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OMA members are invited to post jobs directly by logging in here. Non-member organizations can e-mail job announcements to connect@oregonmuseums.org.

NOTE: OMA is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the museum community. For this reason, all jobs posted on the OMA website must include salary (salary range or hourly rate). We also strongly prefer to list only paid internships. Please read more about this from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

  • 13 Oct 2021 3:22 PM | Anonymous member

    Eugene Science Center, a hands-on science museum and planetarium in Eugene, Oregon, seeks an enthusiastic individual experienced with engaging individuals of all ages and groups of all sizes in science education to serve as Education Director. Position is responsible for managing and coordinating all educational programs. Duties include supervising education staff and volunteers; developing, organizing and scheduling educational programs that take place both on and off-site; managing department budget; ensuring collection and dissemination of relevant program data; and assisting with grant writing to support educational programs.

    This is a full-time (40 hours per week; preferably Tues-Sat) non-exempt position. Weekend, holiday, and occasional evening work required.  Starting salary is $32,500 with full Eugene Science Center benefits provided.

    The full position description, qualifications, and application instructions can be found on our website:


    Deadline: Review of applications is underway; the position is open until filled.

  • 11 Oct 2021 1:12 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • Portland, OR, USA
    • $65,000 - $70,000 per year
    • Salary
    • Regular - Full-Time
    The Senior Project Manager is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating a wide range of complex projects at OMSI, from strategic planning priorities and exhibit development to capital projects. They are responsible for providing project management from inception to completion, which includes budgets, timelines, deliverables, and managing teams in service of a successful and sustainable business model. The Senior Project Manager will lead in establishing norms of project management.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    • Project Management:
      • Work with project sponsors and stakeholders to outline project scope, objectives and commitments, deliverables, required resources, budget, timelines, and team responsibilities;
      • Work as a resource - that provides direction to others - on exhibit and/or strategic projects, facilitates meetings, tracks project timelines and goals, and oversees resource allocation;
      • Clearly communicate expectations to team members, and hold accountability for deliverables;
      • Ensure all project documents are archived following project completion;
      • Recruit, contract, and manage appropriate internal and external resources. Ensure that they are properly integrated into the project team. Manage contract terms and renewals as appropriate.
    • Process Leadership and Facilitation Design:
      • Design, lead, and implement new processes and facilitation design in support of organizational priorities;
      • Employ technology tools to achieve innovative outcomes and strategic objectives;
      • Work with cross-functional stakeholders and provide mentorship for other project managers and project leads.
    • Visioning and Conceptual Leadership for Strategic Initiatives:
      • Provide thought leadership for strategic initiatives, and develop complex concepts into actionable work that directly supports long-term strategic objectives;
      • Define project design characteristics, content requirements, and success metrics that will guide multi-year initiatives from inception to completion;
      • Provide content development leadership for strategic projects and experience design.

    Working Conditions

    • You must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for an accommodation under the ADA for medical or religious reasons
    • This position is exempt, paid salaried;
    • This position is regular full-time scheduled for 40 hours/week;
    • This position may require occasionally working on some weekends, holidays, and/or evenings;
    • You must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for an accommodation under the ADA for medical or religious reasons;
    • Physical Demands: 85% sitting, 15% standing, 0% lifting/carrying/pushing 0 lbs;
    • Vision Demands include:
      • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches of less);
      • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more);
      • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors);
      • Depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships);
    • Environmental Demands include:
      • Work near moving mechanical parts
    • Noise Levels include:
      • Quiet (examples: library, private office)
      • Moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
      • Loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)

    Secondary Job Responsibilities

    Provide support to your departmental and divisional teams. Secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Support grant proposal development through scope and budget definition;
    • Support hiring of staff as needed. Tasks may include phone screens, budget analysis, job description generation, interview screening, or development of onboarding plans and materials;
    • Support general divisional and/or departmental administrative tasks, which may include purchasing, invoicing, and contract processing;
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned by direct supervisor or other key stakeholders.

    Application deadline October 27, 2021.

    Find out more.

  • 11 Oct 2021 1:09 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Application Deadline: 11/08/2021

    Agency: Parks and Recreation Department

    Salary Range: $4,441 - $6,794

    Position Title: Compliance Specialist

    Job Description:

    Do you have experience documenting historic places and environments? Do you have a background in historic research?

    If this sounds like you, come join our leadership team as a Compliance Specialist and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – State Parks!

    This position falls under the classification Program Analyst 2.

    We are the caretakers of Oregon's special places, and we take that responsibility seriously. Our team supports over 50 million visitors per year, over 250-plus state park properties and countless great experiences.

    Our Mission

    OPRD’s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

    Our Operating Principles

    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) believes Operating Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Operating Principles are: Accountability, Commitment, Empathy, Empowerment, Fun, Integrity, Respect, and Well-being.

    The Compliance Specialist is located within State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which is part of the Heritage Programs Division of OPRD. SHPO believes that Oregon's special places connect Oregonians to the past by creating physical continuity over generations and space for public conversations about the community values and identity. The ongoing process of recognizing and interpreting these places must be a local one, driven by inclusive public participation. See the Oregon 2018 - 2023 Oregon SHPO Preservation Plan, and 2020 - 2025 Heritage Plan for more information on the Heritage Division's philosophy, approach, and goals at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/OH/pages/tools.aspx.

    What you will do:

    As a Compliance Specialist, you will serve as a subject-matter expert providing independent, professional evaluations and recommendations with minimal supervision based on knowledge and interpretation of broadly-worded federal and state laws, formal academic training in U.S. history and architecture, and individual experience to evaluate, support, and carry out complex projects with potential significant impact on important cultural resources.

    In this role, you will work under the direction of the State Archaeologist to interpret and administer federal and state laws and implement associated programs and functions; create and manage agreement documents established under cultural resource laws; and lead the development of professional guidance and public outreach and education materials.

    Additionally, you will frequently serve as a project lead in assessing, developing, and implementing work processes and systems.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    (a) Five (5) years of professional-level experience related to historic research.


    (b) A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a related field; AND Two (2) years of experience professional-level experience related to historic research.


    (c) A Masters Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a related field; AND One (1) year of experience professional-level experience related to historic research.

    The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021 unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

    Special Qualifications:

    Meet the minimum Secretary of the Interior’s professional qualifications in history or architectural history and qualifications for the Oregon State Program Analyst 2 classification, including:

    (a) A graduate degree in history, architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field.


    (b) At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, interpretation or teaching in American history, architectural history, or restoration architecture, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution.


    (c) Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American history or architectural history.

    What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

    • A graduate degree in history, architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or a closely related field.

    • Ability to communicate complex federal and state processes clearly and effectively both in writing and orally to the general public, professionals, government officials, and media in public before small and large groups in formal and informal settings and in a variety of published materials.

    • Academic and field experience documenting the history of the historic built environment in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Experience applying the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation to historic properties and assessment of development project impacts.

    • Experience cooperatively negotiating, writing, carrying out, and monitoring agreement documents among diverse organizations with oppositional interests, including tribal governments, federal, state, and local agencies, advocacy groups, and private parties in compliance with federal and state cultural resource laws while representing your employer’s position.

    • Experience interpreting and applying the provisions of federal and state laws and associated administrative rules, policies, best professional and office practices to complex projects; the administration of federal and state programs; completion of necessary documentation; and review of development projects.

    • Ability to read technical documents, including professional drawings, plans, and reports.

    • Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

    Find out more.

  • 11 Oct 2021 1:04 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon Washington Bureau of Land Management is looking for an intern through the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) Internship Program. This internship will assist the OR/WA in identifying the breadth of museum collections needs across the two states. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months) and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Start date is flexible and will begin in 2022, a summer work schedule could be accommodated.

    The intern will assist the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oregon/Washington Deputy Preservation Officer in bringing museum collections into compliance with regulations for curation of Federally-owned and administered archaeological collections at 36 CFR part 79, and Departmental Manual 411 for identifying and managing museum property.  Tasks may include archival research; digitizing and organizing records; coordinating with non-Federal repositories and other partners; visiting BLM district offices and repositories to locate, organize, and re-house collections; reviewing accession and catalog records; drafting various documents; and data entry. The desired end product will be a summary of the BLM museum collections in Oregon and Washington and a draft plan for addressing outstanding needs. The majority of the work will be located at the BLM-Oregon/Washington State Office in Portland, OR. Some travel may be required, some work may be done remotely as well.

    The intern should have very good writing and documentation skills and be able to present complex or multi-layered concepts and plans in a thorough and clear manner. They should be proficient in Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel, Access, and Word, and possess good organizational, communication, and time management skills.  This opportunity is open to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in museum studies, collections management, anthropology, archaeology, history, or related fields.

    Application deadline October 25, 2021.

    Find out more.

  • 30 Sep 2021 2:55 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Title:   Program and Grant Coordinator 
    Classification:   Hourly, regular part-time nonexempt Typically 10-20 hours a week, with up to 40 hours 2 times a year
    Salary:   $20-25 an hour, depending upon experience

    We are looking for a highly skilled coordinator to manage the day-to-day details of executing a National Science Foundation funded grant, assisting Museum staff as the Museum undergoes the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation process and assisting staff with other projects, as time allows. The Program and Grants Coordinator works with both the Programs and Finance Departments to ensure organizational effectiveness and support staff with budget and work plan development, programmatic and financial reporting, communications with partners and compliance with grant requirements.

    The position can be done remotely and has flexible hours. Some travel to the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR will be required, up to 5 days a year. This position is for 2 years with a possibility of extension.

    Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.


    • A bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate for the position
    • A minimum of 2 years’ project management experience  
    • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and institutions.
    • Budgeting and accounting experience
    • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
    • Detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines
    • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
    • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of National Science Foundation grant requirements
    • Knowledge of United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines 
    • Knowledge of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation process

    Responsibilities and Tasks

    1. Coordinate with project staff, program partners and program sites to schedule meetings, create agendas, take meeting notes, ensure regular communication, and help monitor program activities, timelines, budget and goals.
    2. Track expenses and ensure alignment with project budgets.
    3. Review periodic budget reports to monitor, compare, and forecast actual and budgeted expenses.
    4. Develop and track service contracts between the Museum and partner institutions, speakers, etc.
    5. Collaborate with Museum staff and partner organizations to prepare performance and financial reports.
    6. Edit documents to ensure consistent voice and formatting.
    7. Coordinate with Museum staff and staff from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and other AZA-accredited facilities as the Museum undergoes the accreditation process, including understanding the accreditation standards and conducting research on policies and protocols.
    8. Coordinate with project staff and National Science Foundation program officers around project changes.
    9. Communicate impeccably via email, phone and Zoom with a variety of partner organizations.
    10. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
    11. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision and fulfill our mission.

    The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    Find out more.

  • 30 Sep 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous member

    The Oregon Military Museum (OMM) is seeking applications for a full-time museum professional. With a focus on volunteer coordination, visitor services and outreach, this position will also support overall museum operations.

    Established in 1975, the Oregon Military Museum is the official repository for military weapons, documents and artifacts relating to the military history of the citizens of Oregon. Closed in 2008, the museum is currently in the final phase of upgrades required for reopening. In support of this upcoming reopening, OMM is looking to expand its current staffing with a dynamic and multifaceted individual. This position will oversee visitor and volunteer experiences by creating and maintaining a welcoming, informative and inclusive environment. Social media, marketing, library services or public programming a plus.

    Application and all required materials must be submitted via USAJobs. Please follow this link to the associated position announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/616048700.

    This is a Title 5 GS-09 position. Starting salary: $57,023.00

    Inquiries may be directed to the Oregon Military Museum Director at 503-683-6160.

    Deadline for application October 14, 2021.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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