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.


The Southern Museum is currently seeking an energetic and experienced individual for the position of Archivist. Construction is nearing completion of an 8,700 square feet facility that will be incorporated into a new Research Center for the Museum.   The Archivist will play a key role in organizing, promoting, and overseeing the new Research Center. The Archivist reports to the Executive Director and will primarily work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

Principal responsibilities include processing and accessioning collections, preparing archival items for storage, producing finding-aids, developing components of travelling photographic exhibitions, and providing support for activities associated with in-house and loan exhibitions. The ability to successfully participate within a team environment is a must as the Archivist will work closely with the Curator in planning and implementing collections policies, exhibits, and procedures. Interaction with researchers and managing the archival volunteers are further responsibilities of this position. The incumbent must possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and have significant experience in archival management, Past Perfect, digitization, document and image preservation, and grant writing. Incumbent will be knowledgeable of Civil War, Reconstruction, and southeast industrial/ railroad history. The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in museum studies, history, library science, or related field along with a minimum of three years of museum experience (a bachelor’s degree with five or more years of demonstrated archival experience will also be considered). This is a city government position with a starting salary of $44,000 to $48,000 and excellent benefits. Candidates may be eligible for partial relocation expenses.

Interested applicants should send a letter of introduction and resume by mail to: Human Resource Department, City of Kennesaw, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144 or electronically (title e-mail “Archivist Application”) to Referred candidates will be contacted to provide a writing sample and three professional references. Deadline for receipt of applications and all support materials is 5:00 p.m. April 20, 2015. The City of Kennesaw is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

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

Internship Opportunities and Requirements

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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:


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.


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 for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Southern Museum.

Download the volunteer application

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