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  • 19 Feb 2012 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Archival Interns

    Maine Maritime Museum seeks two full-time, unpaid Archival Interns to work with contracted Archivists, Museum staff and volunteers as part of a CLIR funded grant project. The duration of these opportunities is eight weeks during Summer 2012 with flexible start dates.  Duties include the processing, arrangement and description of selected manuscript collections relating to shipping. Research, assisting in the creation of finding aids and data entry are also required. The successful candidates will have completed coursework in American History, Library Science, or Museum Studies and possess excellent organizational, written and interpersonal skills.

    Regional historical/maritime knowledge a plus. To apply, send resume and cover letter by April 1st to or by mail to Nathan Lipfert, Senior Curator, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St, Bath, Maine, 04530.


    Library/Curatorial Intern

    Maine Maritime Museum seeks a full-time, unpaid intern to work with the Museum's curators and volunteers for eight weeks in Summer 2012 with a flexible start date.  The primary project will be to sort and integrate a large group of photograph, ephemeral, and manuscript collections into the Museums existing Library collections. Additional duties include data entry, exhibit installation, processing incoming artifacts and various tasks as assigned. The successful candidate will have completed coursework in American History, Library Science, or Museum Studies and possess excellent organizational, written and interpersonal skills.  Regional historical/maritime knowledge a plus. To apply, send resume and cover letter by April 1st to or by mail to Nathan Lipfert, Senior Curator, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St, Bath, Maine, 04530.

  • 19 Feb 2012 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Contact: Eric Pourchot; Phone: (202) 661-8061; Email:


    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is pleased to be administering the Kress Conservation Fellowship program on behalf of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

    The Fellowships are designed to provide 9 to 12 month mentored professional development opportunities in a variety of settings for recent graduates of conservation programs.  It is expected that nine Fellowships of $32,000 (minimum of $27,000 for Fellowship, up to $5,000 for institutional costs) will be awarded each year.  Applications must be made by the host institution, which may propose a specific candidate or seek applicants after application. The deadline for receipt of applications by FAIC is March 10.  Please note that guidelines and application forms have been revised significantly for the 2012 deadline.  See full guidelines and application forms at

  • 17 Feb 2012 3:23 PM | Anonymous member

    The Dyer Library and Saco Museum seek a Fellow to assist with the exhibition and presentation of the Moving Panorama of Pilgrim's Progress from June through November of 2012. This is a temporary, part-time position with a salary of $7,260 for 22 weeks. The Panorama Fellow will assist with the installation and deinstallation of the panorama in two discrete exhibition locations, will provide a security presence in the Pepperell Mill (Biddeford) location for approximately 30 hours per week throughout the run of the exhibition, will provide formal and informal tours of the exhibit, and will assist with planning and staffing panorama-related programs and events. This position reports to the Museum Director and will also take direction from the Education and Program Manager for the purposes of related programming. This position is an excellent pre-professional opportunity; preference will be given to degree candidates or recent recipients in art history, history, museum studies, or other related fields. To apply, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and names and phone numbers of three references to or Panorama Fellow Search, Saco Museum, 371 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072, by April 15, 2012. No phone calls, please. For more information about the panorama, visit

    Full job description:

  • 17 Feb 2012 11:44 AM | Anonymous member

    The Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont seeks an Executive Director.  As the largest art and heritage repository in southern Vermont, the Museum currently houses diverse collections reflecting the history of early Vermont and historically associated areas of New York and Massachusetts. As a leading cultural institution in the region, with a distinctive and distinguished heritage, the Museum expands the region’s awareness of its past as it nurtures minds and imaginations, young and old. It offers energetic, imaginative educational programs eagerly utilized by schools in the tri-state area of New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.

    Art and artifacts range in date from the early 18th century to the present. Holdings include the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist Grandma Moses, which draws thousands of visitors annually from around the world. The Museum also maintains a Research Library with a substantial nucleus of New England historical and genealogical materials, including over 8,000 books, documents and primary sources.

    The position of Executive Director requires an experienced museum professional on whom the Board can rely to be knowledgeable regarding fund-raising, education, curatorial, public relations, and exhibit presentation as dictated by the mission of the museum.

    The Executive Director oversees the areas of Development, Curation/Collections, Programs, Public Relations, Finance, Museum Shop, Building and Grounds Management, Security, Librarian/Editor, and Volunteers. The effectiveness of the Executive Director in managing the position will be judged over time by:

    · success in sustaining the institution, and its popularity as reflected in public use and financial support;

    · the quality and frequency of its exhibits and the reputation of its collections; and

    · success in defining and articulating the means by which the Museum utilizes its resources to be of maximum public service.

    For the full job description and application instructions, please visit

  • 14 Feb 2012 11:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     The current grant form for Basic Projects gives a deadline of March 1, 2012. The Historical Records Grants program has received further funding, so there will continue to be rolling deadlines for projects of up to $1000, although there might be a gap of a month or two. It is expected that there will be a Major Projects deadline of Oct. 1, 2012. New grant forms will be available by the end of February. Click the link here for more info and forms.

  • 14 Feb 2012 3:23 PM | Anonymous member

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    Short and Long-term Disability Insurance Unum is also offering NEMA members access to long-term disability insurance, which would provide up to $6,000 per month to age 65. Short-term disability programs are also available providing up to 60% of an individual's salary for up to 26 weeks.

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  • 14 Feb 2012 9:27 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta is seeking a part-time (58 hours

    bi-weekly) Museum Specialist I to work as a collections manager.  This is professional services work in the museum's registration office, managing all aspects of collections care, handling, and processing, as well as assisting with storage, imaging, conservation, and recording keeping.  Tasks include: processing acquisitions, including numbering, measuring, and creation of digital images for exhibit preparation and identification purposes; coordination of object movement; help with packing and shipping objects; photography of objects when necessary; conducting of inventories; preparation of condition reports.  Knowledge, skills, and abilities required include independent judgment and sound decision making; familiarity with a variety of standard office equipment, including personal computers; knowledge of collections databases; understanding of research methodologies for anthropology, history, and natural history; knowledge of photography; knowledge of care and maintenance of museum collections. Minimum qualifications are four years experience and/or education in area of specialization; preference will be given to those applicants with a Bachelors degree in history, science, archaeology, museum studies, or related field with three years related experience or acceptable equivalent; knowledge of museum registration and collection management standards and methods as well as cataloguing, conservation, and collections storage practices.

    You must submit a direct hire application form available at the General Government Service Center in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, and on the General Government Service Center website at; The completed application, a letter explaining your interest in the position,  and a copy of your resume must be submitted by March 2, 2012 to:  Julie Cotnoir, Personnel Officer, General Government Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074; Telephone (207) 624-7417.

  • 10 Feb 2012 2:29 PM | Anonymous member

    NEMA's spring/summer workshop series is a popular source of professional development, providing you with in-depth learning opportunities that enhance your skill set and museum career. For 2012, NEMA is offering 18 workshops throughout New England - more than ever! And to make them more affordable than ever, NEMA has created a special volume discount for members only. Sign up for at least three workshops and you'll receive a 20% discount off the member rate. And NEMA institutional members who send at least five employees or trustees to workshops also receive a 20% discount.

    I Do, I Don't:  Functions at Historic Sites
    Friday, March 16, 2012
    Peabody Historical Society, Smith Barn
    Peabody, MA
    Historic Sites Management PAG

    Museum Evaluation You Can Use
    Monday, April 23, 2012
    Springfield Museums
    Springfield, MA
    Children's Museums PAG

    Protecting Your Interests: Intellectual Property, Consultants, and Contacts in Today's Museums

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012
    Worcester Art Museum
    Worcester, MA
    Independent Museum Professionals PAG

    Outdoor Exhibitions
    Thursday, May 10, 2012
    Heritage Museums and Gardens
    Sandwich, MA
    Exhibtions PAG

    Building Support: From the Inside Out
    Friday, May 18, 2012
    Museum of Russian Icons
    Clinton, MA
    Membership, Development, Public Relations, and Marketing PAG

    Management Skills for Non-Managers
    Friday, May 25, 2012
    Connecticut Historical Society
    Hartford, CT
    Supported in part by the Connecticut Humanities Council
    Administration, Facilities & Services PAG

    Hidden in Plain Sight: Examining Art from Alligatoring to X-Rays
    Friday, June 8, 2012
    Smith College Museum of Art
    Northampton, MA
    Conservators PAG

    Teaching Among Experts: Redefining Museum Education in Academia
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012
    John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
    Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University
    Providence, RI
    College & University Museums PAG

    Exhibits for the Small and Medium Sized Museums
    Monday, September 17, 2012
    Historic New England's Collections Store Facility
    Haverhill MA
    Presented in partnership with Historic New England

    Learn, Laugh, Love: Part II
    A series of mini-workshops* from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Presented by the Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEP) PAG
    * Each mini-workshop is $15 for NEMA Members, $25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three mini-workshops for $40.
    LEARN: To Museum Studies or not to Museum Studies? Considering Grad School and Your Career Goals
    Wednesday, March 28
    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill, MA
    LAUGH: From the Trenches: 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way
    Thursday, April 12
    Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
    LOVE: I Love My Job, But... Raises, Transitioning, and Advocating for More Responsibility
    Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA

    Additional Workshops in Planning

    • Education PAG Workshop
    • HR & Volunteer Management PAG Workshop
    • Library & Archives PAG Workshop
    • "Do It Yourself Technologies: APPs, Web Sites, Blogs, and More"
    • "Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success"
    • "Banish the Boring: Developing Effective Presentations"  

    Space is limited. Please visit and sign up today!

    Registration Fee (includes lunch): $50 NEMA members / $75 non-members / $40 students

    All NEMA members, including staff and trustees from institutional and corporate members, are eligible for the member rate. Not sure if your organization is a member? Just call NEMA, 781-641-0013 to find out.

  • 09 Feb 2012 3:10 PM | Anonymous member

    2012 Summer Fellowships

    Maine Preservation has opened the call for applications for the 2012 Summer Fellowships Program. Fellowships span nine weeks in the summer, with four weeks at Maine Preservation's headquarters, The Captain Reuben Merrill House, and five weeks placed in the field with a preservation trades firm. For details, visit

    Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 26.

  • 09 Feb 2012 9:44 AM | Anonymous member

    There is still space available in the next grant-writing workshop, on Tuesday, February 14.  The workshop focusses on the Historical Records Collections Grant Program, but the basic skills would be applicable to any grant-writing.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday morning, Feb. 10
    More information:

    Event:  Grant-Writing Workshop, focussed on the Historical Records Collections Grants
    Sponsor: Maine Historical Records Advisory Board
    Time: 9:30 to 3:00
    Price: Free, but you must register
    Place: Maine State Library Conference Room, Augusta
    Dates: February 14 (Tuesday)
    You may register for the Grant-Writing workshop by phone or e-mail (287-5791;  Be sure to include ALL the registration information, including snail mail address and phone number.

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