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  • 09/21/2023 11:01 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Museum Assistant Manager - Parks/Fort Negley


    $50,452.95 Annually


    Nashville, TN

    Closing Date

    10/11/2023 11:59 PM Central

    Position Description

    This position is for a Museum Assistant Manager at Fort Negley. This is a full time Civil Service position in the Metro Parks and Recreation Department – Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation & Special Events Division. This position will assists in the operations of the Fort Negley Visitor Center and Fort Negley Park both as a history museum and an important national historic site. The position is responsible for assisting the Museum Manager with all aspects of operations, programming, staff, research projects, partnerships, exhibits, and volunteers at Fort Negley Visitor Center and Fort Negley Park. One of the primary goals of this facility is to promote a greater understanding and awareness of the story of the Fort Negley historic site and the importance of its history over the years.

    Metro’s Parks and Recreation Department has something for everyone through its variety of strategically placed facilities and programs. Parks offers cultural arts and fitness classes, dog parks and nature programs and 16,000 acres of open space, including 121 parks and 19 greenways. Ice hockey, sports leagues, art galleries and much more are among the offerings. An active and fun place where there is always something going on, Parks might be just the place for you.

    Typical Duties

    Works in partnership with the Museum Manager to establish goals for the center, including long range strategic planning, program enhancement, and team development.

    Responsible for the financial and administrative functions of operations for the center including procurement, budgeting of operational funds, employee timekeeping and HR requests, monthly reporting, and routine operational supply and support needs as directed by the Museum Manager.

    Assists in the operations and programming of the Fort Negley Visitor Center and Fort Negley Park; helps to ensure facilities and programs are well maintained, safe, and accessible.

    Assists in the development and execution of educational programs and resources, including public programs, facility and park tours, school field trips, lectures, research projects, website, social media, brochures, and other educational materials.

    Assists in the selection, development, design, and installation of exhibits, including restoration, preservation, and repair of those exhibits.

    Helps with the management and record keeping of permanent and on loan artifact and archival collections as directed.

    Works frontline positions as needed, including leading tours, staffing reception desk, answering phones, and other duties as assigned.

    Attends various departmental and community meetings and assists as the department liaison for all Fort Negley related issues as directed by the Museum Manager.

    Responds to public inquiries and complaints related to the operations and programming of the visitor center and park.

    Assists with the operation of the Museum gift shop.

    Assist in overseeing Parks Department related issues/needs/programs as directed by the Museum Manager.

    Minimum Qualifications


    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Museum Studies, History, or a related field from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in museum operations.

    *Additional experience may be considered in lieu of education.


    Valid Driver License

    Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

    Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

    Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    Experience working with historic education programs

    Strong customer service experience

    We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

    Metro Nashville Government respects the religious beliefs and practices of all employees and will make, on request, an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available that does not create an undue hardship on business operations.

    Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed to Human Resources at 615-862-6640


    Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County


    Human Resources Department

    404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1000

    Nashville, Tennessee, 37219


    (615) 862-6640



    To Apply:


  • 09/05/2023 2:55 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Curator of Natural Science 

    Salary range is 45k-55k


    Located in Memphis, TN, MoSH (the Museum of Science and History; the Museum) is a well-established 501c3 that seeks to create a community of people who share a richer understanding of one another and the world around us.  The Museum comprises the Pink Palace Museum, the Lichterman Nature Center, the Coon Creek Science Center, and other historical properties. We inspire discovery through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the cultural histories and natural sciences that shape our region. 

    Join our team as we embark on an exciting phase of executing our new vision.  Our Museum is committed to telling our story by: 

     Advocating for Authenticity – Illuminate varying perspectives and uphold

    accurate interpretation without glossing over tough ideas. 

     Magnifying Belonging – Building active audiences through outreach, co-creation,

    and participatory inclusion. 

     Embodying Holistic Stories – Incorporating context and presenting lesser-known

    stories to portray a complete, systemic picture of the region and its history. 

     Constructing Intersections – Creating welcoming common spaces that encourage serendipitous and unstructured engagement and foster meaningful interactions between diverse groups of people. 


    The Natural Science Curator will expand the Museum’s extensive natural science holdings and provide all aspects of research, exhibitions, and program development. 

    The Curator of Natural Science will have the intellectual vision and practical skills necessary to present, interpret, and build a vibrant collection of natural history specimens to be utilized in thought-provoking exhibitions.  In collaboration with the collections and exhibits staff, the curator will assist in digitizing MoSH’s geological, paleontological, and biological specimens, including classifying, describing, photographing, and uploading these records to the Museum’s open collection web module.

    The Curator of Natural Science is a vital member of the curatorial team and will be instrumental in working with the Exhibits and Collections Department in the long-term strategic redesign of the natural history exhibits at MoSH, focusing on our geographic region, conducting research, and writing the text for graphic panels.

    The curator will be responsible for the acquisition of specimens to redesign the exhibits.  The successful candidate will possess a high level of professionalism and collaboration, a positive demeanor, and the ability to learn new skills quickly. We look at each candidate in terms of combined skills; different combinations of skills can serve to qualify for the position. 


     Experience in preserving natural science objects and specimens, curation of

    exhibits, and participation in exhibit design.  

     Experience in collaborating across departments in conservation, education, and

    exhibit design.   

     Ability to work as part of a team, establishing and maintaining effective working

    relationships with fellow employees and the general public. 

     Knowledge of effective methods to present specimens in a manner that casual

    visitors and subject matter experts can interpret.  

     Interest in developing diversity initiatives focused on working with historically

    underrepresented populations. 

     Experience working with collections and familiarity with collections management databases such as PastPerfect or Proficio. 

     Ability to provide concise descriptions of specimens and exhibits to maintain and enhance website content.  

     Ability to supervise interns.  

     Ability to initiate plans for potential new research areas as the strategic redesign

    of exhibits progresses.  

     Thorough knowledge of natural history with specific expertise in the surrounding region.  

    Range of Experience 

     M.A. in paleontology, geology, botany, zoology, biology, or related field, or a

    Master’s degree in museum studies with a combination of Bachelor of Arts in a

    natural science field; or a combination of education and work experience (B.A. in a natural science field and minimum of 2 years of curatorial experience). 

     2-5 years of progressive responsibility in a museum setting is preferred. 

     Experience with exhibit installation and de-installation.

     Experience with collections management databases such as Proficio or Past

    Perfect is preferred.  


    Compensation is commensurate with experience and abilities.  Salary range is 45k-55k.  The Museum offers a full range of benefits, including health care, vacation, sick leave, 401k, and death and disability insurance.

    The Museum also offers life, dental, and vision insurance. 

    To Apply 

    Submit one document with a cover letter (providing your salary requirements and how you learned about the position) and your resume via email to: 

    Raka Nandi

    Director of Exhibits and Collections

    Memphis Museum of Science & History (MoSH)


    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

    MoSH values diversity throughout our Museum.  To tell authentic, holistic stories of our region’s history, culture, and science, MoSH strives to create a diverse workforce to support our collections, exhibits, and programming. 

    MoSH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    A writing sample, a short presentation, and references will be required from finalists. 

    Academic, credit, and criminal background checks will be conducted before making a final offer.  

    More information about MoSH can be found on our website at www.moshmemphis.com.

  • 07/18/2023 9:33 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    NAGPRA Coordinator - The Office of Repatriation

    Description: The Office of Repatriation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), invites applications for a NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) Coordinator position.

    The NAGPRA Coordinator will report to the Director of Repatriation and assist with work under the purview of NAGPRA. This exempt position is full-time with a salary range of $45,000 - $50,000 per year, based on degree of experience. The NAGPRA Coordinator will ideally be a good listener, culturally-aware, willing to learn, and highly organized.


    Duties and responsibilities of the NAGPRA Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Helps with consultation efforts with Native American Tribes and establishes effective collaborative relationships with Tribal and campus partners;

    • Prepares summary reports and edits NAGPRA reports generated by the project archaeologist and bioarchaeologist;

    • Conducts in-depth cultural affiliation research and writes cultural affiliation reports;

    • Aids the Director of Repatriation in drafting Notices for submission to the Federal Register;

    • Helps rehouse ancestral human remains and NAGPRA objects in culturally sensitive ways and materials and helps manage repatriation logistics as directed;

    • Maintains a strong records management schedule with frequent database updates;

    • Collaborates with the Director to develop and maintain the budget;

    • Creates orders, coordinates deliveries, and manages supplies;

    • Schedules travel and meeting opportunities;

    • Provides clerical support for the Director and the UTK NAGPRA Committee as needed;

    • May help develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for NAGPRA projects and related work;

    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Applicants should have a proven understanding of the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA – 25 U.S.C. §§ 3001-13) and its accompanying regulations (43 C.F.R. §§ 10.1-.17) is required. At least a year of museum collections management experience is required. A bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Native American Studies, Historic Preservation, or other related field is required. Three years of direct experience working on NAGPRA compliance may substitute in lieu of a degree.

    • Preferred experience includes at least one year of experience working on NAGPRA compliance projects; at least one year of experience working with Tribal Nations on NAGPRA consultations or other projects; basic experience with respectfully handling ancestral remains and funerary objects; at least three years of experience with the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Southeast; at least three years of museums/collections management experience with a repatriation or archaeology focus; at least one year of experience working with federal and legacy collections; and a masters’ degree in Anthropology, Museum Studies, Native American Studies, Historic Preservation, or other related fields.

    • The NAGPRA Coordinator must possess knowledge of NAGPRA law and regulations, demonstrate the ability to read and analyze NAGPRA documents, and interpret and implement NAGPRA policies. The position requires a solid background in office technology, including knowledge of computers and software applications such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, and related programs and technologies. The successful candidate must be able to work and make decisions independently, adapt quickly, and multitask effectively. Additional attributes should include excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, a positive attitude, flexibility, the ability and willingness to function as a member of a team, openness to diverse viewpoints, tact and discretion with sensitive matters, and a strong work ethic.

    • A small amount of travel and occasional night and weekend work may be required. Remote work is not available for this role.

    Application Instructions

    Please submit a letter of interest, CV or resume, and a list of the names of three references and their contact information through the UTK Human Resources online Taleo system. Please contact Mr. Zachary Garrett, Search Committee Chair, with any questions. (zgarret2 (at) utk.edu) Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2023. Desired start date is November 1, 2023, or December 4, 2023, although some flexibility is possible. 

    The University and Region

    UTK  is the state’s flagship, land-grant university. We are a Research 1 university with 11 colleges and more than 30,000 students. The city of Knoxville is a growing, vibrant community with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, and Cincinnati. It is only a day’s drive to Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its educational programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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