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Assistant Curator - Fire Museum of Maryland

12 Jan 2017 9:41 AM | Stephen Heaver
The Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville, MD seeks an Assistant Curator to understudy the curator and learn all aspects of caring for and operating the wheeled artifacts. Promotion to Curator will follow. This job especially includes the details of maintaining and running the hand-pumped, steam-pumped, and early motorized equipment. Experience with early motor equipment or heavy machinery will be a plus. On-site training will include steam, manual transmissions, and tillering. Some knowledge of the American fire service will be a plus.


With time, the ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

1.Care for the entire collection, along with the archivist, (i.e. photographs, lithographs, documents, models, leather objects, etc.) and design and preparation of exhibits. Write grants for conservation and restoration. Monitor temperature and humidity conditions.

2.Develop a working knowledge of the Museum’s extensive telegraph system. This is mentioned separately because it is such an important part of the hands-on experience in the exhibits.

3.Work with paid and volunteer staff, coordinating the Tuesday night volunteers. Participate in parades, demonstrations and musters, operating pumps and aerial devices.

4.Buildings and grounds oversight. Work with the director in managing the various aspects of property management and emergency plans. Assist with the planning and oversight of several construction projects as part of a major capital campaign.

5.Maintain several aspects of the Museum’s Web site and write monthly blog posts. Contribute social media posts across various platforms.

6.Write an annual article for publication in a professional magazine.

7.Other duties as assigned.

A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in a related field are required. Salary is $34,000. Seven paid holidays plus personal time of 2 weeks per year.

To apply, submit a cover letter explaining why you would be a good curator for this Museum and your resume to sgheaver@firemuseummd.org. Call Stephen G. Heaver at 410-321-7500 x101 for further details or questions.

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