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  • 19 Feb 2019 5:42 AM | Anonymous member

    Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA), a company of historical, cultural resource management, and architectural history consultants, seeks a full-time, contract research historian in either its Eugene, Portland, Seattle or Olympia offices. A primary focus of this position will be assisting in the development of interpretive projects, including, but not limited to, interpretive plans, exhibitions (permanent, temporary, traveling, and digital), and creative mitigation. Additionally, the successful candidate will conduct research in records around the country pertaining to such subjects as the history of federal agencies, environmental history, natural resource management, land use, science and technology, and tribal history. Employment will begin no later than July 1, 2019. The contract will extend for up to one year, with the potential for renewal or termination of the arrangement at HRA’s discretion. Benefits include paid vacation, personal, and sick leave, health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance. Competitive salary based on experience.


    A master's degree in public history, history, museum studies, or closely related field is required. Experience in the following areas is preferred: interpretive planning, exhibition development, and archival research. Applicants must demonstrate excellence and experience in historical research and writing, particularly interpretive writing, and have the interpersonal skills to work well in a team environment. The job may also require travel (up to one week at a time, two to three times per quarter); research in records repositories around the country; and interaction with clients, attorneys, and government officials. Applicants must be able to pass a federal government security clearance, which is required for some of the facilities in which we do research. Applicants must also be able to lift boxes weighing up to 50 lbs.


    Please submit a cover letter providing concrete examples of the skills and experience listed above, a résumé, contact information for three references (phone, e-mail, and mailing address), and two to three writing samples that demonstrate your ability to write engaging and effective interpretive content to Human Resources at Please indicate in your application materials that you are applying for the Interpretive Specialist position. No phone calls, please.


    Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019.


    HRA is a corporation based in Montana with offices in Missoula, MT; Seattle, Spokane, and Olympia, WA; Portland and Eugene, OR; Washington, D.C.; and Durango, CO. Since 1974, HRA has undertaken projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. For further information about the company, please visit our web site at In 2018, HRA became federally certified as a women-owned small business (WOSB).


    HRA is an Equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

  • 13 Feb 2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    JOB LOCATION: Klamath County Museum, Klamath Falls, OR

    JOB DURATION: Flexible Dates, 8-week commitment, May - September, 2019

    STIPEND: $1000 for 8-week commitment



    The Klamath County Museum is seeking two (2) summer interns to commit to an eight (8) week internship opportunity in collections management. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to work with many aspects of collections care and storage including assisting with a collections inventory. Interns will be required to present a report on their experience at the end of the position. If interested, interns will be encouraged to prepare a historical or educational public program.

    The internship provides opportunities to work with:

    Inventorying and cataloging incoming and backlogged collections

    Performing regular inventories for exhibit and storage collections

    Executing proper archival and object handling, storage, and care

    Creating digital catalog entries in PastPerfect collections management software

    Project report writing and presentation



    Current student (graduate preferred) pursuing a Museum Studies or related degree or

    A recently graduated candidate with a Museum Studies or related degree

    Excellent organizational and multitasking skills

    Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills

    The ability to work unsupervised, independently, and/or as part of a team

    Computers skills, including PastPerfect database software and word processing



    Students interested in summer internships must submit a resume with references and a

    cover letter by email to


    Closing date for applications is April 30, 2019


  • 01 Feb 2019 5:41 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Coos History Museum (CHM) is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to accept responsibility for and further the growth of the museum's financial health, new program development, and management of the museum. We offer an opportunity to manage, promote, and grow our valued organization with the help of an engaged board, experienced staff, and a large contingent of enthusiastic volunteers.

    The Executive Director is the chief administrative and financial officer reporting to the Board of Directors through its President, and is responsible for the implementation of board policy. The Director will be the local “face” of the Coos History Museum. This position is an essential part of the organization’s leadership team, ensuring the Coos History Museum meets its mission and strategic goals. The organization seeks a dynamic leader who is skilled at working with diverse groups, well-versed in non-profit leadership, and experienced in the supervision of volunteers and staff.

    Salary is $45,000 - $60,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience, with health benefits.

    The deadline to respond is March 3, 2019.

    Find out more.

  • 29 Jan 2019 9:51 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Development Administrative Assistant, under the direction of the Vice President of Development, provides support to the development team related to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and corporate donors, including administrative activities. The position will assist with events, including Gala, and Appeal communication activities to reach new donors, upgrade and renew existing individual donors and steward their continued and increased giving.


    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

    • $16.20 - $18.32 - Hourly
    •  Regular - Full-Time
    • Eligible for full benefits

    Application deadline Feb 22, 2019.

    Find out more.

  • 18 Jan 2019 11:54 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), part of Oregon Heritage within the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, is recruiting up to two intern(s) to assist with several historic preservation projects and other related projects during Summer 2019.

    Preference will be given to graduate students in programs related to historic preservation or have a historic preservation emphasis. Coursework or practical experience in conducting architectural surveys and preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places is desired. Selected interns will work closely together to assist with several historic preservation projects, including reconnaissance and intensive level architectural surveys, National Register nominations, façade design assistance, public presentations to interested parties, Certified Local Government meetings and reviews, historic property site visits, Section 106 processes and other preservation projects, both as a way to assist the SHPO in its duties and to expose the intern to a variety of SHPO programs. Work includes actual projects to be completed to further SHPO programs and preservation in Oregon.

    The selected intern must be able to travel daily to the SHPO in Salem to work on projects and have a flexible schedule that accommodates occasional overnight travel in other areas of the state. Experience using databases, photography, ArcGIS, and building design assistance programs is highly preferred. Research and writing skills are also highly desirable.

    What the Oregon SHPO Offers:

    ·     A workspace (perhaps shared), including a computer, appropriate software, and State of Oregon email account.
    ·     Compensation: will be in the range of $12.31-$16.71 per hour for up to 480 hours.
    ·     Per diem for overnight travel, this includes lodging, transportation and meals.
    ·     Opportunities to work side-by-side with preservation professionals, including site visits, client meetings, etc., and networking with SHPO preservation partners.
    ·     Opportunity to present completed projects to clients, public, and SHPO staff.

    What the Oregon SHPO Expects:

    ·     Regular, reliable work schedule.
    ·     Commitment to the full internship term (400-480 hours). Generally 12, 40 hour weeks.
    ·     Willingness to pitch in and help with whatever may need to be done.
    ·     Access to transportation for travel to and from Salem.
    ·     Flexibility to travel to all areas of the state with some overnight trips.
    ·     General familiarity with Microsoft Office. Familiarity with databases, photograph manipulation software, ArcGIS, and building design assistance programs is highly preferred.

    How to Apply for an Internship:

    ·     Students should contact the director or advisor of their graduate program in order to better coordinate the internship within their coursework.
    ·     Submit the following:
    o   Resume
    o   A "statement of interest" that describes any areas of special interest for you and relevant coursework or practical experience that supports your ability to succeed at this internship. We try to match your interests with SHPO needs as much as possible. The "statement of interest" should not exceed one page.
    o   Contact information for at least one reference.
    ·     Email application materials to<>
    ·     Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 1, 2019.
    ·     A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of applications, please follow up via phone if you do not receive a confirmation within 48 hours of emailing your application.

  • 18 Jan 2019 11:29 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Collections Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator

    This position manages the Museum’s collection, library and archives. Furthermore, the position plays a role in helping to coordinate and facilitate the production and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions within a dynamic team of curators and exhibit design professionals. The successful candidate will be a creative problem solver, have strong organizational skills, a team-oriented perspective and will work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary museum. A positive demeanor 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.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • BA/BS in Museum Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Natural History, Museum Studies, U.S. Western History or equivalent; experience with exhibitions and

    collections preferred

    • Knowledge of material culture theory

    • Knowledge of culturally responsive collections management practices, those practices that take into consideration the culture that produced an object, with particular emphasis on Plateau


    • Demonstrated skill in collections management databases (PastPerfect preferred) and MS Office suite

    • Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum practices and standards, including registration methods, object loans, safe object handling, conservation, packing and shipping, proper storage, security measures and object numbering techniques

    • Experience in collections management procedures: accessioning, retrieval, attributions, documentation, proper storage and handling techniques

    • Ability to implement strategic collections management plans and acquisition policies

    • Ability to implement and adhere to Collections Management policy

    • Ability to lead and train volunteers and interns

    • Experience with museum display, such as mount making, and exhibition techniques and standards

    • Ability to set and meet deadlines; manage projects, exhibit installations and planning

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

    Salary range is $42,000-$45,000.

    Find out more.

  • 07 Jan 2019 9:02 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center (WVMCC) is seeking the Curator of Education & Programs, a position instrumental in creating and executing a short- and long-term vision for the Museum’s educational and programmatic efforts, which currently include offerings at our downtown Museum and at the Historic Wells House for families, adults, schools (both in and out of school time), and the general public, as well as overseeing our new MakerSpace. This role works with the Museum’s leadership, curators, and education team to cultivate and manage relationships with the community. WVMCC is committed to enriching educational experiences and our community’s culture, and our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a growing, diverse community.

    Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator of Education & Programs has the following responsibilities:

    • Lead and inspire our team of museum educators and volunteers in the development and delivery of educational programming that aligns with the Museum’s mission and vision;
    • Overall management of all the Museum’s educational offerings;
    • Manage the departmental budget in accordance with established goals, priorities, and metrics;
    • Ensure excellence in program facilitation and delivery;
    • Engage in ongoing evaluation, assessment, and refining of education programs, including data collection, analysis, tracking, and reporting;
    • Equip museum educators and volunteers with current and relevant understandings of museum education and practice;
    • Work effectively with the other Museum Curators and the Marketing team to develop innovative, efficient, and more integrated ways and opportunities to bring the Museum and its exhibitions, collections, and programs to the attention of the community and Museum supporters;
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the region, such as teachers and administrators, the local Education Service District, Valley educational nonprofit organizations, creative organizations, artists, academics, and other community organizations;
    • Collaborate with the Deputy Director and the Director of Development & Communications to identify and cultivate funding sources and prepare proposals as needed;
    • Represent the WVMCC at programs and events in the community and at professional conferences.
    This is a .9 FTE exempt position, with an annual salary of $35,550 – $43,056, based on 90% of a salary range of $39,520 – $47,840. 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 February 1, 2019. 

    Find out more.

  • 20 Dec 2018 11:09 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Serving at the Douglas County Museum in Roseburg, OR, the Museum Education Coordinator will design, implement, and sustain high quality Museum based educational programming to the local school-aged children and families of Douglas County.

    The purpose of this position is to support Summer K-6 Educational activities at the Douglas County Museum, Umpqua Lighthouse, and Colliding Rivers Park thorugh; 1) Education - planning fun educational activities for K-6 age children based on the cultural and natural history of the Umpqua Valley; 2) Volunteer Coordination – recruit, coordinate, and train volunteers to assist with the planned events and activities; 3) Event facilitation – service member will, with the assistance of volunteers, facilitate planned events from start to finish; including, promotion, set up, clean-up; 4) Outreach activities including tabling at community activities and fairs.

    United Communities AmeriCorps (UCA) engages members in meaningful service designed to meet critical community needs in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties in beautiful Southern Oregon. UCA partners with community-based organizations, government agencies and schools to address needs relating to education, healthy futures and economic opportunity. UCA members serve full-time and our positions have benefits (e.g. education award, monthly stipend, training opportunities, etc.)

    For more information and full position descriptions, visit our website at Interviews for all of our open positions will be conducted on a rolling basis as qualified candidates are identified, and selection may be made prior to the application deadline. Early application is strongly encouraged.

    Find out more.

  • 20 Dec 2018 11:07 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    OMSI is looking for counselors, instructors, cooks and more for their spring and summer camps across Oregon.

    Find out more.

  • 20 Dec 2018 11:02 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The position will have responsibility for facilitating activities with visitors within labs and halls. In addition, they will participate on some grant-related work such as Designing our Tomorrow, to provide the perspective of a professional informal STEM educator on the development of the project deliverables and the implementation of activity facilitation.


    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: 

    • Facilitate engineering related exhibits with OMSI visitors in English and Spanish.
    • Deliver Museum Education programming, including conducting labs.
    • Work with data collection team to discuss interactions with visitors
    • Work with the research team to identify promising facilitation strategies and exhibit modifications.
    • Provide insights on working with Hispanic families and help to develop facilitation approaches for non-Spanish speaking staff members.
    • Coordinate site logistics for demonstrations or activity station.
    • Maintain a safe and secure environment for visitors and staff.
    • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly
    • This position is on-call, scheduled to work <19 hours per week or less.


    • $13.10 - $13.31/ hour
    • Eligible for Oregon Sick.

    Deadline for application: January 1, 2019

    Find out more.


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