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The Rockwell Museum maintains a unique work environment in the beautifully restored Old City Hall Building in downtown Corning in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.

Nestled in scenic upstate New York, Corning is a vibrant community with an attractive, historical downtown and home to Corning Incorporated—one of the world’s leading innovators in glass and materials science and world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass.

Our small staff is a committed, creative, energetic team that continually embraces diversity of thought and backgrounds. We are passionate about advancing our work and our commitment to the community. We offer full- and part-time positions with excellent benefits. The Rockwell Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interpretation and Adult Program Educator

Status:  M&P, Full-Time
Department:  Education
Salary:  $59,000 – $65,000


Responsible for developing a wide range of interpretive initiatives, resources and activities that enhance audience engagement with the Museum’s permanent collection, in-house and special exhibitions, in alignment with the Curatorial Department. Works with the Director of Education to establish the department’s direction and priorities based on the Museum’s strategic plan.



  • Develops and implements gallery activities and interactives to connect to collection themes and special exhibitions in collaboration with the Youth and Family Programs Educator.
  • Works with the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions on interpretative materials for the permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions.
  • Researches and develops new directions in connecting with visitors including but not limited to audio guides, art making opportunities, digital and remote initiatives written guides for adults, guides for visually challenged adults and others.
  • Working with the Director of Education, plans and coordinates implementation of creative aging initiatives such as the Meet Me at the Museum program for people with memory loss and their caregivers.
  • Works with community partners on adult, college & youth opportunities for engagement with Rockwell collections and exhibitions.
  • Works with Smithsonian Affiliates program and other partners to plan, coordinate and execute annual Lecture Series.
  • Works with the Advancement Team to align public engagement initiatives across the organization.
  • Assists the Director of Education in developing new school and adult tour initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Education, develops quarterly art history workshops for volunteers to support the Museum’s collection.


  • Supports and amplifies the Museum’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Assists the Education Team with all Education Department activities as needed.
  • Conducts tours of the Museum’s collection as needed.
  • Conducts adult tour art activities as needed.
  • Participates in regional and community initiatives as needed.


  • Respect and exemplify the values of The Rockwell Museum in all interactions with colleagues, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner.
  • Adhere to all prescribed organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or in museum studies with a minor in art history; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum three years’ experience working in a museum setting and developing educational activities and programming.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Word and Excel and the ability to learn new software programs as needed.
  • Knowledge of the collection or ability to learn about it.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; works effectively and professionally with people at all levels, including external stakeholders.
  • Meets deadlines and can handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent presentation skills and proficiency in speaking in front of diverse groups.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Highly accurate, detail-oriented and organized; focuses on follow-up.
  • Thinks creatively and identifies and resolves problems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Some weekends and/or evenings required; flexibility in hours necessary.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Interested in volunteering?

Our volunteers are more than just appreciated members of the Rockwell community — they are the very foundation of our success. 

Benefits to volunteers are numerous, including endless opportunities to engage in The Rockwell’s many educational programs and lectures, annual field trips and recognition events, as well a generous discount in the Museum Store. In return, volunteers work as ambassadors for the museum, helping the community fall in love with The Rockwell and the art in its galleries. 

Rockwell volunteers receive an initial orientation, as well as topic-specific trainings throughout the year. All volunteers are required to pass a background check and be at least 18 years of age. 


If you are passionate about fostering meaningful, interactive arts experiences with children and adults, consider becoming a docent! Our docents are trained to lead Museum tours for youth and adults and can even go on the road for outreach programs at local schools. Minimum 30 hours commitment annually (including training). 

Program Assistant

If you enjoy facilitating creative learning experiences, consider becoming a program assistant! Assistants help to manage and facilitate the many family art programs and student exhibitions held at the Museum and Art Lab throughout the year. Minimum 20 hours commitment annually (including training). 

Contact Us

Interested in volunteering? Please fill out a volunteer registration form so we can learn more about your interests. 

For more information on volunteering at The Rockwell, please contact Ann Recotta at 607.974.5505 or 

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