Interpretation Coordinator

Classification: Full-time, weekends required

Compensation: $14-16/hour, dependent on experience with a comprehensive benefits package

Reports to: Director of Education & Programs

Direct Reports: Tour guides & volunteers

Applications Due: March 10, 2021

Estimated Start Date: April 1, 2021



The Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s Interpretation Coordinator is responsible for developing a compelling framework for inclusive narratives within tours and exhibits. The Coordinator should be a creative storyteller, a lover of history and committed to inclusion. Working collaboratively with educators and curators, the Interpretation Coordinator will help create engaging and accessible museum experiences for all visitors. The Coordinator will also recruit, support and manage interpretation volunteers. 



  • Lead and guide reinterpretation efforts within tours and exhibits
  • Develop new interpretation and engagement strategies 
  • Recruit, support and manage museum volunteers which includes tracking hours, projects and professional growth 
  • Work with internal staff and external partners to ensure our interpretation is accurate and inclusive to all people who have impacted Wisconsin’s waterways
  • Work with education and curation staff to help develop exhibits, programs and tours
  • Evaluate interpretation efforts in both tours and exhibits 
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to gather information, research and perspectives
  • When appropriate, lead trainings for volunteers and staff on tours, content and approaches to maritime history 
  • Engage with visitors on the museum floor and within the galleries



  • 2-5 years of experience in education or interpretation; experience in a museum or informational education setting is preferred 
  • Bilingual abilities preferred 
  • Experience with recontextualizing and rethinking historical artifacts, movements, events and concepts
  • Stellar communication skills, especially when opinions differ 
  • Ability to connect and engage with museum visitors 
  • Volunteer experience; experience supervising volunteers preferred 



The Wisconsin Maritime Museum was founded more than 50 years ago as a small submariners’ memorial that would recognize Wisconsin’s contributions to the World War II efforts. Since then, we’ve grown to be the state’s maritime museum with exhibits on shipwrecks, maritime industry, ship models, art and more. The institution is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 

Our mission is to connect all people to Wisconsin’s waterways through engaging exhibits, inclusive programs and our world-class collection. 



The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, age, class, sexuality, religion, ability or national origin. WMM is committed to advancing equity and diversity both in the organization and in the museum field. 

We welcome applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) candidates, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals and others with experience in meaningful diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility engagement. 

We are committed to providing an accessible application process. If you require any accommodations, email or call (920) 374 4005. 

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Abigail Diaz ( by March 10, 2021. 


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