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  • 19 Dec 2017 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Wharton Esherick Museum hosts undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in careers in museums and historic sites for internships which allow students to do professional work and hands-on learning in small museum operations. Interns will develop an understanding of the interrelated roles of small museum departments and may also have the opportunity to develop and work on special projects tailored to their needs.

    Students with strong backgrounds in Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Historic Preservation and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Internships may be arranged to accommodate any semester throughout the year ranging from six to twelve weeks depending on school requirements and museum needs. Hours vary depending on placement and availability. Internships are unpaid, though academic credit may be possible. 

    To apply for an internship, submit the following information to Julie Gannaway, Executive Director at No phone calls, please.

    ·   A cover letter stating which internships you are interested in and the experience you bring to the particular areas, as well as what you hope to gain from an internship at the Wharton Esherick Museum.

    ·  A résumé including a list of relevant coursework.

    ·  Your preferred dates and hours of availability.

    Application Deadlines
    Spring Internships: February 1
    Summer Internships: April 1

    More about the Wharton Esherick Museum:

    Collections Management Internship
    The Collections Management Internship is open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in basic collections management practices and protocols including processing objects, object inventory, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, condition reporting and object documentation, database maintenance, and other duties that contribute to the stewardship of the collections. Interns will work directly with the Museum Curator. A background in Art History, History, Museum Studies, or a related field is required; excellent organizational skills and basic computer literacy are essential. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day or 8-10 hours a week (Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

    Marketing & Communications Internship
    The Marketing and Communications internship is open to graduate or undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in communications and marketing for museums and cultural institutions. The Marketing and Communications Intern will assist with all aspects of promoting the Museum, including audience development, media research and planning, writing and editing, social media marketing, event planning, media tracking, data reporting and analysis, and some administrative tasks. A background in Communication and Media Studies, Journalism or a related field is required, as are strong writing and research skills. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day or 8-10 hours a week (Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

  • 14 Dec 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    As St. Andrew's School enters the quiet phase of an ambitious comprehensive campaign, the School seeks to build an advancement team that can fully support the highest aspirations of the School community. With three new operational and frontline positions already added in 2017, the Advancement Office now seeks to identify candidates for a new major gift officer position to help maximize the impact from philanthropy in the short, medium, and long term.

    The Major Gifts Officer maximizes giving to the School by establishing long-term relationships with a group of assigned, qualified prospects to help them fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to St. Andrew’s School and, in doing so, assure that the School achieves its strategic goals and priorities. The Major Gifts Officer reports directly to the Director of Advancement.

    Key Job Responsibilities

    • Qualify a group of major gift prospects ($100,000 capacity and above), managing a pool of approximately 125-150. Significant travel is expected. A variety of gift officer metrics and activity are used to support success, including visits and close rates.

    • Create individual goals and a solicitation plan for each prospect based on the donor's history of giving and the School’s knowledge of that donor's potential.

      • Prepare reports, briefings materials, correspondence, proposals, and related documents for solicitation of major gift prospects.

      • Schedule joint visits with the head, volunteers, administrative faculty, and teaching faculty when appropriate.

    • Solicit prospects so that as many as possible are retained as continuing donors to the School and are upgraded in their giving and involvement.

    • Support volunteer networks and assist in the identification, recruitment, and training of volunteers as needed.

    • Attend and staff events as required, including some weekend and evening work.

    • Perform other major donor activities as may be required.

    Required skills and abilities:

    • Ability to qualify major gift prospects that represent the highest giving potential for the School, traveling approximately 30 to 40 percent of the time.

    • Ability to create reasonable giving goals for each prospect based on the prospect’s giving history and capacity to give.

    • Ability to create a personal contact and solicitation plan for each prospect that takes into account the individual donor's interest, motivations, giving patterns and ask preferences and then execute in a timely and cost-effective manner.

    • Ability to secure project and organization information and create and write effective proposals and asks.

    • The confidence and skill to artfully ask prospective donors in a face-to-face meeting to make a major financial contribution.

    All interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Human Resources Specialist Barb Wilson at

  • 12 Dec 2017 5:08 PM | Mark Sutherland

    The Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ, seeks a dynamic individual for a full-time Historical Program Specialist at its Fosterfields Living Historical Farm location.   

    The position requires the candidate to assist in the creation of outreach programs, conduct tours, demonstrations, on-site programs for youth and adult groups and the general public throughout the year.  The chosen candidate will develop educational materials for these programs, and assist with training, supervising, and recruiting volunteers.

    Additionally, this position is responsible for the coordination and implementation of events such as, but not limited to the Historic Sites Summer Camp, Paranormal Events, Home School Programs, and various events throughout the season.  

    The candidate will be a graduate of a college or university of recognized standing, with a major program of study in History, American Studies, Museum Studies, or a related field.  A Master’s Degree in Museum Education, Museum Studies, or a related field is required.  The candidate will have at least two years of experience presenting programs at historic sites (preferably in a historic farm setting), the ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, and holidays as required,  and have a knowledge of the tools, methods, and theories used in management, historic interpretation, and preservation of historic sites. 

    Salary is $46,164.00 and is part of the Local 32 Union.   A comprehensive benefits package is also included.  The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays as assigned.  The candidate must be a resident of New Jersey within 90 days of a hire date.  To apply, go to the following link and go to “How To Apply” Please submit by Friday, December 29, 2017.  For more information on the Morris Park Commission and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit or

    The Morris County Park Commission is an EOE employer.

  • 21 Oct 2017 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    The Museum Director is the primary museum professional at The 1890 House Museum in Cortland, NY. They are the public face of the museum and are responsible for maintaining the museum, its collections, its grounds, and its staff.

    The Museum Director will report to the President of the Board of Directors. This position is guaranteed 25 hours per week, at a pay rate of $13/hour.  Additional evening and weekend work for special events is necessary, and will be compensated.

    The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:


    • Oversee the Assistant Director and their duties (and assisting when necessary).
    • Manage and turn in time sheets of employees to the CPA bi-weekly, so they can be turned into payroll.
    • Work with the executive committee in creating a budget.
    • Attend monthly board meetings and give a report on the museum each month.
    • Attend Chamber of Commerce events and other networking events.
    • Track museum figures (visitor, membership, volunteers, interns, community service)
    • Collect profit and donations at the end of the day and put them in the safe.
    • Participate in historic preservation efforts for the museum.
    • Maintain the grounds by shoveling (clearing of each building entrance and sidewalks) during winter months and removing trash and recyclables each Thursday to curb for pick up.
    • Stay up to date on best practices for museum management.
    • Order supplies as needed.

    Public Relations, Marketing, and Events

    • Maintain and manage the museum website, calendars, social media outlets, and communication outlets. Alert the Executive Committee when needed.
    • Serve as the museum’s primary event planner, and manage all bookings with clients.  Manage the operation of events.
    • Advertise events and programs in the local media, on the website, by email, social media outlets.
    • Oversee the quarterly newsletter, monthly e-newsletter and an annual membership letter for annual giving.

    • Participate in grant writing efforts to support the house and its programs.
    • Recruit and maintain membership for the museum by acting as fundraising and development officer for the museum.
    • Work with Board to set long term goals, develop fundraising efforts and the implementation of both for the museum.

    • Give public, private and school tours during on and off hours.
    • Conduct historical research on Wickwire family, house, Cortland, local, regional, national and global subjects related to the museum and its events, displays, and collections.
    • Oversee (and, when necessary, develop) educational programming at the museum.


    Qualifications for Museum Director:


    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in History, Social Studies Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Historic Preservation.  Master’s Degree preferred.


    • Two years of experience in museum work.


    • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


    • Should be self-motivated, organized, flexible and detail-oriented.
    • Should have leadership ability, strong writing skills, and an enthusiasm for history.
    • Basic computer skills required.  Experience with Wordpress, Publisher, MailChimp, and social media outlets preferred.
    • The Director must be able to move around the house and grounds, and climb 4 flights of stairs. They should also be able to lift 40lbs and shovel snow, as well as operate snowblowing equipment.

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to Megan Eves, Board President, at, by 5:00pm Eastern time on November 4, 2017.  Please include the director position in the email subject line.

  • 25 Sep 2017 5:54 AM | Anonymous

    Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

    100 Lafayette Street

    Have de Grace, Maryland

    E-mail :

    The Havre de Grace Martime Museum and Environmental Center (the Museum) ( is accepting applications for a part-time executive director (28 hours per week with flex time).  We are seeking an experienced administrator with strong management, organizational, writing, budgeting and financial management experience and interpersonal skills.  Experience with non-profits and or grant management, social media, volunteers’ management, as well as fund-raising is preferred.

    This position was created by the Board of Directors (the Board) based on the Strategic and Business Plan and a comprehensive staffing needs assessment, as well as on a recent reorganization of the Museum that includes the new Environmental Center. The Museum is currently run by volunteers, contract personnel, and part-time staff. The executive director reports to the President and works with the Board of Directors, the environmental center director, and working committees to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Museum’s operations, programs and activities. Occasional weekend and evening hours are required.


    Minimum required:  Bachelors degree and five years experience in administration with increasing levels of responsibility.  Three years of practical experience overseeing day-to-day operations of an organization; supervising staff; budget development and management; and liaison/ public engagement of external organizations (e.g., government, other non-profits, local businesses and or unrelated organizations).  Demonstrated competence with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and graphics programs).


    Salary and benefits

     $32,700/year, one week vacation after one year.

    Please provide three references, job history and a succinct letter of interest.  The letter of interest (addressed and e-mailed to the Board of Directors) should provide a statement of your specific interests in the position, your most relevant qualifications and other attributes and qualities that would make you particularly suited to this position.

    Each qualifying candidate will be provided an opportunity to meet with our search committee at the Museum to learn more about the organization and our expectations for the position.

    Advertising closing date:  On or before November 15, 2017

    Hiring start date:  On or before February 1st 2018

  • 22 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Brian Auer


    The Museum Educators may work full-time or part time.  A limited number of Full time positions are open at any time.  All educators begin as part-time, benefit-non-eligible, but when available, and qualified on all of our programs, can be promoted to full time, benefit-eligible status.  Part-time educators may be required to work up to 29 hours a week but are assured of no minimum number of hours per week.  Educators work at all Museum sites, sometimes outdoors and during inclement weather.  Museum Educators are expected to perform all responsibilities, general and specific, of the Museum Guides, as well as to provide presentations, demonstrations, and activities during Museum programs that occur during normal day operations, overnight programs, off-site, and Museum special events.  Museum Educators are directly responsible to the Museum Interpretation Coordinator and frequently, the Museum Education Coordinator



    Primary Responsibilities

    1.       Museum Educators provide public presentations, tours, and education programs on any of the museum’s sites.  Those sites are: The Sloop-of-War USS Constellation, the WWII submarine USS Torsk; the WWII cutter USCGC Taney; the light ship Chesapeake; and the Seven-foot Knoll Light House.

    2.       Educators are expected to learn and demonstrate mastery of subject matter pursuant to those responsibilities, and they are expected to be able to perform them in a timely manner (within three months) after their date of hire.

    3.       Educators act as the face of the organization, and are required to exhibit positive, friendly interaction and demeanor with visitors and guests always, and are expected to be able to manage their interactions with visitors and conduct themselves accordingly.

    4.       Monitor, provide for, and protect the safety of the vessels themselves and all visitors to them by knowing and following established policies regarding operations. 

    5.       Performing daily, routine duties and custodial maintenance at Museum sites in accordance with museum protocols, directives, and instruction.


    Organizational Responsibilities: 

    1. Support museum-sponsored efforts such as, “all-hands” activities/evolutions to include, but not limited to: 4th of July celebration; New Year’s Eve celebration; “Victory Night”, “The Blast,” and Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies.
    2. Museum Educators must be able to do all manner of physical activities associated with boarding and departing the sites, and opening and closing the sites.   
    3. Educators will commonly work catered events that will require working late, sometimes until after midnight, as well as overnight programs which may require working through the night.  During overnight programs, educators will spend the night on the ship to which assigned or, in the case of Constellation overnights, the museum building.
    4. Being an effective co-worker who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic and good morale among ship’s staff and volunteers.
    5. Learning and demonstrating mastery of all shipboard presentations.
    6. Performing all administrative requirements, routine and otherwise, which includes but is not limited to: sign-in/out sheets; site logs; and time sheets.



    1. Demonstrates and maintains effective leaderships and a positive work ethic. 
    2. Must effectively handle stress, and demonstrate an ability for decisiveness and quick thinking.  
    3. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Science, History, or a related field, OR a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a relevant field..(A higher degree may substitute for 1 year of museum programming experience, but does not necessarily increase qualification.)
    4. Must be available weekends, holidays, overnight programs, and special evening programs/events.



    1. While on duty, wearing the appropriate, clean, and serviceable uniform(s) for the various sites.
    2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk to various locations and maybe exposed to a variety of outdoor weather conditions.
    3. Various physical activities may be required on occasion including, but not limited to, moderate lifting, pulling lines, operating shipboard equipment, traversing ladders, and navigating spaces with low overheads.


    Base pay: $10/hr, increased to $12/hr upon completion and qualification on all 13 interp. programs

    Overnight Bonus: 10%/hr ($11-$13.20/hr)

    Overnight Leader Bonus: 20%/hr ($12-$14.40/hr)


    Amy Ferguson,


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply.

     All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

  • 22 Sep 2017 3:59 AM | Anonymous

    Looking for Experienced Space Museum Manager and Science and Technology Museum Manager to be part of one of the biggest museum developments in the world.  Project is part of the Kuwait National Cultural Center located in Kuwait City, Kuwait.  The museums are scheduled to open first quarter of 2018.  Must have at least 7 years of operations experience as a Science & Technology or Space Museum Manager and with 3 years of content development and SOP development skills.  Relocation is required to Kuwait.  Great compensation contract package with base salary and accommodations, transport allowance, medical, 3 week paid vacation with one annual flight ticket, relocation allowance and tax free.   

    Museum Information and Video:

    Please forward your cover letter and resume to:  Jim Levesque, Executive Director Operations,

  • 08 Sep 2017 12:54 PM | Teresa Reynolds

    Position opening at a country museum, in charming Warrenton, VA. Successful candidates will have good museum and/or preservation experience; suitable education/credentials; familiarly with fundraising, special event planning, recruiting and managing volunteers. 

    More information at:

    Please forward your cover letter and resume to: YM Lubowsky, President, FHS, PO Box 3411 Warrenton, VA. 20188 OR to


  • 01 Aug 2017 2:41 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Search Continued

    The Historic Sites of the Morris County Park Commission seeks a dynamic individual for the Cooper Gristmill, a restored working water-powered mill located in Chester, NJ.  The site is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.

    As Miller/Educator, the candidate is responsible for the safe operation and programming at the Cooper Gristmill.  He/She plans, develops, presents, and supervises educational programs (including school, scout, home school, and adult programming), and special event programming throughout the season.  The Miller/Educator will evaluate programs and events to assure they are effective and meet educational standards and goals as defined by the New Jersey core curriculum standards.  The position requires the candidate address the mechanical needs of this working historic gristmill by identifying, analyzing and fixing the equipment to operate the Mill.   The chosen candidate will assist with budget development, supervise subordinate personnel and volunteers, work with maintenance staff to coordinate site upkeep, and wear period historic clothing during public programming hours.  

    Qualifications:  The successful candidate will be a college graduate with a major program study in history, museum studies, or a related field, have a minimum of 2 year’s experience working in a historic site or history museum setting developing and implementing educational programming and events, and have the ability to learn the operations and care of the Cooper Gristmill.  The Miller/Educator will be computer literate and able to lift 50 lbs.

    The position will begin as early as September 30, 2017, and will train alongside the current miller for up to four months.  The chosen candidate must be a New Jersey resident, or become one within 60 days of the hire date, and possess a valid NJ driver’s license. 

    The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays as  assigned.  Salary: $50,008, with a full benefits package.  Email a cover letter, resume and three references no later than August 18, 2017 to:  Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites –

    No phone calls please.  For more information about  the Morris County Park Commission and the Cooper Gristmill, visit or

    The Morris County Park Commission is an EOE employer.









  • 19 Jul 2017 11:10 AM | Kathryn Blackwell

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site Part-time Educator 

    G-Status Historian

    Part-Time: 900 hrs/year


    Location: Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    10017 Colvin Run Road

    Great Falls, Virginia  22066


    Description of Duties:  As a site educator, primary duties are to present cultural history interpretive programs for school aged children and/or adults on a regular basis. Groups can include: public, private and home-school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, camps, events, and special request programs including overnight programs. Additional duties to include plan, prepare, and present Cub Scout and/or other Cub/Boy Scout activities, both pre-scheduled and upon request. Front desk, administrative, and other jobs may be included.

    Hours: Must be able to work weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday, with core hours of 9:30am -12:30pm, to present field trip programs during the regular Fairfax County Public School’s school year. Scheduled hours for field trips will generally fall during October, November, and late February through early June. Additional hours including weekends may be scheduled as needed.

    Required Qualifications: Experience preparing and presenting interpretive programs to individuals or groups. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquires and questions. Ability to remain flexible and adaptive on a daily basis, in a small museum environment.

    Preferred Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in history, education or a closely related field, and six months experience presenting interpretive programs or teaching children.

    Please Note: Individuals in these positions are not eligible for employee benefits, and are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay. This position cannot exceed 900 hours per calendar year.

    To Apply: Please send any questions, resume with references, and cover letter by Friday, August 4, 2017

    Kathryn M. Blackwell, acting Visitor Services Manager at:

    10017 Colvin Run Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066



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