The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to protect, preserve and enhance the botanical heritage and natural landscapes of coastal Maine for people of all ages through horticulture, education and research.
Position Summary: The Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator will plan, research, develop, and produce interpretation and exhibits to engage visitors with the mission of CMBG. They will also plan and produce way finding materials such as directional signage and maps. The Coordinator will organize and provide staff and volunteer training in interpretive techniques. The successful candidate will interface with and coordinate between many CMBG departments and subject-matter specialists. This position reports to the Director of Education.
- With key leadership, update our master interpretive plan
- Plan and produce interpretive signage, educational exhibits, apps, podcasts and/or mobile phone guides
- Coordinate all aspects of interpretive project development, including conception, budgeting, researching, writing, collecting and attributing images, production, and installation
- Manage the planning, implementation, training, and long-term strategy of live interpretation and informal drop-in programming, including tours, stations, and other programs for adult audiences
- Organize and provide staff and volunteer training in interpretive themes, techniques, and content
- Supervise and coordinate volunteer docents
- Act as curator of art exhibits by selecting and corresponding with artists, scheduling exhibits, and managing contracts and art sales
- Coordinate with staff on gallery maintenance and planning of printed matter such as postcards, labels, biographical and related interpretive materials
- Work with artists to install and de-install gallery shows
- Plan and supervise gallery receptions
- Plan and produce directional and way finding signage
- Coordinate production of visitor maps
- Degree in exhibition development, museum studies, interpretation, or a similar field; advanced degree preferred
- Knowledge of horticulture, botany, or natural history
- Two years’ experience in interpretive planning and implementation and/or exhibition planning and implementation preferably in a museum, public garden or educational environment
- Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks with attention to detail and timeliness
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Excellent research abilities
- Ability to coordinate teams, develop effective relationships with staff
- Professional demeanor and articulate verbal presentation with a strong command of the English language required.
- Competency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud Applications; knowledge of print, graphic, and other media production processes
- Proficiency with current mobile communication technologies uses with museum audiences, including web apps, mobile websites and interface with social media
- Creativity and passion regarding interpretation and audience engagement
- Familiarity with outdoor interpretation and collection-based institutions
- Ability to relate effectively with people of various backgrounds and ages
- Ability to work some weekends as required
- Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds for the purposes of sign placement, installation, removal, exhibit repair, etc.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position, a resume, and a list of three references to Melissa Cullina, Director of Education and Staff Botanist at firstname.lastname@example.org