Thursday, December 19, 2013

Employment Opportunity: Gaithersburg Community Museum

City of Gaithersburg

Human Resources Department   
31 South Summit Avenue  
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Phone:    301-258-6327
Fax:        301-258-6414     
TDD:       301-258-6430

Community Museum Assistant
Posting Date:

Job Code:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Parks, Recreation & Culture
Employment Status:

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture is seeking applicants for the position of part-time Community Museum Assistant at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.

Position Information:
The primary function of the position is to welcome visitors, provide information about the exhibits and local history, and point of sales in the Museum Shop.  Additional responsibilities will include administrative support functions; conducting research; developing exhibit information; cataloging the collection; and assisting in the development and running of special events, tours, and rentals.

Position Requirements/Essential Functions:
Must be responsible, dependable, punctual, and able to handle a wide variety of assignments.  Must be a creative, energetic self-starter, with the ability to work efficiently and effectively to plan and implement a variety of exhibits, events and programs.  Requires excellent customer service skills; strong research, organizational, time management and communication (both verbal and written) skills; a high level of attention to detail and accuracy; and the ability to problem solve, prioritize and meet deadlines.   Must be safety conscious, diplomatic, and professional; and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Requires solid computer skills with a variety of programs (Microsoft Office Suite required; PastPerfect Museum Software a preferred skill).

Must be able to deal with customers in a positive, courteous, and professional manner.  Some physical demands (such as lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds); indoor and outdoor work conditions are possible.  Current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications preferred, or have the ability to become certified.  A valid Maryland driver’s license is required.

Prior experience in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, or related field is preferred.  An interest in and knowledge of local history is a plus.  Social networking skills including maintaining a Facebook page preferred.
Work Schedule:
Approximately 15 - 20 hours per week; must be available to regularly work daytime weekday and weekend hours and occasionally work events and rentals during non-business hours.

Salary range $10 to $17 per hour, depending on duties assigned, knowledge, qualifications, and experience.

For More Information:
Contact Nansie Wilde at 301.258.6350, Ext. 123, or

Application Process:
Apply online, submit your resume, and respond to the job-specific supplemental questions at Online applicants will receive an immediate email acknowledging receipt of their application.  You may be required to provide additional information if you are selected for an interview.

Online applications are preferred; however, if you are unable to apply online, you may mail/drop off a completed City of Gaithersburg Employment Application with resume to Human Resources Department, City of Gaithersburg, 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Employment application may be downloaded from

Application/resume must be postmarked or received in the City of Gaithersburg Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date, if one is indicated.  Applicants will receive an acknowledgement letter or email within seven to ten business days.

Applications and resumes are accepted for current job openings only.

The City of Gaithersburg is an
Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Compliant Employer

Monday, December 16, 2013

Employment Opportunity: Sandy Spring Museum

Spring 2014 Part-Time Education Position

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860
(301) 774-0022

Museum Education and Public Programming Assistants
Positions available: 2

Duration: January 15, 2014-June 2014
Stipend: $1,500 stipend

Hours: 15-20 hours a week; days and hours vary

Supervisor: Kelly Palich, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Job Description:

Museum education staff will be responsible for the following:

1)      Museum Exploration Days: Staff will collaborate with the Education Coordinator to help plan and run three museum exploration days: January 20, February 17 and March 28, 2014.  These days are open to children grades K-8 on days off of school.  Pre-program tasks will include researching new games, crafts, activities and helping to create a schedule, preparing supplies and learning the history of the Sandy spring area.  During the program, staff will work one-on-one with campers and have the opportunity to run activities and games.  The programs will run from 8:30-4:30pm on scheduled days.

2)      Spring Break Camps: The staff will collaborate with the Education Director to help plan the Museum’s Hands-on-History Camp (March 24-28; April 14-18 2014).  Pre-camp tasks include researching new games/crafts/activities, helping create a schedule, preparing supplies, and learning the history of the area.  Staff will help create marketing materials for camps and distribute and recruit registrants.

3)      School Programs and Outreach: Staff will work with the Education Coordinator to help run scheduled field trips during the month of January.  Staff will help launch new program, Reinventing the Wheel, which incorporates both History and STEM Common Core practices.  Fieldtrips include both on-site museum tours and in-classroom outreach programs.  Staff will also help Education Coordinator recruit and train education volunteers at a Saturday Training Workshop.

4)      Social Media/Blogging: Staff will brainstorm unique ways to expand our museum audiences through social media – how do we educate digitally?  Staff will research our collections, programming and events and develop creative ways to spread the word through facebook, twitter, tumblr and blogging.

Product: As a final product, part time staff will produce a portfolio for each program/camp they develop, containing written descriptions of each program, including clear curriculum goals (if applicable), lesson/activity plans, and specific museum collections items appropriate to the programs. In addition, all documents should be saved and organized electronically.  Staff should also include a weekly journal or log recording completed tasks, lessons learned, challenges faced, and reflection on museum education in a community setting.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:
Kelly Palich
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Employment Opportunity: Captain Avery Museum


Museum Director
Effective leader with exceptional development/fundraising experience sought for position as Director of the Captain Avery Museum (

Major responsibilities include fund raising, grant writing public relations and external communication. The Director reports to the Board, serves as Museum's primary community representative and oversees Museum operations. 

Required: Bachelor’s degree; 3-5 years development and public relations experience and excellent writing/editing, organizational and budget skills.
Ideal candidate will also possess non-profit management experience, preferably with a museum, and knowledge of /keen interest in the Chesapeake Bay and its history.

This is a half-time position with a salary of $ 30,000. See detailed position description at

Submit cover letter, resume and references by February 10, 2014 to: Captain Avery Museum, PO Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764 or

Friday, December 13, 2013

Employment Opportunity: Heritage Preservation

Heritage Preservation in Washington, DC is looking for a full-time program assistant. Position announcement is available through December 30, 2013. For a full description, please go to