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Saco Museum Curran Homestead and Living History Museum Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley Maine Historical Society

As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $35).

We require 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

An archive of Maine Archives and Museums press releases 2011-2015 are posted here.

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  • 27 Jan 2016 2:17 PM | Anonymous member

    The Brick Store Museum is a small history and art museum located in Kennebunk. All staff members, as well as interns, are often called on to do any number of things such as assisting with public programs, basic office work, and visitor services.  All internships provide an introduction to standard museum practice and hands-on experience in museum/archive work.

    Interns will receive a $300 stipend at the completion of the internship.

    Archival Internship

    The Archives Intern will learn how collections are stored, managed, cataloged and cared for in an archival setting.   Duties will vary according to availability of projects and student interest. Projects will include any combination of processing—arrangement description, and re-housing materials—as well as cataloging archival collections into our PastPerfect database; and researching collections for visitor requests.  The intern will report to the Collections Manager.

    Qualifications preferred: Degree or expected degree in history, archive and library science and/or museum studies.  Archival experience, word processing, and database skills useful.


    Education/Special Events Internship

    The Education/ Special Events internship will provide opportunities to develop educational curriculum for programs and exhibitions.  Duties will vary according to availability of projects and student interests.  Projects will include preparing materials for fall school field trips, conducting summer walking tours, developing educational programs and public programs for specific exhibits and developing outreach programs for local schools.  The intern will report to the Collections Manager

    Qualifications preferred: experience supervising children; good written communication skills background in educational theory and practice; understanding of Maine’s Common Core Standards, computer skills, and basic office skills.


    The Museum generally requires at least 10 hours of service per week, and would be happy to work with your schedule. Should you be interested in an internship at the Brick Store Museum, please contact us via phone (207-985-4802) or via email (info@brickstoremuseum.org).

  • 23 Jan 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DATE:          Saturday, January 23, 2016

    TIME:           9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

    (Please arrive at 8:30 to sign in)

    LOCATION: Houlton Higher Education Center

                         18 Military Street

                         Houlton, Maine

    COST:          $49 per person

    PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  To register, send check payable to Presque Isle Historical Society in the amount of $49 for each registrant with their name and contact information to:

                    PO Box 285

                    Presque Isle, ME 04769

    About the Instructor:

    Kimberly Smith is the grant writer for the City of Presque Isle and Presque Isle Historical Society.  She is a member of the American Grant Writers’ Association and has been writing grants for almost 20 years. Kim has served as an adjunct instructor for Northern Maine Community College, Husson University’s Graduate Program, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Husson University and has served as the Executive Director of three non-profits, one of which was a grant-making organization. 

    SPONSORED BY:  Houlton Higher Education Center and Adult Education Houlton/Hodgdon

    PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Presque Isle Historical Society


    For more information, please contact Presque Isle Historical Society at (207) 762-1151 or by e-mail at pihistoricalsocety@hotmail.com



  • 20 Jan 2016 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta seeks to hire a Museum Specialist III – Curator of Historical Collections. This is professional curatorial work in the Maine State Museum’s History Division. It will be concerned with conceiving and refining exhibit themes as part of a team process; researching and developing exhibits; helping enhance the museum’s permanent collections through refining the purposes of collection development and the seeking and ‘telling’ of personal and community histories through objects; overseeing such routine collection processes as acquisition, documentation, loan review, deaccession, conservation, and proper storage; and participating in normal administrative duties such as attending policy, oversight and planning meetings, contributing to policy and planning reviews, and generally representing the museum and assisting in its advancement.

    RESPONSIBLE COLLECTION AREAS:

    This curator may be responsible for history collections such as domestic use items, toys, tools, transportation items, personal possessions, industrial, military, technological, and recreational objects, and related archival materials, as housed or exhibited in the Maine State Museum, Maine State House, and Blaine House. Special personal knowledge about or interest in certain collection areas may help guide responsibilities.

    For additional information and application instructions, see the State of Maine’s web page at http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/ and select the job title: Museum Specialist III – Curator of Historical Collections. Applications must be received or postmarked by February 5, 2016.


  • 11 Jan 2016 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2016.

    The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.

    Good Luck!

    The Mosaic Scholarship Selection Committee:

    Aditi Worcester (Chair), Escondido Public Library

    Sofía Becerra-Licha, Berklee College of Music

    Alex Champion, National Archives and Records Administration

    Brittney Farley, Florida State University

    Andrea Jackson, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

    Helen Kim, Getty Research Institute


  • 07 Jan 2016 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Congressional Commission to Study the Potential for a National Women’s History Museum has been tasked to develop an independent, bi-partisan plan that highlight themes and collections related to women’s history, and make recommendations on the museum’s location in our nation’s capital and how it might be financed, operated, and maintained. The report to Congress is due on November 18, 2016.

    As part of the public outreach process, the Commission is convening a “Scholar Summit on Women’s History and Public History” on January 26, 2016, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. There is no registration fee. However, if you wish to attend, please email the Commission’s Summit coordinator Deanna Sibbald at dsibbald@comcast.net.

    If you are unable to attend or wish to know more about the Commission’s work, please visit their website at: http://www.womenshistorycommission.org/. While there you can complete a short survey the commission has created to solicit public input.
     


  • 07 Jan 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Want to play a role in keeping Freeport's past present?

    Freeport Historical Society (FHS) is seeking applicants for the position of Office manager. This position will be part-time, with an increased schedule during the summer months.

    • 32 hours/week May-October; 24 hours/week November-April
    • $11/hour

    The Office Manager reports to the FHS Executive Director and assists both the Executive Director and Collections Manager in a variety of administrative duties, including:

    • Working with volunteers
    • Greeting visitors
    • Arranging logistical details for public events
    • Ordering office supplies
    • Maintaining accurate records and databases

    Successful applicants will possess:

    • Proven experience providing excellent customer service
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and QuickBooks
    • Comfort with working in the digital world of the modern office
    • Experience handling phones and other office machinery
    • An ability to multi-task
    • The ability to work a flexible schedule as needed, including some weekends
    • A current, valid driver’s license
    • A bachelor’s degree and an interest in history are preferred.

    Click here for more information about this position.

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by January 15, 2016 to Jim Cram, Executive Director, at director@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

    Freeport Historical Society is a non-profit organization in Freeport, Maine dedicated to preserving the town’s past and keeping that past alive in the present. The Society is a vibrant organization with a key role in the local community.

  • 31 Dec 2015 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know a good archives story?​

    Have you ever had something interesting or unexpected happen while in the archives? Something funny, weird, wise, or unforgettable? Tell us about it during NEA's first StorySLAM: Moths in the Archives: Stories from the Stacks.

    Based on the StorySLAM competitions developed by NYC non-profit literary society The Moth, there are only four groundrules to the NEA competition at the Spring 2016 Meeting:

    -- First rule is all stories must be true

    -- Second rule is all stories must be told, not read.

    -- Third rule is there is a 5-minute time limit.

    -- And fourth rule is to keep it anonymous -- don't betray confidentiality restrictions


    Bring your wit and wisdom to the masses of New England archivists who are just waiting to hear a good story. And at the end of the evening, scores will be tallied and a winner announced. Submit an outline of your story to be considered eligible for the NEA competition.

    Questions? Contact Matt Spry (sprymatt@gmail.com) for information about the NEA event at the Spring 2016 Meeting. And get some great storytelling tips on The Moth's website.

    New England Archivists

    Communications Committee


  • 30 Dec 2015 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Kingfield based Ski Museum of Maine is looking for a part time, energetic, well organized individual to manage the daily affairs of the museum. The qualified candidate should have excellent time management and organizational skills along with excellent communications skills and the ability to work independently. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Quickbooks; social media platforms, email marketing and database management. Familiarity with the Past Perfect database system as well as previous work experience in the ski industry or museum operations a plus. Please reply to: Ski Museum of Maine, PO Box 359, Kingfield, Maine 04947 or send resume via email to info@skimuseumofmaine.org.

  • 22 Dec 2015 8:17 AM | Anonymous member

    Looking for an opportunity to work in a place of wonder and exploration?

    We currently are recruiting for a part-time Museum Educator/Assistant (up to 29 hours per week) to work at the L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley. Hours for this position vary weekly. The L.C. Bates Museum houses unique natural history and culture collections. This position primarily involves working with children and families presenting natural history programs, but would also involve working in all aspects of the museum including greeting visitors and presenting tours, cleaning, preparing exhibitions, presenting outside activities, and presenting educational outreach programs at schools.

     Qualifications:

    • Enjoy working with school groups of children as well as adults
    • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Be dependable and enthusiastic
    • Excellent Organizational Skills
    • Have a working knowledge of Maine Natural History and/or wildlife and/or teaching experience

     We require a minimum of a High School Diploma, satisfactory references, background and health checks, and a valid Maine Driver’s License.

     Interested applicants please submit a cover letter and updated resume via e-mail to HR@gwh.org or fax to 238-4020 or mail to Human Resources, PO Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944. Please reference “Museum Educator” in your correspondence.

     View more information about the L.C. Bates Museum at www.gwh.org.


  • 21 Dec 2015 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited

    MAC is soliciting applications for the 2015 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.

    In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://archivists.org/prof-education/edd-index.asp, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. Applicants are not required to be residents of or attend school in the MAC region.

    Applications are available from the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students Committee Chair.

    Alison Stankrauff

    Archivist and Associate Librarian

    Indiana University South Bend

    574 – 520 - 4392

    astankra@iusb.edu

    And from the MAC Web site, http://www.midwestarchives.org .

    Applying for the Archie Motley Scholarship has gotten easier with our new online application form.

    Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016.

    Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.


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