An Outstanding ‘once in a lifetime’ Career Opportunity for Summer 2019

An Outstanding ‘once in a lifetime’ Career Opportunity for Summer 2019
The Open Palace Programmes
London, United Kingdom

The Open Palace Programmes offer an English and a Scottish programme which give you the chance to:
  • Step behind the scenes at some of the most significant palaces and mansions in the UK
  • Learn from the heritage professionals how to conserve, present and interpret sites and collections
  • Take part in hands on activities tackling real challenges alongside the experts
  • Immerse yourself in history where it happened
  • Handle fascinating historical artefacts and records
  • Gain invaluable experience and contacts for your resume
  • Benefit from bespoke careers advice
  • Visit and stay in some of the most delightful historic parts of England or Scotland
These experiences provide a richness and diversity with which few individual placements or internships can compare.

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Applications are encouraged from all emergent heritage professionals who are planning or have already begun a career in the heritage sector. Places are offered to candidates who send appropriate applications on a ‘first come,first served’ basis so it is important to apply early.

This year we are delighted to have 5 Bursaries to offer. Details of these bursaries are now available on our website.

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This job posted by MERC from August 10 through November 9.

Executive Director

Loudoun Museum
Leesburg, Virginia, USA

The Loudoun Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of Loudoun County, Virginia, through innovative programming, interactive exhibitions and the unique collections of the Museum, is seeking an Executive Director.

This position’s chief responsibilities will be the following:
  • Overall administration and management of the staff and the museum facility, including budget preparation and management, day-to-day operations of the museum facility, and personnel and volunteer management.
  • In partnership with the Board of Trustees, develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Museum.
  • Oversee the overall exhibition and program development of the museum, including developing high-quality exhibitions, programs and activities (including experiences for school, family, youth, adult, and community audiences).
  • Engage with community organizations, Loudoun Museum members, and local, state and national governmental and educational organizations to build advocacy for the museum and assess community needs and issues.
  • Develop and execute a marketing and strategic communications program in support of the Museum’s goals.
  • Participate in fundraising activities, including grant writing, to support the Museum’s exhibits, conservation and preservation initiatives, and educational programs.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws as well as financial reporting and audit requirements.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree in American Studies, Public History, or Museum Studies, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in planning, directing, and managing all aspects of a museum, public historical program or institution, business, governmental program, or non-profit organization (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the museum field, current museum practices, and artifact preservation and conservation standards.
  • Curatorial and/or interpretive experience in a museum or corporate history environment.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, colleagues, staff, officials from other governmental and private organizations, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and familiarity with, historical and material culture research, issues and trends in regional public history, and general familiarity with American and Virginia history.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising a wide range of staff positions -- both professional and non-professional -- in planning and developing complex projects, such as museum exhibits or educational programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, marketing and strategic communications, and working with membership organizations.
  • Outstanding writing and public speaking skills.
Preferred requirements: Additional years of experience in an academic or interpretive public historical program and/or a PhD degree are desirable.

Salary commensurate with skill and experience. Position is open until filled.

Please submit CV, letter of interest and three professional references to

The Loudoun Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This job posted by MERC from August 2 through November 1.

Gifts Officer

Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody, Wyoming USA

Gifts Officer, Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Full-time out-the-door fundraiser to support the Center’s operations and programs. This position requires constant phone and personal contact with donors and prospective donors. High volume of face-to-face and personal interactions year-round required. Extensive travel. Must have ability to listen and learn and articulate the mission, vision and needs of a large institution focused on all aspects of the American West, past and present. World class museum with a full-time staff of 80+ in Cody, WY. A great opportunity to work with a talented and energized staff and to build a strong portfolio of dedicated donors. to obtain application instructions and job description. Competitive wage and benefit package. EOE.

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This job posted by MERC from July 31 through October 30.

Curator of Natural History

City of Riverside
Riverside, California, USA

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of CURATOR OF NATURAL HISTORY to fill one (1) vacancy in the MUSEUM DEPARTMENT. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

Under general supervision, Museum Curators perform a variety of technical and professional duties in the assembling and caring for museum collections in anthropology, history, or natural history; to plan and provide materials for museum exhibitions and educational programs; (when assigned to the Anthropology division) to provide interaction with Native American groups and university scholars to implement the Division's mission; (when assigned to the history division) to provide public access to archival collections and answer research inquiries; work closely with all facets of the community to preserve this region's legacy; and do related work as required.

Work Performed
Typical duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
  • Work effectively on teams to implement the Museum's mission.
  • Locate, acquire and house appropriate artifacts or specimens.
  • Conduct detailed analysis to identify items.
  • Prepare and maintain proper collection records.
  • Provide for necessary maintenance, preservation and restoration of collected materials.
  • Select artifacts and generally plan exhibitions within assigned field of responsibility.
  • Provide data for labels to emphasize exhibition features.
  • Present lectures or other programs to community groups, Museum audiences and professional organizations.
  • Contribute articles to the Museum newsletters and scholarly publications.
  • Conduct field research to gather data, specimens and photographic records.
  • Identify objects for the general public.
  • Confer and cooperate with other resource and Museum personnel regarding materials sources, object data, exhibition details, publications and programs.
  • Instruct interns and volunteers.
Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in museology, history, anthropology, archaeology, geology, natural science, zoology, or a closely related field of specialization. Three years' experience in the field and evidence of the pursuit of graduate studies may substitute for the partial fulfillment of the Master's Degree requirement.

Experience: One year of experience in the collection, preservation, interpretation, presentation of materials for Museum exhibitions and provision of public access to collections.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:
  • Three years experience at the Museum Curator level.
  • Experience with interpretive planning and object-based teaching.
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience in a collaborative team environment.


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This job posted by MERC from July 20 through October 19.

Community Engagement Manager

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, USA

The Natural History Family of Museum is seeking a Community Engagement Manager for our Education and Programs department. As part of the Education and Programs Division, the Community Engagement Manager works closely with the Director, Programs to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for creating community programs and partnerships in Los Angeles County; work collaboratively with Museum staff and community members to ensure inclusive and authentic partnerships; develop, budget, plan and implement community programs for the diverse audiences of Los Angeles.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Develop strategy for community partnerships and programs both onsite and in satellite locations.
  • Cultivate relationships with key Los Angeles County organizations ie. libraries, LA Parks & Rec, etc.
  • Content creation, development, planning and scheduling of community programs.
  • Coordination with multiple departments for marketing, promotion, content development and execution of programs.
  • Production and tracking of budgets, attendance and demographic reports as needed.
  • Participate in and oversee calendar for the Community Engagement Council
  • Facilitation support for other Public Programs.
This position has the following requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Education, History, or Natural Sciences.
  • Five or more years of experience developing community partnerships and/ or educational programming
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be an effective collaborator
  • Must possess cultural competence, sensitivity and knowledge of target communities
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent follow through and attention to detail.
  • Very flexible and helpful; occasional weekend hours will be required.
  • Proficiency in using PC computers and Microsoft Office software, databases, and internet.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position.

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Interested candidates please visit and click the link of the position for which you are interested.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls, No Fax.

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This job posted by MERC from July 13 through October 12.

Curatorial Assistant

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

The Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology at Colgate University are teaching and collecting museums that engage local and global communities through innovative exhibitions, interdisciplinary research, dynamic outreach, and meaningful experiences with art and material culture.

Position Accountabilities
Primarily accountable for providing key support in collections research and documentation, curricular use of collections, exhibition and program coordination, and publication production.

Accountable for conducting research on objects in the collections, including archival research, contacting galleries and museums, and corresponding with specialists.

Accountable for accurately inputting data into collections databases, maintaining consistency across records, and producing reports.

Accountable for significant oversight and assistance in the production of museum publications, including writing and editing content.

Accountable for providing substantive support for the coordination and preparation of class visits, including corresponding with faculty.

In collaboration with the curators, accountable for conceptualizing, developing, and implementing exhibitions and programs.

Works closely with team members, accountable for making progress in digitizing collections and for developing strategies for sharing collections online, including through the development of online exhibitions and other digital projects.

Accountable for overseeing the work of undergraduate student employees or interns.

Accountable for engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media and maintaining the effective management of social media presence for both museums.

Accountable for knowing and following standards for museum and curatorial practice and Code of Ethics as outlined by the AAM.

Accountable for performing other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is required
  • Master's degree in related field (art history; anthropology; archaeology; museum studies; humanities) is strongly preferred
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a museum or other arts or cultural institution, or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Familiarity working with databases and/or demonstration of understanding of database concepts; able to accurately input data, maintain consistency across records, and pull reports
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Experience conducting object-based research
  • Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students on a daily basis
  • Flexibility and the ability to think creatively
  • Knowledge of relevant computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications)
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates in the field of art/anthropology curation
  • Previous experience working with graphic designers, editors, scholars, and other museum professionals
  • Previous supervisory experience such as overseeing undergraduate student employees or interns
  • Experience handling museum objects/artworks. Knowledge of safe handling and movement practices.
  • Experience with digital and multimedia projects, such as online exhibitions and collections
  • Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) and/or FileMaker Pro databases
  • Previous involvement in producing exhibitions
  • Experience producing publications
  • Experience engaging audiences through marketing and/or social media
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This job posted by MERC from June 15 through September 4.

Chief Development Officer

National Museum of Mathematics
New York, New York, USA


The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics, illuminating the patterns and structures that abound in our world. Located in the historic Flatiron district, MoMath strives to enhance the public understanding of mathematics through its interactive exhibits, galleries, and programs to encourage inquiry and reveal the wonders of math to a diverse audience of all ages.

Founded in 2010, MoMath is the only museum dedicated to mathematics in North America. MoMath began as traveling exhibit that received worldwide acclaim before assuming its current home, which opened on 12/12/12 adjacent to Madison Square Park.

Building on its early successes as Manhattan’s only interactive science center and as an innovator in engaging the public with math, MoMath has grown into a vital cultural institution. With a talented staff of more than three dozen, a $6M annual budget, and more than 40 hands-on exhibits, MoMath provides special programs and unique education opportunities. Program highlights include:
  • Math Encounters – MoMath’s flagship presentation series celebrates the richness of mathematics by bringing in research mathematicians who are skilled in reaching a general audience.
  • Pythagorize Seattle – MoMath gathered hundreds in Seattle to celebrate Pythagoras Day (08/17/15) where families and individuals gathered for a city-wide puzzle hunt featuring games and prizes in the city’s historic Triangle Pub, measuring 8 meters x 15 meters x 17 meters – a Pythagorean triple.
  • Rosenthal Prize – MoMath’s annual award of $25,000 recognizes teachers for promoting hands-on math education in middle school classrooms. Last year’s recipient was California teacher Matt Engle who was recognized for his lesson “Bringing Similarity Into Light: Experience Similarity and Dilations Using Shadows.” The 2018 award recipients will be announced in the winter.
  • MoMathlon – An annual math tournament that provides a day of challenge and camaraderie for middle school students from the New York metropolitan area and recognizes the top three participant schools. This year’s first place champions hailed from R.C. Murphy Junior High School in Suffolk County.
MoMath is entering an exciting period of expansion. To support its growth, the Museum is seeking an experienced, dynamic Chief Development Officer.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director & CEO of the Museum, the Chief Development Officer will serve as a key member of the Museum’s top leadership group, and will lead the Museum’s overall fundraising strategy development and execution, expand its network of potential donors, and increase support from individual and institutional contributors. Candidates must be creative, nimble and capable of working collaboratively across the organization.

This is a special opportunity to partner with highly intelligent, passionate, and fundraising savvy senior leadership and staff seeking to make a real and lasting impact in the field.

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic annual fundraising plan; develop donors, generate contributions, and identify new potential Trustees, in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.
  • Orchestrate the implementation of all development initiatives.
  • Develop existing Museum relationships and research, identify, and cultivate potential new individual and institutional funders; perform detailed prospect research.
  • Utilize a full spectrum of fundraising methods including individual/major gift appeals, foundation and corporate grant proposals, events, government appeals, memberships,
    direct mail, and online fundraising.
  • Partner with Museum management to aid in the development of a robust schedule of Museum cultivation events; provide development support for the Museum’s two annual
  • Set fundraising goals and budgets.
  • Oversee the preparation of letters of inquiry and the grant application process.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the development function and development staff, ensuring a high level of quality, efficiency, and support.
  • Maintain close communication with top Museum management regarding fundraising strategies and progress towards goals; report periodically to the Board of Trustees.
  • Successful record of at least seven years in the development field, preferably in New York City; at least 10 years’ experience in not-for-profit organizations; experience with museums or educational institutions preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in establishing and managing relationships with donors in all categories.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and organize a development team.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills, attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing and executing multiple time-sensitive projects and an ability to building consensus.
  • Proven ability to implement annual and long-term strategic development plans.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, together with excellent verbal and written communications.
  • Experience with a donor management database system.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; full suite of benefits included.

To apply, please use the link below and submit a cover letter and a résumé.

This position description is based upon material provided by the National Museum of Mathematics, an equal opportunity employer.

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This job posted by MERC from May 30 through August 30.