Education Assistant

The National Railroad Museum

Job Description


Oversees the operation and supervision of the Children’s Discovery Depot; prepare education department for upcoming educational programs; present educational programs to groups of all ages; assist with development and research for projects and programs assigned to the education department.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule with some night and weekend hours to accommodate educational programming needs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as required. 

Prepare the department for educational programs including, monitoring the department Google calendar for upcoming programs, consulting with the Education Director regarding any special needs for programs, acquiring and positioning all program materials, ensuring programs are properly staffed.

Present department programs as required 

Conduct operations of the Museum’s Children’s Discovery Depot and any educational programs within that building.

Conduct internal and external post-program follow-up.

Assist with development/research for special annual programs including preparation of program materials (notes, handouts, audio/visual material, physical objects). 

Communicate with educators and book programs. 

Train and maintain certification to conduct and engineer Museum’s train.

Complete research or other necessary work relating to Museum exhibit projects.

Supervise, maintain, and conduct programs within the Children’s Discovery Depot.


General office equipment
Personal computers and various printers
A/V equipment

Job Requirements


Bachelor’s from an accredited university or college in Education, American History, or Museum
Studies, plus three (3) years of relevant experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License


Must be able to work a flexible schedule with some night and weekend hours to accommodate educational programming needs.

Frequent standing, walking and sitting; occasional driving.

Ability to lift 40 pounds alone or 80 lbs with the assistance of another person.

Must be capable of using hand(s)/feet for repetitive single grasping, fine manipulation and pushing and pulling.

Ability to communicate orally in a clear manner.

Ability to distinguish sounds at various frequencies and volumes.

Ability to distinguish people or objects at varied distances under a variety of light conditions.

Ability to withstand temperature changes in the work environment.

Ability to distinguish shades of color.

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