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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

  • 19 Oct 2020 2:23 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Title: Exhibitions Preparator
    Division: Exhibits
    Classification: Salaried exempt, regular full-time
    Reports To: Art and Experience Developer
    Salary: $42,000-45,000

    Job Summary

    The Exhibitions Preparator is responsible for object and gallery preparation, as well as installation, de-installation and maintenance of the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. The Exhibitions Preparator must have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be able to see projects through to completion, apply creative problem-solving methods with an attention to detail, work well both as part of a team and under their own direction, work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines and budget guidelines.

    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 sometimes presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, 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.


    The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Other qualifications include:

    • Any combination of training, education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in art, industrial design, engineering or a closely related field.
    • Previous experience with exhibition installation/de-installation techniques, mount-making and framing
    • Working knowledge of museum standards regarding proper handling and care of museum objects
    • Basic understanding of audio-video equipment, with the ability to learn new skills in order to operate and maintained specialized A/V systems
    • Experience with electrical systems & controls
    • Advanced skills in the use of power tools, wood/metal shop machinery and lifting apparatuses
    • Skills in general construction, woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, and painting or decorative finishes, and knowledge of associated safety practices
    • Ability to read, analyze and interpret design schematics, shop/fabrication drawings and standard business documents
    • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers and the public
    • Demonstrated ability to solve problems independently and show initiative,as well as collaborate with the Exhibits Team to develop exhibits that strive to ensure the best experience for each museum visitor
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all Museum departments
    • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently under the pressure of deadlines
    • Ability to work flexible hours and days (weekends and evenings) during periods of installation and deinstallation
    • Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors in all environmental conditions
    • Must be able to lift 75 lbs. and to perform all tasks related to the physical aspect of the position (bending, squatting, reaching, etc.)
    • Ability to work from a ladder
    • Valid Oregon driver’s license with ability to drive larger vehicles and equipment

    A positive demeanor, sense of humor, high level of professionalism and the ability to learn new skills quickly are essential traits. HDM looks at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills and experiences can serve to qualify for the position. We are willing to train the right candidate.

    Find out more.

  • 09 Oct 2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Occupational Summary

    The Museum Director provides dynamic leadership which supports the mission of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to build visibility through leadership, direction, oversight of operations, community relations and fundraising efforts for current and future financial stability through the effective implementation of the policies set forth by the Museum Board. The Museum Director provides oversight and implementation in research, planning, design and installation of temporary and permanent Museum exhibits and assists other Museum employees and the community in acquiring and preserving historical artifacts and information of Tillamook County and the Pacific Northwest.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Administration (40%)

    1. Recommend or advise the Board on Museum’s mission, policies, procedures and long-range goals. Implement short-term goals, objectives and strategies.

    2. Implement the strategic plan and update the Board on its progress twice annually. Be proactive in implementing the strategic planning process when it is time to create a new plan, if needed, procure a third party facilitator to lead that process.

    3. Attend Board meetings (except those dealing with Museum Director’s performance) and report on Museum’s business and activities.

    4. Participate in exhibition and education planning, development, and implementation.

    5. Maintain security of the Museum’s building, grounds, artifacts, and exhibits.

    6. Oversee the daily operations of the Museum to achieve goals within available resources.

    7. Oversee all print and electronic publications of the Museum.

    8. Supervise Museum Store operations and profitability.

    9. Seek out innovative temporary exhibits and coordinate scheduling and installation of traveling or in- house exhibits.

    10. Assist in securing the safety and stability of artifacts and determining what environmental conditions are required to house collections.

    11. Determine if an artifact needs to be removed, repaired, or renovated.

    12. Solicit collections of artifacts, research materials, historical photographs, papers, and other artifacts important to the regional theme of the Museum.

    Financial Duties (30%)

    1. With initial direction from the Museum Board, prepare an annual operating budget and present to Museum Board for approval for final presentation to the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners.

    2. Authorize operating expenditures and administer the approved budget with direction from the Museum Board as needed.

    3. Oversee the preparation of the financial reports for the Treasurer to present those to the Museum Board.

    4. Support development of annual fund raising activities; implement special fundraising campaigns under the direction of the Museum Board; and make proposals to the Board for increasing revenue and income.

    5. Identify and cultivate donors and increase current memberships.

    6. Research, write, and administer grant applications from public and private sources.

    7. Work with museum staff to identify needs for capital purchases, major renovations, restorations, leasing and expansion for presentation to the Museum Board.

    Public Relations (20%)

    1. Promote the Museum, Board, staff, and volunteers in a positive manner at all times to maintain goodwill and encourage continued community participation in all Museum sponsored activities.

    2. Promote the Museum through contacts with media, businesses, government officials, researchers, educators, students, schools, volunteers, and members of the general public.

    3. Implement and maintain website, social media presence, and electronic communications.

    4. Represent the Museum at professional meetings and participate in museum, library, community, and other civic, historical and trade organizations.

    Personnel (10%)

    1. Administer the Personnel Policy and assist Personnel Committee in the updating of the policies. All hiring, firing, and extreme discipline matters must be coordinated through the Personnel Committee with final approval from the Museum Board.

    2. Update job descriptions for staff and key volunteers to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Present to Personnel Committee for review and to Museum Board for final approval.

    3. Provide direction to staff on all projects, ongoing and future, and direct changes or suggest training as needed.

    4. Guide staff with regularly scheduled meetings to discuss upcoming events, workflow expectations, and gain feedback and conduct annual reviews to set goals and gauge progress.

    5. Work with volunteers on projects to assure assigned areas of responsibility are understood and performed within the guidelines of the Museum’s mission.

    6. Coordinate all workflow and monitor hourly employees’ work periods to operate efficiently within budget constraints.

    7. Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

    Individual must have substantial experience in the areas of financial development and management including grant writing, fundraising, budget preparation, and administration. Additionally, the Museum Director must display the capacity to build and sustain relationships, supervise, motivate, and work effectively with the staff, Museum Board, members, vendors, volunteers, visitors, and the general public.

    The ideal candidate has experience as part of a visitor-centered museum and is dedicated to the development visitor experiences that creates a level of comfort for all visitors, with special attention to novice viewers of all ages. Must be a team player in working across departments and community institutions.

    Educational/Experience Requirements:

    • B.A. in museum studies, history, public administration, or related field of study

    • Experience in museum or historical site administration, community relations, and fundraising is required

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort with technology is required

    • Comfort with and knowledge of multiple technological tools and proven ability to master new technologies quickly 

    • Knowledge of regional and American history is a plus

    License or Certification Required: None

    Supervises: All staff and volunteers

    Working Conditions: Must be willing to work weekends and evenings. Must be able to lift light equipment for programs as needed. 

    Physical Demands: General office and facility management work.

    Salary:  $35,000 to $45,000 Annual

    Send cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to tcpmopportunities@gmail.com Or mailed to Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, 2106 2nd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141. Position will remain opened until filled.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the Museum Director.

    The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is an equal opportunity employer

  • 25 Sep 2020 10:15 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Position Title: Oregon State Archaeologist (Natural Resource Specialist 5)
    Application Deadline: 11/01/2020
    Agency: Parks and Recreation Department
    Salary Range: $5,454 - $8,375

    The Oregon State Archaeologist is a recognized expert in cultural resource law and professional archaeological practice. Your decisions and actions will impact the state and agency’s working relationships with stakeholders and the preservation of the State’s important historic resources. Your responsibilities as the State Archaeologist will include:

    • Serve as the primary contact for tribal governments, federal and state elected officials and agencies, local governments, professionals, media, and the general public for compliance with and issues related to federal and state cultural resource management laws and practice.
    • Exercise independent decision-making authority with minimal supervision in making programmatic decisions with statewide and regional impact, including conceptualizing needed legislation, rules, and policy to advance broad agency goals and mission, evaluating the effectiveness of department policies and programs, and developing and implementing policies and office practices across work units.
    • Identify and coordinate the completion of agreement documents, projects, and other efforts among tribal governments, federal and state agencies, and other interested parties, often with oppositional interests.
    • Support and coordinate programs and projects across Heritage Division programs, including the Certified Local Government, Historic Cemetery, Main Street, National Register, and Survey and Inventory programs, among others.
    • Review development projects under applicable federal and state laws, and oversee administration of programs assigned to the Environmental Compliance unit, including the state archaeological permit and survey and inventory programs.
    • Serve as the lead worker for the Environmental Compliance work group and coordinate closely with the manager on assigning work, reviewing work products, and ensuring projects stay on track and deadlines are met.

     Find out more.

  • 21 Sep 2020 9:50 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Title:  Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies

    Division:  Education

    Classification: Full-time Exempt

    Reports To:  Curator of Education Supervises: Teen Volunteers and Interns

    Starting Salary: $45,000 annually

    Job Summary –Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies

    The Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies is responsible for the design, implementation and assessment of a variety of in person and virtual educational programs focusing on an exploration of the High Desert’s Indigenous history since time immemorial. Well-qualified candidates must be energetic, innovative, reflective, flexible, resourceful, enthusiastic, and with an entrepreneurial attitude to create and present exciting programs for broad audiences with an emphasis on PreK-12 students and teachers.

    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, e.g. education,Indigenous/Native American studies, environmental sciences,anthropology, history, etc.
    • Deep knowledge about Indigenous ways of knowing
    • Have a passion for and commitment to teaching and learning about the High Desert’s Indigenous history since time immemorial
    • A minimum of 2 years’experience teaching students in grades PreK-12 in formal or informal settings
    • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching and classroom management of children of all ages
    • Working knowledge of developing and implementing informal education programs
    • Experience developing interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum using a culturally relevant pedagogical approach
    • Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, Oregon’s K-12 social sciences standards and Oregon’s Senate Bill 13 Tribal History/Shared History curriculum
    • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and institutions, including schools, museums, non-profits, and tribal nations to develop and implement educational programs
    • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices
    • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
    • Ability to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels effectively and energetically
    • Detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines


    • Experience teaching using a digital platform
    • Valid teaching license

    The position requires some evenings and weekends, working inside and outside, and handling live animals.

    Find out more.

  • 13 Jul 2020 9:34 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Scheduled to work 8-24 hours per week through May 31, 2021

    Do you have experience in behavioral research? Consider being a Research and Evaluation Associate for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)! You’ll design and execute systematic evaluation and research studies for exhibits, programs, and museum initiatives to help develop concepts, test ideas, and measure the impacts of these experiences on museum visitors and program participants. You will also be part of a dynamic team that participates in OMSI’s vision to ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science and technology that spreads educational opportunities across the Northwest.

    Position Requirements

    • Graduate degree - preferably in the social sciences, museum studies, evaluation, education, communications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum 4 years experience in evaluation of education programs, exhibits, survey research, or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in behavioral research (e.g., literature searches, data collection, data management, data analysis, data interpretation, and data reporting).
    • Minimum 1 year of coordination and project management skills.
    • Minimum 1 year of experience working with the public, formal and informal settings.
    • Pass a pre-employment criminal background check.

    Compensation Package

    • $18.50 - $20.75 per hour, depending on experience.
    • Eligible for Oregon Sick.
    Find out more.

    Position closes November 15, 2020.

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