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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums' "News & Opportunities for the Field" 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 $25).

MEMBERS: To post your item to this bulletin board, simply use your username and password to log into the site (upper right of your screen), then navigate to this page and click "Add Post."

NON-MEMBERS: To submit your bulletin board post, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

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  • 15 Apr 2015 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking an Assistant Store Manager for the 2015 season, mid-May

    to late October. This position will handle daily museum operations including admissions,

    museum shop and membership sales, security, light housekeeping, and opening and closing the

    museum. The Assistant Store Manager will be the lead staff person on weekends working with

    museum interpreters to ensure the smooth operation of the museum, including answering

    questions, directing inquiries to the correct department and managing the security system.

    Position Description and Responsibilities include:

     assist visitors

     sell admission tickets

     promote membership

     operate cash register

     provide general information about the museum to visitors

     straighten and refill merchandise

     light cleaning

    Qualifications

    Ideal candidates possess:

     excellent public speaking skills

     mature and outgoing personality; must love talking with people!

     self-starter

     ability to solve problems independently

     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

    Previous experience in retail or customer service preferred. The position is part time seasonal

    and does not include benefits. 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, Assistant Store Manager Search, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498,

    Searsport, ME  04974 or via email to skettell@pmm-maine.org.


  • 15 Apr 2015 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Museum Programs Interns, Paid

    Job Description: The Penobscot Marine Museum seeks two gregarious and motivated interns with a love of history to work for eight weeks from mid-June to mid-August, 18 to 22 hours per week which will include some nights and weekends. The interns will facilitate public programs and workshops for adults and children for the exhibit “Exploring the Magic of Photography”. Interns will learn about the history of photography, how to make cyanotypes and pinhole cameras, and basic preservation and archiving practices. Interns will also serve as guides/interpreters for the walk-in camera obscura. Some projects may be customized based on the student’s interest.

    Qualifications: Applicants pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in education, history, library science, American studies, archiving/museum studies and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. Basic knowledge of photography and photographic processes is helpful but not necessary.

    Submit resume, cover letter and three references to Cipperly Good, Penobscot Marine Museum, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974


  • 13 Apr 2015 10:40 AM | Anonymous member

    Sign Up for the next Connecting to Collections Care webinar on museum
     environments, its free!

    “When Less is All You Got! Budget-conscious solutions to protect collections
     on display and in storage”

    April 21, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30, EDT, with Ernest Conrad and Lisa Mibach.

    In an ideal world, all buildings that house and display collections would have
     purpose-designed environmental control systems that work, enclosed display
     cases, chemically-neutral storage and display cases and containers, and enough
     trained staff to care for collections. Unfortunately, this is not always the
     case.

        The first part of the webinar will illustrate the diagnostic effects of the
     lack of environmental controls, and will discuss budget-conscious solutions to
     protect collections on display and in storage. The second part will deal with
     proper storage and display conditions so that objects can weather minor
     disruptions. If you don’t have ideal storage and display conditions, you
     need to have regularly updated priority lists of objects (in order of
     vulnerability) to check during/after an environmental failure or change.

            http://www.connectingtocollections.org/when-less-is-all-you-got/

             Check the Calendar for more upcoming events.

             Connecting to Collections Care is sponsored by the Foundation of the American
     Institute for Conservation with funding from the Institute of Museum and
     Library Services.

     

  • 10 Apr 2015 7:24 PM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Museum in Augusta, Maine is advertising a full-time Museum Education Specialist II position.  The Maine State Museum is currently open five days a week; the position would be required to work some weekend and evening hours. The position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, engaging, and relevant gallery experiences for a wide range of visitors.  This position assists in training staff and volunteers; assists with the day-to-day operations of the museum public spaces and admission desk; and the development of special event.  A well-qualified candidate is proficient in interdisciplinary, object-based teaching as well as interpretive writing, curriculum development, and the design of hands-on activities; knowledgeable of current inquiry-based pedagogy and teaching strategies; and has an interest in digital technologies and media for use in online and in-house interpretative projects.  Individuals with a natural science and/or STEM backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  For additional information about the position, as well as additional representative tasks, knowledge, and skills required, visit the General Government Service Center website at http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/ and click on the position “Museum Education Specialist II Full-Time (40 hours weekly).” Qualified candidates should send a resume, direct hire application, and letter of interest to Tammy Sturtevant, HR Generalist, General Gov. Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0074, (207) 624-7415 or email applications to dafsdirecthire@maine.gov by April 24, 2015. Direct Hire applications are available at the General Government Service Center in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, and on the General Government Service Center website.

  • 09 Apr 2015 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    4:30 p.m.
    Kresge Auditorium
    Visual Arts Center [just north of the Bowdoin Museum of Art]

    Please join us for a lecture by Ford W. Bell President of the American Alliance of Museums Ford Bell will discuss the state and role of museums in contemporary American society. He will also reflect upon his experiences and observations as the leader of AAM.

    The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.

    Free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested but not required.  To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-twenty-first-century-museum-challenges-and-opportunities-tickets-14886250175

    This talk will also be streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts:  http://www.bowdoin.edu/live/

    For questions, please e-mail<mailto:artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu> or call 207-725-3276.


  • 02 Apr 2015 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, I am pleased to tell you about a new online professional development workshop we are offering this Spring: Digital Culture and Museums, starting April 2. This workshop can be taken individually, or applied to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning program delivered 100% online. 

    Online Workshop: Digital Culture and Museums

    Three scheduled online sessions. Thu Apr 2, 9 & 16 from 11am-1pm PDT

    Instructor: Anra Kennedy, Content and Partnerships Director, Culture24.

    This online workshop examines ways in which museums are responding to some key digital trends and challenges, including: How can museums make their digital collections fit for purpose? How do museums respond to user expectations around content sharing, re-use and re-purposing? How do we know what’s working? What can we learn from institutions that are ahead of the curve? We look at a range of projects that have found success through tactics such as targeted use of social media, in-gallery digital enhancing the visitor experience, striking a crowd-sourcing cord, beautiful design and thoughtful use of high quality content.

    Instructor: Anra Kennedy is responsible for the development and delivery of Culture24’s partnerships, content strategy and portfolio of websites. She is currently leading Connecting Collections, an Arts Council England-funded national partnership aimed at making digital collections useful and discoverable for children.

      

    For more information about the program and other online professional development opportunities offered, please visit https://cstudies.ubc.ca/study-topic/cultural-planning-development and join our subscription list for program updates. Other online courses and workshops on offer this spring include: Online Workshop: Intangible Cultural Heritage (Jun 10-24, 100% Online) Cultural Entrepreneurship (Jun 16-30, 100% Online); and, Cultural Planning – An International Perspective (Jun 4-18, 100% Online).


  • 31 Mar 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Photography and Reality"
    The 2015 Photo Fund Lecture
    The speaker for the PMA’s annual Photography Fund Lecture is Duane Michals, one of the great photographic innovators of the last century. Michals is widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Over the past five decades, Michal’s work has exhibited in the United States and abroad, most recently with his first retrospective, Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals, at the Carnegie Museum of Art. All proceeds from this lecture benefit the PMA’s Photography Fund, which is the museum’s fund for acquisition and conservation of the photography collection and related programming. Tickets are $20 general public, $10 PMA members, and $5 for students with I.D. To register, click here


  • 27 Mar 2015 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    *CALL FOR VENDORS: **HISTORIC CRAFTERS & EXHIBITORS FAIR*


    *5th Rally for Norlands: Civil War Reenactment Weekend*


    *June 13-14, 2015*


    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine, is hosting its 5th Rally for Norlands: Civil War Reenactment Weekend on June 13 and 14, 2015. A significant portion of the event is a *Historic Crafters and Exhibitors Fair*, modeled after the "Sanitary Commission" fairs which emerged in the Civil War era as fundraising bazaars. Sanitary Commissions were organized to bring health supplies and aid to Civil War soldiers.

    This is an opportunity to let the public know about your organization's or crafts' connection with America's 19th-century history at one of Maine's largest Civil War Reenactments.

    The Rally's Historic Crafters and Exhibitors Fair is open to artisans, re-enactors, and scholars wishing to demonstrate and/or sell a traditional craft using 19th-century materials or methods such as pottery, woodworking or fiber arts. Civil War Sutlers who sell period wares and authors of relevant books are also welcome.

    *Individuals, organizations, historical societies and museums* are also welcome to exhibit and/or demonstrate antiques, collections, or educational materials to our visitors, if the collection is relevant to the experiences of people who lived in the 1800s.

    *Applications will be accepted through April 24, 2015.*  A prepaid vendor fee of $35 is required if selling items; otherwise it is free.  All applications are subject to approval.  If your application is not approved, the fee will be returned.

    Visit *www.norlands.org* <http://www.norlands.org/> */rally-for-norlands.html* to download the application form and guidelines.  Or*, call 207-897-4366 or email **norlands@norlands.org <norlands@norlands.org>** for more information. *


  • 25 Mar 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
    The Board of Directors of the Boothbay Railway Village (BRV) announces an extraordinary opportunity
    for a talented and resourceful leader who can share our passion for Maine history and our Boothbay,
    Maine setting. The new Executive Director will lead a devoted staff and volunteer team as we work
    together to build upon a 50 year history of acquisition and development, further our educational
    mission, and secure BRV’s long-term sustainability.

    Background

    Opened to the public in 1965, the then Boothbay Railway Museum was the first public railroad museum
    in Maine. Since then, the BRV has filled its 30 acre setting with more than two dozen buildings, many of
    which contain displays of artifacts related to Maine’s railroading history, the advent of the automobile,
    and everyday life of Mainers from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries.
    The recently updated mission of the Boothbay Railway Village is “to conserve, display and interpret
    artifacts, authentic period structures and technologies utilized in Maine during the historical period of
    the Mid-19th through the Mid-20th Centuries.”

    BRV has a fleet of three Henschel steam locomotives, along with vintage and replicas of Maine narrowgauge rolling stock, operating on over three-quarters of a mile of track. The Museum’s Antique Automobile Exhibit has more than 60 vehicles on display, dating from 1902-1962, and our outstanding model railroad exhibit is still under construction, allowing visitors to see it grow and change with each visit.

    For more information about the organization, visit BRV’s website: www.railwayvillage.org.

    Overview

    As the Boothbay Railway Village prepares for its 50th season of operation, the organization faces the
    challenge of replacing its Executive Director of 31 years, who retired in February. Capable leadership, a
    dedicated and talented team of staff and volunteers, and the ongoing support of BRV’s founder provide
    a sturdy foundation upon which to launch the next phase in the organization’s evolution.


    To set the stage for the next Executive Director, the Board and staff are in the midst of 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 and elements about how life evolved in Maine. Central to
    the plan is the recognition that the museum must provide a living, engaging, changing, interactive
    educational experience that encourages involvement and repeat visitation.


    The BRV has current year operating budget of $790,000 and a staff of 6 FTE’s, supported by volunteers and seasonal employees. In 2014 there were 190 dues-paying members, an annual fund of $51,780, and a charitable giving total of $242,605. The Village receives approximately 15-17,000 visitors annually.
    Leadership priorities


    As the BRV Board of Directors conducts its search for a new Executive Director, we are prioritizing the need to hire a leader who can work with the Board and staff to develop and implement strategies to achieve long-term financial sustainability and our vision for an active and vibrant educational enterprise.


    More specifically, the BRV Board has identified the following priorities for the next Executive Director:

     Implement a business plan—linked to the strategic plan—built upon more diverse revenue streams, increased membership and visitation, and enhanced fundraising efforts.

     Broaden the base of philanthropic support to attract new donors, dramatically increase the annual fund, and begin building a meaningful endowment.

     Continue to build the capacity of our staff and volunteer team through visionary leadership, proven management strategies, and successful communication.

     Support the development of marketing and communication strategies that successfully convey BRV’s story and unique assets.


     Deepen and build relationships within the region, within the museum community, and with potential educational, community, and corporate partners.

     Bring focus to the museum’s educational mission and programs and support the development of a collection policy and the establishment of standard museum protocol and procedures.

    Requirements

    Essential

     Proven fundraising ability and success in building donor relationships
     Business, financial and budgeting acumen
     Experience in leading and successfully managing a staff team
     5 or more years of relevant operational and management experience
     Ability to communicate a passion for our work, our mission, and Maine history
     Highest level of recommendations from references and peers
     Proven public speaking ability and strong writing skills
     A readiness to roll-up your sleeves and pitch-in wherever it is needed

    Desirable

     Experience in an educational or museum setting
     BA or BS degree
     Knowledge of Maine, our funders, and our donors
     Previous nonprofit and board governance experience

    Compensation
    Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with experience

    To apply

    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 Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address: search1@starboardleadership.com.

    Paper copies may be sent to Mary Pettegrow, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401, but electronic submissions of material are preferred. No phone inquiries, please. Review of applications will begin on April 13, 2015.


  • 21 Mar 2015 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Portland Observatory Assistant Site Manager

    Greater Portland Landmarks

    TITLE: Portland Observatory Assistant Site Manager (2 positions available)

    Part time, seasonal, 24 hours per week (every other week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

    Memorial Day Weekend – Columbus Day, pre-season training and orientation in April and May.

    REPORTS TO:  Manager of Education Programs

    PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

    The Portland Observatory Assistant Site Manager will work closely with the Observatory Site Manager, overseeing the daily operation of the Portland Observatory Museum when on site and leading public tours.

    Responsibilities:

    • Open and close the Observatory for tours during its scheduled hours of operation.
    • Make bank deposits and ensure that there is adequate change for cash sales.
    • Supervise the volunteer docents on-site.
    • Present tours to the public, when necessary. 
    • Greet visitors
    • Sell tour tickets and retail merchandise,
    • Create a positive and professional atmosphere for both docents and visitors
    • Be available to work alternating weekends with another Assistant Site Manager

    Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

    1. Awareness and responsibility for visitor safety
    2. Ask docents to sign in their hours in the “docent sign-in” log
    3. Keep gift shop shelves stocked
    4. Communicate status of Gift Shop stock, docent scheduling changes and all other issues/items with the Education Programs Assistant/Observatory Site Manager
    5. Close the cash register and credit card purchases daily
    6. Provide assistance on Flag Day and other scheduled special events.
    7. Make docent scheduling adjustments, as needed, including immediate or emergency needs due to  unforeseen situations.

    KEY COMPETENCIES:

    -          must be able to walk up and down 100 stairs

    -          must have basic computer skills

    -          excellent human relations skills

    -          demonstrated customer service skills

    -          strong oral and written communication skills

    -          enthusiasm for working with a variety of ages

    -          ability to manage, and organize activities and people

    -          enthusiasm for sharing knowledge

    -          available to work on the weekends and/or evenings

    A background in history or historic preservation is preferred but not required – we will provide training. 

    Additional Job Information

    Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to education@portlandlandmarks.org. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.
    4/15/2015
    Teacher, Volunteer Management
    May 25, 2015
    Portland Area
    Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St., Portland


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