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Education Team

The Education Team is responsible for facilitating all educational and historic programming during Halloween Nights, including engaging with visitors in The Fair Chance Beer Garden, assisting visitors with the self-guided highlights audio tour, and leading guide-led flashlight tours of the penitentiary's hospital.

Other responsibilities include maintaining a tidy and professional environment, performing basic maintenance and cleaning tasks, and setting up and breaking down the exhibits each evening. Please note that Educators will spend their workday in outdoor conditions.


You are a great fit for this job if you are:

  • A natural at leading conversations, listening to conflicting perspectives, and creating a positive group dynamic, even with the most difficult subject matter.
  • Open, respectful, humble, and non-judgmental with a sense of humor.
  • Willing to listen and learn while sharing knowledge.
  • Flexible and adapt quickly.
  • Exceptional in providing customer service in a fast-paced environment.
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Able to work well on your own, but also enjoy collaboration and supporting your coworkers.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends.

We especially encourage you to apply if you:

  • Are enthusiastic about Halloween and fall celebrations.
  • Speak more than one language.
  • Live in a neighborhood close to Eastern State Penitentiary.
  • Have a basic knowledge of the criminal justice system and incarceration.
  • Consider yourself a creative person.
  • Have an interest in storytelling.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site provides paid training that includes the history of the penitentiary, the complexities of today’s prison system, and tour techniques. No previous experience in education, museums or knowledge of incarceration is required.

To Apply:

First, complete an online operations application.
Then, attend an in-person education interview at one of the following times: 

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please wear closed-toe shoes, and please bring water and your resume to the interview. Education interviews are held at Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia. You do not need to make an appointment. Late arrivals will not be permitted. 

Our hiring team typically interviews multiple people at the same time for a range of positions. You will first join a group Customer Service / Operations interview, then you will have a 1-on-1 interview with the Senior Education Manager. Please be ready to discuss why you are interested in a position on the education team.

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Early applicants have a greater chance at early hiring, and roles will continue to be filled throughout the season.

Interested in a different kind of role? Return to the overview page to explore other open Halloween Nights positions.



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment. ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

Commitment to Diversity: We strongly believe in the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We recognize that a diverse workforce brings together unique perspectives, experiences, and talents, leading to increased creativity, innovation, and better decision-making. As such, we actively seek out and value job applicants from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, ages, or disability. Our commitment to DEI extends throughout our hiring process, ensuring equal opportunities and fair treatment for all candidates. We firmly believe that by fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, we can create a stronger, more vibrant, and more successful organization.