Assistant Educator

Colgate University
Hamilton, New York, USA

Located on Colgate University's beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate's history. The Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology are distinguished university museums that play a significant role in Colgate's teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.

This is an entry level position. The educator is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating major educational initiatives, establishing short and long-term goals and objectives, working with Colgate students and faculty, K-12 teachers, students, docents, and community members; facilitating community partnerships; establishing interpretive programs and resources for exhibitions and serving as an integral member of Colgate University Museum's team.

The successful candidate is creative, forward thinking, and a highly motivated team player who enjoys working with our docents and community members.

Please visit the Museum's website at:

The position is accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions' mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities' needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
  • Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
  • Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
  • Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
  • Coordinating volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervising volunteers and student interns.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies) and a demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
  • Master's degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher's certificate is preferred.
Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
  • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
  • Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
  • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
  • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google programs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in grant writing.
  • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
  • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
  • Experience working with museum database systems.
  • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.
Apply Here:


Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from September 14 through December 12.

Chief of Security

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara, California, USA

Chief of Security – Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) is one of the finest museums on the West Coast and is celebrated for the superb quality of its permanent collection. Its mission is to integrate art into the lives of people through internationally recognized exhibitions and special programs, as well as through thoughtful presentation of its permanent collection. The Museum is in the later stages of an exciting $50 million capital campaign to make critical renovations to the facilities, to ensure its preservation, and to provide a better experience for our visitors and a better home for our expanding collection.

The SBMA is seeking a highly responsible, detail-oriented security professional to join us as a Co-Chief of Security reporting directly to the Director and CEO of the Museum, and working in conjunction with the other Chief of Security. This position is part of a team responsible for the overall security and safety operations of the Museum and Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House. The Co-Chiefs oversee and direct day-to day security operations and effectively manage multiple shifts of personnel, which involves schedules to meet various events and programming, while ensuring coverage for art protection and inventory. This position is a liaison with local law enforcement and fire agencies and is responsible for responding to alarms and emergency situations. The Co-Chief of Security develops updates and trains staff, docents, and volunteers on the Museum’s Emergency Operating Procedures and Injury and Illness Prevention Program and investigates or oversees investigations of incidents involving Museum safety and property. A critical responsibility includes having current knowledge and oversite of all building security and safety systems, their maintenance, and effective vendor management. During our renovation, the Co-Chiefs hold a critical role in overseeing access and movement throughout the facility and assuring a secure site.

Requirements include: B.A. or related certification; 5+ years of related security experience successfully managing a responsive and dedicated team; the ability to interact with the public in a friendly manner for a positive visitor experience, and experience in successfully analyzing problems and developing constructive resolutions both with building operations and staff. Knowledge of security/fire systems and loss prevention, emergency and first aid program management, and work in an art museum or other cultural institutions is desirable. This position requires the ability to lift 25lbs occasionally, assist persons who may have difficulty standing or walking, and the ability to stand or walk for long periods of time.

  • Successful Background Check is required if offered the position.
  • This exempt, full time position is eligible for our full benefits package including; Medical, Dental, and Vision, pre-tax plans, 403b with Museum match, PTO, Holidays and more.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary with reliable transportation.
  • Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Application with salary requirements to
  • Applications located at
  • Position to be filled at the end of October.
Please E-mail to: (preferred)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Fax: (805) 966-6840

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 24 through September 30.

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Collection Services and Library Director

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem Massachusetts, USA

Peabody Essex Museum is seeking a highly motivated and organized Executive Assistant to join our Collection Services team. Reporting to the Chief of Collection Services and Library Director, this position provides a wide range of administrative functions to ensure efficient management of Collection Services, interacting with senior museum staff, trustees and donors. This position also work on special projects as assigned and maintains the confidentiality of all institutional and personnel matters that are part of the work of the offices.

The successful candidate must be resourceful, able to work independently and adjust easily to changing priorities. Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and diplomacy, and time management and multi-tasking skills required. The capacity to define problems and look beyond the obvious to find effective solutions is expected. Work requires a continual attention to detail and organizational prowess. The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands, and travel between the main campus of the museum and the collection center in Rowley.

A bachelor’s degree and three or more years of experience; or the equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Must have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (MSWord, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Experience working in an art museum or non-profit environment is a plus.

Please include your cover letter, resume and salary requirements with your application. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. To apply please visit our website at

Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 23 through November 23.


Salem County Historical Society
Salem, New Jersey, USA

The Salem County Historical Society, a private, non-profit, volunteer-based organization, founded in 1884 on the site of the oldest English speaking settlement on the Delaware River, seeks a Curator to work up to 30 hours per week. This individual will provide leadership and assume responsibility of the management of the museum, community outreach, museum volunteers, programs and projects. The Curator will report to the Administrator and serve at the will of the Board of Trustees.

Resources include several historic buildings, a museum, research and genealogical library, a sizable membership and an endowment. Immediate opening. Bachelors or Advanced degree and experience with museum or historical organization is preferred. Salary will be dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. EOE

Submit cover letter, resume, salary history, and at least four references to:
Search Committee, Salem County Historical Society, 83 Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079
Or by email to

Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from August 21 through November 20.

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.

For further information please visit:

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.

Please reference when applying for this job.
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.

Please reference when applying for this job.
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.

Please reference when applying for this job.
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.


Please reference when applying for this job.
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.

To apply, please go to:

Please reference when applying for this job.
This job posted by MERC from July 13 through October 12.