Thursday, September 13, 2012

Employment Opportunity with the Conservation Assessment Program (Heritage Preservation)

Position Announcement
Program Assistant, Conservation Assessment Program

Heritage Preservation seeks a Program Assistant to assist the Coordinator in the administration of the Conservation Assessment Program.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization based in downtown Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.

The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) helps small to mid-sized museums of all types, from art museums to zoos, obtain a general assessment of the condition of their collections, environment, and historic buildings. It is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CAP Program Assistant duties include, but are not limited to, assistance with program inquiries, production and distribution of application materials, oversight of the online application form, processing applications, screening application eligibility, production and distribution of CAPabilities (a semi-annual program newsletter) and Assessor Update newsletter, providing assistance to program participants and assessors by phone and e-mail, promoting the program to museums, coordinating program evaluation, and maintaining CAP program FileMaker database and paper files.

Compensation: Salary in the low $30,000s plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes a public transit allocation. Heritage Preservation will not cover relocation expenses.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in museum studies, art history, history, or a related field. This entry level position is ideal for a recent college graduate. Excellent organizational and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities. Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Office; knowledge of FileMaker Pro is desirable.

How to Apply: Email resume with cover letter describing relevant skills, experience, and interest to:

Teresa Martinez
Conservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation

Please no phone calls.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the deadline of Friday, October 5, 2012.
Heritage Preservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on Heritage Preservation or CAP, please visit the Heritage Preservation Web site at

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

PA Museums Workshop: From Here To There: Exhibit Development for Small Museums

Pa Museums, Pennsylvania's statewide museum association is organizing a workshop on exhibit development for small museums at the State Museum, Harrisburg PA on November 5, 2012.

 November 5, 2012
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The State Museum, Harrisburg, PA
PA Museums Members: $30; Non Members: $40 Box lunch is included in registration.
Contact Chrisoula Perdziola at PA Museums (412) 999-9499.

 From Here To There: Exhibit Development for Small Museums

 Does your institution operate on less than $50,000 annually?
Do you operate with volunteers?
Do you want to move forward despite limited funds and staff?
That's what the Jefferson County History Center wanted in 2001.
Find out how you, too, can grow from a house to three buildings; from an operating budget of $4000 to one of $80,000; from an all-volunteer staff to a mix of 7; and from labeling "stuff" to award-winning exhibits recognized by the American Association for State and Local History.

 The program will include a presentation, discussion, activities, time for lunch, and a 1 p.m. behind the scenes tour of part of The State Museum for about an hour.

 Ken Burkett is the executive director of the Jefferson County History Center and a field archaeologist for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. A current project in the county is the documentation of the Dedicated Rocks of Douglas Stahlman.
 Carole A. Briggs is the long-time volunteer curator at the Jefferson County History Center. Besides maintaining the collections, she enjoys writing and exhibit production.

 PA Museums Members: $30
 Non Members: $40
 Box lunch is included in registration.
 If you have any questions or would like to register for this program, please contact Chrisoula Perdziola at  PA Museums, (412) 999-9499.

 For more information about Pa Museums, visit