Company Name: 

Coos County Historical Society dba Coos History Museum


1210 N FRONT St
COOS BAY, OR 97420

Contact Name: 

Marcia Hart




Job Description: 


Rate of Pay:  $36,000-45,000/year      


Salary Classification:  EXEMPT, FULLTIME (40 hrs.)



Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the Curator will maintain and secure the museum collection, develop engaging exhibitions for a diverse audience, support educational programming, and assist with regional historic research.



  • Assess and monitor the current state of the collections at the Museum and outside storage locations.
  • Oversee and conduct museum collection acquisitions, deaccessioning, cataloging, preservation, conservation, maintenance, exhibition, and interpretation.
  • Responsible for the Museum’s large Native American Indian collection and building collaborative relationships with each Tribal organization.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and security of collection storage areas, and exhibit galleries.
  • Responsible for the intellectual control of the collections through the maintenance of accessions records, object files, and the collections management database.
  • Schedules and conducts inventory of the collections.
  • Oversees and processes incoming and existing collections and loans according to standards including cleaning, documenting and properly storing.
  • Manage historic research and reproduction requests and other inquiries regarding the collection.
  • Recruit & train collection & research library volunteers and interns.
  • Assists Education Coordinator in the development of educational programs for all ages including occasional talks and tours for visiting groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Oversee and conduct research, design, creation, fabrication, maintenance and installation of changing exhibits that make the collections accessible to the general public, educate and share compelling stories.
  • Work with the exhibit committee to review/update the exhibit schedule and create a five-year plan to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Schedule, install, dismantle and arrange for return of traveling exhibits.
  • Assist with exhibition-related marketing and social media content.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Oversee, lead and facilitate Volunteer & Exhibit Committee meetings and projects
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and manage volunteers to help with collection management, library and archival research needs, exhibition support, and other strategic needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Collaborate with Museum Store Buyer to develop exhibition-related materials for sale.
  • Manager On Duty (MOD) when needed. Includes opening and closing procedures for the Museum and Museum Store, answering reception/store volunteer questions & concerns.
  • Oversee curatorial and collections budget.
  • Assist with grant proposals, to support collection and exhibit projects
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the Museum when the Executive Director is off site.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • MA or BA/BS with commensurate experience in Public History, Museum Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and/or Archaeology.
  • Current and valid driver’s license


  • Prefer three to five years of Curator/Collections Management experience. Combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Group facilitation and/or supervisory experience
  • Exhibit planning and design experience
  • Ability to work with volunteers of all ages


  • Knowledge of current best practices and procedures for collections.
  • Knowledge of museum laws and regulations concerning Federal and State Fossil and Archaeological Collections.
  • Knowledge of NAGPRA and current best practices.
  • Intermediate skills in PastPerfect Collections Management System or comparable Museum Collections system.
  • Actively monitor the community for interests to inform future exhibits and collaborations
  • Familiarity with scanning and digital photography
  • Familiarity with map conservation procedures.
  • Ability to assist in researching, writing and managing grants
  • Offer excellent research, writing, and project management skills.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite. Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Adobe DC Pro a plus.
  • Basic recordkeeping practices.
  • Highly motivated and demonstrates a positive image and outlook when interacting with the public and coworkers

Physical/Mental/Environmental Requirements

  • Requires extensive sitting with periodic standing and walking
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 pounds; 50 lbs+ when working with assistance
  • Requires significant use of personal computer, phone and general office equipment
  • Needs adequate visual acuity, ability to grasp and handle objects
  • Needs ability to communicate effectively through reading, writing, and speaking in person or telephone
  • Requires occasional evening and weekend work
  • Requires work during museum fundraising events and events like Annual Membership Meeting
  • May require off-site travel


Send coverletter with resume to Marcia Hart, Executive Director at


Founded in 1891, the Coos County Historical Society is the second oldest historical society in the State of Oregon. Through our mission and vision, we strive to create a better understanding of life in Coos County and Oregon’s South Coast, past and present, and our place in that life.  We want everyone entering our door to feel ownership and to be inspired to share and build community around the museum. Our museum serves three main purposes 1) Education 2) Regional Historic Research and 3) Providing space for the community to gather in one of the most beautiful settings on the Coos Bay Waterfront.


Museums are a vital part of how we tell the stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and how we will live together. They maintain our cultural heritage and teach us about all the ways we are different and the same. Reflecting the diversity of that heritage is a critical part of the Coos County Historical Society and the Coos History Museum’s work. We work towards highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion as key focus areas in our strategic priorities and educational programming. Inclusion is how we move toward our equity goal, and diversity describes the breadth of our experiences and perspectives.