Careers at the MSV

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offers diverse and unique career opportunities ranging from support or professional, seasonal or year-round, and part-time or full-time. While some departments and positions require highly specialized education and experience, others seek individuals with more broad-based or skills-related backgrounds. An equal opportunity employer, the MSV offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program. Thank you for your interest in employment at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.



The MSV Makerspace attendant is a creative, enthusiastic and imaginative individual who provides participatory support of a visitor’s making, tinkering and exploration in STEM/STEAM content through hands on experiences/approaches. Secondary responsibilities include supplying guests with materials, directions, accurate information, and assistance regarding the Makerspace area and its art and digital equipment. The Makerspace attendant also provides exceptional hospitality services in an attentive, friendly, and efficient manner to all guests during their visit. The Makerspace attendant will work with all audiences to ensure that daily program logistics and operations are conducted in an educational and professional manner consistent with the mission of the Museum.

Required Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, multi-task, problem solve, and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and visitors of all ages at all levels
  • Proven knowledge of ceramic production techniques and materials including wheel throwing, hand building, and kiln firing 
  • Proven interest in and/or knowledge of Digital Arts including 3D printers, computers, camera, robotics kits, LilyPad Arduino
  • Proven interest in and/or knowledge of a variety of scientific and artistic concepts and ability to convey them to all audiences
  • Ability to anticipate and identify problems while putting forward solutions that are creative, innovative and flexible
  • Ability to teach and maintain a respectful workspace environment
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and management skills
  • Must be comfortable with using hand and power tools and electronic devices
  • Prior informal or formal teaching experience. A science center or student art room background is preferred.
  • Knowledge of telephone, iPad and computer applications including Microsoft Word & Excel.
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR recommended


The MSV Makerspace will be open to the public on Tuesdays 4:00-8:00pm and  Sundays noon-6:00pm.  The Makerspace Attendant will work approximately 10-15 hours per week and must be able to work those days and occasionally other days/evenings as needed. 

To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to Julie Hendren, Human Resources Manager at [email protected].  No phone calls please. 



The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is seeking an enthusiastic professional for the position of Lead Educator.  A Lead Educator is a part-time, hourly position in the Education department with flexible work hours including weekends and some evenings as needed.  Lead Educators provide educational interpretive services through guided tour for adults, families and school groups.  Additional responsibilities include supplying guests with accurate information about the collection and the site, while providing hospitality to guests during their visits.  Lead Educators may also assist Program Managers with adult and children’s programs. 

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education, museum studies, history, art history or public history.  Other qualifications include:  demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively; knowledge of history, decorative arts and fine arts; keen interest in providing excellence in interpretation. Previous teaching experience preferred. 

Qualified candidates, please submit resume, cover letter with salary requirements and three references to [email protected] NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


We are always on the lookout for dynamic individuals who want to share their knowledge and love of learning with visitors and to be part of the MSV team. We invite you to explore our many volunteer opportunities and to discover the right one for you. Please visit our Volunteer page for more information!

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley requires selected candidates to be subjected to an investigative background report. The MSV is an at-will employer.