Museums often hire museum educators to lead individual visitors and visitor groups through the museum, providing them with information on displays.
These people are specifically required to ensure that visitors’ interest in what the museum has to offer remains constant, and that more and more people make an effort to visit the museum.
Depending on what type of museum is on your list of possible employers, you will need a degree accordingly. For instance, if you want to work in an art museum, it is important for you to possess a correlating degree, and if you have applied for a position in a history museum, a degree in history will be required – and so on. No matter which degree you have, one thing will remain static – all employers of museum educators require that the people they hire at this stage are great communicators.
The ability to engage an audience (and keep them engaged) is exceptionally important if you want to work at this position. Also, it is important for museum educators to be great storytellers, so that visitors are constantly mesmerized by the displays, and endeavor to return.
Typically, a museum educator is required to develop programs to provide education to museum-goers. If you feel that you have all the necessary qualifications for this job, you might want to look through the following list of duties particular to this position:
Job Description for Museum Educator Resume
• Create, develop and implement educational programs and tours for museum visitors, based on specific displays.
• Welcome visitors and visitor groups as they arrive at the museum, and engage them in conversation to pique their interest.
• Provide visitors with information on famous displays, their histories, and cultural references / backgrounds, while leading them through the museum.
• Organise and distribute educational materials such as pamphlets and history notes, aimed at acquainting visitors with each display.
• Respond to visitors’ questions, by providing accurate answers and feedback.
• Perform community outreach activities, aimed at developing and retaining people’s interest in the museum.
• Create and maintain effective relationships with external agents such as resource developers and historical scholars.
• Oversee the setup and maintenance of museum displays, and provide suggestions for their security and safety.
• Ascertain that all displays are properly looked after, cleaned, and maintained on a regular basis.
• Manage and oversee the work of community workers and volunteers, ensuring that work activities are
delegated to them.
• Work with museum management to develop and implement marketing efforts to promote the museum to the general public and specific groups.