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Senior Exhibit Content Developer [California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco]

Job Description

Position Summary:

We’re hiring a Senior Exhibit Content Developer to join the Academy’s Exhibit Studio. We create captivating exhibits and visitor experiences to engage a global audience in the Academy’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibit Content Development, the Senior Exhibit Content Developer will work closely with Academy scientists, a top-notch exhibit team, and other internal and external partners to develop innovative strategies for Academy exhibits, create engaging scientific content, research and write exhibit and aquarium labels, and produce interactives and media. Our current projects include a new exhibition on cutting-edge exploration of coral reef biodiversity, redesigning portions of the signature living rainforest, and pioneering new ways to showcase incredible natural history collections and science-based sustainability solutions to Academy visitors.
Who are we looking for? You’d jump at a job where you get to make science and sustainability compelling for broad audiences. You love immersing yourself in complex science… and emerging with a memorable storyline. You enjoy writing clear, delightful sentences; dreaming up unconventional ways to communicate science without words; or helping find the perfect soundtrack for a short video. You build rapport with colleagues, whether they’re designers, educators, techno-wizards, or scientists. You have experience in museums, exhibit design firms, or other educationoriented settings.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop interpretive strategies for assigned exhibits. Establish exhibit goals, objectives, and key messages. Complete literature reviews, visitor research, theme and topic development.
  • Collaborate, communicate progress, and coordinate work with cross-functional teams of project managers, designers and developers, scientists and other subject matter experts, collections staff, educators, and other Academy staff.
  • Act as an effective liaison between Exhibit Studio and scientific staff, partnering with researchers to highlight Academy scientists and their research in exhibitions. Facilitate content review by in-house and external parties and incorporate feedback.
  • Research and interpret scientific information, images, objects, and technologies. Develop concepts and content for delivery through text, visual media, interactives, and audio. Includes writing lively text for labels and scripts; editing, revising, fact-checking, and proofreading; researching, selecting and helping to secure specimens, artifacts, images, video, and other educational resources.
  • Advocate for audience-centric exhibit experiences that make science fun, engaging, and surprising for people of all backgrounds.
  • Design and conduct evaluations at specified points in exhibit development process to ensure that projects achieve goals and objectives. Includes working with teams to develop prototypes and test with audiences, and summarizing findings and recommendations.
  • Follow and contribute to the Academy’s exhibit development process and complete work in a timely manner to meet schedules and budgets.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay informed of trends in the museum field, learn from and share knowledge with colleagues, and build relevant partnerships.
  • Follow Academy safety regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

We’re looking for applicants with the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, environmental studies, museum studies, or related field.
  • 5+ years (7-10 preferred) of experience in exhibit development for informal science or similar setting and thorough understanding of exhibit development process and design principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in science writing for diverse public audiences.
  • Experience at successfully handling multiple projects simultaneously and meeting tight deadlines. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Gifted storyteller and science communicator who writes clearly, concisely, and imaginatively.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop thematic structure for exhibits and use a variety of methods and techniques to communicate concepts to general audience(s).
  • Ability to create exhibit content that is intellectually and emotionally engaging. Exhibits should have a “fun” or “Wow!” factor that will drive attendance to the Academy.
  • Ability to read and understand scientific literature.
  • Knowledge of exhibit evaluation methods in informal education settings.
  • Knowledge of conservation factors and proper presentation of artifacts.
  • Detail-oriented and accurate.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office, collaboration tools such as Evernote, Box, and others to create, manipulate and share text documents, spreadsheets, images, and other digital assets. Some familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret floor plans and elevations, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.
  • Ability to write persuasive reports and correspondence.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75% of the time. Must be able to lift 20 lbs.


Please submit your cover letter and resume online at Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.C

Interpretive Naturalist and School Programs Coordinator [The Wild Center, Tupper Lake NY]


The Wild Center is a growing science museum located on an 81 acre campus in the beautiful Adirondack Park in northern New York State. The Interpretive Naturalist and School Programs Coordinator position works in a team environment with The Wild Center Education staff to provide exceptional programming to museum audiences including school groups and visitors. This position will lead the coordination of school and teacher programming including integrating a distance/online learning component.

We are looking for a passionate, well-rounded individual to join our education team in a fast paced environment. For a full job description, qualifications, education and/or experience, and application requirements please visit

Curatorial Assistant [Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY]

Description & Details


Assists the curators in the preparation of exhibitions, cataloging objects in the collection, compiling reference materials and research.  Works with the Registrar to organize glass in the off-site storage facility.  Answers questions from the public and works with the Education Department as needed.




  • Assists curators in research needed to prepare exhibitions and other interpretive projects.
  • With the curators and the Education Department, prepares exhibition objectives and outlines.
  • Assists in writing text for labels.
  • Performs research on the collection and topics of the curators’ choosing.
  • Assists in the development of information for web-based and web-related media.
  • Enters data into the MultiMimsy system regarding objects in the collection.
  • Assists the curators in answering questions from the public about the collection.
  • Assists in periodic surveys or inventories of the collections.
  • Works with the Registrar’s staff as requested to organize glass in the offsite storage facility.
  • Supplies information about the collection to the Education Department as requested and assists in creating programs around the collection.
  • Provides tours of the collection.





  • Master’s Degree, preferably from a recognized Museum Studies or Art History program.
  • Excellent research ability.
  • Knowledge of glass desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of art history and the decorative arts desirable.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software products.  Knowledge of MultiMimsy software or the ability to learn it.
  • Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
How to Apply / Contact

To Apply email, fax or mail resume with cover letter to, fax to 607.438.5410, or send to Corning Museum of Glass, One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, Attn: Human Resources. An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Collections Coordinator [Seattle Art Museum]

Job Description



  1. Coordinate acquisition activities of the Board Committee on Collections, including scheduling meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, managing restricted funds (purchase and support funds), reviewing new TMS entries, providing media for TMS records, and research on provenance, exhibition and publication histories of new works to the collection.
  2. Coordinate deaccession activities, including managing internal process, COC involvement, and intern support.  Track sale plans and proceeds, and make sure credit lines “by exchange” are applied.
  3. Collection research, update collection cataloguing, update object files and TMS records.
  4. Assist with curatorial preparations for biennial Acquisitions Evening including coordinating film of new acquisitions.
  5. Review and update object files and TMS records under curatorial oversight.
  6. Provenance research (especially WWII-era) on permanent collection objects.
  7. Coordinate with curators to organize storage visits for visiting scholars, students and artists; add notes to TMS object records.
  8. Liaison to the public for art-related inquiries; pass on research inquiries on permanent collection from external researchers to curators or research as assigned. Respond to messages sent to
  9. Serve as contact for Christie’s for monthly verbal appraisals program. Coordinate the ≤10 free verbal appraisals each month, coinciding with outgoing loans and Registrars’ annual insurance update.
  10. 10. Work with Communications team to publicize and promote permanent collection.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned.


Deadline for applications: June 5, 2015

Seattle Art Museum is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

We will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions. Please contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.

Job Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in art history or equivalent plus 3+ years’ relevant administrative or research work experience, preferably in museum setting.
  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  3. Demonstrated art historical research experience and proficiency.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access & other software programs.
  5. Good knowledge of works of art, art terminology and institutions.
  6. Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple competing tasks; excellent time-management and problem-solving skills.
  7. Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality.
  8. Ability to work professionally and tactfully and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  9. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with Board members, key donors, executives, management, employees, and the public.

Registrar [William Benton Museum of Art]



The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, is seeking applicants for the position of Art Museum Registrar (UCP 5).

The successful individual, under the general direction of the Executive Director, is responsible for keeping all records relating to the museum’s permanent collection and works of art on loan from other sources for the purposes of exhibition, program or study.  Additional responsibilities include collection management for all objects owned by the Museum and those on loan.  Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to receive, inspect, accession, document, label and catalog new acquisitions to the collection; oversee deaccession procedures in compliance with collection management policies; create and maintain manual and computerized information management systems for works of art, both objects owned by the William Benton Museum of Art and those on loan to the museum; create, compile and maintain legal documents, histories of use, and physical histories of permanent collection objects; conduct collections-related research as necessary; draft and update Museum emergency procedure manual and train staff in emergency procedures; coordinate and assist with computer projects including system specifications and software choices, data standards, and data input management; train staff and volunteers on use of collection management system; initiate, develop, and, upon adoption, implement collection policies; develop and implement inventory projects; provide other departments, researchers, students and the public access to information about the collections and arrange for viewing; facilitate care and control of collections on and off site; recommend conservation priorities in consultation with the Director; organize, coordinate and oversee the movement of collection objects for exhibition, loan, or storage including packing and shipping; evaluate and approve or deny requests for loans from the permanent collection in consultation with the Director; manage incoming and outgoing loans: produce or process loan agreements, provide insurance coverage, prepare condition reports, arrange for packing and transportation of loaned objects, and document the loan process; advise and consult with University Office of Insurance and Risk Management on collection insurance issues and legal documents; contract for outside services needed including conservation, packing, crating, shipping, photography, and international freight forwarding; manage photographic rights and reproduction services; supervise photography of permanent collection and loaned objects; store both analog and digital photographs of collection objects; monitor copyright status of collection objects; manage sales of photography materials, and secure non-exclusive licenses for work of art where copyright is held by others; prepare rate structures for loans, traveling exhibitions, and photographic services; secure copyright assignment for museum publications; serve as liaison with other University offices as needed to carry out responsibilities; sit in ex officio capacity on Collections and Exhibitions Committees and take minutes; perform related duties as required.


Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience; minimum of one year of related museum experience; proven expertise in care, transportation of and record keeping of works of art; demonstrated expertise in Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Office, and EmbARK Gallery Systems software; exceptional attention to detail and organization; proven strong written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; and flexibility in hours worked and days of the week worked.


Master’s or terminal degree in museum studies, collection management, information science or related field; three years’ experience as Registrar in an art museum; demonstrated creation of Collections Management policies; and demonstrated creation of Museum Emergency Procedures policies.


This is a full-time, permanent position.  The University of Connecticut offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive package of benefits.


Please submit a letter of application and resume that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications and requirements of this position and contact information for 3 professional references using the UniversityHusky Hire on-line application form. Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2015458).

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