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The Association of Maine Archives and Museums provides this forum for members and non-members of MAM to post employment, internship, and contract opportunities for collecting institutions and allied businesses and organizations open to Maine residents. This feature was added in March 2019.

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  • 02 Sep 2021 6:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Project Description

    Maine Maritime Museum (MMM), located in Bath, Maine seeks two Collection Specialists to fill roles associated with an Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America grant. MMM plans to conduct a comprehensive inventory, cataloging, and digitization project in its principal collection storage space, which holds more than 9,000 objects. The project will provide the museum with substantially improved intellectual and physical control of a large portion of its object collection, resulting in increased access and improved collection care. A quality online catalog will increase public access to the collections, provide an opportunity to reach wider audiences, and expand collaborative opportunities with educators and cultural heritage organizations. Staff will be able to create programming more efficiently, and researchers will have access to a more robust and accommodating online database. The museum currently cares for more than 20,000 objects, over 2,000 linear feet of archival material, and thousands of reference materials.

    Position Description

    The Collection Specialist is a full-time, two-year grant-funded project position at Maine Maritime Museum to run from October 2021 - December 2023. This position will be responsible for inventorying, cataloging, and imaging historic materials in the museum's principal storage area. The roughly 9,000 items include models, clothing and textiles, furniture, fishing materials, and other 3D and 2D cultural heritage objects. Catalog information, including basic condition reporting for each item, will be added to item records in the museum's Collection Management System. Digital assets, including images, will also be added to each item record. Working under the supervision of the Manager of Collections and Library Services and the Assistant Curator, the Collection Specialist will follow cataloging and digital imaging standards adopted by the museum, participate in regular project meetings, and adhere to best practices for object handling.


    A Bachelor’s degree in history, art history, American studies, or a related field is required. Graduate coursework in history, art history, library science, museum studies, or other related fields are preferred. Previous cataloging, object handing, and digitization experience is required. Familiarity with FADGI, Dublin Core metadata standards, PastPerfect, and American maritime material culture are preferred. This position requires the ability to perform well in a team environment, sit and stand for extended periods of time, and occasionally lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.

    Salary is $18.00 per hour.

    Application Requirements

    Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled. Please send cover letter and resume by email to, or mail to Debbie Seybold, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530.

    Date posted: August 2021

    This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks.

    MMM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    MMM follows CDC guidelines.

  • 16 Aug 2021 9:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HistoryIT is seeking to hire full-time Project Specialists. Specialists will review digitized historical materials (primarily documents and photographs, as well as artifacts) and create appropriate metadata. They will offer an interpretation of the contents, identify subject tags, and create contextual links among materials in the collection. Specialists will be expected to work quickly and efficiently, meeting demanding production schedules while ensuring high-quality standards.

    Being part of the HistoryIT team demands hard work, but offers real rewards for successful efforts. We are looking for people who want to grow and thrive with the company. Regular employee reviews will provide the opportunity for upward mobility, redefined responsibilities, and salary enhancements. For the right individual, eager and able to work in the intersecting worlds of history and technology, this position offers the opportunity for growth into a leadership position in a dynamic, expanding company.

    The ideal candidate will possess the following:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in History or related field
    • extensive knowledge of U.S. history, historiography, and historical practices
    • technological literacy; comfort learning and using new technologies
    • experience using basic database or spreadsheet software; data-entry experience
    • experience managing digital files including, but not limited to, file processing, naming conventions and organization
    • strong typing skills
    • knowledge of archival practices
    • extensive experience in online research methods and resources
    • excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • strong attention to detail
    • excellent reliability and punctuality
    • experience meeting deadlines and production goals
    • comfort working independently and in a team environment
    • strong visual ability to read document content (including typed and handwritten materials) and computer displays for long periods of time
    • familiarity of common metadata standards – Dublin Core, MODS, METS, etc.

    Project Specialist positions will be based in our home office located in Portland, Maine.

    Interested applicants should apply on Indeed and provide a resume and cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately.

    HistoryIT provides equal opportunity to all employees on the basis of individual qualification without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, national origin, physical and mental disability, genetic information and history, sexual orientation, or other category protected by state or federal law. HistoryIT does not discriminate in the recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, benefits or any other condition of employment.

  • 05 Aug 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member

    The Lunder Institute for American Art (Lunder Institute) was founded in 2017 as part of the Colby College Museum of Art to create a unique forum for scholarship, artistic practice, dialogue, and mentorship among visiting scholars and artists, faculty and students, and local and global communities. In doing so, it seeks to advance Colby College’s educational purpose, which prioritizes learning and growth within a civically engaged, interdisciplinary, and global context. Informed by place, community, and collaboration, the Lunder Institute’s primary mission is to expand who shapes American art and alters its contours while demonstrating the value of art as a public good.

    Joining the Lunder Institute at a critical time in its evolution, the new Director will have the opportunity to shape its vision and strategy, including its program, practices, and structure. This individual will build on the strong foundations established in its first four years while proactively envisioning its future. The Director will oversee the staff, resources, and programs of this unique local, national, and international museum-based initiative at the intersection of research and artistic production.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

  • 29 Jul 2021 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Head of the Archives and Special Collections provides leadership, vision, and planning in the collection, organization, and preservation of materials in multiple formats. The position supports the instructional, research, and public service functions of the university through collection building and access to Maine and regional materials and the University of Maine Archives. The position is responsible for the coordination, management, and direction of the department librarians and other staff.  The position takes a leadership role in the library’s work with the Memorandum of Understanding Between the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine. This position interacts with and may lead University of Maine System library colleagues and others on matters of mutual interest and concern. Typical hiring range for this position is $61,535 to $82,048, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    • Plans, directs, and manages the Special Collections Department at the Fogler Library.
    • Plans, directs, and manages the collection development of the University of Maine Archives and Special Collections.
    • Plans, directs, and manages the access to the University of Maine collections.
    • Responsible for managing the department’s reference and research service functions and may provide instruction to classes.
    • Plans and implements outreach and donor relations.
    • Supervises professional and hourly staff.


    Complete Job Description

    About the University:

    The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.

    Further information about UMaine can be found at

    Submit applications:

  • 01 Jul 2021 12:47 PM | Anonymous member

    Are you a highly motivated, collaborative, inclusive, and enthusiastic
    librarian who enjoys working with manuscript collections, objects, and rare

    Do you love processing manuscript collections and teaching students how to
    engage with primary resources?

    We want you to join our Special Collections team, based at the Portland
    campus of USM! The Librarian values an innovative student-centered approach to providing public services and research consultations with a special focus on Special Collections’ role in instruction and outreach to the
    university and community. The position provides technical services for
    Special Collections, which consists of rare book collections and manuscript
    collections documenting the University as well as the African American,
    Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities in Maine.  Duties include processing
    manuscript collections, the University Archives, and overseeing print
    cataloging/processing. The Librarian works as part of a close-knit team to
    promote and publicize Special Collections offerings, overall goals, and
    projects. The Librarian will be responsible for LibGuides associated with
    their liaison area and resource guides to department materials as needed.
    The incumbent is expected to be professionally curious and engaged on
    campus, within the library community, and the consortiums in which USM
    Libraries participate.

    For more information and to apply, please visit our employment site:

  • 25 Jun 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member

    Are you someone who enjoys working in special collection settings? Do you aspire to develop and expand your skills and experience while being a part of a larger academic library team?  If you are looking to be part of a dynamic library team and a community Collection that is supported and valued by an active volunteer Board of Directors, the Archivist, Franco-American Collection position is an opportunity you will want to consider.

    Join the University of Southern Maine Libraries’ team in serving a three campus, regional university in beautiful Southern Maine. 

    USM Libraries’ is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, inclusive, and enthusiastic individual who values innovation for the position of Archivist for the Franco-American Collection at our Lewiston-Auburn Campus. 

    The Archivist for Franco American Collection will oversee the Collection as the professional librarian and work closely with the Director of Libraries, the Franco-American Collection Board, and the LAC Research and Instruction Librarian to organize and promote the Collection. The Archivist provides public services and technical services for the Franco-American Collection including processing manuscripts and other collections, cataloging of books and other materials in the collection and maintaining the newly initiated Archive Space collection database. This position oversees the public services of the Franco-American Collection, which includes the day-to-day operation of the Collection, assisting students, faculty, staff, and visitors with research and requests for information. The Archivist will collaborate with the LAC Library and Franco-American Fellow on a variety of library initiatives, public programming, and student support activities.

    For more information and to apply, please visit our employment site:

  • 23 Jun 2021 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Trustees of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, the “Norlands,” in Livermore, Maine are seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Executive Director, beginning in September 2021. The Executive Director will engage supporters and the public with her/his enthusiasm for this unique institution and its story. The Norlands is a 440-acre working farm and 19th century estate, located in Maine’s western foothills, the ancestral home of the extraordinary Washburn family. The Norlands is nationally acclaimed for its unique programs in first-person living history. An Executive Director, a paid staff and volunteers offer public programming and special events throughout the year.

    Summary of responsibilities: The Executive Director works closely with the Trustees and manages a team of staff and volunteers to carry out the overall operations of the center, including its educational programming, special events and public communications. He/She will oversee the maintenance of our historic buildings and the exhibition of our collection. The ED is the chief advocate and spokesperson for the Norlands and is expected to keep pace with the financial well-being of the foundation. 

    Qualifications:  Excellent skills in time management and planning. A working knowledge of database software and social media. Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and Trustees. Education or experience in history or museum studies are a plus. 

    Terms: Currently a 3-4 day per week position with a starting salary of $40,000 to increase to $50,000 as the pandemic recedes. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021. Applications accepted until the position is filled. 

    How to apply: Please send a letter of interest and resume to Please be prepared to provide professional references.

  • 04 Jun 2021 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boothbay Region Historical Society is seeking an independent, highly organized Office Manager for the society and its museum. Applicants should enjoy working alone and with the public, be competent with MS Office software, and possess solid writing skills. The Office Manager handles daily operations, light bookkeeping, simple research inquiries, volunteer training, member and donor activity, and correspondence among other daily or occasional tasks. The Office Manager works closely with the BRHS director and museum historian, as well as board committees. This is a year-round, 16-hour per week position.  Before requesting an interview, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and current resume along with three references to, or mailed to Office Manager Position, Boothbay Region Historical Society, PO Box 272, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. For more about the society, see our website at

  • 02 Jun 2021 9:26 AM | Anonymous member

    Reporting to the Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement, the Linde Family Foundation coordinator of academic access provides critical assistance to all aspects of the academic program and fosters an inclusive museum experience for students and faculty. The coordinator plans and executes the logistics of the academic program, communicating with faculty and with colleagues at the museum and Colby departments. The coordinator also teaches frequently and across the Colby curriculum using the museum’s collections and exhibitions as resources for inquiry-based learning, creative production, and cross-disciplinary discovery. With guidance from the curator for academic engagement and in collaboration with staff across the museum, including curators, they organize rotations in the museum’s teaching gallery, design strategies for teaching and learning, facilitate the development of digital resources, and build collaborations with faculty and students in order to ensure that campus audiences have access to a range of experiences to enrich their academic work in the museum. The coordinator contributes to the professional growth of students employed at the museum as interns, assistants, welcome desk staff, etc. through programming and mentorship.

    For more information and to apply, please visit:

  • 21 May 2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Museum L-A seeks a highly motivated Director of Development at a pivotal moment in its history. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to be part of a transformational capital campaign that will shape, guide, and execute the creation of outstanding programming and visitor experiences and develop a community gathering place to celebrate the accomplishments of the community while providing inspiration for the future.

    • Position Overview: The Director of Development is responsible for expanding and providing leadership to the Museum’s ongoing development and capital campaign efforts. This position requires a dynamic, creative, flexible, and skilled individual and highly organized team player who thrives in a fast-paced and challenging environment. The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Board of Directors to develop and oversee all aspects of the development plan. This position holds overall responsibility for the Museum’s fundraising programs, including annual fund, major gifts, capital campaign, sponsorships, corporate and foundation support, and planned giving.

      About Museum L-A:  Located in a temporary location in the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Museum L-A is dedicated to the industrial and community history of Lewiston-Auburn and surrounding areas.  Since 2004, the Museum has evolved from a single focus subject of textile mills to a dedicated community museum serving as an extended classroom, welcoming tourists, celebrating heritage, fostering innovation, and spurring economic growth as a key contributor to and catalyst for civic, cultural, and economic revitalization. It owns a 2.5-acre site on the banks of the Downtown Riverfront Island of Lewiston where the planning of a rehabilitation of a former textile mill and new addition is ongoing.  

      Job Responsibilities:  The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director. The responsibilities of the Director of Development include the following:

    • ·      Directing a $15 million capital campaign effort, taking the campaign from the quiet phase though construction and campaign completion;

    ·      Planning and implementing comprehensive programs for financial support in the areas of annual giving, restricted giving, planned giving, and endowments;

    • ·      Establishing solicitation priorities, managing prospect lists and research, and developing and executing a targeted cultivation plan for a range of prospects;

    ·      Enhancing and maintaining close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, and Board members for the advancement and promotion of Museum L-A and its mission;

    • Planning, organizing, and executing fundraising and stewardship events to support the mission of Museum L-A;
    • ·      Assuming responsibility for providing detailed development reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors on a regular basis;

    ·      Communicating with donors and prospective donors through written correspondence, personal phone calls and visits, direct-mail solicitation, and timely publications.

    • Qualifications and Skills      
    • ·      Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills; strong cultivation skills; 
    • ·      Operational and capital campaign fundraising experience; ability to interact with and influence individuals and philanthropic leaders;
    • ·      Demonstrated experience in producing campaign collateral materials;
    • ·      Proven success at securing major gift support;
    • ·      Experience in scheduling and staffing solicitation calls and conducting follow-up and stewardship;
    • ·      Capability to build and sustain community relationships and partnerships, and to recruit and develop local volunteer leadership;
    • ·      Possess or have the ability to obtain a basic understanding of local industrial and community history;
    • ·      Minimum education requires a Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
    • Salary is commensurate with experience. Museum L-A is an equal opportunity employer.

      Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Audrey Thomson, Executive Director, at Please include job title in subject line.

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