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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.

Assistant Educator
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history, as the newly conceived Center for Art and Culture will become home to tow university museums: the Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology. These distinguished university museums play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the newly launched Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.
The Assistant Educator is an entry level position and will work under the direction of the Director of University Museums and serve as a member of the Colgate University museum team.

Accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions' mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities' needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
  • Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
  • Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
  • Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
  • Coordinate volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervise volunteers and student interns.
  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies)
  • A demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
  • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
  • Must be capable of working collegially of working with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
  • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and google programs.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Master's degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher's certificate.
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
  • Experience working with museum database systems.
  • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.
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This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 22.

Manager of Overnight Programs
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

This position oversees and implements the two overnight programs in the Education Department: Ship to Shore and Anchor Watch. The Ship to Shore overnight program (weekdays September-November and February-May) at Mystic Seaport offers school groups the opportunity to immerse themselves in history. Through exploration of Mystic Seaport’s 19th-century village by day and nights spent aboard the training vessel Joseph Conrad, and with a series of educational tours, authentic demonstrations, and hands-on activities, the Ship to Shore program is a one-of-a-kind experience. The Mystic Seaport Anchor Watch overnight program (weekends September-November and March-May) provides an opportunity for youth groups to experience hands-on activities by day and sleep on board the 1882 square-rigged vessel Joseph Conrad by night. The Manager of Overnight Programs schedules and manages staff, communicates on a regular basis with teachers, youth group leaders and parents, processes associated paperwork, helps to market the programs, and teaches in the program as well, including sleeping overnight as needed.

  • Manage and prepare for all overnight programs, including but not limited to: communicating with the food vendor on numbers, allergies, etc., gathering supplies, communicating with other departments and their supervisors to arrange program related educational activities, preparation of snacks and management of craft supplies, communicating with youth group leaders, parents, and teachers
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise, and mentor staff for the programs
  • Keep current with scouting programs and badge requirements as well as schools’ curricula to ensure our programs meet their needs
  • Lead tours, outdoor and indoor hands-on activities and workshops, including rigging climbing
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the JOSEPH CONRAD
  • Manage student and staff cleaning of program facilities
  • Complete office duties, including but not limited to: filling out evaluations, written communication with customers, filing, email and telephone work
  • Help market the programs
  • Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
  • Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, demonstration skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques and educational theory
  • 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 and families in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Experience managing staff and making schedules preferred
  • Experience coordinating programs and/or events with multiple stakeholders involved
  • Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging; drive the museum education van, operate AV and computer equipment
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customers
  • Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • 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.
  • College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, boat handling 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 weekdays and some weekends
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This job posted by MERC from August 9 through November 10.

The last update to this page was 10-18-17.