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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

  • 17 May 2019 11:55 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    $18 an hour

    The Oregon Historical Society is currently accepting applications for two Oral History Indexers. The Oral History Indexer creates indexes compliant with the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) guidelines from audio recorded oral history interviews to enhance access to the OHS sound recording collection.

    **We're looking for candidates who are quick learners, who can work independently, and are able to create concise and easily digestible synopses of complex topics.**

    This is an ideal position for a library science or history student. Both positions are part-time, non-exempt with a schedule of approximately 18 hours per week for a fixed term of one year from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The positions are not eligible for benefits. No relocation assistance is available.

    Please include a cover letter and address your experience, qualifications and career goals as they relate to this position, keeping in mind this is not a cataloging position Knowledge of Oregon political and judicial history is a plus.


    • Follows OHS guidelines to create indexes for digitized audio recorded oral history interviews in compliance with Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) protocols.
    • Conducts research as needed to provide accurate recording of names and other key elements of the oral history interview.


    • Reports progress to Library Director and Oral History Librarian on a monthly and as-needed basis.
    • Maintains confidentiality regarding interview content as warranted.
    • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
    • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
    • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
    • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.


    Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Find out more.

  • 13 May 2019 5:19 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Museum Store Manager

    Part-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt, 20 hours/week

    Salary: $14.50/hour

    The museum store manager completes tasks associated with the retail operations and inventory management of the museum store.

    Essential Functions:

    • Maintain a vision for the long-term operations of the museum store that reflects the vision and mission of the museum
    • Create both short and long-range goals and strategies for profitable growth
    • Continually research new vendors for fresh inventory and ensure that all merchandise is appropriately related to the museum’s mission and order museum store stock based on historic and forecasted sales
    • Receive all merchandise, establish appropriate pricing, input item information into POS, and direct all displays within the store. Store back stock in designated areas and re-stock shelves as needed.
    • Maintain solid product knowledge, its provenance and relationship to the museum’s exhibitions and mission.
    • Lead regular inventory and maintain ongoing records in Square, and provide inventory reports and product receipts to bookkeeper.
    • Perform sales transactions in POS system. Issue receipts, refunds, credits, and accurate change due to customers.
    • Count money in cash drawers at the beginning of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change. Balance monies to daily receipts at the end of the shift without incurring any shortage or overage.
    • Maintain clean museum store area, including dusting and vacuuming.
    • Stays abreast of all Museum events both ongoing and upcoming.
    • Resolve customer complaints in a professional and efficient manner.
    • Perform duties required during major museum events and festivals.


    • Retail experience required (2 years)
    • Ability to operate a Point of Sale system both on a PC and iPad, familiarity with Square a plus.
    • Possess a friendly and approachable manner with interest and ability to sell
    • Clearance of a criminal background check

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    This position has no current direct reports but will act in an advisory and training capacity toward Museum Hosts performing retail duties.

    Work Environment:

    This majority of work takes place in a historic building with controlled indoor temperatures and will frequently traverse outdoors between buildings. The person selected for this position may occasionally have to work outdoors and will occasionally have to go into a building without environmental controls to receive stock.

    Physical Demands:

    The person selected for this role will frequently be required to navigate uneven surfaces and narrow spaces, ascend/descend step ladders and stairs to reach backstock, remain in a stationary position for up to 3 hours, move objects of up to 50 pounds, position self to reach stock in lower cabinets, and operate a computer and iPad based POS system.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

    Hours for this position will be set in a Wednesday-Saturday schedule. Some flexibility allowed in setting hours, but will typically take place when the museum is open to the public.

    Find out more.

  • 02 May 2019 10:28 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    $54,400 - $67,000 per year

    The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), in Portland, OR,  is seeking a regular, full-time Exhibits Production Manager who will be responsible for the daily management, planning, and operations of the exhibits fabrication facility.

    The Exhibits Production Manager (EPM) is a hands on position, working closely with all fabricators to assure on-time and on-budget exhibits fabrication delivery. This includes daily task assignments to all fabricators, scheduling and planning for daily, weekly, monthly project delivery. The EPM works in collaboration with the Director of Exhibit Production for developing, implementing and sustaining of LEAN processes and procedures across teams and departments. The EPM works in collaboration with the Director of Exhibits Production and Creative Director to align OMSI’s brand standards, environmental guidelines, organizational values, learning outcomes, and guest experience goals. This position requires a hands-on person who can work in an action oriented environment, manage multiple projects while embracing continuous improvement and innovative thinking. This role serves to develop a culture of continuous improvement, and encourages employee involvement to improve all processes.

    What you’ll need:

    • Thorough knowledge of two- and three-dimensional design, including CAD.
    • Thorough knowledge of exhibit construction techniques, materials, production processes, and practices.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and develop high performance teams.
    • Advanced knowledge of LEAN principles.
    • Computer skills including database systems.
    • Minimum 5 years of experience in a related field with experience in a production environment.
    • Minimum 4 years of production and fabrication management, including staff supervision, multiple project management, and budget responsibility.
    • LEAN Manufacturing Certification.
    • Pass pre-employment checks such as criminal background check and reference checks.

    Compensation Package:

    • Competitive health benefits.
    • Vacation, Personal Days, Sick Days, and Holiday pay!

    Visit https://omsi.applicantpool.com/jobs/333911.html to learn more or apply!

    Position closes on May 25, 2019.

  • 22 Apr 2019 2:03 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center (WVMCC), in Wenatchee, WA,  fosters dynamic connections to the history, cultural traditions and arts of the Wenatchee Valley. As a mid-size museum, the WVMCC is a vital hub for creating community connections with the region's unique heritage and arts through creative, interdisciplinary programs, exhibits, and publications.

    A key position with the Museum, the Membership Coordinator is the primary representative of the Museum’s Membership Program and must enjoy working with the public. The Membership Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the entirety of the Membership Program, including reporting and analysis, strategy and traffic management for membership efforts, and overall data management. This position is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely fulfillment of gift processing, acknowledgements, and member requests. This position oversees a full slate of annual membership, educational, development and stewardship events and works collaboratively with the Director of Development & Communications and Outreach & Public Relations Coordinator in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for special events, membership, and outreach. In addition, this role works with the Museum’s marketing and outreach team, development team, leadership, curators, and education team to develop, cultivate and manage relationships with the community.

    This is a 32 hrs./week position, with an hourly range of $18-$21/hr. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Museum benefits for this position include paid time off (vacation/ sick/ holiday), a health care stipend, and opportunities for professional development.  

    For optimal consideration, please submit application by May 18, 2019. Review of resumes will continue until the position is filled. All applications submitted will be treated with confidentiality. The ideal start date is late May/early June 2019.

    Find out more and apply.

  • 10 Apr 2019 12:31 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Position:  Executive Director

    Description:  Oversee and supervise the daily operations of a 501(c) (3) historical society and museum on a part time basis under the direction of the Executive Committee of the Society.  This position is part time averaging 22 hours per week (off season) and 32 hours per week (Memorial Day through Labor Day) with two weeks paid vacation per year as a benefit.  The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

    Salary:  Average annualized salary is $24,900 per year. 

    Duties and responsibilities:

    • Ensure that the Museum is open to the public on its scheduled days and hours of operation;
    • Function as administrator and manager for the Society and Museum, including maintenance of office files, membership files and the collection of membership dues;
    • Prepare correspondence on behalf of the Society, including timely grant application, meeting notices, periodic newsletters and news releases;
    • Provide volunteer recruitment, training, coordination and management;
    • Receive artifact donations and prepare documents appropriate to their accession by the Museum;
    • Prepare, organize and monitor operating and project budgets with the Society treasurer, ensuring compliance with County, State and IRS regulations;
    • Represent the Society in interactions with public and private organizations;
    • Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer docents; serve as a back-up docent;
    • Implement a marketing program for the Society and Museum to increase membership and donations;
    • Schedule, coordinate, conduct and oversee Museum facility maintenance and artifact restoration projects;
    • Function as the Emergency Coordinator in the event of a calamity;
    • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Executive Committee of the Society.

    Desired Skills and Qualifications:

    • Self-motivated and enthusiastic leader;
    • Excellent writing and verbal skills;
    • Computer literacy and social media skills;
    • Basic knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting;
    • Volunteer management and coordination;
    • Knowledge of proper museum accession, storage, conservation, display, and de-accession of artifacts;
    • Articulation of the mission and goals of the Society and Museum;
    • Knowledge of fund raising and grant development;
    • Experience managing multiple tasks and projects to successful completion;
    • Experience managing positive relationships within the Society, with other community organizations, with funding sources and with donors.   

    To Apply

    Email resume with cover letter to  yprhs@peak.org  or mail resume with cover letter to:

    Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society
    PO Box 119
    Toledo, OR 97391

  • 03 Apr 2019 10:25 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Cascade Locks History Museum Board is looking for an Executive Director, a dynamic individual with lots of energy and the ability to see what could be. The salary is negotiable between $36,000 and $40,000 per year. A special stipend will be paid for health insurance. Only those individuals with lots of energy and experience in museum management need apply.

    General Description of Duties: The Museum Executive Director reports and is directly responsible to the Museum Board of Directors and oversees the general operations of the Museum on a day to day basis. The Executive Director works with and assists the Museum Board establish museum vision, goals and priorities along with managing staff and volunteers and coordinating with the City and Port. The Executive Director also manages and coordinates all fund raising, construction and remodeling to achieve long range goals of the Museum. Writing grants, developing cooperative partnerships, seeking donations and developing programs and activities are also a part of the Directors job and responsibility.

    The Director works with the Board President to prepare regular Board agendas and prepares written reports for the Board to facilitate the decision making process. The Director spends time educating and communicating with both the local and regional communities gaining support and interest in the Museum. The Director is fully responsible for all full time, part time and volunteer staff and assist staff carry out the priorities of the Museum Board.

    Essential Job Tasks:

    1. Assist the Museum Board develop vision, goals and priorities.
    2. Manages the Museum fund raising effort with the consultant leading to construction of the new Pony Building and renovation of the Museum Building.
    3. Prepares proposed annual budgets based on Board priorities.
    4. Plans, conducts and delivers programs, activities and events designed to educate participants and generate additional revenue for the Museum.
    5. Prepares proposed policy documents for Board adoption. Personnel policies, hiring practices, annual evaluations, and other policies pertinent to the operation of the Museum.
    6. Carries out Board policy and direction.
    7. Assist the Museum Board develop and adopt the annual budget. The Director is responsible for creating the annual budget based on the priorities established by the Museum Board. All budgets must be balanced.
    8. Serves as the Museum Budget Officer.
    9. Help to ensure the proper care, maintenance and upkeep of all Museum and Port facilities and equipment under the control of the Museum.
    10. Implement the approved budget and objectives as approved by the Museum Board.
    11. Maintains regular, positive and effective relationships with other museums, the Oregon Historic Society, Port of Cascade Locks, City of Cascade Locks and others. Participates as a member of the Joint Work Group on Economic Development representing the Museum. Keep good working relationships with other Museums in the Gorge and statewide organizations.
    12. Project a positive image to the local public as well as to state and federal agencies and elected officials.
    13. Prepares news releases, flyers, brochures and other public education and information resources.
    14. Assist in keeping the organization and staff focused on the priorities and yet also receptive to new opportunities that may arise leading to job development. Assist all staff and volunteers to be successful.
    15. Long range planning.
    16. Writes grants, makes funding requests and encourages creation of a solid financial framework and foundation for the Museum.
    17. Makes sure that the Museum, its facilities and programs are recognized as critical to the economic development of the community.
    18. Make sure the Museum is active and present on the internet and social media.
    19. Work with and coordinate with the City Tourism Committee to promote the Museum.
    20. Other duties and tasks as may be assigned by the Museum Board or necessary to achieve the goals of the Museum and the community.

    Desired Experience: As an Executive Director, the following skills, experiences and education are required.

    A. Experience in seeing the big picture and getting community support to move in a focused direction leading to jobs and new businesses.

    B. Extensive experience working with and collaborating with others to benefit the community. Maintains positive and effective working relationships with other local governments.

    C. Experience and success in fund raising.

    D. Experience in contracting for services and necessary functions.

    E. Both local and state-wide experience in Museum or related field.

    F. Federal and State grant writing experience.

    Required Education: The Museum prefers at least a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university or Masters Degree. Educational work should be in a related field to the work of the Museum.

    Applications via letter of interest and resume should be filed with the Museum by May 15, 2019. Mail to Cascade Locks Museum, c/o Port of Cascade Locks, PO Box 307, Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014.

  • 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.

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