EDUCATION PROJECT COORDINATOR
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Created in 1976, the Lake Wales History Museum is a long-standing historical museum located in Lake Wales,
Florida. Long vacant and in need of historic preservation, the organization converted the 1928 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station into the area’s historical museum. The Mediterranean-style train station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still home to the museum today.
In 2015, the museum was reorganized under the City of Lake Wales, who own, operate and manage all aspects of the museum buildings and collections. The mission of the Lake Wales Museum is to collect, preserve and share the heritage of Lake Wales. Since the Museum opened in 1976, 43 years ago, it has evolved into a resource center for the public.
Today, the museum hosts approximately 15,000 visitors per year, offering opportunities to learn about the heritage of Lake Wales through self-guided historical and changing exhibits, train cars, model railway dioramas, speaker series, special tours and events.
The Lake Wales History Museum is looking for someone passionate about education and history to write new curriculum and field trips to launch this fall. This is a project-based 8-10-week, summer position only to work up to 180 hours between June and August 2019. The Education Project Coordinator will research educational opportunities for the Lake Wales History Museum; write new K-8th grade educational curriculum and field trips for the museum that align with Florida state educational standards; liaison with community educational resources and schools; and, complete a guide to museum educational program offerings for the public.
A unique opportunity for an experienced educator and self-motivated individual interested in creating informal educational programming, writing curriculum, researching local history, and organizing groups for public tours. The successful project coordinator will complete their project working directly under the supervision of the Museum Director and working with the Museum Curator at the Lake Wales History Museum.
Bachelor’s Degree in education, history, art history, anthropology, museum studies, or comparable humanities program; Experience writing educational curriculum, working with Florida state educational standards, and creating educational programming; Experience doing historical research; Excellent writing skill; Passion for history; Experience working with software and online platforms for history content; Positive, friendly personality; Ability to work with museum staff, volunteers, patrons and the general
Valid driver’s license or other official government identification.
Up to 180 hours