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Working with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is about more than just paying the bills.  It goes beyond preserving culture and furthering research. It’s about meaningful work - nourishing ourselves as well as the community we serve.

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are also a number of volunteer opportunities throughout the museum, some working with visitors, others with our natural and cultural collections. Click here for volunteer opportunities.

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Director of Cultural Resources

Responsible for the advancement of the Museum's ethnology, archaeology, library and archival collections through supervision of the collection's management, conservation and research. Provides the direction to ensure the success of division's commitments and priorities. In conjunction with management in the Library & Archives, Ethnology, and Anthropology departments, develops long range plans, and strategies for these departments that: meet the Museum's mission, strengthens its financial and organizational foundation and its relationship with the community.

Salary: $75,000-80,000

Hours: Full-time

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Exhibit Technician (Part-time)

Responsible for overseeing daily, routine maintenance of exhibits. Serves as a technician for maintaining exhibits on the Bishop Museum campus. Provides AV support for Museum, including maintenance on planetarium equipment, Science on a Sphere and general audio-visual equipment. Works with other team members to support general goals established by the department. Oversees routine and preventive maintenance of exhibits through daily checks and documentation of problems and repair efforts.

Education: High School graduate

Hours: Part-time, some evenings and weekends

Compensation: $16-18/hr

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Housekeeper (Full-time)

Under the supervision of the Facilities Manager, maintain the orderly, sanitary, attractive and safe condition of the Museum according to prescribed procedures. Duties include but are not limited to: sweeping, dusting, mopping and wet mopping floors as required; vacuums and cleans spillage as required; mixing cleaning chemicals according to instructions; know the safety requirements and adhere to them in accordance with the appropriate MSDS; making rounds of assigned areas to ensure cleanliness; interacting with staff and visitors with tact and courtesy at all times; and other duties as assigned.

Education: High School graduate or equivalent. Two years experience in housekeeping, preferred.

Hours: Full-time

Compensation: $10/hr

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Housekeeper (Part-time)

Under the supervision of the Facilities Manager, maintain the orderly, sanitary, attractive and safe condition of the Museum according to prescribed procedures. Duties include but are not limited to: sweeping, dusting, mopping and wet mopping floors as required; vacuums and cleans spillage as required; mixing cleaning chemicals according to instructions; know the safety requirements and adhere to them in accordance with the appropriate MSDS; making rounds of assigned areas to ensure cleanliness; interacting with staff and visitors with tact and courtesy at all times; and other duties as assigned.

Education: High School graduate or equivalent. Two years experience in housekeeping, preferred.

Hours: Part-time

Compensation: $10/hr

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Buildings and Grounds Assistant

Aides Garden Foreman in care and maintenance of the entire property at Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. Participates in Garden working groups as needed. Assists in maintaining garden landscaping, archaeology preserve, waste land, house lot, visitor center, parking lot, and storage areas at site of Amy Greenwell Garden Maintenance tasks include planting, mowing, blowing, raking, pruning, cutting and removing weeds, and insecticide and herbicide use.

Wage: $9.5-9.69

Hours: Full-time

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Member Services Coordinator

This individual is responsible for timely processing of membership gifts and renewals, and is proactive and responsive to membership inquiries received by phone and email. The successful candidate will communicate, collaborate, and operate as part of a dedicated and high performing team of fundraising staff with the common goal of advancing the museum's strategic priorities and inspiring support for the Museum. Tasks include: processing all museum memberships through Raiser's Edge database; answering membership phone line and responding to inquiries in a timely manner; generating membership and donor acknowledgement letters, running membership reports and queries as scheduled or requested, working evening and weekend special events as needed (approx. 1-2 events per month).

Qualifications: Demonstrated proficiency in database systems, data entry, and MS Office required. Raiser's Edge experience highly preferred. Experience in a development office or Museum setting highly preferred.

Education: Bachelor's degree required

Salary: $30,000

Hours: Full-time

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Human Resources & Volunteer Coordinator

Responsible for overall management of volunteer program, including developing recruitment plan, processing applications, developing retention strategies, and advising staff regarding best practices for volunteer program. Also drafts job postings for paid staff positions, coordinates orientation and processes new hire forms. Assists in event planning for employee anniversary and volunteer appreciation events. Supports Human Resources with other tasks as needed, including generating reports, drafting standard communications, and responding to applicant inquiries.

Qualifications: Must be computer literate, and able to work with diverse groups of people

Compensation: $14-15/hour

Hours: Full-time

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Special Exhibit Guide (Casual)

Must have experience working with children. Assist with interpretive positions in temporary exhibits at Bishop Museum. On a needs basis, assist with other museum interpretive work, such as sleepovers and winter break programs.

Compensation: $8-10/hour

Hours: Less than 20 hours per week, with some evenings and weekends

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Security Officer, 3rd Watch (Full-time)

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications: Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment. Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens; be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors; able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form; capable of original thinking and planning.

Education: High school graduate

Compensation: $10.00/hour

Hours: Full-time, 3rd Watch (4pm-midnight)

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Security Officer, 1st Watch (Full-time)

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications: Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment. Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens; be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors; able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form; capable of original thinking and planning.

Education: High school graduate

Compensation: $10.00/hour

Hours: Full-time, 1st Watch (12am-8am)

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Assistant Manager Retail (Full-time)

Duties include, but are not limited to, overseeing store operations, merchandising activities, ticket box operations, supervision of staff, office/clerical tasks, retail software upkeep and maintenance, e-commerce and control of expenses. Also responsible for assisting the Director of Retail Sales & Ticket Box Operations to meet Museum objectives and achieve mission goals as established.

Education: High school diploma or GED

Salary: $30,000-38,000

Hours: Full-time position

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Reservationist (Full-time)

This position will supervise Part-Time Reservationist. Also, takes reservations and answers main phone information line for Museum, taking phone calls, answering basic visitor questions, and passing some calls to appropriate staff or departments. Provide visitors with information on schedules, traveling exhibits, programs and prices.

Reservations include School Groups (preschool through 12th grade) field trips, college groups, tourist groups and others. Take phone calls, explain the museum's programs, book the reservations, and process payment. Must work with education staff to ensure that all school bookings concur with set policies on how many students can be booked into exhibits and programs. Coordinate with appropriate manager in advance to work out solutions when there are unusually large booking or special requests.

Education: High school diploma or GED

Compensation: $15-18/hour

Hours: Full-time position. Also needed for weekend and evening hours.

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Reservationist (Part-time)

Under the supervision of the full-time reservationist, takes reservations and answers main phone information line for Museum, taking phone calls, answering basic visitor questions, and passing some calls to appropriate staff or departments. Provide visitors with information on schedules, traveling exhibits, programs and prices.

Reservations include School Groups (preschool through 12th grade) field trips, college groups, tourist groups and others. Take phone calls, explain the museum's programs, book the reservations, and process payment. Must work with education staff to ensure that all school bookings concur with set policies on how many students can be booked into exhibits and programs. Coordinate with appropriate manager in advance to work out solutions when there are unusually large booking or special requests.

Education: High school diploma or GED

Compensation: $13-17.50/hour

Hours: Part-time position. Also needed for weekend and evening hours.

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Culture Educator (Casual)

Culture Educator position, with an emphasis on support of cultural education through development and delivery of school and public programs and Ola Nä Mo'oleo (storytelling). Position also coordinates Hawaiian Hall floor activities on assigned days, normally 2 days a week; and works with culture education team to develop, refine and present high quality education culture programs for onsite and offsite museum visitors at schools and community events. Work with culture education team in seeking culture education grants.

Education: College degree or equivalent in experience to successfully perform the job. Native Hawaiian practitioner training preferred.

Compensation: $16.50-18.50/hr

Hours: Casual; Monday – Friday, with weekend and evening hours.

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Education Interpreter (Casual)

Must be available to work 1-2 evenings (sleep over at the Museum) and 1 to 2 weekdays/weekend days per week. This is a casual part-time position,18 hours per week. Work Bishop Museum "Sleepover" and "Museum After Dark" programs, in which visiting school students spend the evening at the Museum. Greet sleepover visitors, provide programming, handle operational details such as food delivery, monitor student behavior and safety. Must be available to sleep overnight at the Museum. Present and assist with daytime programs for general public and students. Present high quality interpretive programs and interactive learning experiences for museum visitors and school groups in the Science Adventure Center, NOAA Science on a Sphere, Castle Building, Hawaiian Hall, Watumull Planetarium and/or other exhibit gallery areas as required. Assist other education department staff in department projects in and out of the office.

Desired Education and Experience: High School degree or equivalent in training and experience to successfully perform the job. Must be able to handle multiple projects and maintain composure. Must have experience working with children and presenting to a range of audiences.

Machines and Equipment Used: Computer, audiovisual equipment, LCD projector IPad/Tablet, video camera, telephone. Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Hours: Casual, varies day and/or evening

Compensation: $10-$12/hr

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Director of Education

The Director of Education is responsible for leadership of the Museum's informal educational program development and implementation aligned with the institution's strategic plan and operational goals. Under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Public Programs direct responsibilities include management of staff, financial and operational aspects of the department to produce programs in the areas of on-site daily programs, on-site school-age programs, outreach educational and public programs, and on-line/ virtual educational opportunities. As an integral part of content delivery at Bishop Museum the Director of Education also supports selection and development of travelling and in-house exhibitions to ensure educational goals are met. As the role of technology will continue to increase in its importance for delivery of educational and public programs, the Director of Education will also spearhead educational content and programs in virtual environments. In order to build external support and secure resources for programs, this position must work closely and participate directly with the institutional advancement division, senior leadership and other managers to identify and secure grant funding support and beneficial partnerships for the Museum. This person will be asked to assess the Museum's educational programs and initiatives to develop in conjunction with senior leadership a long-range educational growth plan that aligns with the Museum's new strategic plan. S/he must be able to work effectively with the public programs departments and the collections and research areas of the Museum to create unique, relevant, and innovative educational outcomes.

Salary: $60,000-80,000

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Ho'okipa Ambassador (Gift Shop Staff)

This position is responsible for efficiently conducting Gift Shop transactions, and ensuring customer satisfaction in the museum's retail and admissions environment. The successful candidate will have a strong sense of professionalism and the Aloha Spirit. As first point of contact for visitors coming into the museum, this position acts as Ho'okipa Ambassador: greeting all visitors with the Aloha Spirit, delivering outstanding customer service and creating an experience unique to the world.

Hours: Casual

Compensation: $9.00-$10/hr

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Director of Sales

Seeking an experienced Director of Sales to help rapidly grow the organizations facility rental usage and non-resident admissions. Leadership of the Museum's sales efforts aligned with the institution's strategic plan and business planning goals, serving as primary point of contact and liaison with all sectors of the visitor industry and the development and marketing of new programs that will leverage Bishop Museum's assets and appeal to visitor sectors in the eastbound and westbound markets. The Director of Sales will work with the Museum's senior management, department leadership and staff across the Museum to develop and promote programs that capture sales opportunities and meet revenue goals for the Museum.

Qualifications: 4 year degree/diploma in Travel Industry Management or closely related discipline and/or equivalent combination of education and experience or related experience. Strong knowledge of leisure sales, tour & travel market. Minimum of five years of experience managing or leading a visitor industry sales program. Demonstrated ability to understand customer requirements and translating these into sales solutions. Must also be able to travel as needed to conferences, trade shows, tenant offices and other company offices. Positive service oriented attitude toward our employees, guests and our organization. Have a valid driver's license and vehicle in good working condition.

Salary $60,000 to $70,000 plus commission

Hours: Full-time

To Apply: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14475011

Security Officer-First Watch midnight to 8:00am

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications: Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment. Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens; be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors; able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form; capable of original thinking and planning.

Education: High school graduate
Compensation: $10.00 per hour
Full-time

To apply for 1st watch shift visit: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14405981

Security Officer-Third Watch 4:00pm to midnight

Provide protection and safety for Bishop Museum visitors, staff, volunteers, collections, and buildings. Direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed. Assume responsibility for building, contents, and staff during non-public hours. Complete written reports and logs as required.

Qualifications: Must have experience in security, preferably in a museum or educational environment. Must have patience interacting with children and senior citizens; be tactful in dealing staff, researchers and visitors; able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form; capable of original thinking and planning.

Education: High school graduate
Compensation: $10.00 per hour
Full-time

To apply visit for 3rd watch shift visit: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14405991