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  • April 14, 2014 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Education Coordinator, Coos Historical & Maritime Museum

    The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum (CHMM) is seeking an energetic Education Coordinator to lead the museum's educational programs and initiatives and advise our exhibit development team. This position provides leadership and vision to create and implement engaging educational offerings that include school programs -- and, as time allows, public programs, special events, and interpretive tours of the museum -- as CHMM moves from its old space to its new location on the waterfront in downtown Coos Bay. The Education Coordinator reports to the museum's Executive Director and will work collaboratively both within the institution and with external partners.

    This Coordinator is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of CHMM's educational programming activities, to include innovative experiences for public school students -- and, again, as time allows, museum visitors of all ages. Educational programming will include communication of regional history through the use of engaging educational techniques and materials, while maintaining and strengthening community and outreach relationships.


    Plan, direct, and implement engaging educational experiences for new and existing audiences that produce measurable results and visibility for the organization. We have a successful program already, with much for the successful candidate to learn from after hire. However, the program will face many changes as we move to a new facility and a new mode of operation.

    Develop and implement a tour schedule for spring field trips and a new summer program beginning this summer (2014).

    Schedule, direct, and supervise volunteer educators.

    Work with various partners, including the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, to deliver educational programs.

    Lead effort to establish measurable objectives and evaluation procedures to assess the effectiveness of educational content and interpretive techniques.

    Advise CHMM's exhibit development effort and update long-range education goals as appropriate.
    Provide strategic and creative direction, content/program development, and review to ensure that all students and other learners have a high-quality educational experience and that all content provided by staff or volunteers is vetted for authenticity and accuracy.

    Manage the education budget; recommend budget requests and track expenditures to ensure efficiency, strategic alignment, budgetary compliance and that programming is in support of CHMM's strategic objectives.


    A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological or Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Education, or a closely related field.

    Ability to work a flexible schedule, including at least some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    Demonstrated leadership, problem solving, planning, and project-management skills.

    Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively, accurately and diplomatically both orally and in writing.

    Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.

    Ability to prioritize tasks and to multi-task in a dynamic and sometimes-demanding daily environment.

    Ability to walk up and down stairs, lift and carry up to 30 lbs., and stand/walk for long periods of time.


    Experience with interpretive methods and techniques; knowledge of informal learning techniques and museum best-practices.

    Experience in volunteer supervision and knowledge of management techniques.

    Direct experience in a setting that promotes informal educational experiences: a museum, nature preserve, or similar effort.


    HOURS: This position may offer flexible time, and for the right candidate may not require a full-time commitment. This will be negotiated at hire. However, it will require no less than 70 percent time, or an average of 28 hours per week. The number of hours required in a week will vary widely throughout the year. At certain times of the year, the position will offer a flexible schedule.

    PAY: The position is budgeted at $23,520 per year. The position is fully funded for one year. Like all positions at CHMM, funding can determine hours and pay-rates year to year. However, education is a high priority for the museum's Board of Trustees, and we fully expect this position to continue.

    START DATE: On or about May 15, 2014.

    DEADLINE FOR APPLYING: April 22, 2014.

    HOW TO APPLY: No calls. Mail or email resume or curriculum vitae along with cover letter.


    (if emailing, cover letter and resume should be Microsoft Word files added as attachments to the email)

    Mailing address:
    Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
    1220 Sherman Avenue
    North Bend, OR 97459
    attn: Education Coordinator position

    ABOUT CHMM: The museum is the public facility for the Coos County Historical Society, founded in 1891. We are a private, not-for-profit organization supported by memberships, donations, admission fees, bookstore income, and grants. We presently operate a 1957 museum in North Bend, and will open a new multi-million-dollar facility on the waterfront in downtown Coos Bay around December 1, 2014.

    The new facility is a cultural gathering place that encourages awareness and appreciation of the intriguing history of the southern Oregon coast. We enhance community awareness of local history as a key to modern times, with school programs, lectures, and partnerships with other community groups. The facility will offer continually created exhibits featuring our extensive collections of images, artifacts, and archival materials in illuminating regional history. It will also be a hub for public and private events.

  • March 29, 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    If you want to feel like a local or a logger, you’ll want to know the difference between a busheler and a hasher, and what to do if you hear a gut hammer. You’ll have no better teacher than Glen Olson.

    Please join us Saturday, March 29th, at 1pm to hear Glen Olson share stories from his new book Reminiscing - One Man’s Recollection of Logging in the Golden Years.
    Glen’s decades-long tenure as columnist for the Myrtle Point Herald and the Coquille Valley Sentinel fed and inspired this book. Jean, his bride of more than 70 years, added her reminiscences of Oregon. Seasoned with gentle humor, Glen’s stories are full of historical information, eyewitness reportage, and wisdom. Historic photographs help bring the pages to life. 

    Please join the Logging Museum in thanking Olson for the publication of this book. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the logging museum. For additional information please call Vicki Wiese at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum at 541-756-6320.

  • January 27, 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous
    To read our article in The World Newspaper about our new building, Click Here.
  • January 25, 2014 9:45 AM | Anonymous
    Hiking for Health
    with the
    South Coast Striders
    Walk begins at the
    Coos Historical & Maritime Museum

    Explore some of the many paths and trails commonly used by the folks in North Bend along with the recently completed Sawmill & Tribal Trail.  

    You can join local authors and historians Dick and Judy Wagner on an easy to moderate 2 mile loop under the McCullough Bridge and through the woods to Ferry Park then along Bayview Ave and back up into town before returning to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.  This hike should last about 2 hours.


    Kim Griffin will lead a 5 mile loop at a little faster pace on the North Bend loop portion of the new Sawmill & Tribal Trail.  This walk will head out along the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to post #12 on Pony Creek Rd then up the stairs at Lombard and along McPherson to the North Bend Boardwalk then on to Ferry Road Park before returning to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.  This hike is rated difficult and should last 3 - 3.5 hours              

    We will stop for a half hour lunch/snack break at Ferry Road Park.  
  • December 08, 2013 3:43 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you to Dick and Judy Wagner for their wonderful discussion of their latest book Lies, Sex, and Radio! More than 40 attendees were tantalized with stories of M.S. Taylor's escapades!

  • November 18, 2013 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    The Coos County Historical Society would like to thank a number of local businesses and organizations that supported us in our recent Halloween "Monster Bash" dance/fundraiser. Our community is exceedingly generous.

    In particular, kudos to Cougar Eye Care, the Mill Casino-Hotel, Ciccarelli's, Gino's Pizza, North Bend High School Athletic Department, City Subs, Glasgow Market, Toni Ann Brend, Coquille Animal Hospital, Wildlife Safari and Moe's Bike Shop.

    We hope everyone who attended our dance had a fun time.  We'll see you again next October!

  • August 31, 2013 9:27 AM | Anonymous
    Exhibit opening and free admision, Saturday, August 31st! Come celebrate Coos County Athletics with "In It to Win It".

  • August 11, 2013 9:34 PM | Anonymous
    The Coos Historical and Maritime Museum is proud to introduce the new look of our website at The new site will allow us to publish updates and new content much more quickly. It also features a previously unheralded level of interactivity (for us at least). Every member who has an email address on file with us will soon receive a password that you can use to log on to the member area of the website. There you will be able to review your contact information, set preferences, sign up for email and paper mailings, register for events, even make donations and renew your memberships! We hope you enjoy the site, and please let us know if there's anything we can do to make it even better.
1220 Sherman Ave.
North Bend, OR 97459
Phone: 541-756-6320

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