. The mandatory orientation days are March 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th. Please ensure that you are available for these days before you submit your resume and cover letter. 
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Knowledge of one or more additional languages is a plus. 
  • Individuals with experience in museum education, K-12 education, or ELL teaching are encouraged to apply and will be given preference. 
  • Applicants with at least a high school diploma, a GED, or relevant experience are preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • Applicants must feel confident frequently ascending/descending multiple flights of stairs daily, and feel comfortable standing for long periods of time.
  • Applicants must be prepared to work in all weather conditions. Our historic spaces have minimal climate control, our walking tours go into the neighborhood daily, and portions of all tours take place outside. 

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter via our career portal. In your cover letter tell us why you want to work as an Educator at the museum, how your experience is relevant, and why you feel connected to the work we do here. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Application period will end February 7th.