Museum Education Specialist
|Hiring Organization||Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County|
|Post Name||Museum Education Specialist|
|Qualification||Bachelor’s degree in Education, History of Natural Science|
|Employment Type||Full Time|
|Work Hours||8 Hours|
|Salary||USD 21 To USD 28 Per Hour|
|Location||Los Angeles, California, United States 90007|
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 107 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM.
Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—are looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities.
Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking a Museum Education Specialist for our Education, Exhibitions, and Programs Department.
The Museum Education Specialist works closely with the Training Manager of Interpretation and Education at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.
Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to
- Supports the Manager, of Interpretive Training by facilitating regular interpretive training and new volunteer orientations. This training focuses on a wide range of content, from museum exhibitions to traveling exhibitions.
- Content-specific topics such as evolution and climate change, IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) concepts, communication skills, and NHMLA Family of Museum’s interpretive philosophy.
- Supports and collaborates with the Volunteer Programs team by providing communication and interpretation coaching and feedback for interpretive volunteers on a daily basis including planning and tracking their progress, preparing their daily schedules, and providing onsite supervision as needed.
- Collaborates cross-departmentally with the Interpretation team, Volunteer Programs team, and Research and Collections teams to design content training and ensure content accuracy for the Tar Pits and NHM.
- Collaborates with the Volunteer Programs Team and Manager of Interpretive Training to refine and facilitate volunteer orientations on a regular basis at both the Tar Pits and NHM.
- Assists in related administrative duties for training. This includes initiating work orders, booking rooms for training, creating training announcements, tracking training data and participation, maintaining the training website and related materials, and maintaining and procuring interpretive objects related to training.
- Creates supplemental materials for training as well as supplemental materials to assist ongoing learning post-trainings. Assists in the development and design of training guides and new training modules. Assists in interpretive writing, including developing thematic approaches to exhibitions.
This position has the following requirements
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, History of Natural Science preferred, but not required.
- Two or more years of experience in a formal or informal education setting.
- One or more years of experience in training facilitation.
- NAI Certified Interpretive Guide or NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer certifications are preferred but not required.
- Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word and Excel, as well as G Suite. Experience with Microsoft Publisher preferred, but not required.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment to working with a diverse community. The pay rate for this position is $21 per hour. This is a Full-Time, Regular Non-Exempt position.
The NHMLAC established a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.
A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. The review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.