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  • 29 Jul 2020 3:07 PM | Anonymous member

    Pejepscot History Center in Brunswick, Maine, seeks a full-time, year-round Museum Services Manager.

    PHC owns and operates the Pejepscot Museum and Research Center, the nationally-recognized Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, and the Skolfield-Whittier House. The History Center has been in existence since 1888 and has more than 100,000 items in its local history collection. It has owned its two historic house museums, open from May-October and used occasionally in the off-season, since the early 1980s.

    The Museum Services Manager position provides a diverse range of ways to be engaged with and have an effect on a busy, three-museum and local history organization. The MSM  assists with day-to-day operations of the organization, including opening and closing the main site, greeting and assisting guests, providing assistance to researchers, managing the collection and collections database, recruiting and managing volunteers and docents, assisting with developing and conducting public programming (including online programming), assisting with exhibit development and construction (including online), scheduling and coordinating group tours, conducting tours in the Skolfield-Whittier House as needed and training others to do the tour, coordinating with Chamberlain Museum seasonal site managers, updating the website and Instagram account and other communications tasks, and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

    Ideal candidates for the position are detail-oriented and organized self-starters. They must be outgoing, welcoming, patient, creative, willing to juggle multiple and diverse tasks, and have a good sense of humor. Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and technological skills are required. A background in historical research is required; direct experience working in museums or with collections and/or with museum visitors is strongly preferred. At least a bachelor’s degree in the humanities, along with a strong interest in the questions and issues involved in local history, is required. A willingness to serve as needed in a small organization is essential.

    This non-exempt position is full-time, year-round at approximately 37.5 hours per week and reports to the Executive Director. The daily schedule shifts during the “visitor season” (May-October) to accommodate increased public open hours. Some evening and weekend hours will be required year-round as part of the weekly schedule and/or for programming and special events.

    Compensation and Benefits: Starting pay range is $18-22/hour, dependent upon experience. Full-time employees receive monthly healthcare stipend based on average market cost of moderate-coverage plan in Maine. Leave benefits include 12 holidays and, after six-month probationary period, paid time off to be used as desired. Reviews take place at 6 months, and then annually.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (one page or less), and contact information for three professional references to director@pejepscothistorical.org. Accepting applications through Friday, August 28. No phone calls, please.

  • 23 Apr 2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum is recruiting qualified candidates for a Curator of Archives position. This is professional services work involving curatorial oversight of, and involvement with, Maine State Museum archival collections, especially regarding the development, management and interpretation of collections. It includes aspects of  collection documentation, collections care, recommending accessions and deaccessions, assisting in grant writing, making public presentations, writing interpretive and descriptive texts, assisting as directed with the archival holdings of other state entities, participation in staff and professional meetings, assisting with exhibit development, and working with colleagues and the public. Salary is  $40,768.00 - $55,182.40 plus benefits. Additional details and application information are at:   https://mainebhr.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0qsi1/

  • 23 Mar 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore is seeking its next Ethel “Billie” Gammon Fellow to join its summer staff. College students and graduating high school seniors enrolled in a college starting this fall are welcome to apply. The selected individual is a member of Norlands summer staff team and receives a $1,500 stipend that can be used towards education expenses. The Summer Fellow gains valuable experience in living history education, museum operations, and other topics that may relate to his/her interests. This professional development opportunity is designed to honor Norlands founder’s endless enthusiasm for sharing American History using living history methods. Applications are due by May 1, 2020. The application form may be found on Norlands' website at https://norlands.org/internships-at-norlands.html or by emailing norlands@norlands.org.

    Candidates must complete an application form and submit an essay of 750-1000 words describing what inspires them about Norlands and their goals for being named a Billie Gammon Fellow. Applicants must describe how their experience at Norlands will help them with their college/career pursuits. Applicants do not necessarily have to major in history or teaching. One letter of recommendation is also required. Final candidates will be invited for interviews in early May. 

    To receive the full award, the fellow is expected to work for the Norlands for 90 hours (approximately two days/10 hours per week) during mid-June through August. The fellow’s primary role is to assist with tours of the Washburn family mansion and other historic buildings on site and help in the gift shop during open tour days. The fellow also has the opportunity to work on a project of interest such as conducting research, writing a grant application, inventorying or digitizing the museum’s archives, creating a social media plan, or planning an event. The fellow will round out his/her experience by sharing a summary of their project with Norlands key staff and volunteers. The Billie Gammon Fellowship is an advantageous training opportunity designed to give students the chance to tailor a project to his/her interests and broaden their horizons while learning new skills, all while experiencing the joy and magic of Norlands. 

    For more information, visit www.norlands.org, email norlands@norlands.org, or call 207-897-4366.

    ABOUT THE ETHEL “BILLIE” GAMMON HISTORY EDUCATION AWARD 

    In 2010, on the first anniversary of Billie’s passing, the Norlands Board of Trustees established the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Fund to honor her bottomless enthusiasm for sharing American History by providing support in her name for "learning through fun." In 1954, Billie started her work at the Norlands with the restoration of the library and went on to develop a world-renowned museum education program based on living history methods. She believed that through real-life experiences in the past, children and families would come to appreciate the everyday struggles of the people who lived in the late 1800s in rural Maine. She took great joy in seeing visitors to the living history museum that she founded "get it" – that history education could be fun and that lessons from rural life in the 19th century are timeless; to feel what it was like to sit on the hard school benches, to know the day started and ended with family chores and responsibilities, and to understand the rural Maine philosophy of everyone pulling together. 

    ABOUT THE NORLANDS 

    Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine’s past, celebrating the achievements of Livermore’s Washburn family, and using living history methods to make values, issues and activities of the past relevant to present and future generations. The 400-acre property is comprised of a preserved 1828 Universalist meeting house, the Washburn’s 1867 mansion with attached farmer’s cottage and barn, an 1883 granite library, a saphouse, and a restored 1853 one-room school house. Maine school children continue to visit Norlands today as part of the Maine history curriculum.    


  • 24 Feb 2020 10:54 AM | Anonymous member

    The Bridgton, Maine Historical Society seeks an Executive Director to oversee its operations and lead the implementation of a newly-adopted strategic plan. This plan seeks to secure the society’s future through a smooth leadership transition by growing membership, increasing revenue, and establishing fiscally sustainable programs and practices at its two facilities, a museum and archive in downtown Bridgton and “Narramissic,” the Peabody-Fitch Farmstead in South Bridgton.

    This is currently a part-time position, with potential for growth as institutional capacity is expanded. The Executive Director’s initial primary responsibility will be to work with the board of trustees to implement an ambitious fund-raising plan that calls for increasing unrestricted donations by roughly 30% in the first year through individual gifts, sponsorships, and membership. Specific goals for subsequent years have not yet been set, but continued growth will be necessary to ensure the society’s ongoing health.   

    The Executive Director is responsible, directly or through appropriate delegation, for all aspects of the society’s operations, and as the position is currently structured he or she also serves as the curator and collections manager. He or she accomplishes this work with the support of an active and engaged board of trustees, a part-time assistant, and significant help during the transition from the current Executive Director, who is retiring. During that transition, thecurrent Executive Director will serve as Collections Manager for a grant-funded project.

    A Bachelors’ degree in History, American Studies, Museum Studies or a related field is required (Masters preferred), as is a minimum 3-5 years’ relevant non-profit experience, preferably in a museum, historical society, or archive.  A curatorial background is desirable and experience with or ability to learn PastPerfect software and QuickBooks is required. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to effectively represent the society in the community. This is an opportunity for the right person to grow their career along with the organization, or to use their experience to guide the organization to the next level. The position will remain open until filled.

    24 -30 hours per week, $15-$18 per hour, commensurate with experience.

    To apply, email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three personal references to director@bridgtonhistory.org with "Attention Search Committee" in the subject line.

    Visit www.Bridgtonhistory.org  and www.Bridgtonmaine.org to learn more about the Bridgton Historical Society and the beautiful and friendly town of Bridgton.

  • 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


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