Museum Curator

Company Name: 

The Whale Museum


P. O. Box 945
(62 1st St. N.)
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Contact Name: 

Jenny Atkinson




Job Description: 


Position: Museum Curator (Exhibit Hall & Facility)  Location: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, USA

The Whale Museum is seeking a person to fulfill the role of Museum Curator (Exhibit Hall and Facility).  Year-round FT employment.   (Please note: job functions have been combined in order to provide a full-time, year-round position.)

Established in 1979 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to whales living in the wild, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.  Our facility is located on San Juan Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington.  This remote island is accessible only by ferry, boat or plane. 

The Museum Curator's responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • management and care of the Museum's collections and exhibits
  • oversee operation and maintenance of the Museum building
  • coordinate volunteer recruitment, database management, and scheduling
  • conduct education programs, guided tours, other educational programs, and special events as needed
  • provide assistance in Gift Shop

The Museum Curator works closely with staff and/or contracted consultants to plan, budget and implement specific projects associated with their areas of responsibility.

This position works closely with the Executive Director and other staff, particularly the Education Curator, the Stranding Network Coordinator, and the Visitors’ Experience Team Manager. The successful candidate will be highly flexible. Required work schedule includes weekend coverage on a year-round basis.

Qualifications: a Bachelor’s Degree in Museology/Museum Studies or 3 years’ experience in a relevant field, excellent communication skills (oral and written), excellent attention to detail, excellent computer/technological skills (i.e., word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and social media. Specific programs include: Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher, as well as PastPerfect Collections Software, Adobe Create Suite), grant writing, experience with public communication, and project management experience.  A varied skill set and flexibility are major assets. Familiarity with the Pacific Northwest environment, Salish Sea ecosystem and its inhabitants is a plus; emphasis is placed on knowledge of the federally-listed endangered community of Southern Resident Orcas, the threats they face and efforts underway to help them recover.

Electronic submissions are encouraged.  It is suggested that a PDF compiled with the requested information be submitted.  While it is planned for the new person to be in place as soon as possible, start date is negotiable for the right candidate.  Active review of submitted applications will begin March 1, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application package should include: a cover letter, resume and up to five references (either reference letter or contact information for each reference).  Please send to: 

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director

The Whale Museum, P. O. Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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