Collections Stewardship Intern
If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to be part of our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.
The Collections Stewardship Intern will support an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant conducting a comprehensive inventory, cataloging, and digitization project in its principal collection storage space. The project will provide the museum with substantially improved intellectual and physical control of a large portion of its object collection, resulting in increased access and improved collection care. The internship provides exposure to wide-ranging Collections Management activities and an opportunity to work with a diverse collection that includes models, clothing and textiles, furniture, fishing materials, and other 3D and 2D cultural heritage objects.
The primary role of the internship is to assist in inventory reconciliation and collections research that resolves Found in Collections objects and informs recommendations for disposal in compliance with abandoned property statutes. Research will take place with the museum’s accession, loan, and exhibition files. Reporting to the Collections Manager, the Intern will gain experience with archival research, museum registrarial practice, and collection database management while working closely with other project staff and volunteers. The internship is a total of 400 hours at the rate of $15/hour, to be completed between May-August 2022.
- Collections inventory
- Provenance research
- Data entry in adherence to minimum cataloging standards
- Object cleaning and rehousing
- Assist with deaccession disposals
- Prepare objects for digital photography
- 400 hours at $15/hour
- Up to 40 hours/week for 10 weeks between May-August 2022 (flexible start and end dates)
- Coursework in American History, Art History, or Museum Studies
- Excellent organizational, written, and interpersonal skills
- Regional historical and maritime history knowledge a plus
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to perform in a team environment
- Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
- Lift items weighing up to 50 pounds may be required
Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant maritime culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and equity.
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin March 7, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit .pdf documents including a cover letter and resume to Debbie Seybold, Human Resources Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks.
Maine Maritime Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.