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Museum Education & Training Specialist

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. For more about The Ringling, please see the "Other Information" section.


The Museum Education & Training Specialist develops and presents ongoing training for The Ringling museum docents, volunteers, and staff.

Responsibilities include:

- Lead in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of The Ringling docent training program. Develops interpretive strategies, training materials, and provides instruction in collections content and tour techniques.

- Conducts regular evaluations of individual docents on both content and presentation skills to maintain consistent quality within the docent program. Offers coaching and mentoring when needed.
In partnership with the Docent Program Manager and Volunteer Services, assists with determining the docent program recruitment needs and participates in the recruitment and selection of docent candidates.

- Identifies ways to connect visitors with the collections through interpretation and tours. Identifies new opportunities and themes for tours and programs related to the permanent collection, special exhibiting, and other museum initiatives through collaborations with colleagues in curatorial, collections management, and other departments.

- Serves as the Accessibility point of contact for internal and external groups. Coordinates the Accessibility Working Group and Community Accessibility Working Group to identify ways to improve accessibility at The Ringling. Researches, implements, and develops guideline for new products and services in support of increasing museum access.

- Collaborates with education team members to provide training and support for related docent and volunteer programs, such as School Tour docents and Youth and Family volunteers.

- Develops and delivers training for museum-wide staff and volunteers to facilitate connections to the Museum's mission and collections to encourage staff camaraderie and to provide opportunities for staff to enhance the visitor experience.


Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or Art Education and 2 years’ related experience.

- Knowledge of adult learning theory.

- Knowledge of and ability to apply the processes, procedures and methods used in museum operations in compliance with applicable governing entities such as the American Association of Museums.

- Ability to understand and interpret educational needs and to develop effective instructional solutions.

- Ability to prepare, coordinate, and conduct workshops.

- Skill in assessment and treatment of persons from diverse populations.

- Experience and skill in public speaking.

- Experience or the ability to conduct evaluations, and provide feedback and coaching.

- Experience working with volunteers.

- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to establish and maintain working relationships.


- Master's Degree in a related field and at least 3 years experience designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs in a museum setting.

- Experience training and evaluating docents and volunteers.

- An in-depth knowledge of Art History.

Other Information

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater, and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Anticipated Salary Range

$40,000 to $45,000 + Florida state benefits available.

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


Primary hours will be Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required based on the needs of the museum.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

Job ID 44293

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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