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Collections Manager, Castine Historical Society

20 Oct 2021 10:20 AM | Lisa Simpson Lutts

The Castine Historical Society (CHS), a vibrant and financially stable regional organization seeks an enthusiastic Collections Manager to oversee its collections, registration, and reference activities. This hands-on position is part of a team of three staff members, enhanced by volunteers, interns, and Board members. The Historical Society is an outward facing organization known for its innovative exhibitions, scholarly programs, and collaborations with community non-profits.

The position offers a vacation, holiday, sick leave, and generous health insurance benefits package. The salary range is $39,000-$43,000. 

The CHS collection is predominantly archive based with material related to Castine’s history. In addition, the object collection ranges from contemporary works by Castine artists to archaeological material from the 17th century French Fort Pentegoet and habitation of the Baron de St. Castin and British Fort George from the American Revolution and War of 1812.

The position oversees all museum, library, and archival collections and monitors collection-related issues in two restored historic properties: the 1859 Abbott School housing changing exhibits and the 1850 Grindle House. The Grindle House contains staff offices, a researcher area, and a state-of-the art two-story collections storage vault.

Responsibilities include ensuring appropriate care, security, and environmental conditions; creating and maintaining database records; and storing and exhibiting items safely and professionally. The position also assists researchers and recruits and supervises graduate students for a paid summer internship.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, American studies, or a related field is required. A graduate degree in these fields is preferred. Must have demonstrated historical research and writing skills; proficiency with technology, especially databases, scanners, and image processing; familiarity with Dublin Core metadata standards, PastPerfect, Microsoft Office and Adobe suites; and Maine and New England history.

Send resume and cover letter to director@castinehistoricalsociety.org by Nov. 19th. To see a full job description and learn more about CHS visit castinehistoricalsociety.org.


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