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  • 21 Jun 2018 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to:

    Iron Hill Museum & Science Center

    1115 Robert L. Melson Lane

    Newark, Delaware 19702

    Or email

    General Description

    Teacher Naturalist assist in delivery of environmental education lessons for school students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the general public. Lessons may include field studies, outreach, seasonal programs, summer camps, or other activities and may be held inside or outdoors in all weather conditions. Scheduling is highly flexible and can include weekdays and weekends throughout the year. There is no minimum hourly requirement and hours will vary seasonally. Salary is $10 an hour. Training is provided. This is a part time hourly position.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • ·         Teach environmental education lessons.
    • ·         Assist with program preparation and delivery of educational curriculum and activities, including summer camp.
    • ·         Provide a valuable educational experience for museum visitors.
    • ·         Maintain clean and orderly classrooms and museum exhibit areas.
    • ·         Attend appropriate instructor-training workshops.
    • ·         Promote Delaware Academy of Science mission, goals, activities, events, and membership.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ·         Teaching experience or experience working with children.
    • ·         Natural Sciences Knowledge.
    • ·         Ability to work effectively and productively as part of a team, as well as individually.
    • ·         Certification in First Aid and CPR, or willingness to obtain said certification.
    • ·         Flexibility and adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the site.
    • ·         Satisfactory completion of a background investigation; this position may require annual background investigations.

  • 20 Jun 2018 11:39 AM | Deleted user

    Hiring Range: $41,600/annual

    Position Type: Full-time (Classified) / Restricted Full-time Salaried

    Job Location: Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA. 23185

    Job Opening: 06/20/2018

    Job Closing: 07/20/2018

    Job Description:

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking a State Engagement Coordinator for the 2019 Commemoration. This position is a full-time, restricted professional position that will provide support the development, engagement and execution of legacy projects, signature events and digital trail by contributing educational programming elements under the direction of the Deputy Director for Program Administration. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will serve on project teams with responsibility of ensuring civic engagement is integrated into appropriate events and programs working collaboratively with program and marketing team members in the achievement of participation and visibility goals. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will execute the post-secondary education strategy, which expands national awareness about the 2019 Commemoration themes and raises public understanding of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for achieving metrics associated with outreach goals and maintaining a tracking system to support it.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Must have knowledge of the objectives and operations of school systems and other educational institutions. Knowledge of American/Virginia history, skilled in oral and written communication, ability to develop, revise and implement outreach programs. Must have strong organizational skills, willingness to travel, ability to work in a fast paced environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    College degree in History, International Relations, or Education is preferred.

    Please refer to to apply on-line.

  • 20 Jun 2018 11:16 AM | Deleted user

    Hiring Range: $10/hour

    Position Type:  Part-time (29 hours/week, 1500 hours/annual max.)

    Job Location: Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg, VA. 23185)

    American Revolution Museum (Yorktown, VA. 23690)

    Job Closing: Open until filled.

    Job Description:

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking qualified, enthusiastic individuals to present costumed historical interpretation and demonstrate craft skills to visitors and students of varying ages visiting Jamestown Settlement and/or the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Historical interpretation includes utilizing hands-on/inquiry based teaching techniques using the site structures and artifacts while incorporating historical information, which depicts the culture, events and concerns of 17th- and/or 18th-century Virginia colonists, mariners, Powhatan Indians, continental soldiers and/or Revolution-era farm life in order to educate museum visitors and school groups, and to provide a high quality visitor experience.

    This is a wage position limited to 1500 hours per year (which equates to about 29 hours or less a week) with no state benefits.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Strong, effective communication skills; able to work with the general public; able to interpret with enthusiasm & have an interest in the history, culture, events and concerns of 17th and 18th century Virginia. Frequent standing. Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions and in costume. Weekend/holiday work is required. Be able to work 24-30 hours per week as a core level employee.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Prior experience in costumed historical interpretation and craft skills preferred.

    Please refer to to apply on-line.

  • 18 Jun 2018 11:29 AM | Anonymous member

    Historic London Town & Gardens ( is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to assist with presenting interpretive programs and special events in our living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators.

    Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on July 24, 2018. For more information, visit

    About Historic London Town & Gardens:

    Historic London Town and Gardens is a twenty-three acre park featuring history, archaeology, and horticulture on the South River in Edgewater, Maryland. The park is owned by Anne Arundel County and managed by the London Town Foundation, a non-profit organization, under a formal operating agreement with the county government.  The Foundation is responsible for developing and conducting interpretive, recreational, and educational programs that allow visitors to learn about our historical, archaeological, and horticultural offerings. ​Our mission is “To inspire a deeper understanding of our region’s history, environment, culture, and arts through living history, historical artifacts, experiential public gardens, and collaborative cultural & arts programs.”

    Chief Objectives of the Position:

    Primary duties include creating a welcoming and fun environment facilitating visitors’ exploration of our gardens and historic area. During the spring and fall, Museum Educators lead school tours for the over 4,000 children who visit each year. They also work with general visitors on weekends, particularly over the summer, assist in developing and implementing special programs and activities for visitors of all ages, and may work as summer camp counselors.

    How to Apply:

    To apply for this position, send an e-mail expressing why you are interested and why you would be a good fit along with a resume and three professional references via email to Kristen M. Butler, Director of Public Programs, at

  • 17 Jun 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. / Weems-Botts Museum

    Job Location: 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, VA 22026

    Point of Contact: Robert Borka,, (810) 922-9810

    Position Title: Executive Site Manager

    Salary: $34,000 yearly

    Full Time

    Degree: Bachelor’s

    Experience: 1 to 2 years

    Historic Dumfries seeks a strategic-goal and operationally oriented person to serve as Historic Dumfries Executive Manager. Historic Dumfries is the birthplace of Northern Virginia, the home of the Weems-Botts Museum, and a catalyst in founding the United States. This person will market and grow the museum and its programs through grants, outreach education, web, virtual reality, and social media programs and tools.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong leadership, communications, and management competencies; and will possess application of knowledge related to history, cultural anthropology, or museum operations.

    The selectee will serve a one-year, performance-based contract that may be extended year-to-year, depending on each year's results. Applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of projects or a bibliography of published or presented articles related to history, museums, business, and other related topics.

    The duties in this specification describe the overall nature of work performed in this position. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person employed in this position. A more detailed job description will be made available during a point in the selection process.

    The Historic Dumfries Executive Site Manager is employed by and under general supervision of the Board of Directors of Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. (HDVI), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Among other duties, he or she functions as the museum executive director.

    He or she is responsible for professional and managerial work involving overall program management of HDVI historical programs and educational activities. Work includes, but is not limited to, day-to-day operations of a historic site, the Weems-Botts Museum, and monitoring public use of the adjoining Merchant Park.


    • ·       Relations with HDVI Board of Directors
    • ·       Operational and Program Management
    • ·       Financial Planning and Management
    • ·       Communications, Outreach, Community Relations, and Advocacy
    • ·       Personnel and Supervision (Staff and Volunteers)


    • ·       Mandatory; Bachelor's or higher degree. While HDVI prefers a degree in History, Archeology, Museum Education, Anthropology, or a closely related field, it will consider other fields.
    • ·       Preferred: 2-3 years of experience in museum or historical site interpretation and education. Experience as an intern, adjunct or volunteer staff, or as a trained and qualified historic interpreter may count towards this preference.
    • ·       Preferred: 1-2 years of paid supervisory experience, where position requires understanding of legal labor requirements.


    • ·       Candidates will be assessed in the following competencies: Managing change, managing performance. Persuasive communication, building collaborative relationships, strategic thinking, entrepreneurial oriented, results oriented.


    • ·       HDVI recognizes that few candidates will possess all skills or knowledge. If the person chosen for this position possesses important strengths, but lacks specific technical knowledge, HDVI may choose to remediate this through training education.
    • ·       American and regional history
    • ·       Principles, practices, and techniques of historical research, education, and interpretation
    • ·       Principles, methods and practices of historical parks or museum management
    • ·       Curatorial practices and procedures
    • ·       Manage and operate interpretation or conservation programs at a historic site

    How to Apply / Contact

    HDVI will select the Historic Dumfries Executive Site Manager from candidates who possess the best combination of leadership, management. and museum or history related competencies. HDVI will evaluate initially the candidate's documentation, i.e., resume, cover letter (optional), portfolio or bibliography (optional), and references. HDVI will contact those selected for interviews. HDVI regrets that it will not be able to individually contact all those who apply to this opportunity.


    HDVI shall request a Criminal History Record Name & Sex Offender Search Request (Form BIUSP-167) per Section 19.2-389 of the Code of Virginia.

    U.S. Citizen or provide documentation establishing the identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. per the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

  • 25 Apr 2018 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Stoogeum is the world's first and largest museum of Three Stooges memorabilia located in Ambler, PA. The museum is dedicated to the careers, personal lives, and fan community of the famed comedy group. The Stoogeum is hiring a part-time/seasonal visitor services assistant to support the visitor services staff. The position will run from late May to late September and is about 24-32 hours a month (Thursdays during regular operating hours and occasional evening/weekend special events).

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    ·        Preparing museum for visitors at the beginning and close of day

    ·        Greeting visitors

    ·        Processing admissions and sales (memberships, gift shop)

    ·        Handling cash and credit card transactions

    Public transportation is not easily accessible from the Stoogeum so applicants should be able to provide their own transportation

    Hours: Thursdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; occasional evening and/or weekend hours for special events.

    To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Outreach Coordinator Michelle Squiccimara, No phone calls please. Please submit by May 11, 2018, review of applications will begin immediately.

  • 11 Apr 2018 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    The Museum Gallery & Security Attendant assists both the Museum and visitors to the Museum in a number of important functions including, but not limited to, public area preparation and general maintenance, exhibit/collections security, arranging and guiding tours, and answering visitor questions.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Monitor visitors while they look and observe the Museum’s displays; answer visitor questions; ensure visitors comply with Museum rules
    • Greet visitors upon arrival and verify tickets and passes; invite visitors to sign a guest book; hand out promotional material
    • Provide guided tours when scheduled
    • Assist in setting up and displaying new exhibits
    • Clean exhibits, patrol rooms and provide security for exhibits
    • Before opening and after closing, gallery attendants’ job duties include preparing the museum for visitors, changing light bulbs, cleaning floors and counters, and display cases
    • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor

    Required Knowledge and Skills

    • Have an interest in history and technology
    • Gallery attendants should have an enjoyment and enthusiasm for meeting and talking to people
    • Gallery attendants’ duties include answering questions, so gaining background knowledge about objects and specific exhibits is helpful
    • Gallery attendants must be prepared to walk, stand and remain focused for long periods and to approach visitors diplomatically when they violate museum rules
    • Good communication skills and an outgoing personality
    • Willingness to undertake independent reading and research of museum related material a plus.
    • Gallery attendants are required to go through a formal training process, to learn about exhibits and objects, on-the-job training or a combination of both
    • Attend Museum Guide training sessions under NAWCC Director of Education
    • Ability to lift items of 25 pounds or more
    • Requires working rotating weekends and occasional holidays
    • May require some evening hours for special events
    • Applicants may be required to pass a drug test and criminal background check

    Interested applicants should contact the NAWCC Museum Curator at

  • 05 Apr 2018 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    The Newtown History Center, the museum of the Stone House Foundation, ( is seeking to hire a full-time Manager of Collections and Programs responsible for performing tasks associated with the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects, staffing the museum exhibits and presenting educational programs.

    Compensation: Starting salary and benefits package is competitive with museum profession industry standards.

    Position Title: Manager of Collections & Programs

    Reports to: Executive Director & Curator

    Position Description: This full-time position (40 hours a week) calls for the incumbent to assist the Executive Director & Curator with developing and presenting educational programming, managing the museum’s collections, staffing the Newtown History Center, and performing administrative tasks associated with the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects. The duties associated with staffing the Newtown History Center will include opening exhibition buildings, disarming their alarm systems in preparation for the arrival of visitors, answering the phone and staffing the museum's admissions desk. When staffing the admissions desk the incumbent will be responsible for providing basic security for exhibition objects as well as politely conducting cash transactions and gathering visitor information. The Manager of Collections & Programs will also provide courteous service while presenting basic orientation information to visitors as well as leading tours of the exhibition buildings. During periods when the Manager of Collections & Programs is not engaged with visitors he/she will be assigned tasks related to the museum's ongoing preservation stewardship projects. These tasks will include collections inventory projects, collections catalogue management work, managing environmental monitoring devices, basic care for artifacts and other office and clerical duties as assigned. The incumbent will work closely with the Foundation’s collections committee to oversee object donations, loans, and the accession process outlined in the museum’s collections policy. He/she will also independently present educational programs at local elementary schools, managing the Foundation's membership program, its social media web pages, and its newsletter mailing list. The incumbent’s duties will also include liaising with other groups, committees, and institutions that partner with our museum on programing. Regular weekend hours, occasional after-hours event work as well as some holiday hours will be required during the summer and autumn seasons while the museum is open to the public.


    -Must hold a bachelor's degree in history, public history, museum studies or related field from an accredited college or university. Previous study of Virginia history and material culture of the Shenandoah Valley is desirable.

    -Previous work experience with museum collections management and educational programming preferred. A Master's degree or graduate level certification in museum studies may be substituted for previous work experience.

    -Must be proficient with computer word processing programs, Past Perfect, and other data management software.

    -Must be willing to adhere to Stone House Foundation training and regulations.

    -Must enjoy talking about and sharing information on local history with the public.

    -Must be able to walk short distances and climb short flights of stairs.

    -Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check.

    -Candidate must be able to lift objects weighing up to fifty pounds.

    -Candidates will also need to have an attention to detail, patience, and skills for occasionally handling very fragile objects.

    -Must be willing to work weekends and some holidays.

    Deadline to Apply: Applications must be received by 4 June 2018

    Please submit hard-copy cover letter and resume to:

    The Stone House Foundation

    Attn: Executive Director & Curator

    P.O. Box 143

    Stephens City, VA 22655

  • 30 Mar 2018 1:49 PM | Deleted user

    Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, located in the town of Cazenovia, New York, is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director.   As chief advocate for the Art Park, the Executive Director will provide innovative leadership to further the mission and vision of the organization.  Working with the support of a committed Board of Directors, the Executive Director will prioritize long and short-term goals, establish policies, develop plans, and undertake programs. 


    The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the successful operation of the programs and landscape of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  This includes on-going development and day-to-day oversight of the diverse programs, the integration of landscape and art, marketing, community relations, and fiscal and personnel management.

    • §  Fundraising and Revenue Generation – Developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to expand the funding base and sustain organizational growth including sponsors, donors, members, and grant support from individuals, corporations, government agencies, and/or foundations; leading fundraising efforts including annual appeals, capital campaigns, and events.
    • §  Artistic Direction –  Curating the landscape as an integral part of the artistic vision; selecting artists-in-residence; recommending the acquisition/de-accession of sculpture; developing exhibitions, events, and programming consistent with the Art Park’s master plan, values, and mission.
    • §  Management and Administration – Overseeing the management and execution of the Art Park’s operations and programs; delegating appropriate activities and authority to staff (site manager, visitor services/site promotion coordinator and one seasonal building/grounds staff member); preparing and directing Board involvement on key issues; ensuring fiscal health of the Art Park by preparing annual budgets and income strategies; maintaining adequate fiscal and accounting controls; timely reporting to the Board on financial status of the organization; conducting annual performance evaluations.
    • §  Communications and Community Relations – Clearly articulating the mission and vision of the Art Park and its value to the community; expanding the scope of engagement and outreach of the Art Park to diverse communities; building networks and nurturing collaborations with other non-profit and cultural organizations, regional partners, schools, and institutions; developing effective strategies for public outreach through various media at the local, regional, and national scale.

    Characteristics and Qualifications

    The Executive Director will demonstrate effective leadership with a commitment to mission of integrating art and landscape at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker able to transform vision and ideas into engaging programs and valued place.  This individual will demonstrate flexibility and creativity in relation to the challenges of leading an organization.  This person should have strong interpersonal communications skills with the ability to interact effectively with the Board and general public, and serve as a compelling spokesperson able to articulate the mission and vision of the organization to diverse audiences.  Because of the varied nature of the programs, the Executive Director must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including direction of outdoor activities during each season of the year, as well as certain weekends and evenings for special events, community engagement, and networking.

    Candidates for this position will have a degree in Arts, Arts Education, or Museum Studies or equivalent experience in non-for-profit management and operations.  The position requires proficiency in computer and technology skills necessary for managing information, communications, and public presentations.  Candidates will have a record of increasing responsibilities for managerial, administrative, and collaborative efforts.  Demonstrated fundraising experience is important.  Experience in leading a cultural non-for-profit organization is also preferred.

    Stone Quarry Hill Art Park


    Inspired by the relationship between art and nature, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park seeks to educate and engage the public through its exhibitions, collections, interpretation, and community outreach program in the arts.  Set among 104 acres of conserved land and groomed trails, the Art Park is dedicated to providing a unique environment for showcasing art by emerging and established artists, in natural and gallery settings.


    For over 25 years, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has developed a regional and national reputation as a place for innovative programs that engage the relationship between art and landscape.  It showcases contemporary artwork from emerging and established artists in outdoor and indoor settings through its Outdoor Exhibiting Artist and Juried Exhibition programs.  Outdoor exhibitions feature site-specific work created and installed through the Artists-in-Residence programs.  Opportunities for artists include formal residency positions, fellowships, affordable studio rental, artist-led workshops, and juried gallery exhibitions.  The Art Park strives to support artists at any point in their career and from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, and interests.


    Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is a place where art, landscape and people connect.  Situated at the northern edge of the Appalachian Plateau, the views from the hilltop extend beyond the Village of Cazenovia and Oneida Lake out across the Ontario plain.  Within the park there are over 100 acres of fields and forests, hedgerows, wildflower meadows, wetlands, ponds, and other habitats.  All this serves as setting, as well as subject and material, for artists creating works that engage the landscape. Approximately 75 sculptures are currently installed throughout the Park.  The facilities, including the Artists’ Lodge, Studio, John & Virginia Winner Gallery, pavilion, and Art Barn, have all evolved in response to the unique character of the place and the diverse programs of the Art Park.  The Hilltop House and Studio at the center of the Art Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant example of mid-twentieth century modernism.

    Stone Quarry Hill Art Park overlooks Cazenovia Lake and Village of Cazenovia, an historic community twenty miles east of the city of Syracuse in Central New York.  Situated near the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Adirondack Mountains, as well as accessible to New York City, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto, the area offers a diversity of natural and cultural opportunities.

    Application Procedure:  Application materials are required to be submitted to Kelli Johnson, Interim Executive Director at:

    For inquires related to the search, contact Matt Potteiger, Chair of the Search Committee, at or via phone at 315-427-9208.

    Include in your application:

    ·        C.V. or resume

    ·        A narrative description of your background, interests, and qualifications for the position. Include a brief discussion of what would see as the opportunities of integrating art and landscape at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  Please keep your response to approximately three pages in total.

    ·        A list of at least three references with addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.  Please indicate your relationship to each person on this list.

    Application Deadline:  Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by May 21, 2018, to assure optimal consideration.  Interviews are anticipated in June of 2018 with a negotiable Summer 2018 start date.


    A competitive salary and benefits will be provided.

    Stone Quarry Hill Art Park is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

  • 22 Mar 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Columbus Botanical Garden seeks a full-time executive director with excellent leadership and management skills, and experience in managing people, assets, finances and fundraising. The executive director will be charged with providing overall leadership within the organization.  Essential responsibilities include managing paid staff, contract employees and volunteers as well as working in partnership with the Board of Directors; supporting the Campaign Chair to successfully execute the $10 million capital campaign launched in the fall of 2017; forging new relationships to build Columbus Botanical Garden’s visibility, impact and financial resources within the community and the region it serves.  Prior experience with public gardens would be valuable, although not required.

    Please visit our website ( for more information about Columbus Botanical Garden.  A resume, cover letter and references are required of all applicants.  All inquiries, application materials and candidate nominations may be made in confidence to

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