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  • 22 Nov 2019 10:27 AM | Anonymous member

    Historic London Town and Gardens ( is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to facilitate visitor experiences, tours, and special events in our living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators. Compensation for this position is $13.00 per hour. Museum Educators have opportunities for advancement at London Town, and many former HLTG Museum Educators are now in full time positions in museums, archaeology, and libraries in the DC / Baltimore area.

    Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on February 25, 2020. 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.

    Chief Objectives of the Position:

    Primary duties include creating a welcoming environment that encourages visitors to interact with our gardens and historic area, making emotional and intellectual connections to the stories we tell. During the spring and fall, Museum Educators lead school tours for the over 5,000 children who visit each year. They also work with general visitors on weekends and assist in developing and implementing special programs and activities for visitors of all ages.

    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

  • 13 Nov 2019 1:00 PM | Michael Lafreniere

    The Tacoma Historical Society (THS) Curator serves as the primary collections manager to assure the safety and stability of items in the THS collection, and managing day‐to‐day operations related to museum collections. The Curator is also responsible for developing and implementing professional, well‐researched, engaging, and mission-driven permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits, supervising student interns. He/she leads the research, design and installation of museum exhibits. The Curator works in close coordination with the Society’s committees and Managing Director. To apply, please direct resume and cover letter to It is expected that the starting salary range for this part-time position will be $16-$20/hour, depending on experience. The position is open until filled. More information HERE.

  • 22 Oct 2019 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    Job Description

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site G-Status Historian

    Part-Time: 900 hrs/year



    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

    10017 Colvin Run Road

    Great Falls, Virginia 22066

    Colvin Run Mill Historic Site seeks an Educator for immediate hire, to help facilitate our cultural history interpretive programs for school aged children and/or adults. Primary duties will include presentation of our STEM based field trip programs. Groups may include: school groups, scout groups, general public, thematic class series, camps, events, and special request programs. Other prescheduled or on-demand programs, and administrative/front desk work may be assigned as needed.

    Hours: Must be able to work weekday mornings (Monday-Friday), with core hours of 9:30am -12:30pm, to present field trip programs during the regular Fairfax County Public School elementary school year. Scheduled hours for field trips generally fall during October, November, and late February through early June. Additional hours throughout the year, 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, and work collegially in a small museum environment. Applicants who wish to pursue education or museum education careers are encouraged to apply.

    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.

    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 resume with references and cover letter to

    10017 Colvin Run Rd.
    Great Falls, VA 22066

    No phone calls, please

  • 16 Oct 2019 4:24 PM | Victoria Gonzalez

    The Fort Ligonier Association’s Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced and visionary Executive Director/CEO for Fort Ligonier Museum & History Education Center (the Fort) and its sister site, the Braddock Battlefield History Center (BBHC) in Ligonier, Pennslyvania.

    The Executive Director/CEO will work collaboratively with two dedicated boards and highly motivated staff to steward a bold new future for the organizations. The Fort and BBHC showcase and interpret some of the most comprehensive and well-preserved historic structures, collections, and exhibits on the French and Indian War in the United States for both study and enjoyment.

    This is a full time, salaried position with benefits. The annual salary range is $90,000 to $125,000. The final salary will be based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

    Full Job Description and Requirements Located Here


    The Executive Director/CEO will provide the strategic leadership, creativity, management, and direction necessary to advance the missions of the Fort and the BBHC, and pursue a clear, impactful and sustainable vision for the organization to achieve a greater level of recognition on a national and international level. The Executive Director/CEO has the responsibility for ensuring that both the Fort and the BBHC meet their financial and programmatic goals. In addition, they are the primary spokesperson, fundraiser, and ambassador for the organization, articulating vision, values and contributions to community, partners, educators, the broader museum community, the news media, and national and international partners. The Executive Director/CEO reports to the Board of Trustees of the Fort Ligonier Association.


    - A minimum of five years successful experience leading a similar organization or agency, or senior management level leadership experience including strategic planning, fundraising and sales, personnel supervision and evaluation, project management, budget preparation and management, financial literacy, communications, and program implementation;

    -  An advanced degree in history, public history, business, urban planning or a related field preferred;
    -  Superior management skills, including an eye for talent and an ability to attract and retain a first-rate staff;
    -  Ability to work with an engaged Board of Trustees and staff, donors, members, government officials, the local community and media;

    -  A strong commitment to diversity and gender equity;
    -  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and work as a member of a
    team, plus inspire an organizational culture that supports the organizations ’s values and
    -  Ability to collaborate with partners in the local and regional historical community;
    -  Ability to work in an educational organization or public agency, museum or historic site, with progressive responsibility;
    -  Appreciation and basic knowledge of the Fort Ligonier Association is desirable.

    Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of November 11, 2019.

    The application should include a resume with contact information for at least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Brent D. Glass, Brent D. Glass LLC, 1921 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036.

    Please email your application to

    Hard copies of application packages may be mailed to:

    Dr. Brent D. Glass
    Brent D. Glass LLC
    1921 Sunderland Place NW Washington, DC 20036

  • 02 Oct 2019 4:14 PM | Karen Harter

    Job Description CIMM Executive Director – deadline application due October 25, 2019

    The Ventura County Maritime Museum, Inc., dba Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) was incorporated in 1990 as an independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3) public benefit organization. CIMM has been an Oxnard cultural resource for 29 years, serving the area that includes Ventura County and Southern California.  Our mission is to provide an enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era, and to enhance the understanding of our rich international and local seafaring heritage with a focus on educational programs through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and a nautical research library.

    Position Summary – CIMM is seeking a full time Executive Director to provide leadership in executing the Museum’s strategic plans and goals in accordance with its mission.  Working with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will advance the growth and development as envisioned in the Strategic Plan, grow a larger and more diverse funding base over time, and strengthen management practices across all areas of the organization.


    • 1.      Fundraising – Ensure that CIMM has a diverse and resilient funding base.
    • 2.      Organizational Management – Lead and manage all aspects of the Museum, including Volunteers and Staff.
    • 3.      Strategic Leadership – Enhance and build on the Strategic Plan as identified, and turn the strategy into action
    • 4.      Program Management – Provide program development in accordance with the mission, supporting the volunteer and staff groups in their execution.

    Fundraising – Ability to plan and lead a diverse and sustainable fundraising program, providing     on-going stability.

    • ·         Ability to identify, cultivate and steward major donors and foundations to   support CIMM’s mission and growth
    • ·         Knowledge of and experience with developing marketing and donor outreach materials
    • ·         Experience in soliciting strategic grants from foundations and other major donors
    • ·         Experience working with database software used by the Museum that tracks donors and other stakeholders

    Organizational Management – Leadership and management of all aspects of a nonprofit organization, a diverse team, and its finances and operations.

    • ·         Nonprofit financial acumen
    • ·         Experience with recruiting, engaging and supervising a talented staff and volunteer team.
    • ·         Knowledge of best practices in human resources.
    • ·         Day-to-day nonprofit operations experience, including customer service.
    • ·         Sensitive to and experience with issues of diversity and inclusion.
    • ·         Project management, direction and delegation experience.
    • ·         Ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements.

    Strategic Leadership – A hands-on leader with the ability to turn strategy into action to meet CIMM’s goals

    • ·         Understanding of the dynamics of CIMM’s culture and vision for the future
    • ·         Knowledge of and experience with productively partnering with a Board of Trustees and various Board and Volunteer committees

    Program Management – Proven coordination skills with the ability to develop and manage programs within a team environment


    Communication/Skills Requirements

    • ·         Enjoys networking and being the public face of CIMM
    • ·         Superior written and verbal communication
    • ·         Effective and confident public speaker with strong presentation abilities
    • ·         Marketing knowledge, particularly using social media
    • ·         Attentive to detail
    • ·         Positive working relationship with Volunteer groups
    • ·         The capability to understand and operate software used by the Museum: Microsoft Office, Charityproud, Past Perfect, NCR Silver POS, etc.
    • ·         Knowledge of the Ventura County/Central Coast donor/funder community desirable


    The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities as well as excellent managerial and interpersonal skills in the nonprofit arena, with proven results in community engagement, financial sustainability and capital campaigns.  Experience in the museum world, while not mandatory, is preferred.  The candidate will have a strong interest in history and art, from either a museum or personal perspective.  A college degree is required, and an advanced degree in a related field would be a plus.  Second, or multiple, language skills are preferred, but not mandatory.

    Reports to:  Channel Islands Maritime Museum Board of Trustees, subject to the direct supervision of the Board President and Executive Committee

    Salary:  $40,000 - $50,000

    Employment Type/Payroll Status:  Full Time Exempt

    Reply to:  805-984-6260

  • 25 Sep 2019 2:08 PM | Mark Sutherland

    The Cooper Gristmill, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Chester New Jersey, seeks an organized, outgoing individual to fill the position of Miller Assistant.  The Miller Assistant will work alongside the Miller Historian and assist in the development and implementation of school programs, general tours, and special events. Additionally, the ideal candidate will help coordinate volunteers and conduct research to support Mill programming.  Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs including Excel is necessary. 

    Applicants should be a college graduate with a major in history, American studies, museum studies, or a related field.  Previous experience at a historic site is helpful, but individuals with a desire to enter the museum field at an entry level are encouraged to apply. 

    The Miller Assistant position is 28 hours per week part-time at a rate of $14.25/hour.  The chosen candidate must work a combination of weekday and weekend hours throughout the year. 

    For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to 

    The Morris County Park Commission is an equal opportunity employer. 

  • 20 Sep 2019 9:54 PM | Mary Ann Townsend


    Position: Museum Director
    Reports To: Museum Board of Directors
    Status: Full Time Beginning April 2020
    Revised Date: 9/20/19

    The Floyd County Historical Society and Museum’s objective is to keep alive an active interest in Floyd County history by collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts, books, papers, records, and other materials relating to the county’s history. The Society promotes interest in local history through the display of historical relics and through publications, programs, observations of significant events, and pageants of history. The Society also ensures that the public records of towns within Floyd County are properly preserved and that historical sites are marked to recognize their importance to the county and help prevent their loss. This position is to ensure that the Museum’s objective continues to be met.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    The individual must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

    • In charge of the whole museum and its workings: manages finance and exhibits
      Represents the museum in contacts with the public
      Works with the entire staff to make sure museum runs smoothly.
      Keeps track of all museum objects and maintains records of ownership and borrowing
      Carefully watches the safety and condition of objects on display
      Manages requests for rights and reproduction of images
      Plans tours and other programs for museum visitors of all ages
      Works with the Curators to develop exhibits
      Oversees volunteers
      Writes and distributes press releases and announcements to inform the community about events and activities at the museum
      Develops website and social media strategies to promote the museum
      Contacts local media
      Works with designers to create posters, brochures, and advertisements
      In charge of safety for all museum objects and visitors
      Ensures that all museum rules are followed (follows policies established by Board of Directors)
      Assists visitors with questions
      Stationsor delegates staff to be present during visiting hours
      In charge of raising the money necessary to running the museum by contacting individuals, businesses, government agencies and charitable foundations
      In charge of the museum’s financial affairs such as making sure bills are paid on time, keeping the museum’s expenses on budget.
      In charge of ensuring the building and grounds of the museum in good condition, including mowing lawns, cleaning floors and clearing ice and snow

    Specific Duties currently performed by the Director
    • Create Displays and Signage
    • Attends Meetings (Tourism, Floyd County Museum Board, Historic Preservation, Silos and Smokestacks and scheduling/preparing for Monthly Board Meetings)
    • Plan/Execute Events (Kid’s Days, Annual Dinner, Pioneer Day, Train Day, including other events such as fundraisers)
    • Understand and Maintain the Building and how it functions
    • Education outreach (giving local presentations, school bus tours & assisting student research)
    • Research and answer questions from the public
    • Manage Hart Parr/Oliver/White archives
    • Instruct and assist with preservation projects concerning Hart Parr/Oliver/White archives
    • Researching and applying for Grant Funds in support of the Museum
    • Recruitment of new members to include maintenance and update of the Past Perfect Museum software
    • Identify sources of funding to support the museum via increased membership, individual endowments, gifts, grants, corporate, city, county funding sources
    • Maintain inventories at the gift shop
    • Hire/Fire/Train employees
    • Research Build Card orders for sale
    • Write and distribute the Historical Society Newsletter (4/yr)
    • Assists in producing monthly Finance Report
    • Manage the Facebook site, website, twitter and electronic sign
    • Manage duplication of all publications
    • Create and manage electronic displays (tornado kiosk, TV)
    • Recruit /train volunteers
    • Oversee the College Charles City High School Scholarship

    Required Knowledge and Skills and Abilities
    The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities, or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

    • Enjoy working with people, flexible and organized worker; comfortable public speaker, enjoy doing a variety of different things, good problem-solver
      Organizational skills, good record keeper, careful with details
      Good with people
      Good vocabulary, creative writer
      Knowledge of rules

    Minimum Education or Work Experience Requirements

    • High School Degree and/or some Post-Secondary Education in Historical Studies preferred.
      Work Experience: An equivalent combination of education, training and experience would be considered by the Search Committee.

    Work Environment
    The work environment characteristics described here are those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work is performed in a small office setting and must maintain harmony and encourage good working relationships with all coworkers. Must occasionally lift items weighing up to 25lbs and occasionally lift up to 75lbs with assistance. Our mission of the Floyd County Historical Society should be performed in a respectful, professional and positive manner.

    This position involves interaction with the public and extensive use working with office devices and technologies.

    Work Schedule
    Schedule is mainly working full-time, 40 hours per week.Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings when needed.

    Salary and Benefits:

    $40,000 year

    Up to at least $4,000 for insurance

    To Apply:

    Please place “Director Job Opening” in the subject line.
    Phone: 641-228-1099
    Fax: 641-228-1157

  • 06 Sep 2019 9:55 AM | Trenda Byrd

    The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), seeks a Museum Director for the College Park Aviation Museum (CPAM).  Located at the nationally significant College Park Airport (CPA), the museum interprets the history of this active general aviation airport and incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M) into exhibits, programming for all ages (children, adults, seniors), school tours and outreaches for schools and community organizations.

    The Museum Director provides professional museum management, leadership, and vision for this 7-day/week operation, as well as superb personnel management for a team of up to 20 – 25 staff, both full and part-time. The museum is part of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

    Examples of Important Duties

    The Museum Director provides dynamic leadership, vision and direction for the museum staff. The Director works closely with the Facility Manager to facilitate building maintenance and repairs as well as exhibit fabrication/repairs; manages, approves and facilitates expenditures to stay within budget; administers organizational paperwork and reports with support from the Office Administrator; oversees marketing/social media with internal team as well as NHRD Outreach & Communications Coordinator and Public Affairs Division; facilitates exhibit long range planning (both updating permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits), design, fabrication and installation in collaboration with Collections Manager and Facility Manager; strategic planning, grant writing, programming oversight and direction.  Additionally, the Director works closely with the Assistant Director to ensure that daily operations, the Education team, including the Director of Education & Outreach, and Programming Manager are all working together to ensure that the museum's activities reflect the mission of the museum, division and larger organization.   This position works with various community partners to cultivate new audiences and engage diverse communities in creative ways.

    The Museum Director works across the various divisions within Parks and Recreation and with external community partners to foster meaningful, engaging programming, partnerships that address our diverse audiences, and to generate effective marketing materials. This position represents the museum and larger organization at local, regional and national meetings.  Delivering dynamic public presentations are a key component of this position.  The Director identifies funding sources and works with colleagues on grant applications to support special exhibit, collections or programming opportunities.  Grant administration and reporting as part of the Director's role.

    The Field of Firsts Foundation (FOFF) is an independent, 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the educational and historic preservation mission of the College Park Aviation Museum at the College Park Airport through fundraising and advocacy.  The Museum Director represents the museum and larger organization at Board Meetings, prepares proposals for project needs and presents them to the Board for funding support.  The Director works closely with the FOFF President and specific committees to plan meetings, provide strategic input and facilitate board development and develop grant and/or individual donor proposals. The Director is not a member of the board. 

    Preferred Qualifications
    **Master's Degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Museum Management or administration is preferred.

    Candidate with working knowledge of aviation history and/or experience managing an aviation or science museum is a plus.
    Candidate should have at least five (5) years of advanced experience with museum management, and administration, exhibits, collection management and supervising staff.
    Proven successful track record of managing teams is essential.
    Diplomacy in achieving consensus across organizational divisions is a plus.
    Work experience within another municipal or governmental agency is a plus.  

    Occasional evening and weekend hours.

    $61,231.00 - $104,980.00 Annually

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, historic preservation, or a related field; and

    2. Five years of progressively responsible experience, including two years as a program coordinator or supervisor; or

    3. Master's degree in one of the above fields; and three years of related experience; or

    4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

    5. A valid driver's license, or the ability to acquire on

     Appply here:

     Job closes 9/30/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

  • 05 Sep 2019 5:30 PM | Carol Sauvion

    Craft in America Website Content Manager

    Website Content Manager and Server Manager needed for non-profit arts organization.

     Duties and responsibilities include:

    Updating content for two websites

    Troubleshooting and fixing errors

    Managing media library

    Managing Server

    Candidate must be experienced and detail-oriented. Basic linux knowledge and familiarity with docker and nginx are preferred. The rate is $25/hour. This is a part time position, and two days or more per week will be needed at our Pico-Robertson office.

    Craft in America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the handmade and its impact on our nation’s cultural heritage. The project began with a Peabody Award-winning and on-going PBS documentary series.

    See: for more information about the overall project. Please submit a cover letter and cv to:

    Craft in America 1120 S. Robertson Blvd. Ste. 301 Los Angeles, CA 90035

  • 05 Sep 2019 1:35 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, NJ, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission seeks an Education Assistant for immediate hire. Fosterfields interprets the history of a 1920s working farm. This position works under the supervision of the Senior Historic Programs Specialist. The Education Assistant will develop, present, and evaluate educational programs at Fosterfields for the benefit and enjoyment of a variety of audiences. Essential functions include: development and implementation of a variety of programs related to the site, site interpretation for visiting school groups and the general public, hands-on program implementation, and general office duties related to the position.

    The candidate should be a graduate of a college of recognized standing with a major program of study in history, education, American studies, museum studies, or a related field; work towards an advanced degree preferred. This is a year-round, part-time position and is limited to 28 hours per week. The salary is $14.25/hour.

    The chosen candidate must be able to work a combination of days that will include all weekends April through October, and other dates as assigned. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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