If you’re passionate about American history, the Civil War and/or railroading, the Southern Museum has exciting opportunities for employment, as well as volunteer and internship positions.
Education Program Coordinator
The Southern Museum is seeking an energetic and creative individual for the position of Education Program Coordinator. This position is responsible for interpretive demonstrations, programs, and guided tours for a wide variety of audiences. The Education Program Coordinator will be required to work a Sunday through Thursday schedule (although schedule may change based on museum program needs).
Primary responsibilities include providing educational presentations to children and school-aged learners, participating in living history and costumed interpretation, developing interpretive programs, recruiting and managing living history volunteers, and providing outreach programs to adults and schools. The Education Program Coordinator needs to be a creative team player and contribute to a wide range of museum activities including working ticket and sales operations of the front desk and museum gift shop.
This entry-level position provides an excellent opportunity for individuals wishing to pursue a career within the museum field. A bachelor’s degree is required along with basic knowledge of Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialization, and/or Southeastern Railroad history. Education or museum experience is a plus. This is a fulltime city government position with excellent benefits. Starting pay range is $13.25 to $15.00 per hour depending upon education and experience.
Interested applicants should send a letter of introduction, resume, three professional references, and a 2-5 page writing sample by mail to: Human Resource Department c/o Museum Director, City of Kennesaw, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144 or electronically (title e-mail “Program Coordinator”) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of applications and all support materials is 5:00 p.m. June 27, 2013. The City of Kennesaw is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.
College Internship Opportunities:
The Southern Museum offers credited internships to college students exploring the museum field as a potential career opportunity or to satisfy college field placement requirements. Internships are a structured work experience allowing students to relate theory to practice while interacting within a professional museum environment.
Museum staff members provide interns with helpful feedback, academic credit evaluation, and may serve as liaisons with the students’ academic advisers. A session designed to prepare students for conducting their own professional career search is included as part of the internship. College students gain exposure to overall museum operations while concentrating on an individual project within a specific museum department determined upon academic background and area of interest. Participating museum departments include:
Design/ implementation of museum interpretive programs and learning initiatives
Library and Archives
Processing/ cataloging documents, maps, photographs and manuscripts
Exhibition design/ installation and collections management of artifacts
Internship Program Details
Internships require a minimum of 120 hours and need to be completed during the allotted academic semester (spring, fall, or summer).
- Internships are competitive and require an application process.
- All internships are unpaid and must be pre-arranged.
- Internships are conducted on-site at the Southern Museum. Travel to and from the museum or any housing accommodations are the responsibility of the student.
- All college students are eligible for the internship (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral).
- Students are responsible for paperwork, approvals, and deadlines required by their institution for academic credit.
- Students are accountable for working with museum staff in devising a schedule which will allow them to complete the internship hours required by their school. (Please note that there is limited availability for hours on weekends depending upon the museum department and internship project).
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.427.2117, extension 3169 or email@example.com for more information or questions concerning college internship opportunities at the Southern Museum.
Support and donations from the community have helped the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History become a Smithsonian-affiliated, world-class facility. The Museum now seeks volunteers to help maintain the Museum’s commitment to providing an exciting and impressive experience to visitors. Volunteers are integral to the continued success of the Museum and provide a valuable service, not only to the Museum, but to the entire community.
Opportunities for volunteers, ages 18 and up, include:
Volunteers provide assistance in the maintenance of the Museum’s three permanent collections: The Great Locomotive Chase; Railroads: Lifelines of the Civil War; and Glover Machine Works: Casting a New South.
Library and Archives
Volunteers help preserve and conserve the Museum’s archival collection by processing and cataloging archival materials (documents, maps, photographs, books, magazines) according to collections standards. Volunteers will be trained in the appropriate handling of archival materials.
Volunteers lead individual and group tours of the Museum, providing interpretation of the three permanent collections, and, when appropriate, of visiting exhibitions. Volunteers may also assist visitors and provide private tours during special events.
Volunteers prepare bulk mailings, answer phone requests, and assist with research, among other projects for the Museum.
Volunteers assist staff in the care and maintenance of the building and grounds of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Duties may include helping repair and maintain the building, yard and exhibits, including the Glover Factory and the General. Skills in electrical work, carpentry and mechanical work are a plus.
Volunteers assist in a variety of areas during Museum-sponsored events throughout the year, such as exhibit openings, lectures, fundraising events, etc.
In addition to the satisfaction of working at a world-class Museum and meeting people who share a love of history and the community, volunteers will receive a FREE annual family membership to the Museum that includes:
- Unlimited free admission for one year for two adults and all dependent minor children (under age 18) when accompanied by Member parent.
- 10% discount on Museum shop purchases.
- Invitation to exclusive Members Only events, including exhibition previews.
- Priority notice and seating for all lectures and community programs.
- Subscription to Museum newsletter.
- Opportunities to participate in continuing education trips and lectures.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.427.2117, extension 3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Southern Museum.