June 18, 2007

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Newseum Recruits New Staff, Volunteers to 'Engage, Entertain' Visitors

It’s going to take a village – or more like a small army – to make the Newseum a world-class experience for visitors, executives say.

The Newseum will need about 180 part-time visitor services representatives to meet the needs of Newseum guests. Employees will be cross-trained and rotated through a variety of 65 positions to meet and assist visitors in all museum areas, including access control, information desks, gallery tours and more.

The push is on now to recruit and train for these important positions, said Matthew Borowsky, senior manager of visitor services and admissions.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to put together a visitor services team. We’re looking for people who will engage, entertain and educate our visitors,” he said.

Visitor services employees will work a minimum of two days per week, with two eight-hour shifts, and will need to stay flexible about possible work on weekends, nights, and holidays. Part-time staff will be paid $13 per hour.

The Newseum also needs new volunteers. Volunteers will be placed in various departments, including curatorial, education, programming and special events. “Behind-the-scenes” volunteers will provide administrative support for Newseum staff offices.

“Volunteers will be able to enrich the Newseum experience for visitors of all ages, from school-aged to retirees,” said Ron Crocheron, volunteer services manager.

Volunteers will help departments with classes, tours, games and other learning experiences for visitors, as well as talk with guests about media coverage and the role of a free press in a democratic society.

“We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional visitor experience, and building a new team of motivated individuals to help deliver that experience is very exciting,” said Lawton L. Samuels, Jr., visitor services manager. “We encourage those who enjoy serving the public to apply.”

For more information, visit the Jobs section of the site.

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