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About the Organisation:

The Museum of Fire is a registered, not-for-profit charity in Penrith, NSW. The Museum’s collection is of national importance as it celebrates the heroic history of Fire and Rescue NSW and fire services in Australia. The Museum is a fun and interactive environment where children and adults of all ages can participate in firefighting adventures and learn life skills as they experience what it is like to don the uniform and put their life on the line to save others. Many of the items from the Museum’s extensive heritage collection are listed on the State Heritage Register and it is the responsibility of the Museum to ensure their preservation and security. Museum Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm, Office Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm.


Location: 1 Museum Drive, Penrith. A short (~5min) walk from north side of Penrith train station.


Position Title: Education Officer


Position Type: Casual (approximately 10-15 hours per week; based on scheduled bookings, must be flexible). We have received funding for this position which will commence from 15 February 2021 to mid-December 2021. Please note: Advance notice of rostering will occur, but flexibility is an asset.

Position Remuneration: $28.38 per hour

Position Description:

The successful applicant will be required to:

  • Oversee all public engagement activities such as education programming, group bookings (e.g., seniors’ groups and vacation care), manage birthday parties and be onsite for special/regular events (e.g., monthly tours and heritage days).

  • Research, develop and present the Museum’s range of education and public programs, which may include:

    • Adapting the Museum’s curriculum-based education programs for a digital audience.

    • Delivering the digital program via videoconference.

    • Delivering the Museum’s onsite education programs for school groups and group tours as well as other public programs.

    • Developing resources to complement the Museum’s education programs.

    • Researching opportunities to expand the Museum’s selection of curriculum-based education programs and public programs.

  • Work with the Curator/Collections manager to design a virtual exhibition for school groups.

  • Work with the CEO to develop marketing strategies to improve the reach and success of the Museum’s education and public programs.

  • Build strong relationships with the education sector and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Build a comprehensive database of active school and educational contacts.

  • Carry out other duties as directed by the CEO.

  • Support all fundraising events and functions run by the Museum.

  • The successful applicant will be a team player and willing to work across the various department of the Museum.


Organisation Structure: This role will answer directly to the Museum’s Operations Manager who will work in close consultation with the CEO and other senior staff. In the absence of other senior staff members, this role will report directly to the CEO.


Application Advice:

The Museum is seeking a dynamic individual who is willing to work across all aspects of museum activities. The successful applicant will be friendly, approachable, flexible, and be able to work in a both a small and large team. The successful applicant will possess:

  • Postgraduate qualification in museum and heritage studies, history, education or similar (Preferred but not essential)

  • Demonstrated experience in an education and engagement role

  • Must be willing to present and adapt different programs as appropriate to each group

  • Ability to create and maintain effective partnerships with a wide variety of community and educational stakeholders

  • Ability to grow audience engagement across education and public programs

  • High level of communications skills

  • Ability to work flexible hours


Please submit your resume and a cover letter (no more than 1 page) addressing the position description and application advice criteria to by 17 January 2021. Interview process will commence end of January/beginning of February. The successful applicant will be expected to start on 15 February 2021. 

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