Maine Maritime Museum seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative, and creative Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Reporting to the Manager of Interpretation, the Education and Volunteer Coordinator will work in the Public Programs Department to conduct youth and adult education programs, coordinate the museum volunteer program, and help plan, organize, and facilitate museum outreach. A successful candidate will work comfortably and effectively in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment.

 

The Position

This is a full-time position with a start date of October 2019. Responsibilities include collaborating with the Manager of Interpretation to design and teach youth, adult, and multi-generational educational programming, coordinating and leading school field trips, organizing summer youth camps, and assisting with other education and museum programming as needed. The Education and Volunteer Coordinator is also responsible for the recruitment of museum volunteers, coordination and oversight of volunteer scheduling and volunteer events, and oversee public outreach at off-site festivals and events.

 

The Museum

Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research library, and narrated excursions along area waterways. Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in Bath, “The City of Ships” and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world.

The MMM experience includes indoor galleries with changing exhibits on historic and contemporary maritime issues, the monumental evocation of the schooner Wyoming, an active Boatshop that teaches traditional skills to students and adults, popular river cruises, and industry tours that help people gain an entirely new understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime culture. More than 275 volunteers spend their time working with staff, the collections, and visitors to contribute to the enrichment of thousands of lives. Engaged donors support the museum in order to leave a lasting legacy that will inform – and transform – future generations. MMM strives to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and be the fullest expression of what a museum can be.

The museum has a staff of approximately 30 year round and an additional 20 seasonal staff, 275+ volunteers, and an active and supportive board of trustees. MMM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and adheres to the highest standards of the museum profession.

 

Specific Duties Include:

  • Serve as lead and co-educator for K-12 school field trips, in-school programs, adult programming, and in-gallery programming.
  • Coordinate with schools and teachers to schedule field trips and Merrymeeting Bay Ecology Cruises.
  • Coordinate, oversee, and facilitate Kennebec Explorers Day Camp.
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain ties to community groups and educational organizations in order to promote museum education programs.
  • Collaborate with Public Programs and Curatorial staff to develop new programs, interpretive content, and curricula related to museum’s mission and temporary/permanent exhibits with a specific focus on experiential learning.
  • Maintaining accurate data regarding constituents served and programs offered, including number of school tours, student visits, teacher workshops, public programs, audience attendance, etc.
  • Coordinate outreach (festivals/off-site events) registration, logistics, and staffing
  • Work with all Museum staff to identify staff volunteer needs and requirements.
  • Develop and implement a recruitment plan to fulfill the Museums volunteer needs and re-evaluate annually.
  • Work with the Manager of Interpretation and appropriate Museum staff to coordinate and provide annual training for volunteer staff.
  • Work with supervisor and Volunteer Council Chair to develop and implement volunteer council meetings.
  • Maintain a database of individual volunteer information including but not limited to service records, contact information, training received, and areas of interest.
  • Plan, coordinate and attend volunteer events, such as Volunteer Breakfast, Volunteer Picnic, and the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
  • Assist in grant writing for program funding.
  • Attend staff meetings and other meetings as assigned.
  • Assist with public programs and other duties as required.

 

Job Requirements and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Museum Education, or relevant field and/or work experience
  • 2 years of museum education or education experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals and roles.
  • Ability to be flexible and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Physically able to lift up to 35 pounds and stand for extended periods to facilitate educational and outreach programs.
  • Occasional nights and weekends required.

This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks. Maine Maritime Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send Cover Letter and Resume to seybold@maritimeme.org