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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

  • 08 Sep 2020 12:39 PM | Anonymous member

    Position Title: INTERIM CURATOR, Coos History Museum, Coos Bay, OR

    Rate of Pay: $36,000/yr + DOE


    Salary Classification: EXEMPT, FULL TIME

    The Coos History Museum is seeking an Interim Curator,  responsible for the care, preservation, and management of the Museum's diverse collection. Responsibilities include but not limited to the physical care of objects in all storage areas and exhibition galleries, and the intellectual control of the collections through maintenance of accessions records, object files, and the collections management database. The interim curator is also responsible for all aspects of the annual changing exhibits program and is second in command in the chain of leadership. Position is for 6 months and eligible to apply for curator position when posted in 2021.


    • Museum’s standard best practices and collections management procedures 
    • Familiar with laws and regulations concerning Federal and State Fossil and Archaeological Collections 
    • Proficient in PastPerfect Collections Management System
    • Familiarity with scanning and digital photography
    • Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills  Computer skills including Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat
    • Basic recordkeeping practices
    • Highly motivated and demonstrates a positive image and outlook when interacting with the public and coworkers  Possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills


    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related field  Current and valid driver’s license EXPERIENCE
    • Minimum of three to five years of Curatorial/Collections Management experience
    • Supervisory experience 
    • Ability to work with volunteers of all ages

    Send resume and cover letter to: director@cooshistory.org

    Position closes: September 18, 2020

  • 31 Jul 2020 10:13 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Title: Associate Curator of Wildlife
    Division: Wildlife
    Classification: Full time
    Reports To: Curator of Wildlife
    Supervises: Seasonal wildlife specialists, interns and volunteers
    Starting Wage: $39,000 annually

    High Desert Museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences finalist and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

    The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

    Job Summary –Associate Curator of Wildlife

    We are seeking a dynamic individual to provide programs and exhibit support as part of the Wildlife Team at the High Desert Museum.The Associate Curator is responsible for the safety, well-being and exhibition of assigned animals. Experience with wildlife husbandry, training and handling is essential.The Associate Curator of Wildlife conducts public programs with and without live animals, and must have excellent interpersonal, presentation and written skills. A positive demeanor, high level of professionalism and the ability to learn new skills quickly are necessary traits. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a biological science or related discipline.
    • Two years of experience in the animal field or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
    • Scholarship and interest in maintaining a detailed and current knowledge of the ecology, conservation and management of wildlife species in the High Desert region.
    • Ability to interpret wildlife biology and natural history for the public with a dynamic and engaging presence.
    • Knowledge of husbandry, care and associated standards for managing reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
    • Ability to maintain freshwater aquariums and associated life support systems.
    • Understanding of basic animal training theory, with emphasis on operant learning and positive reinforcement techniques.
    • Willingness to meet AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), USFWS (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) standards in a Museum setting.
    • Desire to work with a variety of taxa including but not limited to reptiles, fish, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
    • Familiarity with basic tools for groundskeeping, construction of exhibit elements and use of equipment associated with the safe handling of trained wildlife.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work both autonomously and in a positive team environment.
    • Ability to perform physical tasks including but not limited to, lifting 50 pounds, carrying, stooping, bending, extensive walking, crawling, climbing and working outside in the extreme weather conditions typical of Central Oregon.
    • Ability to work flexible hours and days, including weekends and holidays, as necessary.
    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.

  • 13 Jul 2020 9:34 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Research and Evaluation Strategist assists with the management of the Engagement Research and Advancement division by advancing division strategies, external and internal relationships, staff development, project development and project implementation. In addition, the Research and Evaluation Strategist designs, executes, and facilitates systematic evaluation and research studies for exhibits, programs, museum initiatives, and associated proposals.

    • Salary: $19.17 - $20.82 hourly
    • Regular - Part-Time
    • Eligible for Oregon Sick time.

    Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

    • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization
    • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:


    • Manage engagement research, evaluation, and impacts activities with lenses of community and learner diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity
    • Assist with the management of the division by cultivating and advancing division strategies, relationships, staff development, proposal development, and project development.
    • Lead aspects of management systems related to project acquisition, finances, staffing, training, and project oversight.
    • Responsible for monitoring research and evaluation plan design, implementation, and proposal development on designated projects.
    • Responsible for mentoring and supporting staff members and volunteers, including supervision of staff on designated projects.
    • Regularly confer with supervisees in order to monitor supervisees' work and assure compliance of projects.
    • Confer with Manager and other division staff as appropriate to ensure supervisees' completion of duties and overall satisfaction with the supervisees' work.
    • Support division project management, division budget development and administration, and participate in division annual work plan development.
    • Develop and implements research and evaluation plans for individual projects, including the design research and evaluation protocol and instruments.
    • Coordinate and/or execute evaluation activities, including literature reviews, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, reporting, and dissemination.
    • Facilitate involvement of other museum staff in research and evaluation, as appropriate.
    • Help develop and advance research priorities list
    • Support planning, procurement, implementation, documentation, and timely reporting of grants
    • Facilitate organizational and team processes including ideating, framework development, planning, and decision-making.
    • Lead or contribute to organizational committees and initiatives; liaison with other OMSI centers to support new project development and OMSI's mission.
    • Assess educational and experiential value of existing and developing exhibits and programs
    • Manage division activities and budgets
    • Manage division paid and unpaid personnel including hiring, workplans, and contracts
    • Define and facilitate involvement of community and research advisors in the project and organizational processes.
    • Lead and support government, foundation, sales, and organizational funding opportunities, including proposal development
    • Nurture relationships with collaborators in communities and aligned fields
    • Manage and conduct primary research and evaluation and communicate findings, serving in roles including planning, project and study design, relationship management, project management, project facilitation, project implementation, and information synthesis, interpretation, and delivery.
    • Serve as project lead, as assigned, which includes leading the fulfillment of project charters.
    • Frame, coordinate, and regularly share research and evaluation findings with internal and external, professional and public OMSI communities
    • Monitor and maintain standards of primary research and evaluation
    • Support standards of science content research and science learning experience development
    • Advocate that the highest standards of scientific/educational integrity and accessibility are maintained in all OMSI exhibits and activities developed within the exhibits department.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the visitor engagement and learning at OMSI.
    • Support OMSI's Human Research Protection Procedures including Informed consent position statement, Institutional Review Board requirements, and Visitor Studies Review Team
    • Represent OMSI's Engagement Research and Advancement activities in local, regional, and national settings, displaying leadership skills that position OMSI for success in each setting.
    Position open until filled.
  • 22 May 2020 8:31 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Multiple positions at 19 hours per week or less.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters.

    • Construct high-quality interactive exhibits and experiences using various types of wood, plastics, fabrics, metals, and finishing materials
    • Set up and operate, with a high degree of safety, various machines and hand tools
    • Integration of electro mechanical interfaces
    • Construct carts and/or crates that ensure the safe transportation of exhibitions
    • Responsible for the repair and refurbishment of interactive exhibits and experiences
    • Regular cleaning and maintenance of shop space and equipment
    • Work with exhibit development teams to resolve project concerns and/or problems that may arise during the project development, design and build phases
    • Ensure the production of projects are within constraints of timelines and budget.
    • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly
    • This position is on-call, scheduled for <19 hours/week.

    Position Requirements

    • Thorough knowledge of all standard tools and processes for production of interactive exhibits and experiences.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of exhibit fabrication – finish carpentry/cabinet-making skills/woodworking.
    • Working knowledge of mechanical devices and their integration into exhibits.
    • Working knowledge of electronic and electrical construction as related to exhibit experiences.
    • 3 years of fabrication experience.
    • Pass a pre-employment criminal background check and Motor Vehicle Record check.

    Compensation Package

    • $18.00 - $20.00 per hour, depending on experience.
    • Eligible for Oregon Sick.
    • Free OMSI annual membership
    • Reciprocal Employee Attractions Pass – Valid for two free general admissions to 25 Oregon attractions

    Find out more.

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