Did you know that Museum Hack semi-secretly sponsors a very free and very awesome online database of museum jobs?
This post will tell you all about it and why we started the site.
Two years ago, Museum Hack launched an ambitious project to centralize job postings from various message boards in an easily searchable database.
I wanted to do this because I’ve heard how hard it is to find a job in the museum field.
Another reason we made the site is that some of the existing message boards are difficult to use and not frequently updated.
What Makes Museum.jobs Different
When the Museum Jobs website first started, we curated as many of the best jobs we could find in the museum industry.
However, our team still felt like something was missing. We didn’t want our site to be just like any other job board.
Therefore, we have now added a salary requirement to help job seekers. This new requirement for all job posts helps encourage employers to be more open and transparent with job postings.
Requirements for posting a job on our jobs database now include:
- Salary or salary range. “Commensurate Upon Experience” or “Open To Negotiation” will not be accepted
- Years of experience required
Interview With Museum Hack
Q: What are the most popular posts on the Museum Jobs blog?
A: Hands down it is the job round-ups. Job roundups are special posts we do on the Museum Jobs blog. We handpick five of the coolest jobs we can find and feature them in a blog post. It’s great to show off what cool job opportunities museums and cultural sites have. These jobs also have some of the best titles I’ve ever seen like “Curator of Woody Plants” or “Beer Historian.”
Q: What is changing in the museum world in regards to job hunting and museum careers?
A: Just like any field, the internet makes things easier and harder all at once. The candidate pool is larger to pull from, but as specialized Museum Studies degrees become more popular, that pool also gets more crowded. There is serious talk about the field and inherent problems with diversity pipelines, and unpaid internships, but for now the talk is good, action is great. That’s why we are doing our small part to keep the jobs on our boards with salary requirements is taking a small stand on the problem.
Q: Do you have any advice for Emerging Museum Professionals hunting for a museum job?
Ultimately you’re learning skills right now in school, internships, or even seemingly unrelated jobs. Take that and learn to market yourself to relate those skills to fit whatever job you’re striving for. Don’t be afraid to look for tangentially related jobs at non-profits, libraries, local government, wherever. Oh and get on Twitter – it’s a non-stop ongoing conference filled with some of the best networking and a way to share your (valuable!) perspective.
My Favorite Museum Jobs Blog Posts
- EMP Spotlight: Makenzie Witter: Currently a Museum Educator at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York.
- Museum Jobs Spotlight: Michael Roberts: Works as the Assistant Chief Engineer at the Toronto Railway Museum.
- Museum Jobs Spotlight: Cathy Hamaker: Exhibit Developer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indiana.
- Museum Jobs Spotlight: Alana Blumenthal: Alana works at the Baranov Museum in Alaska as the Curator of Collections and Exhibits.
- Museum Jobs Spotlight: Oliver Franklin: Museum Site Coordinator at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin, Texas.
How To Submit a Job
Maybe you’re reading this post and wondering how to submit a job that your museum is hiring for. Great! It is free to do that.
Head over to Museum.Jobs and click the POST JOB button in the top right-hand corner.
That will bring you here to the Post a Job page:
Finally, fill in the job details and museum information in the form (as seen above).
Hit preview to get an idea of what your post will look like, then click submit. It’s super easy!
Museum Jobs is a free community for both job posters and job seekers. A few things to keep in mind:
- You have to be a museum, zoo, or cultural institution to post a job.
- Years of experience required and anticipated salary range must be included in the posting.
Other Museum Job Boards or Databases
While our site is awesome, but we know we don’t have every single museum or zoo or cultural org job listed. Here are some other pages with museum jobs:
- American Alliance of Museums: JobsHQ: High-quality job postings from AAM.
- Association of Midwest Museums Job Board: Local government & state association websites are a great place to look for jobs in your area.
- Governmentjobs.com: Julia’s note: This is fantastic for finding local government jobs you might not have thought of.
- Philadelphia Emerging Museum Professionals: We’re digging PhillyEMP’s job board for also requiring high standards for job posts.
Conclusion / More Information
We wanted to create this website to be a value-add to the museum community. We hope that having more great people in more great jobs will make museums even more awesome.