Job Listing: Museum Educator/Curator

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Pocahontas State Park - Chesterfield, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Museum Educator/Curator

Salary - $14.00/Hourly

Job Type - Seasonal

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The Division of Virginia State Parks fulfills its mission “to conserve the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources of the Commonwealth and provide recreational and educational opportunities consistent with the good stewardship of these lands, waters and facilities that leaves them unimpaired for future generations” by operating a system of 41 state parks that encompass over 75,000 acres; over 1200 buildings, almost 1700 campsites; over 300 cabins; over 700 miles of trails; nearly 500 miles of shoreline; 36 lakes and ponds; 11 swimming beaches; 4 international dark sky sites, and offers over 20,000 educational programs and workshops each year.  

Managed by a full time staff of 275 and a wage staff of 1000+ during the prime season, Virginia’s award-winning state park system boasts an incredible and diverse array of natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources; including parks in the mountains; on the ocean; on the Chesapeake Bay; on 8 major rivers; on 4 major lakes; 4 rail trails; and 3 battlefield sites, and 32 sites listed on the National Historic Registry. It is our honor and privilege to play host to more than 10 million visitors annually and to offer recreational enjoyment that positively impacts local communities and the Commonwealth overall (to the tune of an economic impact that exceeds $324 million).

Pocahontas State Park, located in Chesterfield County, VA is looking for a self-motivated individual to advance the educational mission of the park and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum by conducting tours and providing educational programs for the general public.

Responsibilities are separated into two primary categories – educational and administrative. The successful candidate will be responsible for researching, creating, coordinating, implementing, and providing support for all public programs, activities, special events, and exhibitions. The Museum Educator will also provide support to volunteer coordinator and develop appropriate training for CCC Museum volunteers and other park staff. Administrative duties will include serving as and training other front-line staff during museum open hours and special tours, scheduling and providing tour introductions and guided tours on an as-needed basis, creating interpretive and promotional materials, including flyers, press releases, print materials, and updated online and print calendars, while also maintaining administrative calendars and spreadsheets, tracking Museum inventory, and other associated tasks.

The candidate will be able to work independently and satisfactorily complete these tasks and meet deadlines.

At times, the Museum Educator is responsible for maintaining interpretive displays in the Visitor Center and assisting with the care and health of exhibit animals. Other duties include maintaining all interpretive supplies and ensuring they are in good working order, creating new interpretive and cultural/historical programs, working with other local organizations to diversify programming, writing interpretive signage, attending professional development workshops and seminars, obtaining other certifications (environmental education curriculums and paddle guide certification), assisting park visitors using good customer service techniques, adherence to the Cash Management Policy and assisting with other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must have specialized knowledge and experience in 20th century Virginia and U.S. History and ’ experience working in a museum or the education field. Applicant must also have the ability to develop and present curriculum for education programming, school field trips and other education-focused tours and workshops. Applicant will be working with the public as part of the Visitor Experience team, and should possess excellent interpersonal communication skills

Must be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license. A background check will be required.

Preferred Qualifications

A major in history, education, museum education, museum studies, or a related field, bilingual abilities, and experience with PastPerfect Museum Software is preferred.

We provide on the job training. The applicant may be required to perform other park-related duties during emergencies or on a nonrecurring basis. Position requires shift work, including weekends and holidays. Individual is required to have or have the ability to obtain a valid Virginia driver’s license. This position can be an outstanding first step toward a lasting career with the park service.

Special Requirements

No benefits are associated with seasonal/wage positions. Maximum of 1500 working hours allowed in a 12-month period from May 1 to April 30 for seasonal/wage positions. Must be available to work weekdays and weekends between the hours of 8am – 5pm as needed, and occasional evenings.

Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check. Positions require shift work including evenings, weekends and holidays on a rotating schedule. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an E-Verify and Equal Opportunity Employer.