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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

  • 11 Jun 2019 7:10 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Salary : $3,105.00 - $4,040.00 Monthly
    Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
    Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
    Department: Arts Commission

    The Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program seeks a Collections Technician to maintain, repair, install, de-install, and transport artworks in the State Art Collection. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of three to improve the long-term care and conservation of the State Art Collection. The Collection includes 4,700 artworks located in public spaces throughout Washington State. 

    Who we are:
    The mission of the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) is to be a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. Our Art in Public Places program purchases and cares for artworks in state buildings, colleges, universities, and schools throughout Washington.

    What you will be doing:
    The Collections Technician (Preservation & Museum Specialist 3) will maintain, repair, install, de-install, and transport public art throughout the state. The position requires regular and extensive travel to twelve hundred (1,200) buildings and facilities throughout Washington, where the State Art Collection resides. The Collections Technician will coordinate their work with the staff of K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and state agencies.

    Who we are looking for:
    The ideal candidate is an arts professional with hands-on experience working with unique artworks. They can plan a complex schedule that includes a combination of artwork condition assessments, maintenance activities, and repair. They make thoughtful decisions about artwork treatments based on best practices. They carefully document artwork condition and any treatment activities. They demonstrate excellent time management and can prioritize activities in the field.  They see their interactions across the state as an opportunity to be an ambassador for the State Art Collection. The job requires independent thinking and the ability to collaborate with a team.

    Application deadline: June 26, 2019

    Find out more.

  • 27 Mar 2019 1:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    High Desert Museum seeks a Curator of Art and Community Engagement to provide all aspects of research, exhibition creation, program development, and oversight of the High Desert Museum’s art collection. The Curator of Art and Community Engagement will have the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret and build a vibrant collection of art of the American West that will be utilized in thought-provoking exhibitions and inspiring community programs. The Museum emphasizes scholarship: the qualified applicant will have a familiarity with the historic and contemporary literary works and academic journals that focus on art of the American West, and the Intermountain West in particular.

    The applicant must have a proven record of creating and effectively managing the production of exhibits on diverse art themes, including contemporary art works. We seek an individual with innovative programming concepts and delivery who applies their expertise to inspire our visitors to learn more about art of the American West, and the interdisciplinary relationship between people and the natural and cultural resources of the region. The successful candidate will create and conduct multigenerational public education programs that integrate STEAM concepts. The candidate must have excellent presentation and written skills. Teaching experience and experience working with collections is a plus.

    A positive demeanor, high level of professionalism and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.


    • M.A. in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education or related field required; or combination of education and work experience (BA, supplemented with 2 years curatorial experience).

    • A thorough knowledge of art of the American West with interest in the High Desert and Intermountain West regions.

    • Success in generating ambitious, creative and inspired programs to advance the arts.

    • Proven curatorial track record of creating compelling, interdisciplinary exhibitions.

    • Experience with best practices in museum education and curation.

    • Experience in effective and dynamic public speaking, educational programs and lectures, and creating and teaching standards-based and STEAM curriculum.

    • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, the importance of art and artifacts.

    • Ability to set and meet deadlines and budgets.

    • Proven ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and the public.

    • Strong commitment to collaboration and engaging the community in the arts.

    • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills with an attention to detail as well as the big picture. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers and the general public

    • Ability to work flexible hours and days as necessary.

    Salary range is $44,000-$47,000/ annually

    Find out more.

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