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  • 24 Jul 2015 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    Museum Interpretive Guide Job Description

    Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking Museum Guides for the end of the 2015 season, mid-August to late October. Guides greet visitors, answer questions, monitor museum galleries to ensure the safety of the collection, give tours, and provide a friendly knowledgeable presence in the galleries and on the museum campus; research and prepare interpretive materials; assist with daily museum operations including admissions, museum shop and membership sales, light housekeeping, and opening and closing the museum. Some Guides will work primarily in the Main St Gallery; others will conduct tours of the historic buildings and interact with visitors in the outdoor exhibit areas.

    Position Description and Responsibilities include:
    • Assist in researching and developing interpretive tours
    • Conduct tours through the historic structures
    • Prepare supplementary information for distribution to museum visitors
    • Assist in creating content for the Museum's website based on tours, artifacts, and hands-on programming
    • Participate in formal curriculum-based education programs, informal education programs and presentations tailored to school-age and adult audiences
    • Assist with special events and family programs throughout the season. 
    • Monitor the visitor experience to meet visitor needs and requests, provide direction, and help visitors have an enjoyable and thoughtful experience
    • Resolve visitor issues quickly and effectively, ensuring visitor security and safety
    • Take particular care of visitors with special needs (handicap access, etc.). 
    • Help maintain clean and organized public spaces and report equipment malfunctions and maintenance needs.

    Ideal candidates possess: 
    • excellent public speaking skills and a flair for the dramatic 
    • mature and outgoing personality; must love talking with people! 
    • interest in education, history, or museums 
    • outstanding customer service skills 
    • ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and manage several tasks simultaneously 
    • reliability and professional appearance 

    The position requires climbing steep stairs, navigating narrow passageways, opening and closing heavy barn doors, setting up and operating nautical equipment replicas, and working in both indoor and outdoor conditions during the New England spring, summer, and fall. Previous experience in education/interpretation, customer service, or theatre preferred but not required. The position is part time seasonal. The work schedule will vary in accordance with the program schedule and will include weekends and holidays.

    PMM is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education and community engagement. The Museum houses superb collections of marine art, historic boats, scrimshaw, ship models and 19th export items as well as over 100,000 historic photographs. Our seaport village campus comprises a National Register of Historic Places district along with modern purpose-built exhibit and storage facilities. Museum programs take place year round, with the busiest time being mid-May to Mid-October when the campus is open to the public. 

    To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three
    professional references to, Museum Guide Search, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974 or via email to


  • 04 Jun 2015 12:55 PM | Anonymous member

    The Boothbay Railway Village is searching for a creative and energetic individual to join its team as Education Director & Curator. The Museum’s extensive campus is located in the beautiful coastal community of Boothbay, Maine.  The Board and staff have just completed a strategic planning process that describes a new and vibrant vision for the museum. The plan defines public education as the museum’s principle deliverable and envisions a living village museum that engages visitors in a story that has multiple threads about how technologies like steam trains, automobiles, and electricity impacted life for Mainers from the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries. 

    This exciting new professional museum position of Education Director & Curator will have responsibility for the interpretation program at the Museum, as well as the management and maintenance of the extensive artifact collections. A full job description is available on the Museum’s website at This is a full-time, year-round position with full employer paid health benefits, a generous retirement program as well as paid vacation and sick leave.

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and the names of 3 references (indicating relation to the candidate, phone number, and e-mail address) to Margaret Hoffman, Executive Director, at  Paper copies may be sent to Boothbay Railway Village, PO Box 123, Boothbay, ME 04537, but electronic submissions of material are preferred.  No phone inquiries, please.  Review of applications will begin on June 26, 2015. 


  • 27 May 2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore is seeking additional paid staff to train as historical interpreters.

    Teachers, actors, history lovers or anyone interested in dressing up in period clothes and pretending to be someone else should apply. Interpreters share history in a fun, humorous yet thought-provoking way with visitors of all ages, creating a memorable museum and farm experience.

    The ideal candidate has an outgoing personality, with the ability to engage all types of audiences, especially school groups.  Norlands’ interpreters teach history by doing, using living history techniques to share accurate information about the historical buildings, the Washburn family, agricultural methods and the way people lived in the 1800s.

    We are seeking people who are curious about the world, especially the 19th century and the remarkable Washburn family. All training is provided. This is an ideal position for someone looking for a flexible schedule.  This is a part-time position.  Hours worked per week depend on the season and as programs are scheduled.  April – June and September-October are the heavier-scheduled months.

    To learn more or to apply, email a letter of interest and resume to Sheri Leahan, director, at  FMI: visit

  • 20 May 2015 2:16 PM | Anonymous member

    Pejepscot Historical Society is seeking an experienced, energetic, and creative individual to serve as Museum Services Manager for the Pejepscot Museum and Research Center, the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, and the Skolfield-Whittier House, all located in historic downtown Brunswick, Maine.

    The Museum Services manager will assist with day-to-day operations of the museums, including opening and closing, greeting and assisting guests, providing assistance to researchers, managing volunteer tour guides, managing summer walking tour program, scheduling and coordinating group tours, and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

    Strong written, verbal, interpersonal, and technological skills are required. A background in historical research is also required; a bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in the humanities, along with a strong interest in the questions and issues involved in local history, is highly desirable. A willingness to serve as needed in a small organization is essential.

    This position is roughly 35 hours per week from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend and roughly 24 hours per week in the off season of October through May.

    During the museum season, the Museum Services Manager will work Tuesdays through Saturdays. In the off season, s/he will work Wednesdays through Fridays. Some additional evening and weekend hours will be required.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to by June 5, 2015.

  • 13 May 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Freeport Historical Society

    Office Manager

    ·         Part-time, 32 hrs/week May-October; 24 hours per week November-April

    ·         $11/hour

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

    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, especially Access, plus 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 licence

    A bachelor’s degree and an interest in history are preferred.

    The 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.

    For more information, consult the FHS website, or call 207-865-3170.  A resume and cover letter should be sent to

    Closing date for applications: June 2, 2015

  • 12 May 2015 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    The successful Development Associate will have a genuinely outgoing personality and a sense of humor.  S/he should promote the mission and programs of the Museum and be a good team player.  S/he will be computer savvy, highly organized, able to multi-task and meet deadlines, and able to create and maintain exemplary filing systems and records.  As the first face and/or voice most visitors and donors will encounter with the Museum, the Associate is expected to be community-oriented with an eye toward the development of the membership, visitation, and financial aspects of the Museum.
    Responsible for maintaining and initiating all development records including those pertaining to Membership, Annual fund and Capital Campaign drives. The position is critical to the success of all fundraising endeavors. Knowledge of standard office computer software, spreadsheets, and the use of social media is extremely important. This position requires a willingness to acquire proficiency with PastPerfect, the current development software program in use by the Brick Store Museum.

    This position is a part-time (24 hours per week) position with starting hourly wage of $14.25 per hour. The Development Associate may work additional hours during weekends and weeknights, depending on the Museum’s event staffing needs. This position is a term appointment for one-year, with the possibility of renewal after that term.

    The position has several components:


    ·         Enter all new memberships and renewal information. Generate membership cards and thank you letters.  

    ·         Enter all donations as they are received and generate thank you letters appropriate for the level of giving and personalized to the specific donor. 

    ·         Record gifts of cash and checks for the bookkeeper. Make deposits as necessary—usually weekly.

    ·         Generate reports and current data to use as tools in all membership drives and fundraising efforts.

    ·         Assist in creating and implementing fundraising and capital campaign events throughout the year.

    ·         Be an active participant in the Museum’s grant-writing and grant opportunity identification.


    Assist the Director and staff in planning, publicizing, and implementing public programs, group tours and special events.   This includes being available for occasional after-hours programs. 


    General office support includes greeting visitors, answering phones, and maintenance of office supplies as needed.


    Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, business, finance, or related field; or related work experience. Excellent organizational and communication skills; knowledge of computer databases, and scanning. Experience in nonprofit development and knowledge of PastPerfect preferred.

    Work Environment:

    Work is performed under typical office conditions in the museum.  The Development Associate must be familiar with the operation of typical office computer systems and devices, telephones, standard office equipment, and copier/scanners. The work may involve exposure to dust and the ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds. Noise level is quiet, except for routine interactions during the work day.

     To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to Cynthia Walker, Executive Director, at (or via mail to 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043) by May 27, 2015.

  • 06 May 2015 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Maine Humanities Council (MHC) is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that serves the state of Maine. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in Maine through literature, history, philosophy, and culture with programs, events, grants, and online resources that encourage critical thinking and conversation across social, economic, and cultural boundaries. Our work connects people through the power and pleasure of ideas, reaching audiences of all economic backgrounds in ways that make a significant difference in their lives.

    The MHC is seeking a full-time Development and Communications Assistant to provide support for the fundraising and communications efforts of the organization. In that capacity, this individual will assist with responsibilities that include:

      *   Performing gift entry and acknowledgement process and assist with solicitation process
      *   Assist with prospect research
      *   Assist with preparation for and execution of special fundraising events
      *   Assist with writing stories for fundraising publications; write blog posts and daily social media posts
      *   Assist with board alumni "friendraising" and fundraising efforts
      *   Perform website updates and handle social media schedules
      *   Draft and send press releases
      *   Execute marketing and publicity plans for programs and events
      *   Create postcards for MHC events as needed

    The ideal candidate will have:

      *   Excellent organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills
      *   The ability to meet deadlines and maintain organized records with high level of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
      *   Superior attention to detail
      *   Sensitivity to confidential information required
      *   Strong writing skills and the ability to adopt different styles depending on needs
      *   Proficiency in Microsoft (Word, Excel, Outlook) and database software (Filemaker)
      *   Familiarity with content management systems for websites (WordPress)
      *   Familiarity with social media and online communication tools
      *   Strong interest in the humanities

    Basic graphic design skills (Photoshop, Adobe InDesign) and familiarity with an email marketing service (MailChimp) are desired. A Bachelor's Degree is preferred.

    The salary for this position is $25,000 with a benefit package.

    To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to<>. Applications due by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 20th.

  • 06 May 2015 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Just in time for Preservation Week 2015, NEDCC is pleased to announce the newly revised and expanded version of Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections. This free resource provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program.

    The new edition includes expanded information on caring for audiovisual collections, digital preservation and copyright, and emergency management, and includes activities and readings designed to aid institutions and private individuals performing their own preservation planning. Preservation 101 has a long history as an authoritative and succinct reference for professionals, students, and individuals.

    The freely available Preservation 101 textbook is the foundation for NEDCC's interactive online course on general preservation topics. A series of 10 live webinars builds on self-paced study, using assigned readings and other resources to supplement classroom discussion.


  • 06 May 2015 8:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We Are the Champions:  Making the Case for Your Collections, Programs, and Profession

    Maine Archives & Museums 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting

    Lewiston-Auburn College, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston |  Friday, October 2, 2015

    Call for Proposals

      Deadline: June 5, 2015

    Submit a Proposal Online

    All of us who work for and volunteer at collecting institutions engage almost daily in the work of advocacy: promoting our collections and programs to stakeholders and new audiences, explaining to potential funders what vital services we provide to our communities, and working with our elected representatives on issues that impact our institutions and the populations we serve. MAM members are key advocates for collecting institutions in the state of Maine—We are the champions of Maine’s museums and archives!

    This year’s MAM conference will focus on the many shapes advocacy takes in Maine’s collecting institutions, celebrating what we do well and seeking ways to do better. What are some ways you have advocated for your institution, or for collecting institutions writ large, in recent years? When it comes to legislation, how do you navigate the political arena? What has been an especially effective way you have championed your collections or programs? What does it mean to be an advocate for Maine’s museums and archives? How do we advocate for ourselves, our positions, and our careers?

    The 2015 MAM conference will offer a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution.

    MAM is seeking qualified presenters to submit session proposals that fit this theme and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions.  Session proposals will be considered in the following formats:

    • Panel Sessions—One hour and fifteen minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic that can inform or inspire participants in their work.
    • Workshops—One hour and fifteen minute block with one or more presenters offering hands-on opportunities for skill building.
    • Poster Exhibits—Display material presenting a project or exhibit that your institution would like to share with a larger audience that has relevance to the field at large.

    The Program Committee seeks proposals that will inspire organizations of various sizes and disciplines and are especially visionary.  Case studies will be considered, but proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will have priority.  Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Attracting new volunteers, trustees and members
    • Working with legislators and local governments
    • Case statements and other fundraising appeals
    • Effective marketing initiatives
    • Grant-writing
    • Youth initiatives
    • Innovative educational or interpretive programming
    • Career Enrichment & Professional Development

    For more information or to submit a session proposal, please complete the attached form and e-mail it with resumes for all speakers to or send it to PO Box 46, Cumberland Center, ME 04021. Proposals will be reviewed in early June and applicants will be notified by late June/early July about whether their proposal was accepted.

    Please note:  MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium or travel reimbursement to presenters.  Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.

    For a hard copy paper form to submit via mail, email or call 207.400.6965

    Watch your mail and email for additional conference details. Additional information will also be available via Facebook and MAM’s website at  Questions?  Email: or phone 207.400.6965.

  • 05 May 2015 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Invites You
    to Her Federal Grants Workshop for Maine Cultural Organizations

    Tuesday, May 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
    (Doors open at 9)

    Governor Hill Mansion
    136 State Street Augusta

    • Meet representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
    • Hear about federal grant opportunities for library, arts, and humanities projects
    • Learn how to make your application as competitive as possible
    • Free admission
    • Coffee and pastries served

    Please register by Friday, May 1, by emailing

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