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Museum 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.

Open Positions

Museum Marketing Specialist


The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia is currently seeking an energetic and creative individual for the position of Museum Marketing Specialist.  As a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective on the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. Galleries include Civil War and railroad exhibitions, an early 20th-century locomotive factory, the famous General locomotive, an archival and library research center, and the Jolley Education Center. The Museum Marketing Specialist guarantees the effective promotion of all Museum programs and initiatives.


Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Museum Marketing Specialist is responsible for museum marketing and public relation endeavors including, but not limited to, the following: securing and monitoring of advertising for museum events and various programs, design and creation of marketing materials, cultivating influence with media outlets and tourism agencies, and handling of press inquiries. The Museum Marketing Specialist will envision and implement strategic marketing campaigns in order to produce positive and quantifiable results in community relations and museum attendance. Team member must demonstrate flexibility and time management and occasionally assist with other museum duties such as tours, programming, and visitor services. It is important for the incumbent to establish themselves as a team player, incorporating quickly into a small and active team.


  • Create press releases, advertisements, and graphic images (including banners, billboard, flyers, brochures, etc.).
  • Produce and implement marketing plans and projects for new and existing exhibitions, programs, events, and public relation endeavors.
  • Develop and manage marketing and communications budget.
  • Handle and maintain social media presence for museum.
  • Manage media interview logistics regarding programs and events.
  • Compile clear and concise reports in order to analyze sales data to determine marketing impact and investment return.
  • Manage website and oversee SEO (Search Engine Optimization) data collection.


The Museum Marketing Specialist will normally work Monday through Friday and must be able to work a flexible schedule when needed, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.  The schedule is subject to change based on city/ museum needs.


A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field along with a minimum of three to five years of relevant professional experience is required. Excellent communication and networking skills, competency in graphic design and website maintenance (WordPress, basic HTML coding, InDesign, Photoshop) is necessary.


This is a salaried city government position with a starting salary range of $42,797 - $49,000 and includes excellent benefits. Candidates may be eligible for partial relocation expenses.


Interested applicants should send a letter of introduction and resume electronically (title e-mail “Museum Marketing Specialist Application”) to email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Referred candidates will be contacted to provide a writing sample, at least two graphic design samples, and three professional references.  For full consideration, applications should be received by 5:00 p.m., February 26, 2018, after which all applications will be opened and reviewed.

The City of Kennesaw is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Foundation Coordinator in Kennesaw, Georgia

The Opportunity

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation is seeking an energetic and dependable individual for the fulltime hourly position of Foundation Coordinator. The purpose of the private, non-profit Kennesaw Museum Foundation is to generate funding in support of the educational activities of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw.  The Foundation Coordinator is responsible for accounts receivable and payable, organizing fundraising events, preparing agendas and taking minutes, and assisting the Executive Director with daily activities.  The Foundation Coordinator must provide superior customer service and be able to work with members of the community.  Normal schedule consists of Monday through Friday along with a few weekends and evenings due to events.  Office location is inside of Southern Museum.  Starting compensation is $17-18 per hour depending upon experience.  Benefits include paid vacation/ sick leave, monthly health insurance stipend, and mileage reimbursement.


Examples of Work

  • Coordinate Foundation Fundraising Events (including annual dinner, golf tournament, and 5k race) and assist with special events.
  • Responsible for Foundation donations/pledges in QuickBooks and Past Perfect.
  • Execute relevant correspondence.  Maintain and update databases.
  • Maintain Foundation budget, make deposits, and process bills.  Provide monthly printed reports to the Executive Director.
  • Recruit and maintain Foundation membership.  Work with Smithsonian Institution to maintain affiliate memberships for our members.
  • Oversee and assemble Museum newsletter.  Gather articles from Museum staff.  Organize layout and take charge of printing and delivery schedules.
  • Attend meetings.  Send invites, prepare agendas, record/ distribute minutes.
  • Provide general, administrative, and clerical assistance to the Executive Director.  Schedule appointments and maintain Executive Director’s calendar.
  • On occasion assist with Southern Museum activities, ticket booth, and gift shop.



Communication and writing skills are required as are attention to detail, excellent organizational abilities, effective time management and QuickBooks along with computer/ database knowledge (including a willingness to learn and become proficient in Microsoft Publisher).  Professional appearance and sound customer service skillsCandidate must have dependable transportation for minor in town trips for meetings, post office, bank, etc.  A high school diploma is required; college degree is preferred. Background in non-profit, marketing and/or business setting is a plus.


Interested applicants should send a letter of introduction and resume electronically (title e-mail “KMF Foundation Coordinator”) to email hidden; JavaScript is required and copied to email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please submit application by February 7, 2018, to receive full consideration.  Position is open until filled.

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 email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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:


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 email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information about volunteer opportunities at the Southern Museum.

Download the volunteer application

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