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Curator of Education & Programming

Polk County History Center - Parks and Natural Resources, Bartow

Pay Range: $22.77/hr. - $34.06/hr. ($47,361.60 - $70,844.80/annually)

Shift: Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (40 hours/week)

Location: 100 East Main Street Bartow, FL 33830

Health Benefits Package, Including Paid Holidays

Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated:

Provides leadership in creating and managing the delivery of interpretive, exhibit, and educational programming for the Polk County History Center. Plans, designs, implements, and delivers interpretive presentation in all areas of the History Center including development and implementation of curricula, student field trips, formal talks, demonstrations, exhibit interpretation, tours, and exhibit driven activities. Responsible for designing, directing and managing the volunteer interpretive program.


• Continually evaluate and improve educational programming to ensure effective delivery of visitor experience

• Create and implement a rigorous evaluation program for interpreters and interpretive programs

• Develop year round interpretive activities to meet the History Center’s mission to complement exhibits and create valuable experiences for visitors

• Manage marketing and public relations for all related programs and activities

• Outreach oversight: coordinate staff/volunteers to present at institutions, fairs, and other events taking place on and off museum grounds

• Outreach: develop relationships with community organizations to ensure the History Center’s educational programs are relevant to teachers, libraries, historical affinity organizations and other groups

• Partner with historical museum and genealogical staff to provide content for revenue opportunities: grants, corporate and private donors, etc.

• Plan, design, and implement school programs

• Plan, design, implement and deliver interpretive presentations in all areas of the History Center including formal talks, demonstrations, station interpretation, tours and exhibit driven activities

• Provide continuing education opportunities for teachers and community members

• Responsible for grant writing and reporting (including the preparation of financial reports), identifying foundation and government prospects for targeted support of the Polk County History Center’s programs

• Responsible for maintaining and updating a calendar of grant proposals and reports

• Responsible for tracking grants in progress and managing the fulfillment of requirements such as program fulfillment, recognition, reporting and financial compliance

• Serve as support staff for a rotating schedule of history center special events

• Train and supervise the tasks and projects of the interpretive volunteer teams and interns


• Ability to coordinate operations, planning, and training concurrently

• Ability to create and implement both short-term projects and long-range plans

• Ability to demonstrate engagement, flexibility, and high levels of creativity; taking ownership for the success of the educational program as a whole

• Ability to develop an atmosphere which is reflective of the hands-on, interactive, multidisciplinary and interpretive nature of the History Center’s exhibits and education programs

• Ability to manage varied projects that involve in-house staff and outside collaborators

• Ability to work well within a team environment, particularly with design and exhibit teams

• Excellent organizational, communication, writing and presentation skills

• Knowledge of and experience in conducting visitor evaluation

• Knowledge of budget development and work plans

• Knowledge of historical and genealogy research

• Knowledge of informal learning theory and best practices with family learning in informal environments

• Knowledge of new and emerging learning technologies

• Knowledge of the methods and philosophies of hands-on, interactive learning

• Knowledge of Polk County and its history


• Graduate of an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in social science education (civics, history) or a related field

• Four (4) years of experience working with education standards to develop programs and curricula in a formal setting

• Proven track record in project management, community outreach, with multiple organizations (libraries, schools), budgets and staff

• Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of employment


• Master’s degree in Museum Education

• Background or experience in hands-on history museums, including interpretive programs

• Previous performance and/or presentation experience, either in an informal, or classroom setting


• This position has a flexible work schedule, including weekend hours on Saturday and Sunday.

This position may be required to report for work when a declaration of emergency has been declared in Polk County.

To Apply: :

Candidates with questions or any difficulties applying can reach out to:

Chris Strait
Talent Acquisition Manager
Phone: 863-308-8431Email:


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