Job, Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

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.

Job Opportunities

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is currently seeking an energetic and creative individual for the position of Events Coordinator. Part of the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations Program, the Museum includes Civil War and railroad exhibitions, an early 20th century locomotive factory, a new research center, and the Jolley Education Center.

The Events Coordinator works closely with two other members of the Development Team and reports directly to the Executive Director. Primary responsibilities include promoting and managing museum events and facility rentals. Current major annual museum events include Trains-Trains-Trains, National Train Day for Autism, Descendant’s Day, Railroad Rendezvous, and Polar Express Adventure. The facility is a popular destination for railroad themed birthday parties, corporate meetings/ banquets, and weddings. Primary responsibilities include creating and managing event timelines, budgets, promotional materials, sponsorship information, and recruitment of event volunteers while generating public awareness of the museum through an active engagement with the local community. The incumbent oversees and promotes museum rentals and solicits event participants and sponsors. The Events Coordinator needs to be a creative team player and contribute to a wide range of museum activities including providing tours/ programs and working ticket and sales operations of the front desk and museum gift shop.

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree along with three or more years of proven fundraising, event management, and/or museum experience. A basic knowledge of graphic programs and Photoshop is a bonus. Primary schedule is Tuesday through Saturday (although flexibility is required as schedule may change based on museum program needs). This is a full-time city government position with excellent benefits. Starting pay range is $15.00 to $17.00 per hour depending upon experience. Candidates may be eligible for partial relocation expenses.

Interested applicants should send a letter of introduction and resume 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 “Events Coordinator Application”) to resume@kennesaw-ga.gov. Referred candidates will be contacted to provide a writing sample and three professional references. Applications should be received by 5:00 p.m. March 21, 2016, after which all applications will be opened and reviewed. Position will remain opened until filled. The City of Kennesaw is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

For more information and application instructions, please see the City of Kennesaw website.

College Internship Opportunities

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History offers a variety of museum related opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Our internships provide valuable firsthand experience in various aspects of the museum field such as museum education, curatorial department, and archives.  Please see the links below for further information or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at 770.427.2117, extension 3169, or email volunteers@southernmuseum.org.

Internship Opportunities and Requirements

Download Internship Application

Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Curatorial

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.

Education

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.

Carpentry

The Museum is looking for a person to help the small carpentry projects including train tables, props for events, and  more. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for those who are handy and are available on an as-needed bases.

Gift Shop

Volunteers assist the Gift Shop Manager in re-stocking, organizing, pricing, and anything retail. People are able to volunteer in this position Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Special Events

Volunteers assist in a variety of areas during Museum-sponsored events throughout the year, such as exhibit openings, lectures, fundraising events, etc.

Volunteer Benefits

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  membership to the Museum that includes:

  • Unlimited free admission for one year for Volunteer
  • 20% 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 volunteers@southernmuseum.org for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Southern Museum.

Download the volunteer application

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