Jobs and Internships

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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We ask that all job, internship, and contract opportunities include a stated compensation range, expressed as a salary, hourly wage, stipend, or contract fee. Meant to encourage greater diversity and reduced burnout in collecting institutions, this requirement is made in coordination with museum associations around the country based on information from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

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  • 10 Mar 2022 3:47 PM | Anonymous member

    The Penobscot Marine Museum seeks individuals with an interest in history and/or sailing to work as members of our interpretive staff on our 3 acre museum campus. These positions are seasonal (May-October), with employment up to 5 days per week. Shifts are 5.5 to 7 hours long. Training is provided. Qualified candidates will demonstrate strong communication skills and be comfortable speaking in a one-on-one or group setting. Being a team player and engaging with the public, including children, are essential qualities.

    Interpretation is “an educational activity which aims to reveal meaning and relationships through the use of original objects, by firsthand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information.” (Interpreting Our Heritage, Tilden)

    Duties include but are not limited to the following:

    ·         Engaging with visitors

    o   Welcoming visitors to an exhibit

    o   Checking for admission stickers and tactfully referring visitors to the admissions desk if needed

    o   Giving visitors an introduction about what to expect in the exhibit

    o   Learning written guided tours and leading scheduled guided tours of the campus or exhibits

    o   Answering visitor questions

    o   Being knowledgeable about and able to refer visitors to the correct exhibit buildings in the museum, museum staff, and daily and upcoming activities, programs, and events

    o   Walking through the exhibit on a regular basis to check on visitors and monitor artifact safety

    o   Leading groups of children (scouts, field trips, etc.) or adults through exhibits

    o   Assisting or leading children’s crafts or programs

    ·         Contributing to a positive, safe, and tidy work environment

    o   Working as part of a team and staffing buildings/giving presentations solo.

    o   Responding to security and/or safety concerns

    o   Performing minor housekeeping in exhibit buildings, including sweeping, vacuuming, and monitoring pests, as needed

    ·         Becoming familiar with the museum’s campus and activities

    o   Attending all training sessions at the beginning of the season and additional training as needed

    o   Attending daily front-line staff meetings on scheduled work days

    o   Becoming familiar with the artifacts in the exhibits

    ·         During time when there are no visitors in the exhibit

    o   Keeping alert and welcoming

    o   studying materials related to the exhibit and the Museum

    o   Conducting inventories of artifacts in the exhibits

    o   Prepping craft materials for museum activities

    o   Conducting light gardening

    o   Other tasks as assigned

    Additional duties may include

    o   Covering for other interpreters during breaks and busy times
    o   Covering the gift shop, including selling admissions, gift shop sales, and answering the phone
    o   Conducting research
    o   Developing talks or tours on specific exhibits or artifacts
    o   Work weekends and occasional evenings, as scheduled

    o   Other duties as assigned

    During each shift, all interpreters will rotate between staffing buildings and leading activities such as tours, children’s crafts, and demonstrations. Within the interpretive staff, there are distinct positions and each interpreter will work at least 1 day each week in each position.

    Hours

    ·         Position is seasonal (May-October), with employment up to 5 days per week

    ·         Shifts are:

    o   Sunday: 11:30am-4pm or 11:30am-5pm

    o   Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-4pm or 9:30am-5pm

    ·         The position is flexible within the following parameters:

    o   During the busy season, interpreters must be regularly scheduled at minimum 2 days each week, including one weekend day

    o   During the rest of the season, interpreters must be scheduled at least one day each week with no more than 6 days in between regularly scheduled work days

    ·         Interpreters with outside responsibilities that limit their work hours (such as a full-time job) may start their PMM season late and end their season early

    Wages and Benefits

    ·         $14/hour paid biweekly

    ·         Accrued Maine Earned Paid Leave – 1 hour for every 40 hours worked

    ·         Family membership benefits to the Penobscot Marine Museum

    o   Option to pay $75 for the premium membership which includes reciprocal membership for CAMM and NARM

    ·         Free admission to speaker series programs and other programming

    ·         20% off in the gift shop

    Qualifications

    ·         Strong communication skills

    ·         Comfortable speaking in a one-on-one or group setting

    ·         Team player

    ·         Ability to engage with the public, including children

    Reports to:         Education Director

    Job Terms:          Non-Exempt, Up to 35 hours/week, May-October

    Applications are accepted year-round. Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org. Open until filled for the 2022 season.

    Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 


  • 09 Mar 2022 9:38 AM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society offers a graduate level internship for students enrolled in master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in museum studies, history, public history, or archival studies. The Historical Society’s collections include a broad array of archival records, photographs and objects. There are consequently a number of potential projects for the intern to focus on depending on their area of interest, mainly including processing archival collections and creating associated finding aids, cataloging and digitizing photography collections, and/or labeling and cataloging 3D object collections in Past Perfect Web Edition. Depending on the desired outcome, the internship could focus specifically on one of these areas, or combine them to obtain a broader overview. The intern will also assist with walking tours.

    The internship contract is for eight weeks at 35 hours/week, and is compensated with a $3,000 stipend. The start date is flexible between June 20 and July 5, 2022.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter including your desired area of focus, your current course of study, learning outcome requirements (if applicable), a resume, and a letter of support from a faculty member in your graduate program, as well as contact information for two additional references. The deadline is wednesday, April 20, 2022. Please email application materials to Jules Thomson at curator@castinehistoricalsociety.org or mail to Castine Historical Society, P.O. Box 238, Castine, Maine 04421. Interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

    The Castine Historical Society is committed to fostering equity and inclusion in the public history and information science fields. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

    For more details please see: https://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/2022-historical-society-archives-and-public-history-internship/


  • 03 Mar 2022 2:15 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. To be considered, please submit both a cover letter and resume via Indeed.

    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.

    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.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: $35,000.00 - $45,000.00 per year

    Benefits:

    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Health insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Parental leave
    • Professional development assistance

    Schedule:

    • Monday to Friday

    Education:

    • Bachelor's (Preferred)

    Willingness to travel:

    • 25% (Preferred)

    To apply: See the listing on Indeed.

  • 03 Mar 2022 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you want to be part of a growing and innovative company that is changing the way we record and present history? Do you thrive when working to grow and implement strategy, or learning about different industries and histories? Do you want to be a part of a smart, forward thinking company?

    HistoryIT is seeking an Archives Manager to work in various capacities with our physical archives. They will be responsible for organizing, rehousing, and processing physical materials, as well as comparing the physical archive with the digital archive files. The person in this position must have excellent organizational skills and possess a keen attention to detail. They will work in HistoryIT’s Portland office and will have the ability to work evenings and weekends if needed. The Archives Manager will also be responsible for hiring, overseeing, and training a team of archivists in HistoryIT's methodology.

    This is an intermediate, full-time position. The ideal candidate will have experience processing and handling archival collections, as well as a proven track record managing digital archives. To be considered, please submit both a cover letter and resume via Indeed.

    Requirements

    Position Specific

    • Experience working with archival collections
    • Familiarity with digital archive management software systems
    • Knowledge of records management issues and best practices
    • Knowledge of digital content standards and metadata schemas
    • A self-starter that enjoys working with people in a team capacity and independently
    • Organizational skills and the ability to multitask
    • An appreciation for the importance of historical preservation
    • Evidence of effective project planning, management, and completion
    • Ability to be flexible and agile
    • Possess a track record of working quickly and efficiently under pressure and of meeting project deadlines
    • Experience managing direct reports

    Company Wide

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Driver’s license
    • Ability to lift at least 40 pounds
    • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Keen attention to detail

    Responsibilities

    • Employee’s primary duty must be reorganizing and rehousing physical collections
    • Plans, schedules, and implements processing work flows
    • Coordinates the transfer of records between HistoryIT facilities
    • Documents standards, policies and best practices related to archival management
    • Oversees hiring and management of new employees in the archives department
    • Other duties as assigned

    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.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year

    Benefits:

    • 401(k)
    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Flexible schedule
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Parental leave
    • Retirement plan
    • Vision insurance

    Schedule:

    • Monday to Friday
    • Weekend availability

    COVID-19 considerations:
    All people must wear a mask in any HistoryIT facility regardless of vaccination status.

    Ability to commute/relocate:

    • Portland, ME 04101: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

    Experience:

    • Archives management: 1 year (Preferred)

    To apply: See the listing on Indeed.

  • 21 Feb 2022 1:59 PM | Anonymous member

    The Mirken coordinator of campus and community collaboration is a critical member of the Colby Museum’s engagement team, which works to develop and facilitate dynamic art experiences and programs for audiences of all ages. Reporting to the Mirken curator of education and engagement, the Mirken coordinator is a key liaison to Colby campus student groups as well as community organizations in Waterville and throughout Central Maine, developing, facilitating, and sustaining ongoing and multi-year collaborative partnerships.

    Working with museum colleagues, the Mirken coordinator takes a lead in coordinating student pathway opportunities within the museum that strengthen student understanding of the public value of museums. Working with Colby and local community partners, the coordinator creates community and civic partnerships as well as collaborations with student groups. They also oversee the museum student advisory board and student guides, and coordinate recruitment across the museum for student intern and worker opportunities. The Mirken coordinator plays a key role in the museum’s engagement and collaboration with the Waterville community, serving as part of the programming team for the Greene Block + Studios on Main Street and working with Lunder Institute for American Art and Colby Arts colleagues to plan and execute regular programming in the space and our community in ways that foster collective creativity, community participation, and connections between Colby students, community members, and visual and performing artists.

    For more information and to apply visit:

    https://colby.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/ColbyCareers/job/Colby-College/Mirken-Coordinator-of-Campus-and-Community-Collaboration_R0000634

  • 18 Feb 2022 4:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Geiger Museum Learning Internship

    Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant maritime culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and equity.

    If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to join our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Geiger Museum Learning Internship offers an opportunity for a local high school or early college student (rising 11th/ 12th graders, recent high school graduates, or rising 1st/ 2nd-year college students) to explore the varied careers available in the museum and nonprofit field during summer 2022. The Geiger Museum Learning Intern will gain an up-close look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the museum as they work closely with museum staff across departments on varying museum initiatives. The intern’s primary role will be finding innovative ways to integrate the museum’s collection and historic campus into new educational programs/experiences for visitors and summer campers. Within this framework, the student will take a leadership role in a project of their choosing. They will work under the direction of museum education staff to gain valuable experience in owning their project from conception to implementation. Additionally, the intern will assist with other program and curatorial projects to develop professional skills in time management, accountability, effective communication, and teamwork. 

    The Geiger Museum Learning Internship will report to the Manager of Education. The internship is open to students with a broad range of career interests seeking to sharpen their professional skills and begin building their professional portfolio. The student will work a total of 224 hours at the rate of $13.75/hour, to be completed between June-August 2022.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • ·         Research, develop, and facilitate a gallery program for families and visitors
    • ·         Assist with Kennebec Explorers Day Camp and Crosscurrents Youth Learning & Leadership Program

    Other possible intern responsibilities include:

    • ·         Leading public-facing museum and vessel tours and/or demonstrations
    • ·         Assisting Guest Services with visitor orientation
    • ·         Collections Inventory
    • ·         Exhibit Installations
    • ·         Develop social media content
    • ·         Attending weekly staff meetings

    Details:

    • ·         224 hours at $13.75/hour
    • ·         Up to 40 hours/week for six weeks between June-August 2022 (start and end dates adjustable depending on school schedules)

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • ·         Must be at least 16 years old prior to start date
    • ·         Rising 11th/ 12th graders, recent high school graduates, or rising 1st/ 2nd-year college students
    • ·         Desire to learn and be a part of a team
    • ·         Interested in museums, education, public history and/or non-profits
    • ·         Interested in developing professional skills
    • ·         Experience or interest in working with the public and children
    • ·         Ability to be flexible and work in a fast-pace environment
    • ·         Familiarity with Microsoft Office a plus

    HOW TO APPLY

    Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit pdf documents including a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation to hr@maritimeme.org.

    This position is subject to sex offender and criminal background checks.
    Maine Maritime Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • 14 Feb 2022 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Development Director

    Opportunity to lead the development effort for a nationally recognized center for contemporary art

    The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Director of Development to lead the organization’s fundraising effort in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees. Primary responsibilities include soliciting and cultivating philanthropic support for CMCA. This is a terrific opportunity to join a dedicated and passionate team presenting the highest quality contemporary art in a state-of-the-art facility in one of the most beautiful regions of the country.

    Specifically, the position will spearhead key donor relations, communications and solicitation; secure sponsorships for annual exhibitions, educational offerings, and events; manage donor database(s); strategize annual donor and membership campaigns; and research and submit grant applications among other funding opportunities. The Director of Development will be the managing partner working closely with the Executive Director, who is chief spokesperson for CMCA.


    Overview of Qualifications and Responsibilities

    The position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director and serves as a staff liaison to board committees, including Development, Marketing and Events. The position works collaboratively with CMCA’s Development and Membership Associate, and also interfaces with all CMCA staff. The position requires close collaboration with the Executive Director.

    • Provide strategic operational planning and leadership for all Museum development activities.
    • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the CMCA’s leadership team.
    • Facilitate communication among development team members and between development and other Museum departments.
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director, be an effective partner with the CMCA’s Board of Trustees keeping them informed with regular reports, analysis and projections regarding development progress.
    • Be a passionate, visible and informed advocate for CMCA and serve as one of its key spokespersons, actively seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community and to participate in events that position CMCA for improved fundraising or visibility.

    Fundraising and Stewardship

    • In partnership with the Executive Director, identify, cultivate and successfully solicit major gifts from a diverse group of individuals, foundations and businesses.

    • Strategize and execute annual fundraising plans to ensure sustainable support, including developing communication and marketing campaigns.

    • Manage a targeted portfolio of top donors and prospects; assist and support the Director with his meetings and communications with top donors and prospects.

    • Collaborate with CMCA’s Membership & Development Assistant to strategize and develop annual membership campaigns to ensure growth.

    • Develop and implement strategies that attract, welcome and engage diverse donors, growing CMCA’s public reach.

    • Work collaboratively to develop annual fundraising initiatives that are integrated into key annual events.

    Planning and Management
    • Align development activities by creating a comprehensive, written annual development plan and calendar with clearly defined goals, objectives, timelines and responsibilities.
    • Oversee and evaluate all processes and procedures related to prospect identification, engagement and stewardship activities, and contributions management.
    • Work collaboratively with CMCA's Membership & Development Assistant and Communications Manager to ensure effective marketing efforts.

    Qualifications

    Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with at least 3-5 years of professional development experience. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications. Ability to work with a broad range of regional and national supporters. Proficiency with Sales Force is preferred; however, training will be provided to those who are new to Sales Force.

    Compensation & Benefits

    Salary is commensurate with experience. CMCA provides a competitive health care plan through the state of Maine.

    Diversity & Inclusion

    CMCA is an EA/EO employer and actively encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against any candidate or employee based on race, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or veteran status.

    How to Apply

    Submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Tim Peterson, Executive Director, at tpeterson@cmcanow.org. Applications are accepted through March 15, 2022. The position is open until filled.

    About CMCA

    Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is located in downtown Rockland’s vibrant arts district in a 12,000-sq. ft. building designed by architect Toshiko Mori. It is the state’s longest running and leading non-profit contemporary arts institution.

    The mission of CMCA is to advance contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, creating exceptional exhibitions and education programs that communicate the transformative power of the art of our time. CMCA fulfills its mission by supporting and exhibiting the work of Maine and Maine-connected artists; by providing engaging learning opportunities that open new possibilities for artists and the public; and by serving as an essential platform for making art an accessible and vital part of our communities.

    Rockland and the Region

    Rockland is a seaside community of ca. 8,000 permanent residents that attracts prominent summer residents from New York City, Boston and beyond, and thousands of seasonal tourists. It is situated along the spectacular Maine coast and is the commercial center of the Mid-Coast region. Rockland has a rich history dating to the early 18th century with shipbuilding, fishing, mining and quarrying. In recent times tourism has become the dominant industry and the region boasts a rich variety of cultural organizations, ranging from the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, Maine Media, the Camden International Film Festival, among others. Rockland and other nearby towns and villages offer comparatively affordable costs of living and housing.

    Rockland is located 1.5 hours north of Portland, ME and Boston is 3 hours away. Four-season recreation includes virtually unlimited hiking, and cross-country and downhill skiing at several world-class locations. The coastal waters of Maine offer hundreds of miles of spectacular seaside experiences, including boating and fishing.

  • 28 Jan 2022 3:08 PM | Anonymous member

    The Wilson Museum is hiring an Office Manager. This position plays a key role in the administrative, advancement, and programmatic work of the Wilson Museum. Responsibilities include office management, human resources, bookkeeping and financial reporting, facilities rentals, and advancement and communications support.

    This is a full-time, salaried position, year-round, offering health insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and paid sick time.

    For a complete job description email director@wilsonmuseum.org or visit www.wilsonmuseum.org. No phone calls, please.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to director@wilsonmuseum.org.


  • 17 Jan 2022 8:52 AM | Anonymous member

    The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity in Bridgton is accepting applications for the Dorothy W. Sanborn Summer Internship Program. Dotti Sanborn was an accomplished writer and teacher in Bridgton, and was a mentor to her students into their adulthood. Her life was a continual mingling of her many arts talents (quilting, painting, drawing) and her background in natural history (she wrote weekly columns in several papers). Dotti also had a keen interest in local and regional history.

    Founded in 2005, the Rufus Porter Museum features the history of a remarkable 19th century New Englander, Rufus Porter (1792-1884).  Porter is well-known in the folk art community for his landscape murals and miniature portraits, however, Porter was more than just a painter.  He was the founding publisher and editor of the magazine Scientific American as well as inventor, writer, teacher and more.  

    Open seasonally from mid-June to mid-October, the Museum’s campus consists of two historic buildings – the Webb House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Nathan Church House, which contains murals in situ in the style of the Rufus Porter School. The museum offers changing exhibits, lectures, classes, and special events that embrace Porter’s use of both art and science, oftentimes interchangeably.

    Internship Guidelines

    The focus of each internship will take into consideration the intern’s interests and educational requirements in conjunction with the needs of the Museum. The intern will create a project of his or her design, with Museum approval, that is aimed at an educational goal. The intern will work under the supervision of the Executive Director. In addition to work on a special project, the intern will give tours of the Museum, man the Museum Store, assist with public events and programs, and participate in the general operations of the Museum. This position offers a hands-on opportunity for an intern to experience working on all aspects of a small museum. At the completion of the internship, an exit interview will be conducted to discuss initial goals, the results of his or her project and overall experience, and recommendations for future projects and/or goals for the Museum. The intern will present his or her finished project both orally and in written form.

    Qualifications 

    Graduate student or college junior or senior majoring or minoring in an appropriate field or have a demonstrable record of interest in a field connected to the mission of the Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Email resume/CV, cover letter and three references (at least one academic) to:

    Karla Leandri Rider, Executive Director, at director@rufusportermuseum.org

    DATES: June 1st to mid-August (dates are flexible)

    AVAILABILITY: Maximum of 30 hours per week, Wednesday through Saturday

    PAY STATUS: $12.75/hour

    HOUSING: Not included, but the museum can help provide contacts in the area.

  • 06 Jan 2022 2:03 PM | Anonymous member

    The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport Maine seeks a full-time education/interpretation intern for the 2022 season (May-October). This internship will provide hands-on work experience in the daily operations of a medium-sized museum. The intern will actively participate in the Museum’s front line, including spending 3-5 days each week staffing buildings and leadings tours and demonstrations as a member of the interpretive staff. This internship will include professional development field trips to four other Maine museums (in-person or online) and participation in an intern cohort. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

    • Participate in the intern cohort

      • Assist with and lead programming (in-person and/or online)

      • Submit articles for enews

      • Conduct evaluations with visitors

      • Contribute posts and videos to social media

      • Assist with projects in different museum departments

      • Attend weekly intern meetings and intern field trips to other museums

    • Engage with visitors

      • Welcome visitors to an exhibit 

      • Check for admission stickers and tactfully referring visitors to the admissions desk if needed 

      • Give visitors an introduction about what to expect in the exhibit 

      • Learn written guided tours and lead scheduled guided tours of the campus or exhibits

      • Answer visitor questions 

      • Be knowledgeable about and able to refer visitors to the correct exhibit buildings in the museum, museum staff, and daily and upcoming activities, programs, and events

      • Walk through the exhibit on a regular basis to check on visitors and monitor artifact safety 

      • Lead groups of children (scouts, field trips, etc.) or adults through exhibits 

      • Assist or lead children’s crafts or programs 

    • Contribute to a positive, safe, and tidy work environment

      • Work as part of a team and staffing buildings/giving presentations solo. 

      • Respond to security and/or safety concerns

      • Perform minor housekeeping in exhibit buildings, including sweeping, vacuuming, and monitoring pests, as needed 

    • Become familiar with the museum’s campus and activities

      • Attend all training sessions at the beginning of the season and additional training as needed 

      • Attend daily front-line staff meetings on scheduled work days 

      • Become familiar with the artifacts in the exhibits 

    • During time when there are no visitors in the exhibit

      • Keep alert and welcoming

      • Study materials related to the exhibit and the Museum 

      • Conduct inventories of artifacts in the exhibits 

      • Prep craft materials for museum activities 

      • Conduct light gardening

      • Other tasks as assigned

    • Additional duties may include 

      • Covering for other interpreters during breaks and busy times

      • Covering the gift shop, including selling admissions, gift shop sales, and answering the phone 

      • Conducting research 

      • Developing talks or tours on specific exhibits or artifacts 

      • Other duties as assigned 

    During each shift, all interpreters will rotate between staffing buildings and leading activities such as tours, children’s crafts, and demonstrations. Within the interpretive staff, there are 4 distinct positions and each interpreter will work at least 1 day each week in each position.

    Internship Length and Dates:

    • 5 months

    • May 5 – October 15, 2022

      • First few weeks are not full time and can be remote

    • July 4th is a work day

    • Work some nights and most weekends

    • Usually scheduled 35-40 hours/week

    Qualifications:

    • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate program or graduate program in museum studies, history, public history, education, material culture, or related field

    • Coursework in history and/or education preferred

    • Interest in museums and/or maritime history

    • Experience working with children

    • Experience working with the public

    • Excellent computer skills

    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Gmail, Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and Instagram

    • Familiarity with PastPerfect a plus, training available

    Compensation

    • $14.00/hour paid biweekly 

    • PMM will provide on-site housing for a small fee


    Review of applicants will begin February 15th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcripts (official or unofficial) and one letter of recommendation as .pdfs to Jeana Ganskop at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.


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