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Job Opportunities with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants provides education and understanding of why the Pilgrims were important, how they shaped western civilization, and what their 1620 voyage means today.  As the preeminent authority on the legacy of the Pilgrims, GSMD plays a crucial role when it comes to increasing public awareness of the importance of the Pilgrims' lives and legacies, as well as maintaining the highest standards possible for genealogy research into the lineage of the Pilgrims.
Along with our 12 Executive Committee members, the officers of our 53 Member Societies, and many dedicated volunteers that fill a myriad of roles, GSMD’s mission is supported by a growing staff at our national headquarters in Plymouth, MA.

Open job positions:

Genealogist: Lineage Verification


Job/Position Title: 
Genealogist: Lineage Verification


Effective Date:
April 15, 2019

Reports to:
Director of Genealogy and Research Services

Weekly Hours:
20

Position Overview:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) has a part-time opening in the Department of Genealogy and Research Services at its Plymouth headquarters. This position will work as part of a team to process membership applications, by evaluating lineage information and documentation for completeness, validity, and correctness.  Experience in professional genealogical research and methods is key to this role.

Required Qualifications & Skills: 

  • Two or more years' professional experience in genealogical research.
  • Demonstrates proven experience resolving conflicting evidence and same name problems.
  • Experience working with original and compiled sources, both original hard copy and digital documents, as well as knowledge of advanced internet search techniques, including wildcard usage.
  • Demonstrates strong writing skills; able to clearly explain complex research problems and provide recommendations for further research.
  • Demonstrates advanced proficiency in word processing (Microsoft Word & Adobe PDF) software, and on- and off-line database and lineage software.
  • Attention to detail; experience in proofing and editing, as well as excellent time management and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Genealogy accreditation or degree in related field.
  • Neat printing.
  • Experience with lineage society applications a plus.

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to dgrs@themayflowersociety.org by April 15th, 2019.  

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Staff Accountant


Job/Position Title:
Staff Accountant


Effective Date:
April 15, 2019

Reports to:
Business Manager

Weekly Hours:
32

Position Overview:

Performs a wide range of accounting tasks to support the Business Manager.  Creates, updates and maintains Excel spreadsheets, ledgers and other records detailing financial business transactions.  Inputs financial transactions into various software programs.  Assists with special projects as needed.                                    

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Assist with month-end close process including but not limited to creating/posting journal entries and maintaining reconciliations for balance sheet accounts.
  • Create, update, and maintain various Excel spreadsheets (i.e. sales, sales tax, prepaids, payroll, fixed assets, etc.).
  • Process invoices and assist with weekly check run process.
  • Enter financial transactions into various software programs.
  • Prepare bank deposits.
  • Assist with month-end reconciliations of sales and bank accounts.
  • Investigate and resolve variances.
  • Provide assistance with processing bi-weekly payroll (process time sheets and enter data into payroll software).
  • Compile reports/data for month-end close, fiscal year-end audit, annual budget, and miscellaneous projects that arise.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:  Bachelors degree required.  Proficient in Excel.  Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  Positive, professional attitude; an ability to work individually and as part of a team.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  The ability to take & learn from direction.  The ability to maintain confidentiality of proprietary information. PREFERRED: Experience with QuickBooks a plus.    

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to Jobs@theMayflowerSociety.org by April 15th, 2019.  

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Mayflower Society House Docent


Job/Position Title:
Docent


Date of Posting:
March 29, 2019

Reports to:
Mayflower Society House Manager

Weekly Hours:
Varies, see below

Position Overview:

The Mayflower Society is seeking several Docents for the Mayflower Society House during the 2019 season.  Our Docents are the public Ambassadors for GSMD, welcoming guests and members to our property and providing informative tours that highlight its historic significance and role in the Pilgrim Story.  The goal is for visitors to enjoy an interesting, entertaining and professionally delivered experience.

To prepare you for your role, new GSMD Docents will undergo training and coaching by experienced public historians who will serve as “your coach”; you will “shadow” other experienced Docents while on tour to learn the nuances of delivering the story and responses to frequently asked questions.  (Some outside study may be required.)  Once approved by your Coach, you will conduct tours independently.

At the Mayflower Society House, Docents will also receive training to be able to assist with sales in the Mayflower Society Gift Shop.

Docents are responsible for being observant while on duty, to proactively monitor maintenance and security concerns at the property and report them to their Supervisor. 

From time to time, during the season, Docents may be called upon to assist with special programs or rental events on property.

Work Schedule

The Mayflower Society House is open 7 days a week from May 18th to October 31st, with special weekend openings during the Thanksgiving holiday season.  House Tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.  Guests may also self-tour with the Uniguide audio tour that is available. (Visit www.themayflowersociety.org/audiotour .)

Docent Team Staff are expected to arrive 15 minutes before the start of tours for property opening, and leave 15 minutes after tours end for property closing. Our team of Docents are assigned a regular schedule of days to work, with an average of 11 – 16.5 hours of work per week. As noted above, from time to time and with advance notice, Docents may be assigned some afterhours work hours to support special programs or events.

Compensation

Docent positions are paid positions at GSMD.  They are paid an hourly rate of $12/hour.

Qualifications & Skills:

The following qualifications and skills are required:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Personable, professional, energetic and enthusiastic demeanor;
  • Ability to work without close supervision;
  • Ability to learn detailed historical information quickly;
  • Knowledge of the Pilgrims and their contributions to our country;
  • Develop a working knowledge of the Mayflower Society;
  • Ability to adjust to a flexible schedule;
  • Physical stamina to navigate stairs, conduct walking tours, and do light chores.

To apply, please send your letter of interest and resume to jobs@themayflowersociety.org by April 26th, 2019.  

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If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for GSMD’s Research Library or the Mayflower Society House, please email Jobs@theMayflowerSociety.org.

 

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