Associate Museum Curator: NC Maritime Museum

Primary Purpose of the Position:
The Museum Curator I is responsible for managing the museum volunteer program by recruiting eligible and qualified citizens to assist with information desk operations, Watercraft Center operations, and museum events and programs. Volunteers may include working or retired citizens and approved students. The Museum Curator I will coordinate, develop, and implement education programs that fit the museums mission. They will provide program opportunities to the public and special groups, such as schools, civic groups, and professionals. Programs will take place in the museum setting, in the field, and as outreach in the local community or statewide. The Museum Curator I will assist with registration of participants for programs, and effectively communicate with museum guests and program participants to disseminate information about learning opportunities with the museum. This position will assist higher level curators with implementation of museum programs and events, and daily operations of the education section.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the museum volunteer program to include recruiting and retaining eligible and qualified persons to staff the museum lobby desk, work in the Watercraft Center, and assist with educational programs and events.
  • Set schedules of volunteers to suit museum and program needs and create periodic newsletters to keep volunteers informed about museum operations.
  • Develop and conduct educational programs and activities for visiting school groups, summer camps, and tour groups.
  • Develop training and enrichment opportunities for volunteers to ensure dissemination of accurate information to museum guests, and to retain volunteers.
  • Work with facilities and Watercraft Center staff to offer safety and emergency training opportunities for volunteers.
  • Assist education staff with the Summer Science School program, processing program registrations, coordinating the work of instructors and interns, and with daily operations of the education section.
  • Keep statistics on daily program attendance and submit monthly reports for records.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, with some evening and weekend work required. 

Some telework hours may be permitted with supervisor and department approval.
The North Carolina Museum of History Division promotes the understanding of the history and material culture of North Carolina for the educational benefit of North Carolinians and visitors. Through collections, exhibits, and educational programs, its museums encourage citizens and visitors to explore and understand the past; to reflect on their lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations.

The mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is to collect, preserve, research, document, and interpret the maritime history, culture, and environment of coastal North Carolina for diverse public and specialized audiences, to inspire appreciation, encourage discovery, and promote an active, responsible understanding for maritime heritage among present and future generations.

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library and Archives, historic preservation, land and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

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