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Curator of Education

Education Specialist

Idaho State Historical Society

Open for Recruitment: September 28, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Announcement # 02362045555
Salary Range: $19.35 - $ 23.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho State Historical Society is an extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources comprised of the Idaho State Historical Museum and Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho State Archives and State Records Center, State Historic Preservation Office, and Historic Sites Program.  We seek to inspire, enrich and engage all Idahoans by leading the state in preserving, sharing, and using history and cultural resources relevant to today to inform and influence the future.

Be part of history and join our team!

A successful candidate will develop, design, select, organize, implement, coordinate, and publicize programming, both in the museum and externally, for children and adults in the Idaho State Museum. This position will also develop, design, select, organize, implement, coordinate, and publicize specialized material on Idaho history for use by educators and the general public statewide. 


  • Research, develop, implement and manage all educational services of the Idaho State Museum including educational programs for schools, tours for groups, programming for families, related public use of the site, and statewide educational outreach.
  • Develop, design, select, organize, coordinate and publicize specialized resources for use by educators and the general public statewide. Special research and attention is required to identify and provide educator’s K-12 curriculum that links to state education standards.
  • Work collaboratively with the Idaho Department of Education, ISHS Education Advisory Committee, and local school districts to co-create relevant educational materials and programs with museum resources.
  • Create, plan, and implement workshops and training opportunities for teachers on Idaho history topics.
  • Research and write educational material for programming to do with museum exhibits.
  • Recruit, select, train, schedule, and supervise and evaluate all education staff including the Idaho State History Day Coordinator, limited services staff, and temporary education staff.
  • Represent the Idaho State Museum in pertinent external local, state, regional and national organizations and participates in panel discussions and other presentations at corresponding conferences.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to small museums and other cultural institutions in Idaho to help improve their educational programs and resources they provide.
  • Provide leadership in museum operations by serving on the Program Manager team of the Museum, aligning the work of Education, Exhibitions, Collections, and Visitors Services to optimize the museum’s performance in meeting goals established by the Lord Business Plan and other relevant Agency guiding documents. 
  • Serve on Agency interdepartmental teams as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a major in Education, Communication, or closely related field of study. A degree in English or History combined with experience teaching in a classroom setting may also qualify.
  • Experience researching, planning, developing, writing and evaluating educational programs for specific audiences and modalities.
  • Training and experience using a personal computer for word processing, spread sheets and desk top publishing.
  • Experience preparing and delivering educational talks to groups.
  • Some knowledge of supervisory practices.
  • Good knowledge of Northwestern Region/Idaho History AND American History.

The following is not required, but may increase your score on the examination:

  • Experience planning and implementing educational programming for K-12 audiences in a museum, historic site, or related setting.


The examination is a rating of your education and experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the spaces provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question addressing minimum requirements to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 63 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete.

To preview the exam, click on the “Preview Exam” link at the bottom of this page (you will not be able to take the exam from this screen). If you wish to take the exam, click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided.

How to Apply:

Click on any Apply Online button and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position.

When updating your online application information, please select:

  • Idaho State Historical Society under "Agencies"
  • Full-time under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete all items in the Application Checklist (this includes: Personal Information, Education, Work History, Cities, Agencies and Job Type/Shift).  Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency.


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.