Plimoth Patuxet Museums

PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362

Date Posted:
August 04, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Lead Artisan Baker


Do you have a genuine interest in creating artisanal breads based on historical recipes? Plimoth Patuxet Museums has an opportunity for a Lead Artisanal Baker to work in one of the country's most prestigious history museums, and we believe this interest is a key ingredient! The focus of the position is baking bread and other historically inspired artisan baked goods for sale in our retail shops while engaging the Museum’s guests with the history and methods of bread-baking as it relates to the 17th century in England and New England. Use 17th century and other traditional, historical or regional recipes to make small batches of bread and other baked goods, shaped by hand and baked in an indoor wood fired oven. We are in search of a Baker who will provide exceptional quality artisan baked goods for sale in our shops. The Baker also works with the Director of Retail to ensure the success of the Bakery, and is responsible for performing tasks related to all daily operations of the Bakery.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Correctly and safely utilize all equipment.
  • Maintain quality standards and inventory levels of all fresh baked artisan products to generate a financial profit.
  • Follow health, safety and sanitation guidelines for all products. Maintain clean and organized workspace so that all bakery staff can locate resources and product as needed. Organize ingredient storage and all supplies and equipment. Ensure that all bakery areas and equipment are safe and sanitary in accordance with food handling procedures.
  • Build fire in the oven and safely remove and dispose of remnants of wood, coal, ash before baking.
  • Accurately follow proven recipes in the preparation of all dough. Precisely scale, shape and score loaves. Assure finished baked products meet quality standards. Measure, mix, prepare, shape and bake bread and other 17th-century baked goods.
  • Working with the Director of Retail, retail shop supervisor and/or buyer (who will forecast demand based on sales), maintain correct inventory levels and assortment; recommend replenishment orders and properly store and date all baked goods.
  • Be creative; look for ways to enhance the quality and scope of bakery offerings including ingredient changes to promote the uniqueness of products.
  • Train and mentor bakery staff.
  • Order ingredients (flour, etc) as needed.
  • Ensure bakery process continues in smooth operation by eliminating obstacles to production.
  • Maintain regular and consistent attendance and punctuality.
  • Create and manage budget for bakery with a goal of maximizing profits while maintaining quality products.
  • Create, prepare and run workshops and bakery classes as well as demonstrate in front of the public on a daily basis
  • Other duties as assigned

This outline description focuses on the primary duties of the position. It is not designed nor intended to include all duties and responsibilities inherent in satisfactory performance of the position. Management reserves the right to revise this job description from time to time as needed.


Experience and Qualifications

A high school diploma and a minimum of 1 year of proven successful bakery experience required. Or any combination of education, experience, and training which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Must be fluent in English, understand oral and written instructions, and execute work with little or no additional direction.
  • The ability to work well with a wide variety of people – guests, coworkers, volunteers – is essential. Must genuinely enjoy meeting and talking with new people of all ages every day.
  • Must be willing and eager to learn about 17th century recipes and techniques.
  • Experience or education in shaping, scoring and baking European style or artisan breads.
  • Experience or education in baking with a wood-fired oven.
  • Some experience making other baked goods (for example cookies and tarts) is desirable.
  • The following abilities are needed:
  • accurately judge proofing time required by different breads
  • accurately measure ingredients
  • accurately assess the effect of changes in the environment on the production schedule and take appropriate action
  • shape and score dough to allow for maximum volume and "eye appeal" in the resulting bread
  • ability to multi-task within a baking cycle to maximize profits for bakery
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or able to obtain one once hired.
  • Culinary school degree desirable but not required.
  • Must possess the ability to accept constructive review and be accountable for one’s own success
  • Must possess integrity, a positive attitude, be mission-driven, and enjoy the autonomy of being self-directed while at the same time demonstrating commitment to working collaboratively.
  • Basic math skills used to half or double recipes


Perform physical activities in a variety of environmental conditions that require moderate to maximum strength including climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, and handling of materials weighing up to 55 lbs.

Comfortable working on your feet for long periods of time in what can be a very fast paced environment.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is generally performed in a safe and comfortable store environment with the possibility of frequent exposure to hot, cold and wet conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to grasp, push, pull, lift, carry, stoop, twist, crouch, and reach; perform tasks requiring repetitive motion and eye, hand and foot coordination; hear and respond to customer inquiries. Also requires standing, walking and bending throughout the entire work day and the ability to maneuver heavy objects weighing up to 55 pounds from location to location.


This position requires working at least one weekend day per week as well as several holidays.  Flexibility in work hours and days off is required. Depending on the season, this position may include working additional night/weekend hours or days as needed.


Whether part-time or full-time, year-round or seasonal, all staff and volunteers at Plimoth Patuxet advance the Museum’s educational mission and strategic goals. They uphold the Museum’s core values and principles in their work and in all of their interactions with the public and with coworkers. This commitment helps to ensure that Plimoth’s reputation for excellence is maintained and that, as stewards of the Museum, we are helping to create a relevant and sustainable future for Plimoth Patuxet Museums. The core principles that guide us in our work are:

? Safety and Comfort

? Compassionate Customer Engagement

? Professional Excellence

? Personal Accountability

? Advance a Culture of Philanthropy

? Teamwork

How To Apply:
Please submit cover letter and resume to 
Apply by:
September 29, 2021
About this Organization:
One of America’s foremost living history museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Plimoth Patuxet Museums hosts more than 350,000 visitors from around the world each year. Plimoth offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Indigenous People of southeastern Massachusetts and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. In addition to its most famous exhibits, historically accurate recreations of a 1627 English Village, the Mayflower II, and a Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, the museum offers an array of year-round educational programs.