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 Opportunity

Southern Museum Early Childhood Educator

The Southern Museum of Civil War is currently seeking an energetic and creative individual for the position of Early Childhood Educator.  The Early Childhood Educator is a member of the Museum Visitors Services Team and coordinates all programs for early childhood learners and their families.  This position reports to the Director of Operations and will primarily work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule (although schedule may change based on museum program needs).

Primary responsibilities include creating, promoting, and conducting educational and public programs to interpret museum themes and exhibits for early learners, including preschool children, elementary students, and family audiences.  Key assignments involve implementing Mommy & Me (an early childhood program for children aged three to five years) and Homeschool Days; plus providing tours to a variety of school and adult groups.  The Early Childhood Educator is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the interactive exhibits in the Jolley Education Center together with suggestions for new components and activities.  The incumbent will develop supplemental web learning materials for access by teachers and families and plan in-service programs for early childhood educators and teachers.  The Early Childhood Educator will also participate in a wide range of museum activities and events including working ticket and sales operations of the front desk and museum gift shop.

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, museum education, art, or related field along with a minimum of three years of paid professional experience educating young children.  Experience working in a museum setting is a plus.  This is a city government position with a starting salary of $35,000 to $38,000 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 c/o Museum Director, City of Kennesaw, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144 or electronically (title e-mail “Early Childhood Educator Application”) to resume@kennesaw-ga.gov.  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. August 24, 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 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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