JOB TITLE: Museum Curator
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Salaried
REPORTS TO: Museum Director
The Museum Curator position requires curiosity, active engagement with projects, professionalism, independent initiative, effective communication skills with children and adults, and a desire to work with animals. The primary roles of the Curator are to manage the Museum’s collections including accessioning and cataloging, maintaining a computer database, storage, maintenance and environmental control and monitoring; and assist with facilitation of growth and long-term care of live and mounted collections. The Museum Curator will educate the public about the environment and natural history of Northwestern Wisconsin; foster a commitment to the protection of the natural environment; assist with care for the Museum’s education raptors, herps, and other living collections.
In addition to caring for the Museum’s collections, responsibilities include teaching, public speaking, writing, giving scientific and ecological demonstrations, assisting with animal care and ecological demonstrations, and handling public relations and administrative tasks. The Curator will work in a variety of environments, including the Museum, local school classrooms, and outdoors on nature trails, rivers, lakes and various locations within the Chequamegon National Forest. This position requires the ability to physically engage students and Museum visitors in indoor and outdoor activities throughout all seasons of the year.
- Facilitate care of Museum collections, including monitoring environmental controls, specimen quality, preservation methods, and cataloging.
- Maintain current federal and state permits regarding salvage animal collection and specimens in Museum collections.
- Train and supervise volunteers to help with collections.
- Rotate exhibits in Museum display cases.
- Interpret the Museum’s collections and exhibits (indoors and out) to Museum visitors.
- Plan and implement educational programs and create auxiliary materials related to the Museum’s collections and educational goals.
- Complete the Museum’s Housekeeping and IPM plans.
- Research and apply for grants related to collections and programming.
- Facilitate the growth and long-term care of the collections.
- Assist with the care and well-being of animals and plants in the living collections. This includes medical, emergency coverage, disaster follow through and general wellbeing of live collections.
- Provide information about Museum programs and topics of regional environmental interest.
- Facilitate Joseph Jenkins Lecture Series.
- Answer visitors’ questions related to the environment and natural history.
- Welcome, greet, and interact with Museum visitors.
- Co-plan the Museum Calendar of Events.
- Participate in docent training to ensure proper access to and care of collections.
- Contribute to the Museum Newsletter, write articles and serve as photographer when needed.
- Monitor collections-related sections of the Museum’s website, including responding to questions submitted to the site.
- Uphold the Best Standards and Practices for Museum Education.
- Participate in opportunities for growth in the field of environmental education and natural history museum evolving trends.
- Assist with writing natural history essays for the Northwoods Natural History Page and Visitor Guide.
- Assist with planning and executing all aspects of exhibit design and construction.
Successful candidate will possess:
- Strong organizational skills.
- Commitment to meeting deadlines.
- Experience teaching groups of children, and proficiency in behavior management.
- Experience with or desire to learn to work with animals.
- Up-to-date computer skills.
- Desire to be active and engaged in the community.
- Enthusiasm for meeting new people and welcoming visitors.
- Ability to work despite interruptions.
This position has the following professional requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology or other Natural Sciences; Master’s degree with Certificate of Museum Studies preferred.
- 2 years teaching in formal or informal environments.
- Familiarity with the dynamics of a non-formal education setting.
Salary and Benefits:
The Cable Natural History Museum offers salary commensurate with experience and responsibilities of this position. Simple IRA Plan is offered. Temporary housing for the successful candidate and his/her family is available in a Museum owned property, the Jackson Burke House, for the first 8 weeks of employment. We welcome the candidate to view our website at www.cablemuseum.org and to check out our wonderful community and natural surroundings at www.cable4fun.com.
Send or email a complete resume, a letter describing why you believe you have the skills and experience to be a successful, effective Museum Curator, a one-page natural history writing sample, and three references with phone numbers and addresses to:
Cable Natural History Museum
- O. Box 416
Cable, WI 54821
Application deadline: October 15, 2016
The Museum will notify you by email when your application has been received.
Position decisions will be communicated when filled.
Successful candidate will begin active employment on January 3, 2017
(Work week will be Tuesday – Saturday)