Jobs and Internships

The Association of Maine Archives and Museums provides this forum for members and non-members of MAM to post employment, internship, and contract opportunities for collecting institutions and allied businesses and organizations open to Maine residents. This feature was added in March 2019.

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  • 16 Nov 2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Trustees of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, the “Norlands,” in Livermore, Maine are seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Executive Director, beginning in January 2021. The Executive Director will engage supporters and the public with her/his enthusiasm for this unique institution and its story.The Norlands is a 440-acre working farm and 19th century estate, located in Maine’s western foothills, the ancestral home of the extraordinary Washburn family. The Norlands is nationally acclaimed for its unique programs in first-person living history. An Executive Director, a small paid staff and volunteers offer public programming and special events throughout the year.

    Summary of responsibilities: The Executive Director works closely with the Trustees while managing the overall operations of the museum, including its educational programming, finances, maintenance of historic buildings, special events and public communications. The ED is the chief advocate and spokesperson for the Norlands, developing relationships with its volunteers, the community, its membership, individual donors and other museums. The Director develops innovative approaches to managing and exhibiting our extensive collections. She/he leads in generating effective fundraising, marketing and social media efforts.

    Qualifications: Education or experience in history or museum studies a plus. A strong background in fundraising, donor relations and volunteer management. Excellent skills in time management and planning. A working knowledge of database, donor and membership software and social media. Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and Trustees.

    Terms: Currently a 3-day per week position, increasing to full time as the pandemic recedes. Salary is commensurate with experience beginning at $37,500. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2020. Applications accepted until the position is filled. 

    How to apply: Please send a letter of interest and resume to trustees@norlands.org. Please be prepared to provide professional references. 


  • 05 Nov 2020 7:36 AM | Anonymous member

    The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity, founded in 2005 and located in Bridgton, Maine, seeks a part-time Museum Assistant (20-24 hours/week) to assist the Executive Director in the day-to-day operations of the museum. The Museum Assistant will support all aspects of museum operation, including administrative and customer service. Schedule is flexible during the museum’s off-season, but Saturdays and occasional evenings are required during the season (mid-June to mid-October).

    Qualifications: Demonstrated administrative, marketing, tech savvy, and customer service skills required. Preferred candidate will have strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team. Familiarity with databases such as PastPerfect, DonorSnap, and accounting software like Quickbooks desired. Must be able to comfortably walk up and down stairs and be able to lift minimum of 20 lbs.

    To Apply:

    Please send resume with cover letter including references to Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director, Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity, director@rufusportermuseum.org. Full job description available upon request.

    Qualified candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For additional information, please visit www.rufusportermuseum.org.

  • 15 Oct 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Castine Historical Society (CHS) is seeking a qualified art historian with proven experience to curate and design an exhibition focused on the archives of the Maine sculptor, Clark Fitz-Gerald (1917-2004) which was donated to CHS by the family. The exhibit will be augmented with a selection of sculpture borrowed from community members and Maine museums. The exhibit budget is $15,000 which includes all exhibit expenses. The exhibit will run from June 6 – October 10, 2022.To view the RFP, please visit castinehistoricalsociety.org. Proposals are due by November 6, 2020.


  • 30 Sep 2020 12:31 PM | Anonymous member

    The Abbe Museum is hiring for the Director of Collections & Research, a highly visible position within the fast-paced Abbe Museum environment with three main areas of focus—collections care & management, exhibitions, and research. The Director of Collections & Research also functions as project manager on applicable grants and liaises directly with tribal communities in the Wabanaki homeland, now New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

    For full description and application information, please view the posting on the Abbe website here:

    https://www.abbemuseum.org/work-at-the-abbe

  • 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.    


  • 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.

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