AP Educator

Company Name: 

Bishop Museum


1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Job Description: 

AP Educator

The AP Educator delivers culture-based programming to Japanese school groups, community groups, and general public at Bishop Museum. In conjunction with other educators, he/she serves as a cultural content resource in the development, delivery, and evaluation of museum programs, exhibits, and special events. He/she supports the Museum’s Japanese volunteer docents and interacting with museum guests. AP Educators are also responsible for the booking, coordination and delivery of daytime and evening programs to Japanese visitors Programs include public programs for the general visitor, fee-based specialty programs, and online programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide programs to eastbound customers on topics ranging from hula to celestial navigation, for both daytime and evening programs. Some of the programs are presented in a team situation with an English-speaking presenter; other programs are presented solo. These include programs in the Museum’s planetarium, tours in Hawaiian Hall, Pacific Hall, Science Adventure Center, Castle Memorial Building, and online courses.
  • Work with tour operators and travel agents to schedule and accommodate tour groups. Maintain tour records. Answer calls in office, take bookings, arrange a facility and an instructor for programs such as hula instruction.
  • Provide clerical support for programming, including copying, generating invoices, mailing receipts, and other office responsibilities.
  • Assist AP Education Supervisor in the development, revision, evaluation and implementation of cultural and multidisciplinary programming for school groups, community groups, and general public.
  • Prepare materials for each tour, including setting up luncheons as needed.
  • Provide translation duties for museum in terms of Japanese-language guides, signs and website.
  • Assist the rest of the team in screening, training, and coordinating the work of Japanese-speaking docents.
  • Cover evening astronomy programs as needed. This includes operating planetarium equipment, welcoming visitors, and providing clerical support for programming.
  • Provide other daily operational assistance as needed.
  • Support museum contractees that deliver museum-specified programs such as hula, ‘ukulele, lau hala, and Hawaiian language.
  • Study and learn Hawaiian and Pacific Cultures, plants, and species for interpretation to the Japanese-speaking public.
  • Occasionally, deliver a museum program offsite as part of Japanese outreach program or English immersion experiences for Japanese visitors.


  • Bachelor’s degree, and/or four years of related experience, preferred
  • Must be fluent in both Japanese and English
  • Background in Hawaiian language and culture desired
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with visitors in a courteous and engaging manner
  • Must be comfortable in operating audiovisual equipment, including planetarium
  • Experience in museum or visitor industry

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as regular evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Demonstrated good attendance record
  • Detail oriented
  • Computer literate

Direct Reports: None

Working Conditions

Position does require working on campus at night, in dim lights, in particular in planetarium and observatory. Tours require the employee to be on one’s feet for as long as 1 hour at a time.

Physical Requirements

Ability to walk and stand for an extended period of time and occasional use of stairs.

Hours: Full Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.