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Museum Collections Associate
National Willa Cather Center
Red Cloud, Nebraska

Salary Range: $16-$18 per hour based on experience
Status: Full-Time      Classification: Exempt
Reports To: Director of Collections & Curation

Who we are: The National Willa Cather Center exists to promote and encourage increased understanding of and appreciation for the life, times, settings, and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather. We promote her legacy through education, preservation, and the arts, and we aim to become a premier cultural center that offers broad educational opportunities for our patrons to experience Cather’s work, explore historic landmarks, foster their own creativity, and embrace the arts and humanities.

Job Purpose: The National Willa Cather Center seeks a highly-organized, technically skilled, and  multi-talented candidate to fill a Facilities & Preservation Specialist position. The Specialist ensures the  short- and long-term maintenance, security, and safety of the NWCC’s  historic properties and grounds, including the National Willa Cather Center (30,000 square feet); the Red Cloud Opera House (11,000 square feet); and nine sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including Willa Cather’s Childhood Home (a National Historic Landmark), the Burlington Depot, the Farmers and Merchants Bank, the Cather Second Home, Pavelka Farmstead, J.L. Miner House, and three historic churches.  

The Facilities & Preservation Specialist works as part of the Collections team to ensure efficient maintenance and repair of properties; acts on behalf of the NWCC when engaging and overseeing the work of independent contractors and vendors; and assists NWCC leadership in planning and prioritizing regular preventative maintenance and capital improvements. Duties include evaluation of and contribution to sites-related procedures and documents, such as disaster planning, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring, and maintenance scheduling. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:  

  • Proactively review all general maintenance and maintain detailed maintenance files on all HVAC units, security systems, fire suppression systems, and other equipment 
  • Maintain compliance with applicable regulations by completing regularly scheduled  inspections per established schedules and update maintenance checklists as needed 
  • Oversee the safe and proper maintenance of equipment and tools including coordinating repairs and/or replacement and ensuring all are returned to appropriate storage areas 
  • Ensure that security, fire, and emergency safety equipment is inspected and in good working order
  • Respond to and resolve issues regarding security systems, buildings, and grounds
  • Manage and conduct basic maintenance and repairs including carpentry, plumbing,  electrical, and engaging outside vendors/contractors with approval
  • Keep centralized detailed records of preservation work completed, costs, warranty cards, paint colors, and other pertinent material 
  • Oversee construction projects, ensuring timely completion within budget 
  • Regularly communicate maintenance priorities, concerns, and emergencies both verbally in meetings and in written and digital communication
  • Develop a long-range facility maintenance plan including necessary improvements and costs 
  • Adhere to approved budget, managing expenses for the  benefit of the organization 

Education and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree with technical training in facility management, construction, or a related field is preferred 
  • Minimum 1–3 years of experience as a facility manager or related profession that involved conducting repairs and renovations including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. 
  • Well versed in facilities management and historic preservation best practices, or a willingness to pursue professional development to acquire this knowledge 
  • Outstanding communication skills, organizational skills, and impeccable attention to detail  
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong analytical skills to review complex information in order to make decisions based on  priorities and budget availability 
  • Experience using Gmail, Google Calendar and Drive, and Microsoft applications  
  • Ability to have a flexible work schedule when needed (occasional evenings and weekends) 
  • Appreciation for rural America, small town life, and local history 

Work Environment and Physical Demands: 

  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 40 lbs. 
  • Must be able to perform moderate to heavy manual labor 
  • Must be able to crawl, bend, stretch, and climb while performing routine tasks 
  • Must be able to work in non-temperature controlled areas throughout the year 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive a motor vehicle 

Salary and Benefits: 

This is a full-time, salaried position. Competitive compensation will be based on experience.  Benefits, including health insurance, IRA, paid holidays, and paid time off (PTO) are available. 

This job description may evolve over time. Duties and the position status are subject to periodic updates. At management’s discretion, the employee may be assigned different and/or additional responsibilities.  

To apply, send cover letter, résumé, and three professional references to: 

The Willa Cather Foundation  

Attn: Human Resources 

413 North Webster Street 

Red Cloud, NE 68970 | 

DEADLINE: Applicants are encouraged to apply by September 15. The position will  remain open until filled.

Position Title: School Programs Coordinator
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $38,000 per year

Position Summary

Joslyn Art Museum seeks applicants for a School Programs Coordinator, offering a motivated individual the opportunity to implement and support school and teacher programs as a transformative building expansion and renovation project nears completion, and the Museum reopens after a two-year closure.

The person in this role is responsible for coordinating teacher professional development, implementing homeschool programs, and creating educator resources. This intermediate-level position is a mix of work completed at a desk (sitting and/or standing), in multiple areas of the Museum (on the move), and some off-site opportunities.

Major Duties

  • Collaborate with the Head of School & Teacher Programs to execute teacher professional development programs by helping plan and run sessions, monitor program registration, work with volunteers and presenters to ensure a successful experience for all participants.
  • Procure art-making materials and coordinate with the Studio Programs Manager regarding all supplies, both consumable and tools for school and teacher programs.
  • Work with the Head of School & Teacher Programs to develop and implement homeschool family programs, eventually taking the lead and managing them.
  • Coordinate the production and maintenance of pre-recorded distance-learning programs; provide tech support for live connections.
  • Produce and update educational content on teacher guides, self-guided activities (ie. scavenger hunts) for school visits, digital instructional resources, and teacher resources on the website.
  • Oversee the school tour preparation area, keeping it tidy, making sure tablets are charged and gallery activities resources are ready; maintain organization and inventory of the attached school and teacher resources storage room.
  • Attend relevant educational/outreach events to participate, represent, and promote Joslyn’s school and teacher programs and resources.
  • Participate in relevant trainings, webinars, and community gatherings to grow skills and build a professional network.
  • Format content to produce monthly teacher and school programs eNewsletter.
  • Be knowledgeable about Museum activities and services and willing to assist any visitor and ensure they have a positive experience.
  • Adhere to policies of the Employee Handbook.
  • Other duties related to Learning & Engagement as assigned.


  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree required. Concentration in art and art history, digital media, communications, education, graphic design, or related field; or commensurate relevant experience. Qualified candidates will have an interest in art history.
  • Minimum two years of experience in arts administration or commensurate experience.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities for unexpected challenges and troubleshooting skills with technology; possess a growth mindset.
  • Ability to balance creative assignments with administrative tasks, including working with a budget.
  • Excellent communications (oral/written) and organizational skills.
  • Strong aptitude to learn new software programs; demonstrated Adobe Creative Suite experience (specifically InDesign and Photoshop).
  • Enthusiasm/appreciation for the visual arts as well as homeschool, K-12, and higher ed audiences.


Starting salary: $38,000. Qualifications and experience will be considered in the compensation for this position.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Joslyn Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and the Museum is committed to diversity and equal opportunity in its hiring.

Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this position. Joslyn offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Joslyn Art Museum is a major regional resource for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts. Through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, Joslyn Art Museum seeks to foster appreciation and enjoyment of art for the benefit of a diverse regional and national audience.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $38,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Omaha, NE 68102: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

Position Title: Executive Director
Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $65k-90k


The Executive Director is the management and development officer of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society (NJHS) which is an agency of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, a non-profit 501c3 organization. The incumbent is responsible for carrying out the mission of the NJHS which is to help assure the collection, preservation, protection, and promotion of the history of the Jewish family heritage including business and social histories of the Jewish Communities of Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.


· Manage staff including, but not limited to:

o Recruit, interview, hire, and train staff within the department.
o Oversee the day-to-day workflow of the department.
o Provide constructive and timely performance evaluations.
o Provide coaching and mentorship to staff.
o Handle discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with JFO policy.

· Manage the day-to-day operations of the NJHS and lead the NJHS staff.

· Responsible to define and carry out the strategic direction of NJHS consistent with its vision, mission, and culture in collaboration with the Board of Directors of the NJHS.

· Collaboratively develop the big picture and vision with the ability to think strategically and creatively about setting and achieving the priorities.

· Create an action plan to enhance the reputation of the institution locally, regionally, and nationally.

· Create and maintain an updated business plan.

· Manage budget, write and seek grants and other sources of funding; identify opportunities to generate new earned income revenue sources while improving existing revenue categories.

· Manage preparation of proposals including strategy, writing, editing, appointment setting and internal proposal approval processes.

· Publish research that utilizes the archival collections.

· Work closely with JFO and Marketing staff; promote NJHS priority issues through Federation communication vehicles, social media, local Jewish news, and other marketing opportunities to bolster organizational awareness and engage new populations.

· Represent the organization at professional conferences, fundraising, and other events.

· Routinely review and update NJHS processes and procedures.

· Develop strong and effective relationships with lay leadership, donors, prospective donors, Federation professionals, and other professional advisors.

· Collaborate with the NJHS Board of Directors to ensure appropriate selection of lay people to serve on various committees.

· Ensure that the NJHS functions in full compliance with all federal, state, and/or local laws, and regulations.

· Use public programming opportunities to promote and educate the Jewish community about the mission and goals of the NJHS.

· Develop rotating exhibits that synthesize the archival collections into rich narratives that engage multiple community voices and perspectives.

· Establish public programming that provide enrichment opportunities for the Jewish community and the broader Omaha and Council Bluffs communities.

· Oversee educational programming and curriculum development for students of all levels (K-12, university, post-graduate, senior).

· Ensure the NJHS follows ethical non-profit practices and upholds DEIA standards.

· Collaborate with the NJHS Board to recruit, train, engage and empower an evolving Board leadership while growing the group’s diversity, expertise, and philanthropic capacity.

· Reliable and predictable attendance.

· Execute other duties as requested.

Other Requirements

This position requires some time out of the office, limited travel, and active participation in programs that occur outside of a traditional work schedule.


· Must have knowledge of standards and best practices for museums or similar organizations.

· Experience with PastPerfect or similar museum database software.

· Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

· Superior interpersonal and networking skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with various individuals at all levels; both inside and outside the organization.

· Strong supervisory and leadership skills, with the ability to develop and communicate the NJHS mission.

· Communicative individual that encourages a positive and inclusive environment.

· Must act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

· Superior verbal and written communication skills.

· Ability to travel locally, nationwide and/or internationally as required.

· Able to travel via commercial airlines nationally and/or internationally.

· Must maintain a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.

Education and Experience:

· Master’s Degree in History, Art History, or Museum Studies required.

· At least 5 years of experience in a historical society, museum, or gallery required.

· Published research manuscripts focusing on Jewish, local, or regional history preferred, but not required.

· Teaching history, art history, or museum studies at the secondary or university level preferred, but not required.

· Knowledge of standards and best practice for museums or similar organizations.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally = 0% – 33% of the work day
Frequently = 34% – 66% of the work day
Constantly = 67% – 100% of the work day

· Must be able to remain in a stationary position constantly working on a computer in an office environment.

· Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

· The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

· The person in this position constantly communicates with others. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.

· The person in the position occasionally needs to be able to position self to pick up/put down items.

· The person in this position will frequently need to travel throughout campus.

· The person in this position will need to occasionally ascend/descend stairs, traverse ramps and/or uneven surfaces.

Position Title:  Museum Assistant
Pioneer Village Museum
Minden, Nebraska

Period: Various shifts available with occasional weekends and holidays, Up to 30 hours per week, May through September; up to 20 hours per week September through October 28
Compensation: Starting at $10.50 an hour

Founded by Harold Warp, Pioneer Village is a 70-year old museum consisting of 28 buildings located on 20 acres housing over 50,000 irreplaceable items of historical value, restored to operating order, arranged in groups and also in the chronological order of their development.

Twelve historical buildings ring a central “green,” including a Frontier Fort, an original Pony Express Station, a sod home, and a schoolhouse. The art collection includes Currier and Ives prints, Jackson paintings, and the largest single collection of Rogers statues. In addition to a steam-powered carousel, the collection contains historic planes, tractors, farm equipment, a locomotive, and more than 350 antique automobiles and motorcycles, including the world’s oldest Buick, a 1902 Cadillac, and a 1903 Ford.

The desire of Harold Warp was to create a place where people of all ages could witness the incredible progress that took place in our country from the 1830s until the 1980s and beyond. His passion for the ingenuity of the human spirit can be felt throughout the entire facility. The mission of the Pioneer Village is to continue to uphold Harold’s vision and his desire to share this impressive collection with generations to come.

POSITION: MUSEUM ASSISTANT (multiple positions available)
DATES: May through Labor Day; and Labor Day through October 28
HOURS: Various shifts available with occasional weekends and holidays, Up to 30 hours per week, May through September; up to 20 hours per week September through October 28
COMPENSATION: Starting at $10.50 per hour
DESCRIPTION: The Museum Assistant’s primary responsibility will be to give daily tours of the museum and to maintain museum exhibits and grounds. The Museum Assistant will also develop public history and historical research skills. He/she will assist the director and designee with programming special events which include Pioneer Days, Classic Car Show, heritage festivals, a folk traditions and artisan series, special tours, visitor services, food services, community events, and exhibits. Additional tasks will include media, administration, original historical research, educational programming, curatorial, archival assistance, customer support and caring for the historic gardens and grounds.
REQUIREMENTS: Excellent verbal and writing skills, Interest in museums and history, Driver’s license, and
preferably a car. Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all weather. Must be able to lift and carry at least 20 lbs.

SKILLS: Strong presentation skills, historical knowledge and research skills, computer experience including web and database maintenance, social media and MS Office Suite.
QUALIFICATIONS: Experience or interest in history museums
Ability to work independently and as a team
Highly motivated and self-directed
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work well with the public of all ages.
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Historic interpretation and preservation, educational tour and exhibit development; American history; family and Nebraska history; labor, agricultural, technological and environmental history; archival research and processing; writing and journalism; historic courtyard and gardens.
TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of interest to Pioneer Village Museum at138 US-6, Minden, NE 68959 or email to

Position Title:  Administrative Assistant
Pioneer Village Museum
Minden, Nebraska

Period: Part-time-Up to 35 Hrs per week
Compensation: Starting at $10.50 an hour

The Harold Warp Pioneer Village (HWPV) Museum seeks a highly motivated person to serve as
the Administrative Assistant to the Director. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for
administrative functions related to the efficient operation of the Museum. This position works
closely with the staff and volunteers to support the mission of the HWPV Museum and perform a
wide range of administrative and office support activities. The Administrative Assistant is
expected to work independently on projects and tasks at an administrative level.
Applicants should meet the listed qualifications and requirements.
Education and Experience:
● High school diploma and 2+ years of high-level administrative experience
Required Skills:
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Professional communication skills, both verbal and written
● Organized; ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at any given time
● Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
● 18 years or older
● Must have a valid Nebraska Driver’s License
● Effective interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills; highly organized
and task-oriented
● Basic knowledge of processing cash and credit card transactions
● Basic knowledge of administrative support functions, office, and departmental duties
● Microsoft Office experience including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
● Proficiency in posting on social media platforms
● Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other staff members
● Lifting: Floor to Waist 25 lbs
● Lifting: Waist Level and above 20 lbs
● Sensory Requirements include: Accurate Near Vision, Accurate Far Vision, Color
Determination, Minimal Depth Perception, Moderate Hearing
● Process admission payments
● Opening and closing of museum lobby and gallery
● Perform a variety of clerical activities to support department operations
● Provide prompt, efficient reception support for the HWPV museum
● Proficient in social media platforms with the ability to post museum updates on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc
● Create and maintain attendance and membership records and renewals
● Maintain a clean and efficient work area and lobby area
● Organize and schedule tours as well as events
● Maintain confidentiality of all member and staff records and information
● Occasional admin duties as assigned, such as reports, document edits, etc
● Collect and distribute daily interoffice mail
● Maintain gift shop (Restocking and ordering)
● Attend staff and committee meetings
● Coordinates, develops and tracks all museum purchases. Tracks all museum purchases,
budgets, and contracts
● Serves as primary organizational liaison for HWPV Museum Administration and Board
Committee in all aspects of operations. Takes and maintains meeting minutes and
general correspondence, as needed
● Assists the Director of the HWPV Museum and other museum departmental staff as
required and necessary
● Coordinates all administrative duties for HWPV including but not limited to volunteers,
exhibits, collections, and learning and engagement
● Implements purchase requests as required
● Organizes and facilitates HWPV supplies
● Collates, distributes, and facilitates all mail functions in the HWPV
● Answers emails and the phone in a professional manner
● Schedule and coordinate staff and other meetings
● Prepare communications, such as memos, emails, invoices, reports, and other
● Write and edit documents from letters to reports and instructional documents
● Ability to work weekends (as scheduled) and some early opens and evenings
● Position contingent upon a satisfactory background check
Application Deadline: Will remain open until filled
This job provides an excellent opportunity for the right individual to work in a friendly and
welcoming environment. Direct all resumes to

Position Title:  Visitor Experience Coordinator
Pioneer Village Museum
Minden, Nebraska

Period: Part-time-Up to 35 Hrs per week
Compensation: Starting at $10.50 an hour

The Harold Warp Pioneer Village (HWPV) Museum seeks a person with a friendly and
enthusiastic demeanor to welcome guests, plan and market museum activities and events
including programming, and coordinate volunteers. The Visitor Experience Coordinator is
responsible for ensuring visitors to the HWPV Museum have a positive educational experience.
The Visitor Experience Associate provides support in all aspects of the visitor experience,
including customer service support, works in the Gift Shop, in exhibit areas, at events, on the
grounds and at the front desk as required.
As a small team, the Visitor Experience Coordinator also manages the designated volunteer
coordinator. This position serves as the “point person” to coordinate museum volunteers on
programs and projects and along with the director, lead the development of a formal volunteer
and docent training and retention program.
Education and Experience:
● High school diploma, degree in relevant field preferred
Minimum Requirements:
● Friendly, enthusiastic, positive and outgoing personality
● Responds to visitor questions and is a source of accurate and reliable information
● 18 years or older
● Must have a valid Nebraska Driver’s License
● Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR preferred
● Effective interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills; highly organized
and task-oriented
● Basic knowledge of processing cash and credit card transactions
● Basic knowledge of administrative support functions, office, and departmental duties
● Programming Experience
● Microsoft Office experience including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. In addition
a working knowledge of social media platforms including but not limited to Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram
● Ability to work in a networked and social media environment and to learn new methods
and procedures
● Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other staff members
● Lifting: Floor to Waist 25 lbs
● Lifting: Waist Level and above 20 lbs
● Sensory Requirements include: Accurate Near Vision, Accurate Far Vision, Color
Determination, Minimal Depth Perception, Moderate Hearing
● Strong knowledge base on museum’s history and scope of collection
● Greet museum visitors and process admission payments
● Assist in the planning and implementation of museum programming
● Create and maintain attendance and promote museum membership records and
● Promoting special events, temporary exhibitions and other museum programs
● Monitoring and reporting exhibit malfunctions
● Assisting with private events by processing payments, handling event set-up and
● Oversight of museum docent and volunteer program ensuring completion of duties and
assigned tasks
● Maintain confidentiality of all member and staff records and information
● Serves as an advocate for Museum resources, programs, and services
● Attend staff and committee meetings
● Work includes indoor and outdoor interpretations of buildings and exhibits on grounds and
occasional educational outreach events Off-site
● Coordinates the weekly volunteer docent schedule to ensure the museum and volunteer
events are covered at all times from open to close
● Collaborates with the Director to develop a volunteer docent training program.
● Trains docents and volunteers with approved material
● Collaborates with the Director to develop cyclical docent/staff education programs to
support their continuing education
● Assists the museum team to ensure docents are available for tours and education programs
as needed
● Monitors care of the museum facility with the facilities coordinator and maintenance staff.
● Collaborates and assists with the maintenance staff to keep a high level of cleanliness in the
museum exhibit space and monitoring climate/environmental conditions.
● Assists the museum team, board members and Director to prepare the museum for major
annual events.
● Assists with volunteer recruitment, as directed, including working extra days or hours for
special events as needed.
● Ensures handouts are available within the Village and Museum.
● Ability to work weekends (as scheduled) and some early opens and evenings
● Position contingent upon a satisfactory background check
Application Deadline: Will remain open until filled
This job provides an excellent opportunity for the right individual to work in a friendly and
welcoming environment. Direct all resumes to

Position Title:  Curator
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Gering, Nebraska

Period: Full-Time Position
Compensation: Salary: $35,000 per year.


The Legacy of the Plains museum boosts an impressive library of manuscripts, books, periodicals, collections, art and other artifacts.  The topics include early history of settlement in the North Platte River Valley, agriculture practices, farm implements, and several editions of local newspapers. 

The position will provide career relevant, hands-on experience with collections, exhibit design, archival and manuscript materials, and the position will assist with other departments on occasion including events, administration, marketing, and others. 


·         Assist the Preservation Committee and it’s subcommittees and attend their meetings

·         Update accession records with description, pictures, location, and other pertinent information

·         Assist with research requests

·         Assist with organizing, accessioning, and shelving of donations and accepted collections/archival records

·         Provides researched social media posts and columns for local media outlets

·         Coordinate volunteers to accomplish objectives described in the collections/archives plan

·         Provide written and oral reports and meet deadlines

·         Assist with exhibit design

·         Assist committees with reorganization of collections and artifacts

·         Assist front end when needed

·         Assist with events and other museum functions

·         Perform basic office duties when called up

·         Other duties assigned by the Executive Director

Skills and Specifications:

·         Excellent interpersonal skills

·         Independent time management skills

·         Ability to exercise great initiative and independent judgment

·         Needs to be accessible, available, responsive, and flexible

·         High attention to detail and accuracy

·         Solid problem-solving skills

·         Moderate computer skills needed, especially PastPerfect, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

·         Excellent organizational, multi-tasking and leadership skills required

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills required


·         Bachelor’s degree or relative work experience preferred

·         Knowledge of archives and records management preferred

·         Computer skills and knowledge of office software packages and PastPerfect

For more information, call the Legacy of the Plains Museum at 308-436-1989.  Resume and cover letter can be sent to 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE  69341 or

Conservation Center Office Technician
Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center
History Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $17.56 hourly
Status: Temporary part-time


History Nebraska is seeking an organized and team-oriented Administrative Technician with excellent customer service skills to support the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Omaha. As a member of the conservation team, this position is accountable for a variety of administrative activities, coordinating with Center clients, and aiding conservation staff. This position will play an integral role in the operation of a world-class regional conservation facility that serves museums, libraries, universities, corporations, private individuals, and state and federal agencies.

This is a part-time temporary position expected to last one year, assisting the conservation team 16-20 hours a week based on business needs.

History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution connecting people to the past through our library and research center, museum, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state’s past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans. History Nebraska’s goal is to be the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. 

Examples of Work

• Coordinate replies and responses to general Ford Center email and phone call requests.
• Greet clients upon initial arrival and take in deliveries; coordinate safe object retrievals and returns with clients.
• Assist conservators with client appointments and facilitate scheduling of lab tours.
• Complete regular lab and building maintenance duties, including but not limited to: laundry, cleaning of lab glassware, and vacuuming.
• Arrange mailing of client reports and invoices.
• Prepare stock chemical solutions, monitor supply levels, and maintain equipment as directed.
• Assist with management of the Ford Center’s integrated pest management program.
• Work with other History Nebraska departments, including Finance, IT, and Facilities, for purchasing, billing, technology, and facility maintenance needs.
• Track and monitor levels of materials and supplies for labs and building, and make purchase requests.
• Assist with daily Ford Center environmental monitoring.
• Prepare content for agency intranet and social media to highlight Conservation team projects.
• Assist with conservation-related tasks, such as basic object cleaning and housing preparation.
• Perform other related duties as apparent or assigned. 

Qualifications / Requirements

At least one year of post high school coursework or experience in: administration, office management, accounting, finance, planning, policy analysis and implementation, administrative/management analysis, operations research, program evaluation, research, or similar fields or in a field related to the programs or functions of the employing agency. 
• Experience with conservation examination and treatment of 3-D objects, paper works, or paintings, including knowledge of standard conservation practices such as handling, storage, and cataloging.
• Experience working in an office setting.
• Interest and/or past experience in history, art, conservation, museums, or library work.
• A background in studio art and associated strong hand skills. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail necessary to maintain thorough electronic and paper documentation.
• Flexibility, creativity, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to identify and achieve goals and objectives and meet multiple competing priorities.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively and inclusively with diverse and varied people and groups in writing, by phone, and in person.
• Experience using modern computer programs and products such as Google Workspace and Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to adapt to other technologies quickly.
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a member of a team.
• Ability to complete repetitive tasks for long periods of time, while sitting or standing.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

For more information and to apply:

The Durham Museum
Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $43,000 – $55,000 a year – Full-time

Full Job Description

Department: Museum Operations

Reports to: Director of Museum Operations

Supervision of: Interns


The Curator oversees all curatorial operations of The Durham Museum in accordance with accepted museum practices. This role is responsible for the acquisition, interpretation and security of the museum’s collections, and assists with the maintenance, development and installation of the museum’s exhibition programs. The Curator is committed to learning about the history of Omaha and is driven by building strong partnerships within the community, scholars and museum professionals to ensure the museum is presenting content that is trusted and relevant. The Curator supports other museum departments by providing content that tells the story of our community’s rich history.


  • Lead the planning, development and installation of internally developed exhibitions through research, writing, object selection and preparation.
  • Coordinate the museum’s temporary and traveling exhibition schedules and assist with internal and external communications and installation and deinstallation.
  • Provide content for use in public programs, marketing and other museum related initiatives.
  • Responsible for the general maintenance, care and cleaning of the permanent and temporary exhibit galleries and collection storage areas.
  • Create and maintain schedules for all curatorial activities.
  • Coordinate with the collection manager regarding collection preservation and digitization strategy, as well as manage incoming and outgoing loans, artifact transportation, security requirements, public access to the collection and technology upgrades.
  • Correspond with the public and other entities regarding the museum’s permanent collections and research requests.
  • Evaluate potential acquisitions/donations and make recommendations to the Director of Museum Operations.
  • Oversee department special projects and grant-funded programs to ensure objectives are met and reporting is completed on a timely basis.
  • Manage curatorial internship program by coordinating candidate selection and providing program direction and supervision.
  • Work with the Director of Museum Operations in establishing annual departmental goals and is responsible for the execution of those goals.
  • Support the museum’s overall strategies and operational activities within the Museum Operations division.
  • Participate in all mandatory training and safety programs required and provided by the museum.
  • Responsible for working within department and program budgets as approved by the Board of Directors of the museum for all areas of responsibility.


  • Master’s degree or Master’s certificate in Museum Studies, History, Public History or related field.
  • 5+ years of professional curatorial experience.
  • Experience with PastPerfect and CONTENTdm or other collection management systems.
  • Effective in a creative and collaborative environment.
  • Highly developed organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage workflow for efficient operations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective research skills with a passion for local, regional and national history.
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.
  • Strong supervisory skills and ability to motivate a team.
  • Experience with exhibit layout and design and object label creation preferred.


  • Routine periods of sitting, standing, kneeling and walking are required. Must be able to climb ladders, lift up to 40 pounds, go up and down stairs, and sit or stand for extended periods.

**Please include a cover letter when applying.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $43,000.00 – $55,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Master’s (Preferred)


  • professional curatorial: 5 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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