Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Training Opportunity: Creating Engaging and Memorable Tours

The Greater Baltimore History Alliance is hosting a training session called "Creating Engaging and Memorable Tours" in Baltimore, MD, Wednesday, December 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. More information can be found here: http://www.baltimoremuseums.org/training-opportunity-creating-engaging-and-memorable-tours/

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Employment Opportunity: Petersburg Museums

 Full information available at http://www.petersburgva.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=CURATOR-OF-COLLECTIONS-14


LOCATION: Museums & Visitor Services
STATUS: Classified/Full-Time
CLOSING DATE: November 22, 2013

The City of Petersburg seeks a curator with strong collections management skills to oversee a diverse collection of artifacts and historic structures related to the history of the City. Museums include historic sites focusing on the 19th century history of the region. In addition to registration and cataloging, other duties include: research, environmental monitoring, planning and implementation of furnishing plans, development of changing exhibitions, reinterpretation of permanent exhibitions with site staff, long range planning, and site coordination for Centre Hill Museum.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in museum studies or a closely related field.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a broad knowledge of professional museum standards and practices, with specific knowledge of artifact and archival handling, collections management, registration, and recordkeeping practices. The successful candidate must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, team management skills, and computer skills in addition to good written and oral communication skills.

Preferred candidate will have experience with PastPerfect software; experience with exhibit development and installation; working knowledge of 19th century life and material culture in Virginia; experience supervising staff; and the ability to provide excellent visitor services.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid appropriate driver’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

SPECIAL NOTICES: Final applicants will be required to submit an updated DMV driving record, submit to a criminal history investigation and submit to urinalysis screening for illegal drug use. Employees in this position are subject to random drug testing.

Employment Opportunity: Julia A. Purnell Museum

Julia A. Purnell Museum Executive Director Search
Executive Director sought for small, regional history museum. The Director will manage all aspects of the museum: governance, finances, collections, exhibit building, educational programing, and development. Examples of work include organizing, planning and presenting public programs, grant-writing, writing press releases and marketing materials, cataloging and caring for a large collection of artifacts and conducting research. Job involves physical labor. The successful candidate must be a resourceful, creative multi-tasker with strong communication and computer skills. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required. Museum or non-profit experience a plus. The Town of Snow Hill offers full benefits and is part of Maryland State Retirement. For detailed description and information about the museum, see www.purnellmuseum.com. Mail resume by November 27, 2013 to: Kelly Brewington: Town Manager, Town of Snow Hill, P.O. Box 348, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863.

Grant Opportunity! United States Federation of Friends of Museums

This is the second year the USFFM has partnered with the Small Museum Association to offer this unique opportunity to our members! We are privileged to offer this opportunity to you and we thank the USFFM for this opportunity to support Small Museums!

United States Federation of Friends of Museums Grant Information


Any museum which is currently or was formerly a member of the Small Museum Association is eligible to apply. For information about SMA's membership program visit: www.smallmuseum.org.

You can download the application on our website, http://www.smallmuseum.org/usffm-grant-opportunity-2014.html After you download the application form, please rename your application with "2014-your two letter State abbreviation-City-MuseumName" before you submit.
Like so:  2014-MD-Anytown-SampleMuseumExample.doc

A grant of $2,500 to be used to fulfill an educational program or cultural activity that is not currently budgeted.


Apply by January 10, 2014.


This grant program was started in 2012 as a program of the Clare Morehead Memorial Fund, established by the children of the late Clare Moorhead, a USFFM Board member whose passion was small museums.  Due to the keen interest, the USFFM has decided to continue offering four grants to help small museums fund projects for which no other funding is available.


Museum directors should apply before January 10, 2014, via email USFFM25@gmail.com or postal mail to USFFM 2001 K Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20006-1040. The application must include the following information:

• Name of Museum:

• Street Address, City, State and Zip:

• Email Address:

• Telephone:

• Name and Title of Musuem Director:

• Year founded:

• Type of museum and mission, in brief:

• Number of days museum is open each typical week:

• Museum open hours:

• Number of visitors last year:

• Annual budget:

• Size of paid museum staff:

• Number of museum volunteers:

• Please describe the educational or cultural project you propose that would be helped by the USFFM Small Museum grant of $2500. (If project requires outside professional help or equipment, please describe and estimate costs.)

You can download the application on our website, http://www.smallmuseum.org/usffm-grant-opportunity-2014.html
After you download the application form, please rename your application with "2014-your two letter State abbreviation-City-MuseumName" before you submit.
Like so:  2014-MD-Anytown-SampleMuseumExample.doc


Applicants are asked to commit to providing  two brief  progress reports (mid-year and end of year) to USFFM, so that the information can be shared with other small museums and the World Federation of Friends of Museums. Photos and stories for use in the USFFM newsletter will also be appreciated.


Please contact USFFM via email at USFFM25@gmail.com