Take the next step in your career with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, a 12-location museum system including a museum in downtown Indy and 11 state historic sites, offering career, internship and volunteer opportunities all around Indiana. Want to learn something new every day and spread your love for the Hoosier state? Find a list of our open positions below as well as on the State of Indiana’s ‘Work for Indiana’ careers website.

  • Chief Development Officer

    The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will be instrumental in growing the philanthropic support of the ISHMS. The CDO serves as a member of the organization’s leadership team, sets the strategy and oversees the execution of fundraising while carrying a fundraising portfolio focused on bolstering the individual giving program. This is an exciting time in the organization’s lifecycle with a unique opportunity to engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences.

    The CDO is involved with various executive duties at ISMHS involving a high degree of discretion in interpreting, applying and executing a division’s policies and programs.

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  • Social Media Manager

    We are looking for a talented social media manager to administer the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) social media accounts. We need a creative thinker with excellent attention to detail who has a proven record of social media success. This person will implement the ISMHS overall communications strategy, with a visitor-centered focus on creating original text and video content, managing posts and responding to followers. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits.

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  • Camp Program Manager

    The Camp Program Manager is responsible for the oversight of summer and school-year camp programs at the Indiana State Museum.  The manager is responsible for program development and implementation, budget, hiring, training, and supervision of camp staff.  Primary focus will be on maintaining quality camp experiences for youth, both new and returning camp families. Incumbent will also cultivate relationships with camp families to build life-long learners.

  • 2023 Museum Education Assistant AmeriCorps Member

    Purpose of Position/Summary:

    Indiana State Museum is seeking an Education Assistant AmeriCorps member to assist with education programs including out-of-school-time outreach programs, school break camps, and school and outreach programs. This position reports directly to the Director of Education and works closely with Program and Education Engagement staff. Members would work between January – August 2023.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Assist with the development and facilitation of education programs for youth in K-8th grade
    • Assist camp staff with engaging youth in hands-on activities
    • Help supervise campers during the camp day
    • Assist with preparation of materials and supply coordination
    • Assist with the facilitation and logistics of large-scale education programs and events
    • Mentor and encourage creativity and exploration through hands-on, minds-on learning
    • Model leadership, a positive attitude, and a desire to learn and explore with campers
    • Provide a safe environment for play, learning, and discovery
    • Other duties as assigned

    Job requirements:

    • High School diploma/GED; Working towards degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary/Secondary Education, Child Development, Science Education, Art Education, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Community Engagement, or a related major supplemented by relevant work experience preferred
    • Enthusiasm and creativity while interacting with children of all ages and abilities
    • Collaborative personality
    • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks
    • Ability to maintain professionalism and take on the responsibility of campers’ safety and wellbeing
    • Completion of online child protection course during onboarding
      Schedule Requirements:
    • Shifts are scheduled between the hours of 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday, with potential late or weekend hours on request. Based on availability.
    • Up to 25 hours a week; 675 service hours total

    Program benefits:

    • Serve and connect to your community- 675 hours
    • Living Allowance –Receive a modest living allowance to cover basic expenses during your service term ($8,100).
    • Education award- Money for college and trade school upon successful completion- $2,474.27
    • Training and professional development opportunity (12-20% of hours)
    • Loan deferment and interest forbearance- forbearance for most federally guaranteed student loans and interest payments that accrue during service
    • Alumni Network-Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving communities.

    How to apply:  

    Email a resume and cover letter to Indiana State Museum’s Director of Education, Nicole Rife at [email protected].

  • Early Childhood Engagement Specialist

    The Early Childhood Engagement Specialist will assist with the development and implementation of all public programming and services for early childhood youth, parents, educators, and museum visitors at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.  Incumbent is assigned within the early childhood specific space, Firefly Landing, and museum galleries to engage and interact with museum visitors during large events and special programming days, assist with visitor questions and concerns, conduct daily programming and monitor artifacts and exhibit components.


    • Enhance the visitor experience in the museum by engaging and interacting with visitors within the galleries including the early childhood space, Firefly landing, assisting with visitor questions and concerns, and facilitating daily programming within galleries and throughout museum with a focus on early childhood interactions
    • Assist with research, development, and facilitation of early childhood daily engagement activities within Firefly Landing and museum gallery spaces. Programs can include holiday programs, birthday parties, school programs, outreach programs, camps, classes, professional development for educators, and daily engagement experiences.
    • Prepare all materials for programs and set up of early childhood space, Firefly Landing, for daily engagement.
    • Work with the Early Childhood Program Manager to develop and implement goals, objectives and learning outcomes for early childhood daily engagement programs
    • Conduct informal and formal evaluation for programs, within the galleries and Firefly Landing, and throughout the museum as appropriate for early childhood experiences
    • Train and oversee volunteers who present early childhood museum programming
    • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming environment for all museum visitors
    • Provide excellent customer service to daily visitors, program participants, educators and parents
    • Manage customer complaints, incidents and accidents, taking the lead in emergency situations and safety issues
    • Maintain cleanliness and organization of program supplies for early childhood space, Firefly Landing
    • Other duties as assigned

    Preferred Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development, or related field
    • Experience with theater, improv, storytelling a plus
    • Formal / informal teaching experience
    • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching methods
    • Knowledge of history, art, and/or science
    • Ability to speak and write Spanish a plus


    • Applicants must be able to commit to working most weekends. The museum is currently open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays and several holidays.
    • Applicants must be open to working occasional evening and early morning shifts as programs or special events require.
    • Scheduled up to 25 hrs per week (average of 20 hours a week)

    To apply: 

    Contact Early Childhood Program Manager Dru Corliss at [email protected] or 317.264.9867.

  • Out of School Time Program Manager

    The Out of School Time (OST) Program Manager will develop, implement, and evaluate all programming and services for K-12 out of school time programs at the Indiana State Museum. Primary focus will be on building and maintaining out of school time collaborations for long-term engagement. The position will work with contracts for both single school year and multiple year-long programs. The position will also assist with teaching school programs and events and camps.

  • Maintenance Tech (part-time)

    The Maintenance Tech (Part-Time) is responsible for providing preventative maintenance and repairs to equipment, machinery, buildings, and grounds of the historic sites

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  • Curator of Cultural History

    The Curator of Cultural History will assist with the acquisition and curation of the division’s cultural history collections. The position will serve as curator and is responsible for the interpretation, development and curation of artifacts within the cultural history collections, with particular expertise or willingness to develop expertise in a broad range of subjects including popular culture; sports; military history; communications, including radio and television; performing and literary arts; and paper-based historic materials.


Internship Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of internship opportunities for college students at all levels of study and in many different disciplines.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is the crossroads of everything interesting, educational and unique about the state. We invite you to become a part of this exciting institution as a volunteer.

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Our Mission

To serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places and things.

Our Vision

Be the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally and globally.