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Part-time Museum Visitor Experience & Store Associate

The Sailing Museum & National Sailing Hall of Fame:

● Preserves a historic building and site steeped in sailing history 

● Celebrates the heritage of the sport and honors those who have shaped it over time by showcasing the National Sailing Hall of Fame

● Supports area educators through on-site, hands-on STEAM learning experiences 

● Builds community through cross-generational partnerships, work, and volunteer opportunities 

● Supports peer organizations in a common goal to grow sailing


The Sailing Museum & National Sailing Hall of Fame is seeking a Museum Visitor Experience & Store Associate for a part-time position.  Part-time Associates will work up to 24 hours/week, flexibility will be appreciated.  One weekend day may be required. Working hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM, with full or half day shifts.

●      Act as the first point of contact for our visitors, welcoming them to the Museum, answering questions about tickets and memberships, selling tickets and merchandise.  Answering questions and creating an exceptional customer experience for each and every guest is key to this position.

●      Assist customers in the store, manage transactions on the POS system. 

●      Keep inventory stocked and updated.

●      The Museum is a self-guided experience, though Associates will be trained in each of the exhibits so they may assist visitors as needed and be able to answer questions.

●      Associates will work in all areas of the Museum. Must be able to navigate stairs and stand for up to an hour at a time with only short periods to sit throughout the day.  Associates may rotate to different positions in the Museum throughout the day.

●      Perform other duties as needed or assigned.


The desirable candidate will possess the following qualifications:

●      Familiarity with mobile devices, point of sale systems, retail sales, customer service and inventory are required. Training on our system will be provided.

●      Ability to work in a busy environment and multi-task and be able to respond to changing situations as needed.

●      Excellent verbal, interpersonal and customer service skills.

●      Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions and training guides.

●      Follow prescribed safety and health rules, regulations, and practices.

●      A knowledge of and enthusiasm of sailing and the Newport area is welcome.

●      Prior museum experience is preferred but not required.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@thesailingmuseum.org with the position name in the subject line. Competitive hourly pay.

Physical demands typically associated with the position include but are not limited to light work, lifting, reaching, organizing, and moving inventory.  The Sailing Museum & National Sailing Hall of Fame provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for visitors, volunteers and staff, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.



The Sailing Museum and National Sailing Hall of Fame is dedicated to teamwork, education, making sailing legends come alive and entertaining sailing enthusiasts. If you would like to support both the sailing and the local Aquidneck Island communities, please consider giving your time and talent to help visitors make the most of their experience.

While on the Museum & Hall of Fame floor, volunteers will:

  • Demonstrate interactive exhibits
  • Provide insight into programs, services, memorabilia and more
  • Engage with visitors by answering questions


While working on administrative needs or special events, volunteers will:

  • Support special Museum & Hall of Fame events coordination, organization and execution
  • Assist with light office work, such as mailings and outreach campaigns


All it takes is a welcoming smile, desire to be sociable and a willingness to learn and share your knowledge. Familiarity of sailing, yachting, and Newport history are pluses. Training will be provided.


Various museum shifts are available as the museum is open daily from 10am - 5pm. Please email info@thesailingmuseum.org to get started today.

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The Sailing Museum & Hall of Fame

365 Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840