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Fire Museum of Maryland: Museum Curator

16 Sep 2021 4:30 PM | Aaron Lippincott

Curator Job Description – September 2021

Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301-R York Road, Lutherville, MD 21093

410-321-7500   Director’s office: ext.101;

Background Information:

The Fire Museum of Maryland (FMM) is located in Lutherville just north of Baltimore City. It has an exemplary collection of forty vehicles dating from 1807 to 1957, many of which are in original or early condition and most of the collection is kept in operating condition. There are approximately 14,000 documents in the archives and on line. The walk-in visitors and scheduled tours totalled about 15,000 pre-COVID; the Museum has been open again since June of 2020. The staff, paid and volunteer, consists of 28, 3 of whom are full-time. There is a dynamic program, re-vised, of course, during the challenges of the pandemic, with offerings for many age groups throughout the year. The Museum seeks to tell the stories of the American urban fire service, to instill a love of history and an appreciation of the many inventors and fire fighters who make our lives safer, and to teach fire safety. The Anna & Jasper Peabody Marsh Archives and Library contains approximately 14,000 images of architectural and engineering resources. The FMM is 23,000 sq. ft. in size and is ADA compliant. Metropolitan Baltimore proudly offers many technological, history, science and art museums plus culinary possibilities to match every taste.


Job Summary:

The Fire Museum of Maryland is seeking a full-time Curator (40 hours per week).The salary is $45,000 a year with holidays, vacations plus benefits. There are occasional week night and weekend events, meetings and conferences to attend. A major portion of this job is caring for and interpreting 40 pieces of fire apparatus. The Curator will work with the Director and a small staff to strengthen and interpret the collections and to put on 8 special events per annum.

Responsibilities :

* oversee the firefighting collection of wheeled apparatus dating 1807-1957 both for accuracy and interpretation

* caring for the smaller 3-D collections and archives with the help of a Registrar, Assistant Curator and a Collections Cleaner (all part-time.

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* writing 2-3 grants and a feature article in a national magazine each year with the Director

* learn to drive the gasoline machines and safely use the hand, steam and horse units; you will be expected to have experience driving a standard transmission

* designing, building and maintaining exhibits to engage the public; skills and a desire to develop digital interactive exhibits in person and on line

* working with the Educator, Web Site Coordinator and other professional staff to develop new in-person and electronic educational exhibits, tour programs

* oversee the mechanic and the volunteer Tuesday night crew who will be helping to keep a third of the collection operating

* oversee the maintenance of the buildings and grounds



* a Bachelor’s Degree in history, museum studies or similar field

* a minimum of eight years of experience beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

* experience and knowledge of proper collections practices, including registration, basic       

        conservation, and museum data bases

* understand tools and mechanical processes; be able to discuss mechanical problems

* ideally will have some fire department family, reading or activity

* ability to drive a standard transmission; learn to crank an engine

* to give engaging tours to widely diversified groups

* ability to keep the curatorial department organized, maintain records, manage a budget

EEO Employer

FMM provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Please Submit via Email:

  • ·         A letter of intent addressed to Stephen G Heaver, Director,
  • ·         Your Resume
  • ·         An article or essay that you have written
  • ·         Initial posting is 16 September 2021

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