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Museum Educator
Category: Education

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Jacksonville, FL.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, an AAM accredited institution in Jacksonville, FL., maintains one of the most significant collections of European and American art in the Southeast.  The Museum's founders, Arthur and Ninah Cummer, assembled a private collection of sixty Old Master and 19th century American paintings, forming the nucleus of the permanent collection.  In fifty years, the permanent collection has grown through purchase and donation to 4,800 objects whose dates of origin range from 2000 B.C. to the present. The strength of the collection is European (1300-1920) and American (1800-1940) paintings, but representative examples of ancient Mediterranean art, Japanese art, and 20th century American art are included in the collection.  The Museum also features one of the three finest collections of early manufacture (1710-1750) Meissen porcelain in the world.


The Cummer boasts one of the most important and delightful gardens in Northeast Florida. Idyllically located on the banks of the St. Johns River, the gardens have a fascinating history stretching back over 100 years and bear the imprint of some of the foremost names in landscape design and horticulture, including Ossian Cole Simonds, Ellen Biddle Shipman, Thomas Meehan and Sons, and the fabled Olmsted firm. The involvement of these prestigious firms gives national importance to The Gardens at The Cummer. Throughout the year, The Gardens are ablaze with rare horticultural specimens nestled under a canopy of mature live oak trees. In addition to the lush plantings, features such as reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments, and sculptures help create a special outdoor space that provides a perfect complement to the Museum's collections.  The Gardens are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Throughout the institution’s history, the collections have served as the cornerstone in the Museum’s mission – to “engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.”  In accordance with the expressed wishes of its founder, Ninah May Holden Cummer, it seeks to serve as “a center of beauty and culture” for the benefit of “all of the people.” Educational programs are presented through our nationally recognized interactive learning center, Art Connections, winner of the prestigious IMLS Museum Services Award. 


The Cummer seeks a Full-Time Museum Educatorto integrate science content related to The Cummer’s historic gardens and its riverfront campus into the Museum’s programming for the visiting public, including schools, families, children and adults.  Provide both structured interpretive programs and casual interpretative experiences for a diverse audience.



  • Support The Cummer’s mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors:  excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect of individual, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.

·         Lead creation, design, and implementation of the integration of science which supports a standard-based curriculum and visual arts curriculum.

  • Serve as a Museum teacher/educator for tours, classes, and select in-house programs.

·         Assist in facilitation of teacher training days.

·         Play a primary role in leading the institution’s integration of art and science.

·         Create, design and teach camp curriculum.

·         Manage science related outreach and partnerships.

·         Adapt tours, curricula, programs and teaching methods for various abilities.

·         Required to participate in Museum functions including, but not limited to, general member openings, annual Very Special Arts festival and the Spotlight series.

·         Other job duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Bachelor’s degree in science, horticulture or environmental studies. (Master’s degree preferred)

·         Experience teaching science grade pre-k – 12 in a school, museum, public garden, zoo or nature preserve.

·         Demonstrated understanding of and familiarity with implementing age-appropriate, interactive teaching practices.

·         Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with visual arts programming.

·         Knowledge of current education and visitor experiences theory.

·         Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), web programming and social media savvy experience preferred.

·         Flexibility and respect for cultural diversity.

·         Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced work environment.

·         Basic problem solving skills, ability to resolve visitor conflicts, be reliable, have an outgoing attitude and friendly helpful nature.

·         Ability to communicate in the written and spoken word with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary.

·         Ability to work with co-workers, volunteers, and the public in a professional manner in a variety of tasks.

·         Ability to work independently and collaboratively on project teams.  Be self-motivated and goal oriented.

·         Be open to learning and adapt to changes as they arise within the museum.

·         Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 25lbs.

·         Ability to bend, stoop, lift, reach, push, pull, twist, walk, crouch and squat.

·         Valid Florida driver license.


Qualified applicants send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Attn: Human Resources Department, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or

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