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Curator & Folklorist

Application review will begin on June 17, 2019. Position open until filled.

Overview:

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University seeks applicants for the full-time position of Curator and Folklorist. The Curator and Folklorist will build upon and expand the Ward Museum’s successful Lower Shore Traditions folklife program, which researches, interprets, and supports regional cultural heritage and traditional arts. The Curator and Folklorist is also responsible for overseeing the Exhibits Department—developing the changing exhibits program, and developing and participating in a wide range of Museum events and activities.

This position provides an opportunity to help deepen and extend the programming of a premier material culture-focused museum, and to sustain folklife infrastructure by developing links between communities, individual artists, and a variety of organizations and institutions.

Requirements:

  • Graduate level training in public folklore, cultural and/or applied anthropology, museum studies, American studies, public history, art history, or a related discipline
  • Ethnographic fieldwork experience, including strong photography, video, and audio documentation skills
  • Exhibition research and development experience
  • Experience developing and delivering public programming—e.g., talks, festivals. Training in or familiarity with museum interpretation strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to write for and edit publications, and to promote activities in print and through social media
  • Successful experience writing and managing grants
  • Knowledge of or interest in cultural traditions, bird carving, decoys, maritime culture, and/or other aspects of cultural and natural heritage

Additionally, candidates must be willing to conduct outreach and work in collaboration with diverse regional and cultural communities. Applicants must demonstrate initiative, flexibility, and a willingness to adapt to and facilitate a team-based work environment. Applicants must possess strong organizational, writing, and communication skills applicable to a variety of audiences; confidently manage multiple tasks concurrently; and be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. Applicants should be proficient in computer usage and demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills. Prior experience in a non-profit educational setting preferred.

Familiarity with PastPerfect Museum Software, Adobe Photoshop, and general archive management preferred but not required.

Job Duties:

  • Lead the Ward Museum’s changing exhibition program, showcasing exhibits that celebrate art, nature, and tradition—often in collaboration with regional tradition bearers and artists.
  • Plan and conduct regional ethnographic fieldwork with traditional artists and culture bearers
  • Sustain and expand the Lower Shore Traditions public folklife program (research, folklife workshops, performances, presentations/demonstrations, lectures, etc.).
  • Work in collaboration with other Museum departments to develop interpretive planning and exhibit/event interpretation
  • Act as the Museum’s primary liaison to the Maryland Traditions program of the Maryland State Arts Council, including participation in the planning, development, and evaluation of Maryland Traditions initiatives.
  • Oversee Museum collections (objects and archive)
  • Grant writing/management
  • Oversee the Registrar, and one graduate assistant per year, as well as additional interns

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience. Employer sponsored benefits available.

How to Apply:

Please send CV or resume (no more than three pages) with cover letter to wardadmin@salisbury.edu with the subject line “Curator/Folklorist Application: [your last name]”

Application review will begin on June 17, 2019. Position open until filled.

About the Ward Museum:

Nestled next to Schumaker Pond in Salisbury, MD, and surrounded by wildlife in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. The Museum is a premier facility for the study of art, nature, and tradition for youth, educators, scholars, artists, and communities it serves. The Ward Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is run by the Ward Foundation, Inc., an affiliated foundation of Salisbury University.

To learn more about the Ward Museum please look through our site and visit us on social media @WardMuseum. The Ward Museum/Ward Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Internships

These are unpaid internships. The Ward Museum will assist the intern in receiving course credit, where available. Course credit ranges from 1-3 credits; work period is January – May; May-July; August-December. Positions are open until filled; if interested submit your resume and cover letter to the contact provided ASAP.

Special Assistant to the Museum Director

Supervisor: Executive Director, Ward Museum- wardadmin@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Director’s Office supporting daily operations of not-for-profit arts organization. Excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and to learn about not-for-profit business practices and program planning in an organization that receives funding from a variety of sources: private donors, corporations, foundations and government (local/state/federal).

Duties: Support special projects of the Museum Director, including program and event support, fundraising efforts and administrative tasks. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Director’s Office.

Qualifications: 3rd or 4th year students who and have an interest in the arts, cultural issues and the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, communication and technical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
  • Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

Membership Intern

Supervisor: Membership and Gift Coordinator, Ward Museum- wardmembership@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Membership Office supporting its membership program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Membership Office.

Duties: performance of membership data entry work for renewals, recruitment, and retention of members.
Support mailings and solicitation programs related to membership recruitment and giving campaigns.
Support development of membership incentives and membership activities (including raffles, drawings) as needed.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)

Photography Intern

Supervisor:  Education Director, Ward Museum- wardeducation@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated photography intern to assist the museum in capturing its public programs and activities. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on the public calendar of the museum.

Duties: Using the museum’s public calendar as a guiding tool, the intern will photograph the museum’s public events and programs in Fall 2015. Photographs will be used for marketing and publicity purposes. Student will organize, index and edit photographs for future use, including posts to social media and the museum website www.wardmusuem.org

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student with proven skills in event or art photography. Student will need to show a small portfolio of work as part of selection process.

  • Strong photography skills and digital design/editing ability
  • Strong organizational skills and flexible schedule

Marketing Intern

Supervisor:  Deputy Director, Ward Museum- wardadmin@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Marketing Office supporting its outreach program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Marketing Office.

Duties: Support prepping marketing materials, requesting donation for events raffles, sell advertising for journal, website content management, social media updates, creating ad copy. Work assignments will vary, based on marketing needs of the museum.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
  • Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

SU C-MAT Practicum students are given first priority for placement.

Events Intern


Supervisor: Events Director, Ward Museum- wardevents@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Events Department supporting its program. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Event Department.

Duties: Support prepping events team materials, Worlds Championship Competition (Spring intern), preparations for Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo(fall intern), updating outreach calendars, social media updates. Work assignments will vary, based on event needs of the museum.

Qualifications: 2nd, 3rd or 4th year student who has an interest in the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, commination and technical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
  • Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

SU C-MAT Practicum students are given first priority for placement.

Museum Studies Intern

Supervisor: Curator and Folklorist, Ward Museum- wardexhibits@salisbury.edu

Applied anthropology, sometime referred to as the fifth branch of anthropology, takes anthropology outside of academia and into the professional world. What does applied anthropology look like in a museum setting? It can take many forms, including the curation of and research on material culture and archival documents. This internship will draw on anthropological approaches to tourism, heritage conservation, art, and the environment as the student intern immerses his- or herself in a museum setting, assisting in day-to-day activities of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Curator and Folklorist. Hands-on experience may be provided in the areas of archival organization, material culture documentation, folklore research and organization, grant writing, non-profit management, and other areas dictated by student interests and museum needs.

Qualifications:
Second, 3rd, or 4th year students with an interest in material culture, heritage conservation, history, and/or anthropology. The intern must be highly-motivated and able to work independently. The intern must also possess strong academic writing and time management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and be highly organized and show attention to detail.

Education Intern

Supervisor: Education Director, Ward Museum- wardeducation@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Education Department supporting daily operations of not-for-profit arts organization.

Duties:
Support the Ward Museum Green Schools Program, including program and event support, fundraising efforts and administrative tasks relating to the Green Schools Program.

Qualifications:
3rd or 4th year students who and have an interest in environmental science and the Green Schools Program. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing, communication and technical skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc)
  • Graphic design, event planning, or community engagement experience preferred.

Accounting Intern

Supervisor:  Controller, Ward Museum- wardaccounting@salisbury.edu
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks a smart, highly-motivated intern to assist the Accounting Office supporting daily operations of not-for-profit organization. Excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and to learn about not-for-profit business practices in an organization that receives funding from a variety of sources: private donors, corporations, foundations and government (local/state/federal).

Duties:
Provide assistance with Accounts payable; Accounts receivable; Credit card reconciliations; Data entry into QuickBooks accounting software; Report generation; Bank Reconciliations; Cash receipts and disbursements Journals; Document filing; Grant report preparation; Tax, labor and insurance report preparation; Month End Journal Entries; Preparation of schedules in support of general ledger accounts, such as prepaid insurance, and deferred revenue.

* These are activities occurring during the intern’s work period at the Ward Museum. Work assignments will vary from week to week, based on specific needs of the Accounting Office.

Qualifications:

Candidates should be majoring in accounting and have an interest in the arts and cultural community and the not-for-profit field. Intern must be motivated to work quickly and independently and possess strong writing skills.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, etc).
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks preferred.
  • Experience with database management preferred.

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