Jobs and Internships

The Association of Maine Archives and Museums provides this forum for members and non-members of MAM to post employment and internship opportunities. This feature was added in March, 2019.

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We ask that all job and internship opportunities include a stated compensation range, expressed as a salary, hourly wage, or stipend. Meant to encourage greater diversity and reduced burnout in collecting institutions, this requirement is made in coordination with museum associations around the country based on information from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

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  • 12 Feb 2020 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum Registrar

    Hudson Museum

    University of Maine, Orono, Maine

     

    The University of Maine seeks a Museum Registrar to manage the Hudson Museum's ethnographic and archaeological collections of over 9000 objects. The Hudson is an anthropology museum that boasts world-class collections, including the William P. Palmer III Collection of Precolumbian artifacts ranging from Olmec to Aztec and an astounding collection of Native American holdings from the Arctic to the Pacific Northwest.  The Museum has long-standing programmatic, collections and exhibit collaborations with Maine’s four tribal communities–Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Nation. Through twenty cooperating curators, who are UMaine faculty and staff, the Museum is linked to a wide variety of academic departments and institutes and regularly showcases UMaine research through exhibitions and programs.

    For full position details and to apply, please visit our website listed below:

     

    https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=61073&job=museum-registrar

     

     

    The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not

    discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual

    orientation, including transgender status and gender expression,

    national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information

    or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs

    and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101

    N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711

    (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with

    questions or concerns.


  • 08 Feb 2020 2:43 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society invites applications from graduate-level students enrolled in museum studies, history, public history, or archival studies programs.  The internship commitment is 35 hours/week for eight weeks starting between June 22 and July 2.

    Castine is a small, coastal village that is home to the Maine Maritime Academy and a year-round population of 1,400 people which nearly doubles in the summer. Located on a peninsula where the Penobscot and Bagaduce Rivers meet on the Maine coast, the location has long been Native American traditional land. Europeans built trading posts in the early 1600s and political claims to the region remained contentious from that time through the War of 1812.

    The Historical Society occupies two iconic buildings on Castine’s town common and is a 501(c)(3) membership organization with a paid staff of three and an active volunteer Board of Directors. The intern will participate in daily operations, attending staff and Board meetings as well as educational and fundraising events. The program includes learning Castine area history and providing village walking tours along with local volunteer guides.

    The primary internship project this year is digitizing, preserving, and cataloging historic photographs. Training and tasks, supervised by the Historical Society’s professional curator, provide practical experience such as scanning to archives specifications and writing item-level descriptions using PastPerfect museum software. Applications are due Tuesday, March 24. To view the full internship description and application instructions, visit castinehistoricalsociety.org or contact Paige Lilly via email at curator@castinehistoricalsociety.org.

  • 07 Feb 2020 4:16 PM | Anonymous member

    MIRKEN FAMILY POSTBACCALAUREATE FELLOW IN MUSEUM PRACTICE

    Colby College Museum of Art

    Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Staff Appointment

    The Mirken Family Postbaccalaureate Fellowship in Museum Practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the Museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The position offers broad exposure to work across all areas of the Museum, with particular emphasis on communications, exhibitions and publications, and collections. The Mirken Fellow reports to the Communications Manager and the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and works with all departments including communications, administration, advancement, collections, curatorial and engagement.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

     http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/mirken_postbacfellow_1_2020.cfm


  • 03 Feb 2020 3:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Archivist – Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room

    The Patten Free Library, located in Bath, Maine, is a private non-profit library that serves the City of Bath and the Towns of Arrowsic, Georgetown, West Bath, and Woolwich.  (Total population served is 14,932.)

     

    Job Summary:

    This 30-hour per week position is responsible for managing the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room including developing and maintaining its collections, services, and programs, providing reference services, supervising staff and volunteers, and managing the Library’s art collection.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist patrons in the use of the collections.
    • Develop, arrange, describe, and preserve archival collections in multiple formats in accordance with accepted standards and practices.
    • Develop and implement procedures for the acquisition, processing, cataloging, digitization, and preservation of archival materials. 
    • Catalog items and collections in Minerva and collection management software.
    • Create finding aids using contemporary tools in accordance with accepted standards.
    • Appraise potential collection additions and make recommendations for acquisition of new collections and de-accessioning of existing collections.
    • Develop programming that provides educational enrichment and promotes collections, including the Town History Series.
    • Supervise, train, and evaluate staff and volunteers.
    • Maintain equipment and software.
    • Participate in library planning, including budgeting for the department and maintaining statistical information on usage.
    • Enhance professional knowledge by regularly reviewing professional literature and attending meetings and workshops.
    • Serve as a liaison to and limited support for the Bath Historical Society.
    • Assist and advise the Director with the composition and implementation of library policies. May serve on Board and/or Library committees.
    • Participate and cooperate with other department heads and the Director in achieving the overall objectives and goals of the Library.
    • Participate in Library fundraising activities.

     

    Performance knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics

    • Working knowledge of archival principles, policies and procedures.
    • Working knowledge of research techniques required for genealogical, architectural, and local-history queries.
    • Working knowledge of technology as it relates to services.
    • Interpersonal communication skills for working effectively with staff, patrons, volunteers, donors, and the general public. 
    • Attention to detail and accuracy in work.

     

     Qualifications

    A Master’s degree in Library Science with an emphasis in archives management or experience in the same and a working knowledge of genealogy as well as a strong interest in local history. Experience cataloging archival materials.  Research, speaking, and reporting skills required, while an interest in the fine arts is desirable.

     
     Conditions of employment

    Some weekend hours may be required.

     The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

     Salary: Commensurate with experience.

     Benefits: Sick, vacation, and holiday time; partial health insurance benefits.

     

    How to Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Lesley Dolinger, Library Director, at lesley.dolinger@patten.lib.me.us.  Applications accepted until the position is filled.

     

    Start Date: Mid-April 2019

     

     

  • 24 Jan 2020 8:10 AM | Anonymous member

    MANAGER OF INSTALLATIONS AND OPERATIONS

    Colby College Museum of Art

    Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

    Working collaboratively with all departments in the Museum, the manager of installations and operations is responsible for the installation of temporary exhibitions, permanent collection galleries, class and curricular installations, and the safe movement of art within the galleries. The manager of installations and operations manages the Museum’s physical envelope and interior spaces, working collaboratively and creatively to develop and implement strategic improvements to spaces and processes within the building. Liaising with Colby’s campus facilities and grounds department, they manage the condition and appearance of the galleries and functioning of the building, arranging and supervising changes, repairs, and maintenance throughout the museum. Essential skills include a strong sense of exhibition design, knowledge of museum lighting, experience in art handling, all aspects of art preparation, and a comprehensive understanding of facilities and building infrastructure.

    Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is a teaching museum, destination for American art, and a place for engagement with local and global communities. Located on the Colby College campus in Waterville, Maine, the Museum holds more than 10,000 works of art and offers more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space.

    The Colby Museum is deeply committed to strengthening diversity, inclusion, and equity across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum, actively building a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

    FMI visit:

    http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/manager_installations_operations_1_2020.cfm


  • 16 Jan 2020 3:31 PM | Anonymous member

    Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is a teaching museum, destination for American art, and place for engagement with local and global communities. Located on the Colby College campus in Waterville, Maine, the Museum holds more than 10,000 works of art and offers more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space.

    Central to the Museum’s mission is its role as a teaching and research institution and as a center for cross-disciplinary object-based learning. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2013 to expand and deepen curricular engagement with the Museum’s collection was instrumental in advancing work with students and faculty. In 2018 the academic curator position was endowed by the Linde Family Foundation, allowing this work to continue indefinitely. With more than 100 class visits annually, from courses ranging from biology to philosophy, the Museum is deeply embedded in the liberal arts curriculum at Colby. A pillar of the current strategic plan is the Museum’s goal to lead as an academic museum. The Museum’s long-standing relationship with the Art Department remains a critical partnership in our shared goals to create distinctive curricular and co-curricular student experiences in the visual arts. Simultaneously, the current plan advances outreach and engagement with faculty and students across the College through a sustained program of interdisciplinary initiatives.  

    The Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement will expand the teaching mission of the Colby College Museum of Art by serving as a liaison between the Museum and the academic community of Colby College. The curator will engage with the expertise of Colby faculty and visiting Lunder Institute for American Art artists and scholars to make the Museum integral to the Colby liberal arts experience through multidisciplinary engagement. The curator will work closely with faculty in all disciplines to create curricular connections for Colby students. The curator will also collaborate with faculty members to plan class visits, exhibitions, assignments, workshops, and other projects that engage the Museum's resources.

    The Colby Museum is deeply committed to strengthening diversity, inclusion, and equity across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum, actively building a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity. 

    FMI visit:

    https://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/lff_curator_academic_engagement_1_2020.cfm


  • 16 Jan 2020 3:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Established in 2017 through the extraordinary gift of Peter and Paula Lunder, the Lunder Institute for American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art exists at the crossroads of scholarship and creative production, seeking to challenge received ideas and expand interpretive communities in the fields of American art history and creative practice. Our programs, partnerships, and initiatives forge connections and opportunities for scholars and artists that also benefit and enrich the Colby College community. Integrated into the academic mission of the College and the Museum, the Lunder Institute is a unique forum for supporting and convening visiting scholars and artists, Colby faculty and students, and local and global communities.

    Reporting to the director of the Lunder Institute, the Manager of Operations and Special Projects manages and executes all administrative and operational aspects of the Lunder Institute’s day-to-day work and its full array of artist and scholar programs. The incumbent creates and implements effective project management and procedures for the Institute’s many programs to support its goal of being a leading voice in the fields of American art history and creative practice. The incumbent also identifies opportunities and develops processes to engage local and regional individuals and institutions whose work aligns with the mission of the Lunder Institute. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

    FMI visit: 

    https://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/manager_ops_special_proj_1_2020.cfm

  • 14 Jan 2020 1:02 PM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center seeks historical interpreters for the upcoming season. Interpreters share history in a fun, humorous yet thought-provoking way with visitors of all ages, creating a memorable museum and farm experience. Interpreters deliver Journey into History educational programs primarily for school children and also provide tours for people of all ages during special events. Norlands’ interpreters teach history by doing, using living history techniques to share accurate information about the historical buildings, the Washburn family, agricultural methods and the way people lived in the 1800s. 

    Ideal candidates have a passion for learning and sharing historical material and period activities, enjoy people of all ages, and have the ability to engage all types of audiences, especially school children. Interpreters must be able to stand for several hours at a time and be able to perform light to moderate physical work (with training) such as cooking on a woodstove and/or farm chores. Previous teaching or interpretation experience, a plus.

    This is an ideal position for someone looking for a flexible schedule.  These are on-call, as needed positions.  Hours worked per week depend on the season and as programs are scheduled.  April – June and October - December are the heavier-scheduled months.

    Even if you only have one day per week available, if this position interests you please contact us. 

    To learn more or to apply, email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to Sheri Leahan, director, at Sheri.Leahan@norlands.org.  

    FMI: visit www.norlands.org.

  • 13 Jan 2020 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Penobscot Marine Museum seeks a contract archivist for 575 hours in 2020. The position will fulfill our goal to make our archives searchable online by creating finding aids and web catalog descriptions for our online collections catalog. This is an excellent opportunity for professionals looking for short-term work. The Project Archivist will have the skills and expertise to complete the project, consulting with the Curator on Penobscot Marine Museum’s cataloguing conventions and institutional history of the archive. The Contract Archivist will work with a veteran team of Archives volunteers to complete task and will report to the Curator.

    Duties:

    • Update or create collections-level finding aids for 46 (and counting) archive collections
    • Browse each collection and choose one document to scan as a cover photo for finding aid
    • Update or create World Cat catalog records of our archival holdings
    • Develop web descriptions for 9,400 (and counting) catalog records in PastPerfect
      • 700+ manuscripts, 3,800+ nautical charts, 180+ boat plans, 25+ audio visual media, and 25+ research papers
    • Assist in other archives projects as time allows

    Contract Length and Dates:

    • 575 hours
    • Potential start date of March 2020 to potential end date of December 2020
    • Work 15-40 hours a week between 9am and 5pm on weekdays

    Qualifications:

    • Graduate of master’s level program in archival studies, library science with a concentration in archives and special collections, museum studies, history, public history, or equivalent experience in the archival field.
    • At least 2 years internship or work experience in the archives field
    • Interest in maritime history and/or Maine 19th century history
    • Experience working with volunteers
    • Excellent computer skills
    • Ability to read cursive and decipher bad handwriting
    • Familiarity with PastPerfect a plus, training available
    • Must be able to climb stairs carrying 20 lb. box and assist in moving folder of oversize nautical charts
    • Proficiency in proper archival handling and rehousing standards
    • Self-sufficient, yet willing to ask for assistance from and troubleshoot roadblocks with collections staff.

    Compensation

    • 575 project hours at $17/hour, paid bi-weekly.

    Review of applicants will begin February 15th, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Cipperly Good, cgood@pmm-maine.org.

  • 12 Jan 2020 5:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center seeks a Live-In Caretaker for historic 19th-century museum and farm. This is a year-round position averaging 15-18 hours per week in exchange for rent-free housing in a 1-bedroom apartment, utilities included. The Caretaker is responsible for animal care, general housekeeping and maintenance, event set-up and clean-up, seasonal farm work, and overall site cleanliness and safety.

    The ideal candidate has experience working with farm animals and maintaining or restoring old homes, loves animals, has a passion for history, has a strong work ethic and positive attitude, and is a self-starter. He/She must have the ability to meet the physical demands of the position. This includes lifting a minimum of 50 pounds; standing for long periods of time; walking over uneven ground; and working outdoors in all types of weather. 

    While there are daily responsibilities, the hours are flexible leaving time during the day or evening for classes or other paid work. A paid position as a Norlands historical interpreter may also be available for interested candidates. Some restrictions on the use of the buildings/grounds apply. No pets or smoking allowed.

    For more information about this unique opportunity or to apply, email a cover letter with resume and contact information for three references to the executive director Sheri.Leahan@norlands.org.   

    www.norlands.org


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