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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

  • 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.

  • 28 Jul 2020 1:01 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    American Association for State & Local History (AASLH)


    1-year contract position with possibility of renewal on an annual basis

    Compensation: $1200 per course session; minimum two course sessions with a max of three sessions held per calendar year

    Location: Remote/Virtual

    The Museum Education & Outreach online course instructor is a contract position with AASLH. The online course instructor is expected to teach to the goals of the online course as determined by the AASLH Professional Development Manager.

    The instructor is responsible for teaching to the course curriculum, updating the curriculum as needed, welcoming students to the course, responding to students’ assignments prior to the next assignment deadline, answering content and other non-technical questions, conducting online class chats, administering and grading quizzes and tests, coordinating other class activities as outlined in the syllabus, and assigning final grades.

    The Museum Education & Outreach online course is part of the AASLH Small Museum Pro! certificate program. Small Museum Pro! is a professional certificate program for history practitioners who work or would like to work, in small history-minded organizations. It provides practical guidance and education on a variety of topics. To receive a certificate, applicants must complete and pass five courses from the program.

    Review of applications will begin August 5 and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will be expected to teach the fall 2020 session of the course that runs September 14 - November 8, 2020. 

    Find out more.

  • 24 Jul 2020 10:15 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Job Summary
    The Museum of North Idaho (MNI) seeks a Full-Time Executive Director (ED) for a unique and rewarding opportunity to lead
    the transition of a well-established museum to a new premier regional museum. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the ED assists in articulating a compelling vision and a strategic business plan inclusive of fundraising and operations to grow and optimize revenue streams for a long term sustainable museum. The ED oversees the current museum operations, manages staff and
    volunteers and will work with the Board to determine transition plans from the current facility to the new building.

    Essential Functions
    The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. May perform other tasks as assigned, including working in conjunction with staff and consultants on similar tasks.

    • Collaborates with the Board to articulate a compelling vision and define short and long term goals. Cultivates fundraising plans and policies as approved by the board. Develops a framework to oversee fundraising including solicitation of donors, grants, memberships, and endowment
    • Engages collaboratively to partner with key community organizations, cultural groups, schools, policy makers, media, and stakeholders to develop strong relationships; attends Chamber of
      Commerce, other meetings, events, and speaking engagements, to represent and influence promotion of the museum
    • Advocates and collaborates on ideas and ways to optimize the museum business and position the museum as an economic and desirable hub of the downtown community
    • Directly manages and oversees the hiring, performance, and development of the staff (Curator (TBD), Program and Marketing Director, Development Director, Bookkeeper, and volunteers.
      Recommends organizational structure to support new growth and optimize staff
    • Develops and implements Board approved annual budget, including financial oversight of operations, capital funds, expenditures, membership, and donations
    • Responsible for performance/outcome metrics and continuous improvement of all operational aspects and assets of the museum. Works jointly with the board on long range plans to ensure the quality and diversity of programs, exhibits, and to optimize resources that support the mission
    • Responsible for overseeing public relations including the quarterly newsletter with historical and museum news and press releases of activities
    • Prepares content for meetings with members (and committees) of the Board to report on progress toward meeting strategic goals and objectives. Participates in annual, regularly scheduled, and other meetings as required
    • Works in partnership with Board in the selection and evaluation of Board members and their orientation
    • Ensures the appropriate compliance for the security and safety for all aspects of the museum
    • Keeps current on trends in the industry; understands use of social media and other platforms and channels of support

    Minimum Qualifications
    Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

    Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field desired.
    Experience: 3-5 years of Supervisory or Management experience; business management, financial and operational planning. Experience in working with a Board to carry out the mission by developing strategic plans. Non-profit and/or museum experience desired. Experience in fundraising, public speaking, Public
    Relations, Marketing, and museum development and programming experience helpful.

    Annual Salary Budget for position: $50,000 - $65,000

    Find out more.

    Interested applicants should email, a cover letter and their resume to:
    Email: stephentowles49@gmail.com
    or, by mail addressed to:
    Museum Executive Search, 201 N. 3 rd Street, Coeur d ‘Alene, ID 83814

  • 20 Jul 2020 9:46 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is  seeking a trained archivist who can also provide basic nonprofit administrative support to fill out a full-time position to help us build our Rural Organizing Library and Archive, an interactive resource for rural Oregonians that will support the capacity of autonomous human dignity groups to engage in impactful local organizing in their communities across rural and frontier Oregon and beyond.

    We are motivated to fill this position as soon as possible. If you are interested, please apply ASAP. Interviews will begin immediately. 

    The position includes the following areas of responsibility:

    Archiving (approximately 20 hours a week):

    • Archival Systems: ROP organizers have been collecting and archiving materials from 30+ years of rural organizing. The applicant will update and implement a system for managing all archival materials owned by ROP past, present, and future. This will include delegating tasks when needed and finding innovative ways to ensure this historical information is accessible to organizers, human dignity groups, scholars, and researchers.

    • Build the Capacity of the Archive and Rural Media Center: The Rural Media Center is part archive, part community resource center and will be an accessible resource for both organizers and researchers. The Archivist will work closely with the entire staff team to develop, communicate, and support both the needs of, and the resources available in, the archive to staff organizers, member groups, and researchers.

    • Relationship Building and Capacity Building: Maintain strong working relationships with rural leaders, organizers, and community members to ensure the Rural Media Center and archives offer support and build the capacity of each ROP member group. We define capacity as the ability for a human dignity group to create change through base-building and grassroots organizing.

    • Archival Partnership Work with Organizers: Work closely with the entire staff team to develop, communicate, and support the creation of accessible archive materials that will document the work of local groups. Coordinate the handing off of materials, the creation of finding aids, and assist organizers in adding to and utilizing the archive.

    • Build Accessibility: Develop innovative tools and systems to make the archives and rural media center an interactive part of ROP’s community organizing work and a key part of ROP’s work in breaking rural isolation.

    • Connect the Dots: Work with the ROP network to produce programs and tools that help member groups and organizers connect the dots between historical research and current community needs.

    Administration (approximately 20 hours a week):

    • Manage the Community Organizing Center in Cottage Grove: Greeting walk-ins, answering phones, managing Center schedule and use, orientation of new groups, scheduling volunteers, purchasing needed supplies, and maintaining the space including lending library, bookstore, and community kitchen.

    • Basic bookkeeping: Processing donations, tracking deposits, and paying bills.

    • Basic fundraising support: Donor data entry, sending thank you cards, tracking and communicating donations, and working with the ROP staff team to prepare reports and manage our database.

    Required Skills and Qualifications

    • Background in archives/archival research, library sciences, oral history, folklife/public folklore, public history, and/or applied cultural anthropology with experience in archival work, both online and on-site.

    • Demonstrated ability to understand, develop, and maintain basic archival systems, both tangible and digital.

    • Understanding of the role of historical research and archival systems in community organizing. While this job will be archival in nature, the core goal is to connect the past with the present and build a better world for tomorrow.

    • Stellar personal organization skills and impeccable attention to detail. If your calendar is always up-to-date, your notes are color-coded, and you find long to-do lists energizing, we want to talk to you! There’s a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks.

    • Skills and experience proactively setting priorities and goals, self-managing, problem-solving, and working independently to achieve shared organizational goals. Proven ability to complete high-quality work on shared timelines and operate in a fast-paced environment.

    • Strong public speaking, written and verbal communication, and group facilitation skills. Though this is, in part, an archivist role, the work will demand community engagement and accountability. You will communicate with people. Emotional maturity and humility required.

    • Resourcefulness. Rural Oregonians pride ourselves on being able to patch together solutions from what we find around us, even if that’s baling wire and bubblegum. Successful members of the ROP staff team are able to creatively identify opportunities and resources to best support our members and build our programming.

    • Basic word processing, spreadsheets, Quickbooks, and database management skills, and ability to learn new software.

    • Ability to work well with diverse public and visitors to the Center, be security-conscious (aware of and supporting a safe environment at the Center), clearly communicate expectations for safety and security to community partners, and be able to de-escalate using nonviolence if/when needed.

    • Must be able to drive.

    Desired Skills and Qualifications

    • Accounting skills and experience a major plus.

    • Paid or volunteer experience in cultural organizing, antiracist work, and/or community organizing.

    • Experience living or working in a small-town or rural community strongly recommended.

    • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish.

    • Experience with Google Suite, CRMs, Slack, Dropbox, and WordPress.

    • Fundraising skills and experience.

    • Graphic design and layout skills.

    Time Commitment

    This position is full-time and exempt, with an average commitment of 40 hours per week required. As exempt, this position is not entitled to overtime pay. This position includes travel to participate in regular staff retreats and to work occasionally out of ROP’s offices around the state.

    Salary, Benefits, and Staff Resources

    Salary is $36,000-48,000 annually based on experience. Excellent benefits including 100% coverage of health and dental premiums, paid sick leave, vacation, holidays, paid 12-week sabbatical, employer-matched IRA, caregiver travel policies to support staff who are primary caregivers, and staff development budget for training and support. The person who fills this position will have access to a pool of well-maintained ROP vehicles, provided the technology needed to perform their job duties, and provided a budget to purchase archival equipment and materials.


    ROP is eager to hire for this position as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as we receive them. To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, three references, and the following application to jess@rop.org:

    1. Why are you interested in working with ROP? What do you hope to learn from working with ROP and our network?

    1. How do you feel you meet the Skills and Qualifications criteria? What strengths do you most have to offer to ROP as part of our staff team and in this role?

    1. What do you feel you can bring to the work with rural Oregonians and why?

    1. Please give two concrete examples from your experience that demonstrate your approach, philosophy, or beliefs about working with communities facing inequity.

    1. What systems and tools do you use to keep yourself and your work organized?

    1. If hired, would you be able to commit to working with ROP for at least two years?

  • 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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