Post Title:
Hunt Museum Education and Public Programming Placement

Department:
Education and Outreach

Type:
Unpaid Placement

Responsible to:
Curator of Education and Outreach

The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, and includes works by Renoir, Picasso and Jack B. Yeats. The museum is housed in the elegant Palladian-style building designed by the Italian architect, Davis Ducart, in 1765.

Today, The Hunt Museum is a cultural and artistic centre in Limerick providing a wide range of education, heritage and culture activities including a vibrant schools programme, weekly lectures and family focused events. The Museum also has a vibrant exhibition programme which serves the local community and wider audiences. The Museum is actively engaged in maintaining the collection to a very high standard and with the assistance of the Volunteer Docents engages in regular preventative conservation.

Job purpose:

Reporting to the Curator of Education and Outreach, who reports to the Director of The Hunt Museum, the intern will assist in the day-to-day operation and delivery of The Hunt Museum’s education and public programmes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support the Curator of Education and Outreach in the development and delivery of education and public programme activities.
2. Contribute to and support delivery of The Hunt Museum’s ‘Communities of Culture’ outreach programme working with communities of all ages and learning abilities residing in the Limerick city’s regeneration areas.
3. Deliver education and outreach sessions/workshops within both the Museum and external venues.
4. The intern may be given responsibilities relating to special and ongoing events as part of the Museum’s programme. They may be expected to:
a) Contribute to the development of Education and Outreach programmes through research and the development of content.
b) Contribute to the development and delivery of public talks, workshops, tours, courses, and websites
c) Work closely with The Curator of Education to design, develop and deliver new curriculum linked exhibition workshops for schools
d) Book and administer staffing for delivery of Museum tours, workshops, events, programmes, etc.
5. The intern may be given administrative responsibilities, including database development and upkeep, tabulating and collating paperwork related to programmes, evaluations, mailings, and other administrative responsibilities that arise related to The Hunt Museum’s education and outreach initiatives.
6. Communicate with local, regional and national press including online media outlets.
7. Collect and collate statistics and feedback ongoing evaluation of exhibition, education and outreach programmes which will be used for audience development purposes as well as for both internal and external reports for funders.

8. Maintain and update mailing lists, and distribute invitations, posters and other promotional material.
9. Assist in writing press releases and assist in arranging press for events, launches, programmes.
10. Be responsible for documenting their own activities during the internship including maintaining a work journal.
11. Report any security issues to the Curator of Education and Outreach and/or Museum Staff as appropriate.
12. Welcome visitors and maintain high standards of customer care.
13. Any other duties as required by the Curator of Education and Outreach commensurate with the placement

Work Environment

• Planning involves setting priorities, setting long and short-term goals in agreement with the Curator of Education and Outreach.
• Work in a variety of environments includes working in an office, in the galleries, education/multifunction room and on off-site programmes.
• Physical demands of the internship include standing, walking, delivering workshops, and carrying objects.
• The successful candidate will be expected to work between 9.30am and 5pm; days to be arranged with successful candidate.
•Work on some weekends and evenings as required.

Type:
Placement (unpaid)

Placements usually run for 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on applicant. 

Skills, Knowledge, Expertise & Qualifications

  • Qualifications Desirable:
    Minimum second class honours qualification (or equivalent) from a third-level institution
  • Enrolment or acceptance on a relevant post-graduate course leading to Masters-level (or higher) qualification

Experience and Knowledge:

Essential
• Understanding of programme/event development and delivery
• Desire to work with schools and community organisations
• Passion for developing and delivering educational or cultural programmes/events to a variety of groups (children, older people, families, etc.)
• Passion for museums and interest in museum education and outreach
• Developed research skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Excellent organisational skills
• Ability to work with people from different backgrounds, communities, traditions, etc.
• Willingness to learn new skills
• Computer skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Desirable
• Experience of programme/event development and delivery
• Experience working with schools and/or community organisations
• Experience of developing and delivering educational or cultural programmes/events
• Experience developing and/or delivering education or cultural programmes/events to a variety of groups (children, older people, families, etc.)
• Developed understanding of education and heritage issues
• Experience creating online multimedia content (podcasts, videos)
• Computer skills – Google calendar/docs, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Publisher etc.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Essential:
• Highly organised and efficient worker.
• Ability to work to deadlines.
• Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.
• Willingness to work flexible hours to meet operational needs.
• Punctual and dependable.
• Desire to pursue a career in museums, culture, heritage or art institutions.

Desirable:
• Entrepreneurial/ enterprising spirit.

Key Dates:

Short-listed applicants will be invited by email to interview 1-2 weeks following the application deadlines above. We regret that due to the volume of applications received only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
If you cannot attend an interview at The Hunt Museum on this date, please contact the Education Department at The Hunt Museum so that an alternative arrangement can be made. International applicants are not expected to attend an interview in person; instead, short-listed international applicants may be offered a telephone or Skype interview.

To apply:
Send completed Application Form (linked below) and two letters of reference, one of whom should be your current/past employer to: education@huntmuseum.com with “SURNAME – EDUCATION PLACEMENT” in the subject line.

Referees should email their letters directly to education@huntmuseum.com . Please ensure that referees state the candidate’s name clearly!

The Hunt Museum
Education Department
Tel: 061 312833
www.huntmuseum.com

Application Form