Monday, September 21, 2015

Part-time Museum Curator and Librarian - Akin Free Library, Natural History Museum and Historical Society Museum.

Seeking an individual who is inspired by a love of history, architecture, nature and community to bring the Akin Free Library, Natural History Museum and Historical Society Museum to life in the 21st century. 20 hours a week – 3 hours on-site every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Responsibilities: Work with the Board, volunteers, students, scholars and other community organizations on museum and library matters, including tours, research projects, annual art show and educational programs. Report to the Board on all museum and library matters. Catalogue, restore, mount, clean and cross reference “antique” books, historic and natural history artifacts, objects and information. Prepare and maintain digital files, databases, signage and labels. Work with the Board to adopt conservation/preservation policies and techniques, with particular emphasis on maintaining the historic look and feel of the Akin Free Library building. Work with the Board on (i) Pawling High School scholarship program administration, (ii) recruitment and retention of volunteers, (iii) grant writing, (iv) funding raising (including event preparation and planning), (v) website maintenance (vi) social media outreach, (vii) special projects; (viii) identifying annual meeting speakers and (ix) coordinating Akin Hall events and activities (book clubs, readings, mini exhibitions, theme tours) that attract visitors. Maintain mailing lists and handle mailings, including meeting notices, fundraising, annual reports. Assist with Board and annual membership meeting preparation. Attend Board meeting and transcribe minutes. Skills and minimum qualifications: Knowledge of history, material culture, artifact genres, basic preservation techniques, preferably some expertise in American history and biology. Tech savvy: Quicken, Xcel, photography, catalogue systems, maintaining databases, updating website, inaugurating and maintaining instagram or other social media, on-line exhibitions. Good people skills, innovative thinking, fund raising experience desirable, Education requirement: bachelor’s degree. Competitive Salary. Send Email responses to Application accepted through November 30, 2015.