Museum Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). Our mission is to contribute, through research, teaching, and service, to the sound management of natural and cultural resources entrusted to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex natural and cultural resource management issues. To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary

Museum Specialist positions (Level II, III, or IV) may become available throughout the year for CEMML to provide on-site professional services supporting the U.S. Navy’s management and treatment of its heritage assets for the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), it’s nine museums, and the Collection Management Facility in Richmond, VA. Each position is expected to be full-time for 12-months with a possibility of extension up to 3-years, subject to the availability of funding.

Below is a list of locations where Museum Specialist positions may become available:
Naval History and Heritage Command Headquarters, Washington, DC
Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Washington, DC
U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD
NHHC Collections Management Facility, Richmond, VA
Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA
Submarine Force Museum, Groton, CT
Naval War College Museum, Newport, RI
National Museum of the American Sailor, Great Lakes, IL
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Port Hueneme, CA
Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, WA
Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton, WA

Common tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform archival research among primary documents and writing historical articles for publication.
  • Develop educational materials pertaining to Navy historical topics.
  • Perform substantive editing, extensive rewriting, and/or restructuring complex documents to organize, balance, and complete materials to meet publishing objectives.
    • Research a museum’s collection of artifacts and archives for the creation of museum gallery displays, exhibits, and related publications.
    • Write exhibition-related materials including exhibit text and panels, exhibition publications, press releases, and website/social media content.
  • Provide curation services to include processing, cataloging, photography, and housing/rehousing of artifact collections in accordance with accepted industry standards.
    • Interpret and organize historical artifacts and archival records by time period, content, or historical theme.
  • Plan and implement exhibitions and displays pertaining to the history of the Navy and other topics.
    • Assist with mounting and installation of museum exhibitions.

Required Job Qualifications

Minimum of a master’s degree in Museum Studies, Library/Information Science, Public History, or History; or in an applicable subject-matter field, such as collections management, curation, archival studies, etc., and 1+ years of progressively responsible experience is required.

  • Museum Specialist Level II includes individuals with a Master’s degree with 1-3 years of experience.
  • Museum Specialist Level III includes individuals with a Master’s degree with 3-5 years related experience, or Ph.D.
  • Museum Specialist Level IV includes individuals with a Master’s degree and 5+ years of experience, or PhD + 2 years of experience.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Prior experience working with military museums and/or military collections is preferred
  • Candidates with prior knowledge and expertise in U.S. Military History and/or Naval History are highly desirable.
  • Experience in project management and/or contracts management is also a plus.
  • Prior experience working cooperatively and creatively with staff, contractors, and government personnel is also desirable.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access and Excel and museum collection management databases is also a plus.
  • Experience working in highly structured organizations such as governmental agencies, the military, or corporations with clearly established lines of authority, procedures, and protocols is also preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience acting with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels, work with a wide range of information, organize details, and meet deadlines is desirable.

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

  1. Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
  4. Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)

References: Please provide in your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

This pool is valid through 09/14/2018. Individuals wishing to be considered beyond this date must reapply.

Conditions of Employment

Search Contact Sabrina Broderick,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.