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Museum Educator

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€19k > 48
Museum education officer
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€19 - 48
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Works at finding ways to use museum or gallery collections to inspire people and bring collections to wider audiences.

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Museum educators are involved in finding ways to use the collections to inspire people.

They explain, interpret and convey information on the collections by means of events such as tours, lectures, seminars, workshops, publications like activity sheets, and handling collections, that can offer intense, lasting experiences.

As well as providing advice on site, they engage in education outreach to bring the collections to wider audiences countrywide.

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Enthusiasm, motivation and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people and age groups is essential in this role.

Research skills, to interpret and identify priorities for education programmes.  
Good administrative skills for organising and delivering campaigns and events effectively.

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Degree areas that relate to museum collections are a good starting points from which to build a museum career.

Subjects such as history, art history, archaeology, natural sciences and anthropology are typical of many employees working in museums. Universities and higher education colleges countrywide offer numerous courses and some provide distance-learning.

Check the Services Directory section of the IMA website and search for 'Training' for a full list of opportunities.

Placements, Internships, Volunteering

Some schools and colleges make arrangements with museums, galleries and other venues, for undergraduate/graduate students to go on placements and gain work experience. This is an invaluable way to find out the type of work that takes place in museums and whether you might like a job in this area. 

Qualified school leavers can find work in museums as gallery attendants or shop staff. But for any type of specialist work, it is necessary to have a degree, or a museum/heritage diploma, and potentially, post-graduate qualifications.

Graduate opportunities

The museum sector is becoming increasingly professionalised and there are graduate and post graduate programmes available both in Ireland and abroad, combining both campus based and distance learning options.

Some museums and galleries in Ireland and overseas offer graduate internship programmes of between three months and a year. Most of these training programmes are unpaid and cover many different roles within the museum. In general, interested applicants must make an application in writing to the museum, usually followed by an interview. Individual museum websites carry details of their internships and application procedures. Volunteering: an excellent way to gain experience in the museum environment (and support your local museum!) is to volunteer your time. Some institutions have formal programmes through which you may volunteer as a museum docent, visitor services assistant, or other roles. Others accept informal enquiries as to volunteer opportunities.

Graduate Programmes specialising in museum studies include:

UCD (MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management)

WIT (MA in Arts & Heritage Management)

Last Updated: November, 2016

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Organisation: Irish Museums Association
Address: 11, Parnell Square East, Dublin, 1
Tel: (01) 873 4216
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Organisation: National Museum of Ireland
Address: Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 677 7444
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Organisation: National Gallery of Ireland
Address: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 661 5133
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