SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING
MAINE'S COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS

News and Opportunities

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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $35).

An archive of Maine Archives and Museums press releases 2011-2015 are posted here.

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  • 23 Jun 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The Islesboro Historical Society is looking for recommendations for somebody to conduct an appraisal of our collection (the last one was prepared about 2004) and to identify and inventory items that should be stored and maintained in a climate-controlled environment. Our 1894 building is unheated and we're increasingly concerned about some of our items. Please contact our president, Patrick O'Bannon, at pobannon5@gmail.com if you have recommendations. We'll be monitoring this page as well. Many thanks!!

  • 15 Jun 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous member

    The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum located in Bethel, Maine is seeking a Community Outreach Coordinator to join our team. The right candidate shall be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic group environment, shall possess excellent oral and written communication skills, has computer proficiency including Adobe Photoshop, and is social media savvy.

    Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

    -Liaison with community partners

    -Managing and maintenance of Museum memberships

    -Creation, development and implementation of media campaigns

    -Producing quality advertising photography

    -Coordinating all aspects of museum events, including: logistics, correspondence, and printed materials.

    -General office management duties

    -Volunteer Recruitment, organization and leadership

    Experience:

    -Equivalent degree or three plus years of business/development experience. Marketing experience highly desirable.

    -Proven success in meeting and exceeding performance goals.

    -Must have documented successful partnership cultivation experience and a keen understanding of fundraising/income development.

    Compensation is dependent upon experience.  This position is approximately 30 hours per week.

    Qualified candidates should send resume and at least three business references to Barbra Barrett at bbarrett@mainemineralmuseum.org

  • 12 Jun 2017 12:25 PM | Anonymous member

    The Castine Historical Society (CHS) continues our search for an energetic leader and historian who can share our passion for Castine and its rich history. Located in two historic buildings on the Town Common, CHS is dedicated to engaging residents and visitors of all ages in the exploration of Castine’s diverse historical resources. The Abbott School building now houses permanent and seasonal exhibits and a community meeting space. In 2008, CHS purchased and carefully restored the Grindle House, a mid-19th century, three-story home of the Greek Revival style which now serves as the research center and archival storage for the Society’s historical collections. Governed by an active volunteer board of 15 members, and guided by a strategic plan that was completed in 2016, CHS is ready to welcome its first Executive Director. CHS has an endowment currently valued at $5.4 million, a 2017 budget of approximately $270,000, and employs a full-time curator and a part-time administrative assistant to support the engagement of an active corps of volunteer docents, guides, and event volunteers. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address search1@starboardleadership.com. The cover letter and résumé should contain detailed information concerning work experience, past successes, leadership experience, qualifications, and fundraising capabilities.  Review of applications will begin on July 10, 2017.

  • 05 May 2017 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now accepting session proposals through June 15, 2017.

    Click here to submit your session proposal. 

    In 2020 Maine will be observing its bicentennial, a milestone that commemorates and celebrates the establishment of our statehood, and our journey before and since. The occasion will also provide a forum to reflect on our history and culture, both traditional and transitioning, and where we’ve come from and where we are headed as people and institutions in the great State of Maine.

    In anticipation of this milestone, MAM seeks conference session proposalsthat address the commemoration and interpretation of Maine’s upcoming bicentennial, as well as various other topics such as educational and event programming, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, preservation and collections care, fundraising, and governance.


    Share your knowledge, generate dialogue, and discuss ideas with colleagues from throughout Maine!


    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums is seeking qualified presenters to submit session proposals that fit this theme and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions. Session proposals will be considered in the following formats:

    • Panel Sessions—90-minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic that can inform or inspire participants in their work.
    • Workshops—90-minute block with one or more presenters offering hands-on opportunities for skill building.
    • Poster Exhibits—Display material presenting a project or exhibit that your institution would like to share with a larger audience that has relevance to the field at large.

    The MAM Program Committee seeks proposals that will inspire organizations of various sizes and disciplines and are especially visionary. Case studies will be considered, but proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will have priority. Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Attracting new volunteers and members
    • Case statements, grant writing and other fundraising appeals
    • Effective marketing initiatives
    • Youth initiatives
    • Innovative educational or interpretive programming

    Click here to submit your session proposal.  Proposals will be reviewed in mid-June and applicants will be notified by mid-July, 2017 about whether their proposal was accepted.

    Please note:  MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium, or travel reimbursement to presenters.  Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.


  • 29 Apr 2017 12:49 PM | Anonymous member

    The Brick Store Museum seeks Visitor Services Associates, (part-time) responsible for initial visitor engagement, administrative support, and retail operations during the hours he/she works. Museum is seeking help to fill specific hours, as follows:

    Hours: Wednesdays 5:00pm – 8:00pm; Saturdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Sundays 12:00pm – 4:00pm

    Hourly Pay: $10/hr

    Essential Duties:

    • Welcome and provide information to visitors about their Museum visit
    • Greet, direct and assist visitors
    • Perform cashier duties at the Front Desk, including admission ticket sales and Museum Store sales
    • Routes phone calls to correct staff phones, and/or responds to caller questions
    • Assists Engagement Coordinator with web presence, including archiving Museum press releases online
    • Takes visual inventory of shop items and replenishes shelves when necessary
    • May assist in special events and special museum projects in down time
    • Assists with other projects as assigned

    Abilities:

    • Knowledge of Kennebunk/Kennebunkport/Wells area to assist guests with travel questions
    • Understanding of general Museum environment and its mission in the community
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and knowledge of how to use iPad point-of-sale system
    • Highly motivated and self-directed
    • Ability to work on a flexible schedule which may include evenings or weekends
    • Able to work with a wide variety of visitors, including all age groups and learning levels
    • Friendly, informative and welcoming demeanor; should be community-oriented and enjoy promoting Museum’s educational mission

    To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Executive Director Cynthia Walker, cwalker@brickstoremuseum.org.


  • 12 Apr 2017 12:46 PM | Anonymous member

    The Abbe Museum is looking for a Producer whose focus will be creating and launching the annual Abbe Museum Indian Market (inaugural event is May 18-20, 2018). This position will coordinate the activities, tasks, and events leading up to AMIM and will lead planning efforts with the support of the Abbe team and a volunteer AMIM Committee. The Producer will work closely with the President/CEO and will implement policies established by the President/CEO and the Trustees. This is a part-time (20 hours) contract position. 

    For more information, including details on how to apply, please visit our website

  • 12 Apr 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous member

    The Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, Maine seeks people who love to interact with visitors of all ages to represent the museum at our front desk and gallery space. As a Visitor Services Associate, you are responsible for greeting museum guests and groups in a friendly manner and sharing the museum’s unique story; engaging guests with our exhibits and activities; processing fees, memberships, and sales in the gift shop and providing program support as needed. 

    This is a seasonal position available part-time from May 23 through October 28, 2017.  The position includes Saturdays and may include some holidays, special event work, or occasional evening hours. Ideal candidates for this position will have exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills. Retail experience including merchandising and handling sales transactions is preferred. A high school diploma and interesting life experience are required for this position, a bachelor’s degree or coursework preferred. See a full job description on our website. To apply, please send a brief letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position along with a resume to: info@wendellgilleymuseum.org. EOE.

    The Wendell Gilley Museum celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and artTo learn more visit our website at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org


  • 14 Mar 2017 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colby College invites applicants to apply for the position of:

    Deputy Director, Museum of Art

    The deputy director occupies a critical leadership position within the Museum of Art. Working closely with and reporting to the Museum’s director and chief curator, the deputy director provides organizational leadership and oversees the overall administrative management of the museum, including implementation of strategic objectives and organizational initiatives. The deputy director works collaboratively with department leadership in collections, curatorial, education, and the newly launched Lunder Institute for American Art to promote a highly functional, interactive, and dynamic museum team. The deputy director encourages and models interdepartmental communication and actively identifies and increases efficiencies within museum work flow on a continual basis. This position also motivates staff, provides and models effective project management skills, and represents the Museum to internal and external audiences and partners.

    Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art comprises five wings, more than 9,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the largest in the state of Maine. The recently announced gift by Peter and Paula Lunder will add more than 1,100 artworks to the collection by artists from Albecht Dürer to Julie Mehretu. Works in the collection strengthen the Museum’s mission to offer Colby students new perspectives on their classroom studies and expand their understanding of diverse subjects through art. The gift will also establish the Lunder Institute for American Art to advance critical and creative research in American art and related fields. The Lunder Institute will be integrated into the academic mission of the College and the Museum and will create unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary scholarship, creative work, and mentorship among visiting scholars, artists, faculty, and students. A major mission of the Lunder Institute is to make connections between American and global art, inspiring a dialogue between places and cultures and making the Museum an internationally recognized destination for the collection, study, and exhibition of American art.

    The Colby Museum is also deeply committed to strengthening diversity and inclusion across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum to include a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive and diverse exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. The Museum also seeks to further strengthen its identity as a preeminent academic museum through national and international partnerships and through world-class exhibitions. In addition, the Museum serves as a key contributor to the revitalization of downtown Waterville through its membership in Waterville Creates! and its active participation in the programmatic initiatives of Colby College.

    Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

    For more information and to apply please visit:

    http://www.colby.edu/administration_cs/humanresources/employment/deputy_director_3_2017.cfm

  • 02 Mar 2017 9:51 AM | Anonymous member

    The L.C.Bates Museum has a paid summer intern position for a college student or recent college graduate. The position will support the educational and collections work in the museum. The project will involve working with visitors including school field trips and some museum collections work.

    Please contact the museum at lcbates@gwh.org or 207-238-4250 for more information or to apply.

  • 17 Feb 2017 1:28 PM | Anonymous member

    The Old York Historical Society welcomes applicants for its Perkins Fellowship. The 2017 fellowship will concentrate on the curatorial research of 3-dimensional objects under consideration for deaccession. The project will include inventory management, provenance research, collections record management in PastPerfect and a final report and presentation of findings. The fellowship pays a $3000 stipend for a commitment of no less than 15 hours per week, 200 hours in total. Schedule can be flexible, must be agreed upon in advance. Most work will be carried out at the organization’s collection storage facility in Kittery, Maine but may also include some hours at the museum and archives in York Village, Maine. Candidates should have prior museum and/or decorative arts experience, must be able to work independently, and should be proficient in Excel.  Familiarity with PastPerfect is helpful, but not required. Preference will be given to graduate and post-graduate students. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to collectionsmanager@oldyork.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.


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