Careers

Pearl S. Buck International offers a stimulating work environment in a tranquil and historic setting, convenient to locations in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. People who want to make a difference in the world find extra satisfaction in working with a team who carry on Pearl S. Buck’s legacy of bridging cultures and changing lives.

Job Opportunities

Museum Curator

Pearl S. Buck International has an immediate opening for the position of Museum Curator.

Position Summary:

The Curator is a key member of Pearl S. Buck International (PSBI) and is primarily responsible for implementing curatorial care and collections management operations and preservation procedures of the National Historic Landmark home of Pearl S. Buck.

Responsibilities include:

  • Direct and oversee the curatorial care, management, preservation and conservation of the collection.
  • Maintain and update collection inventory in Past Perfect.
  • Manage daily operations of the Pearl S. Buck House tour desk and volunteers to ensure adherence to professional museum standards so visitors are served by a vibrant workforce comprised of staff and volunteers.
  • Support and develop exhibits and student visitation programs.
  • Professionally represent Pearl S. Buck International to ensure sector leadership through participation with museum related professional associations and with Pearl S. Buck Museums and related institutions.
  • Support organizational initiatives and activities to ensure operational goals and objectives are achieved.

Position Requirements:

  • BA/BS in History/Museum Studies (Master’s preferred) with minimum 3 to 5 years experience as a Curator or in collections management field position required
  • Must have valid driver’s license & current automobile insurance coverage & the ability to travel within the community throughout the workday with full time access to an automobile
  • Ability to work 40 hours a week with flexible scheduling to include evening & occasional weekends when needed for special event activities, rental activities, & speaking engagements
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of curatorial principles, methods, procedures & techniques
  • Prior experience with interpretation of collections and is able to communicate that knowledge in a variety of written and oral formats
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of the techniques of selection, evaluation, preservation, restoration, & exhibition of objects, photographs, books & ephemera
  • Proven experience in forming solid relationships with volunteers, other employees, and the public all of whom have diverse backgrounds, personalities and accomplishments
  • Background knowledge and appreciation for historic collections
  • Proven experience in public speaking both formally and extemporaneously
  • Proven knowledge of Past Perfect software.
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, self-starting, innovative, articulate, high energy, reliable, team player, & resourceful are desirable attributes

Organization Description:

Pearl S. Buck International (PSBI), a non-sectarian organization that provides opportunities to explore and appreciate other cultures, builds better lives for children around the globe and promotes the legacy of our founder by preserving and interpreting her National Historic Landmark home.  This is a full-time position at our home office located in Hilltown, PA (Bucks County).

Pearl S. Buck International will not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment or contract positions because of race, disability, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, or sex. Our home office is located on a quiet Bucks County estate, which accompanies the remarkable home that belonged to Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck.  At Buck’s home it tells the story of an extraordinary life, worthy of the historic landmark designation it carries. Visit our website at www.pearlsbuck.org for more details.

Resumes should be Faxed to (215) 249-9657

Emailed to jreeder@pearlsbuck.org or Mailed to 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944 as soon as possible

Internship Opportunities

Pearl S. Buck International is committed to supporting the development of students pursuing higher education degrees. Currently, only non-paid internships are available. Please contact Jill Reeder at jreeder@pearlsbuck.org for more information.

Volunteer Taking Action Tour Facilitator Opportunities

Pearl S. Buck International is seeking new volunteer facilitators to greet visitors and lead the Pearl S. Buck: Taking Action Tour at the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark.  Through the use of story-telling, dialogue and questioning techniques, facilitate conversations focused on relevant social issues.  Relate Pearl S. Buck’s personal experiences, writings and humanitarian works to current-day issues. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tour facilitator or just want to learn more, call 215-249-0100.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete the Facilitator Training Program with an assigned mentor
  • Participate in on-going continuing education/training programs
  • Choose Taking Action tour times from the master schedule
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time
  • Facilitate tours in accordance with museum standards by being factual, friendly and firmly in control of your group
  • Provide tour feedback to the Museum Curator, as requested
  • Participate in re-certification at required times

Requirements:

  • Possess interpersonal skills with an emphasis on communication and public speaking
  • Be proficient in using questioning techniques to facilitate discussion
  • Desirable attributes include being friendly, detail oriented, organized, self-motivated, innovative, articulate, reliable, and a team-player

The Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark

The Pearl S. Buck National Historic Landmark Home is unique in that it is one of few sites which, in addition to being a house museum, is actively continuing the work of its founder. While telling Pearl S. Buck’s extraordinary story, her house ultimately serves as a means to create a dialogue of relevant social issues. Docent-led Historical and Facilitator-led tours are offered.