Education / Interpretation / Historian Positions

Overnight Program Educators
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

These positions provide hands-on engaging programming for school and youth groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport. The overnight programs provide an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the JOSEPH CONRAD. For more information about the Ship to Shore overnight program visit For a description of Anchor Watch programs and a typical schedule, visit These positions are seasonal jobs starting March 5, 2018 through June 4, 2018. Hours range from 13 hours to 35 hours per week during this time depending upon program bookings.

  • Lead tours, outdoor and indoor activities
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the JOSEPH CONRAD
  • Assist in rigging climbing
  • Assist with cleaning of program facilities
  • Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
  • Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques
  • Contribute to the development of new programs and enhancement of existing programs
  • Help advance department and institutional goals, adhere to mission, and serve as ambassador for Mystic Seaport
  • Experience working with children, youth and families in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Demonstrate caring and respectful attitude towards children, youth, and families
  • Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customers
  • Self-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles
  • Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to get along with others; ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to perform assignments creatively, conscientiously, and accurately with high standards of quality and overall effectiveness.
  • Capacity for accepting responsibility of position without need for follow-up; ability to act independently without specific instructions.
  • Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
  • College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, and/or teaching or youth development experience is preferred
  • Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum
Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:
  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
  • Late nights, early mornings, overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD
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This job posted by MERC from December 8 through March 9.

Director of Education
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Education Department. The Director of Education is responsible for providing creative and strategic leadership to oversee all aspects of the museum’s K-12 student and teacher programs, public programs, and interpretative functions. This ever-growing portfolio of programs includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of curricula, teacher professional development, student field trips, STEM initiatives, student competitions, commemorative events, public programs, youth summer camps, and volunteer docent training. The Director ensures seamless execution of these programs through effective operational planning, budgeting, staff supervision and training, program delivery, and follow-up evaluation. The Director works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to generate concepts, content, and funding that will make programs most successful and expand the reach and reputation of The National WWII Museum. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education & Access, the Director of Education oversees a staff of 8, as well as interns and volunteers.

Ranked the #2 museum in the world by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth. The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and permanent exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – – and launched the WWII Media & Education Center, which will serve as the epicenter of the Museum’s digital content production and broadcasting. The Director of Education will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

Specific job responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the development of museum education programs that are effective and engaging, meet the needs of their audiences, and promote the Museum’s mission and vision.
  • Hire, train and supervise education staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Oversee development, implementation and continuous monitoring of the department budget.
  • Work closely with other departments to plan, promote, and execute Museum programs that will complement exhibits and collections and serve diverse audiences.
  • Serve on interdepartmental projects, such as capital exhibits, strategic planning taskforces, and distance learning initiatives of the WWII Media & Education Center, as advisor on K-12 and education-related matters.
  • Propose new program initiatives that align with the Museum’s strategic plan and position it at the forefront of the museum education field.
  • Ensure program effectiveness and content quality through monitoring, evaluation, and feedback.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Advancement to identify program funding needs, prepare proposals and progress reports, and develop effective relationships with stakeholders that clearly communicate program outcomes.
  • Expand the museum's professional connections and visibility on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Serve as an institutional liaison to a diverse network of stakeholders including schools, colleges / universities, museums, and other supporters of education.
  • Assist in planning for meetings of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Counselors advisory group.
  • Represent the interests of the Education Department in management-level meetings and in meetings of staff task forces, work teams, and work groups.
  • Perform additional duties as directed.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

Strong passion for the mission of The National WWII Museum

Masters degree in a discipline related to the Museum’s work such as:
  • History
  • Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Museum Studies
A minimum of five years related experience in museum education and/or programming.

Demonstrated knowledge of effective personnel and budget management practices with a minimum of three years experience in a supervisory position.

Experience working with education standards and the educational landscape to develop programs and curricula.

Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to create and implement both short-term projects and long-range plans.

Willingness to work overtime during special events, facility rentals, heavy visitation, or to meet a deadline.

Interested candidates should apply online at or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

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This job posted by MERC from December 6 through March 7.

Manager of Interpretive Planning
Houston Zoo
Houston, Texas, USA

Our Mission: The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: The Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Job Summary: The ideal candidate will have combined skills with programming, producing and writing interpretive content for exhibits and public programs; working collaboratively with stakeholders within the zoo, our zoo partners and outside organizations. This candidate must have solid organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple large and small projects simultaneously.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelors' Degree in Museum Studies, Interpretive Planning, Environmental Studies or related field
  • Three years of successful experience in exhibit interpretive development and/or planning interpretive experiences that engage diverse audiences.
  • Experience with yearly budget management and ability to forecast associated costs for long-term planning
Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop the story of an exhibit including interpretive graphic content and concepts for interactive displays in collaboration with exhibit and graphics teams.
  • Design a zoo-wide interpretive plan which serves to articulate and document the intended guest experience, and the varied means of creating that experience, simultaneously with the development of other aspects of the exhibition such as concept, design and storylines.
  • Inclusively manage the content research, copy writing, photo/video research and acquisition for all interpretive exhibit materials. Write and coordinate editing of text for exhibits and programs to ensure that the language used communicates ideas clearly, concisely and personally to our guests.
  • Collaborate with multiple teams to support training for staff and volunteers on zoo-wide exhibit themes and messaging.
  • Manage exhibit evaluation studies including proposal development and work with outside evaluation firms to develop and conduct studies of exhibit and interpretive program effectiveness.
  • Work in collaboration with Creative Director of Graphics and facilities management to define the process for developing and creating consistency of interpretive graphic design, placement and installation.
  • Align all content with strategies in the zoo’s strategic plan.
  • Works collaboratively across teams to create and maintain annual interpretive graphic budget.
The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts (some stationary ones too) with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care, and education. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and their habitats as well as to attend special events hosted by the zoo.

The Houston Zoo focuses on saving wildlife through efforts to reduce threats that face species in the wild. This includes action to reduce plastic pollution and paper use, promote sustainable seafood and sustainable palm oil, recycle electronics, and address pollinator decline. We also protect the wild counterparts of zoo animals, (like lions, sharks, cranes and toads) in the wild through partnerships with other global and regional wildlife-saving organizations. We take pride in supporting efforts that help save wildlife from extinction by working to implement comprehensive conservation strategies and developing partnerships to increase knowledge and support for conservation in communities.

Join the Houston Zoo team and become part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local and global communities.

To apply visit to download an application and complete the below task:
1. Please share a sample portfolio with up to three examples of your previous public interpretive graphics/content work you are proud of and why. Please share in PDF format.

E-mail resume, task above, and completed application to
Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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This job posted by MERC from October 18 through January 18.

Programming Coordinator
Cecil County Public Library
Elkton, Maryland, USA

POSITION: Programming Coordinator
GRADE: 6 ($20.91)
HOURS: Part-Time, 25 hours/week
DEPARTMENT: Administration
LOCATION: Elkton Administration
REPORTS TO: Community Relations Manager

Under the supervision of the Community Relations Manager, the Programming Coordinator is responsible for developing a program of vibrant, system-wide events and exhibits for adults. Responsible for all aspects of planning programs for adults including generating ideas, booking presenters, marketing, logistics, coordinating and seeing special events through to completion.

  • Through various methods, creates programs that are impactful and responsive to community needs, keeping up to date on cultural trends and news events.
  • Under the direction of the Community Relations Manager, uses traditional and social media platforms to effectively and creatively market events.
  • Advances the library as a desired destination for major authors publicizing new releases, organizations and performers.
  • Proactively seeks out opportunities for special events, exhibits and grants.
  • Partners with community groups, local businesses, colleges, universities and nonprofits to plan and implement a variety of outstanding programs and events.
  • Represents the library at events and programs, ensuring an excellent customer service experience for presenters and attendees.
  • Is highly organized and proactive, planning programming 6 to 12 months in advance. Works with other staff to arrange rooms and staffing, coordinate and test equipment as needed.
  • Serves as liaison and support to Administration; ensures all programming and event details are complete, up to date and properly documented and accessible.
  • Determines appropriate plans for equipment, supplies and promotional materials for library events and exhibitions, and implements them accordingly.
  • Demonstrates a continuous effort to enhance the quality of programming and efficiency of processes.
  • Demonstrates an excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office, mail merges, database maintenance and data manipulation, and the ability to develop presentations and promotional materials using graphics.
  • Conducts regular analysis of programs.
  • Assists the Community Relations Manager with editing library documents and publications.
  • Collaborates with the Youth Services Coordinator to effectively market programming.
  • Manages and maintains the Link (i.e. library newsletter).
  • Responsible for collecting and distributing media publications (e.g. weekly columns).
  • Writes and distributes press releases.
  • Responsible for event photography including organizing, archiving and tagging to make records easily accessible to staff.
  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Maintains excellent public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, Foundation, appropriate school personnel, and the general public.
  • Promotes and maintains a high standard of excellent customer service, both internal and external.
  • Models positive attitude towards library technology and change.
  • Maintains courteous, friendly, and constructive relationships with all patrons and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Maintains professional growth and awareness through training, self-directed learning and other means to stay abreast of current and emerging trends in the community and in libraries.
  • Performs job in keeping with the policies and procedures of the Cecil County Public Library.
  • Promotes and advocates a positive library image in the community.
  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college, preferably in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications and/or Graphic Design.
  • Two or more years of related experience in event planning and program coordination, preferably in a library, museum or nonprofit setting.
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal), interpersonal and customer skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, detail and judgment skills, with the ability to anticipate needs, set priorities, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze, organize and perform and/or manage a wide variety of library projects.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective working relationships with supervisors, staff, the community, and members of the public.
  • Ability to work on and manage several assignments at the same time, keep track of many details and reliably follow through. Ability to identify, analyze and creatively solve problems in a constructive manner;
  • Ability to work courteously and diplomatically with diverse groups of supervisors, staff, patrons and the community who represent a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to adapt in the moment to effectively adapt to unexpected situations.
  • Ability to work and produce results in a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in all matters pertaining to the library
  • Excellent computer skills, including various, software packages, knowledge of internet resources and how to use them effectively. Familiarity with room booking software preferred. Ability to learn new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of technology and equipment.
  • Willingness and ability to acquire knowledge of library computer systems and applications.
  • Knowledge of books, authors, and national and local current events.
  • Must have a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.
PC, laptop, networked equipment, AV and presentation equipment, fax, scanner, printer, digital camera, wireless equipment and other electronic equipment.

Work requires light physical effort in the handling of materials, up to 25 pounds. Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of time. Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as required.


25 hours per week. Additional flexibility for evening and weekend programs required.

Certain conditions, e.g. economic constraints, staffing patterns, may necessitate change in job description.

To apply submit a resume and cover letter to:


Revised 9/17

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This job posted by MERC from October 12 through January 12.

The last update to this page was 12-8-17.