Human Resources

Welcome to the Bishop Museum's Human Resources Department! We recognize that our employees are a vital and valuable part of our organization. We are committed to providing a diverse work environment that nurtures an employee's career potential while contributing to the continued success of Bishop Museum.

Employment opportunities at Bishop Museum for professional and support staff in finance, administration, collections management, research & scholarly studies, public programs, and in membership/development programs vary as new positions become available.

Current Job Openings

Click on the job title above to see application link and description. To apply, please click APPLY NOW at the bottom of the job description that interests you.

All faxed, hand delivered and mailed resumes are scanned in Human Resources and forwarded to the hiring manager. Please note, we do not accept open applications - you must indicate what position you are applying for when you submit your resume.

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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Exhibit Guide for Scream Machines

Bishop Museum seeks 3 individuals for the position of Exhibit Guide in Scream Machines, an exciting exhibit that uses the science of roller coasters to learn about kinetic motion.

This position is temporary, Sept 2014 – January 2015. Casual position, 19 hours a week or less. The successful candidates will assist with interpretive positions in the exhibit. Duties will include: greeting visitors as they enter the exhibit, explaining the nature of the exhibit; monitoring and operating the 'spin room'; monitoring the roller coaster simulator area (non-moving experience); open exhibit in the morning, checking all equipment; monitoring exhibit during the day and closing at the end of the day. Other duties include working with volunteers to assist in interpreting various parts of exhibit. Also, on a needs basis, exhibit guides will assist with other museum interpretive work, such as sleepovers and winter break programs.

Education and Experience

High School degree or equivalent in training and experience to successfully perform the job


Must have experience working with children. Must be able to handle multiple projects and maintain composure.

Compensation: $8-12/hour

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Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Full-time position. Responsible for handling front office reception and administration duties. This includes but is not limited to greeting guests and assisting them with questions and concerns. Other duties include answering multiple phone lines, routing phone calls to appropriate staff and handling all museum inquiries.

Education and Experience

AA degree or equivalent work-related experience

Salary: $26,208-29,120

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Planetarium Producer/Presenter

Finalists will be asked to submit examples of digital production work.

Full Time position. Point person for the creation of digital product for Bishop Museum Watumull Planetarium. This includes filming live-faction footage with RED camera and adapting that raw footage to the full dome format; production of basic animations; production of still images; and audio production for planetarium's full dome system. Work with Planetarium Director and other planetarium and education staff in the planning, scripting, testing, filming, and assembling of planetarium programming. Present live planetarium programs for general and school visitors. Take lead in representing the planetarium's online presence in terms of online postings, production of monthly star maps and other educational materials.

Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree required, Master's a plus.

Salary: $34,000-45,000

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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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Exhibit Designer

Working independently, produces exhibit design specifications requiring knowledge of, and skill in, two and three dimensional design techniques. Performs research on and develops and produces interactive prototypes through floor exhibits. Creates clear, detailed, and concise plan drawings for builders to utilize for fabrication. Plans and organizes project-related budgeting and scheduling tasks. Organizes and assists with exhibit fabrication and installation. Collaborates on Public Program Division projects, programs, and initiatives, such as events and website.

Qualifications: Strong experience with drawing and other design programs such as Vector Works, Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Freehand or Illustrator. Experience with html markup and scripting (such as PHP, JavaScript/jQuery, or ColdFusion). Familiarity with office and project management programs such as Microsoft Office. Interest in Hawaiian culture and tradition or natural sciences a plus.

Education: BA, BFA or educational equivalent in related field

Experience: Minimum 3 years experience with design and production of exhibits

Salary: $38,000-$48,000

Hours: Full-time

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, August 29, 2014

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Security Officer

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: $8.67/hour

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

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Marketing & Public Relations Manager

The Marketing & Public Relations Manager leads the planning and execution of marketing and public relations objectives as set forth in the Museum's strategic and operational plans. In a dynamic and fast-paced environment, the Marketing & Public Relations Manager works with managers and staff across the Museum to coordinate and disseminate messaging that will raise the Museum's public profile and case for support within in the communities it serves. The Marketing & Public Relations Manager is also responsible for the day-to-day implementation of branding/ organizational identity efforts to develop a greater understanding of the Museum's value to its stakeholders. The Marketing & Public Relations Manager also serves as the Museum's spokesperson to external audiences as appropriate.

Education: Bachelors in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations/Marketing or related field

Salary: $42,000-47,000

Hours: Full-time

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Membership Database Coordinator

Processes all Museum memberships through Museum's Raiser's Edge database. Tracks and processes all Museum memberships, including data entry, gift entry, printing and mailing of membership cards and membership fulfillment packages. Assists with processing Museum donations, including data entry and gift entry as necessary. Generates gift and membership acknowledgement and thank you letters. With database manager, maintains integrity and cleanliness of database. Runs membership reports and queries as scheduled or requested. Processes and tracks direct mailing(s). Communicates, collaborates, and operates as part of a dedicated and high performing team of fundraising staff with the common goal of advancing the Museum's development projects and overall operation to achieve fundraising goals. Staffs special events for membership and development as needed. Performs other duties, as assigned/required.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience

Salary: $30,000-38,000

Hours: Full-time

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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-$11/hr

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Special Events Facilitator (Part-Time)

Bishop Museum invites applications for a part-time position as a Special Events Facilitator. Required qualifications include a high school degree; prior experience in the hospitality/event industry; prior experience with audiovisual equipment; ability to maintain a flexible schedule, being comfortable meeting new people; and communicating effectively.

Duties include coordinating logistics for events; serving as the on-site representative for events; setting up and/or trouble-shooting sound systems and video projectors for events; and assisting with the operation of the special events' office, filling in for others when necessary.

Compensation: $12/hr

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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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