Careers - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Careers

New Bedford Whaling Museum is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Career Opportunities

New Bedford Whaling Museum is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

All applicants must submit an application for employment along with their resume and cover letter and follow the “To Apply” instructions noted in job openings below.

 

Museum Careers

Assistant / Associate Collections Manager (Full-time, salary, exempt)

Salary range: $40,500-45,000

The New Bedford Whaling Museum seeks a full-time Assistant / Associate Collections Manager (CM) to work collaboratively on the physical management, cataloguing, storage, and digitization of the museum’s collection. The museum holds a collection of over one million items, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, negatives, postcards, ephemera, prints, maps and charts, artifacts and fine art. There is also an institutional archive, and small non-circulating collection of reference materials, used internally by researchers and staff. Acting as part of a team tasked with the physical and intellectual control of the collection, this individual will be responsible for the physical management of the collection and maintenance of item-level records in the CMS. They will train and monitor the work of interns and volunteers, as assigned. The individual is responsible for the integrity and clarity of collections information (text and image, as well as any digital surrogates). They work closely with curators and other department staff, under the direction of the Chief Curator, as well as with the Director of Digital Engagement to prioritize ongoing digitization efforts, and the Exhibitions Manager to facilitate the safe exhibition of works from the collection. This individual should have a demonstrated facility in digital assets management, a commitment to accessibility, medium specific training that informs their ability to assess condition and determine safe storage and housing needs for different kinds of objects, and an awareness of best practices in the field related to physical collections management, storage and care. A commitment to DEAI and awareness of metadata justice in cataloguing is preferred. We are hiring at the Assistant or Associate level, dependent upon experience.

For the full Position Description, Qualifications, and Application Instructions click here.  The application deadline is March 15, 2024.  No phone calls, please.

Curatorial & Museum Learning Assistant (Full-time, hourly, non-exempt)

Salary range: $36,500-38,000

The Curatorial & Museum Learning Assistant plays a critical support role in the Curatorial and Museum Learning Department and is responsible for assisting the Chief Curator with core aspects of administrative operations and logistics at the Department level. The Department Assistant maintains an essential administrative load and acts as department liaison to all staff and appropriate members of the public. This includes monitoring general inquiry email accounts, coordinating department scheduling, including arranging collection visits and regular and project meetings, organizing contact lists, ordering supplies and tracking expenditures, and facilitating permanent collection management and gallery rotations. They also aid with general collections management work and museum learning operations, on an as-needed basis. They will work closely with and support the duties of department staff, assist with special projects, as assigned, and adapt to the diverse administrative workload in a fast-paced non-profit environment.

For the full Position Description, Qualifications, and Application Instructions click here.  The application deadline is March 15, 2024.  No phone calls, please.

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