Careers

Working with Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum goes beyond preserving culture and furthering research. It is also meaningful and nourishing to the community we serve.

March 18, 2020

Bishop Museum has implemented a temporary hiatus in hiring for open positions. If you are interested in joining the Museum’s ‘Ohana in the future, we encourage you to submit your application so that we may review it when the hiring freeze has ended.

Click on links below for more information about Current Employment Opportunities, then click APPLY FOR THIS JOB at the bottom of the job description that appears to go to our online application(s).

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Security Guard (3rd Watch)

3rd Watch: 4 pm 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.

 

Required license or certification:

Valid Security Guard Card issued by the State of Hawai’i

Education:

High school graduate

Hours: Full Time Hourly; some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Director of Building and Grounds

This position is responsible for development and implementation of all activities and tasks related to facility support and security at Bishop Museum. Areas of responsibility include direct supervision of the ground keeping staff, security department staff, housekeeping staff and facility maintenance and support staff. Grounds keeping management includes development and implementation of plans to maintain and enhance safe and aesthetically attractive facilities. Security management includes directing security operations to ensure the Museum’s buildings and its contents and personnel are safe and secure from fire, theft and other hazards. Facilities support management includes proactive maintenance of the Museum’s buildings, fixtures, motor pool and ancillary operations. As designated Safety Officer this position is also responsible for all duties related to being the Museum’s designated safety officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of senior management, develops and implements the operational goals and objectives for the Building & Grounds department to ensure effective program planning in care, maintenance, and improvement of the Museum campus.
  • Responsible for establishing and regularly reviewing standards of operations for general upkeep and preventative maintenance repair programs for buildings and fixtures (including utilities), grounds, and Museum equipment.
  • Plans and schedules work assignments of department supervisors and staff and reviews performance according to prescribed verbal and/ or written instructions.
  • Provides oversight and directs activities when necessary in conjunction with department managers to support the facilities and security needs of the Museum’s two satellite operations, the Hawaii Maritime Center and the Amy Greenwell Garden.
  • Contracts and works with architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, suppliers and vendors to address the maintenance and improvement of the Museum facilities.
  • Oversees work of contractors to ensure compliance with budget, contract standards and timely completion of projects.
  • Reviews and makes changes when necessary to annual Buildings & Grounds contracts and supply purchase agreements to ensure the Museum receives the most beneficial terms for the services and supplies it purchases.
  • Provides planning and support services to other Museum departments including but not limited to Exhibits, Visitor Services, Membership, Special Events and Education to assist in achievement of the Museum’s goals and objectives.
  • Develops and directly oversees effective safety and security control plans, policies, procedures and systems within established parameters and consistent with Museum goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for coordination of training security staff, and other personnel (as appropriate) in safety and security awareness as well as security policies, procedures and work routines.
  • Proactively keeps apprised of programs and activities across the Museum to coordinate appropriate B & G staff coverage and resource allocation to match needs.
  • Develops, implements and reviews security policy related to the maintenance and control of facility access by staff and other individuals, including keys and security system controls.
  • As designated Safety Officer, develops, implements and reviews safety policies and procedures for the Museum to ensure management and staff are maintaining compliance with established safety practices.
 
Additional Responsibility Purpose
 

Museum Safety Captains are responsible for maintaining records, rehearsing safety drills and practices, and coordinating department needs related to safety and security of both the personnel and collections in spaces they often occupy.  As members of a cross-departmental team, Safety Captains help to keep the institution prepared for the variety of natural and human-impacted crises and circumstances that may affect our resources and visitors. Examples of situations that Safety Captains help to prepare for include medical emergencies, natural disasters, weather-resiliency, emergency evacuations, and secure-in-place events.

  • Maintain Medical and Emergency supply kits by checking assigned supply statuses quarterly.
  • Inspect evacuation bags and update rosters quarterly.
  • Update Emergency policies and procedures in Museum Handbooks within your unit when they change.
  • Facilitate accurate hazardous materials documentation practices within your unit.
  • Communicate policies and procedures between Safety Committee and colleagues.  Represent safety updates or take issues back from department meetings.
  • Co-facilitate evacuation drills and tabletop exercises to help prepare unit for multiple emergency scenarios.
  • Train and refresh staff in your zone on emergency procedures, evacuation routes, fire extinguisher locations, fire alarm pull handles.
  • Designate backups for safety issues in your absence.
  • Report unsafe and/or unsecure situations and/or be prepared to address certain situations individually, as appropriate (example: calling for security backup if a visitor seems to be of concern).
  • In times of emergency, know your role and serve as a point person for that role.
 
Qualifications 
 
  • Minimum of seven years of experience in overseeing and directing building and grounds maintenance at a large, multi-acre facility.
  • Preferred minimum five years’ experience in all aspects related to overseeing and directing a security department. Experience with security related to the general public and/ or collections management highly desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in field of experience, required.
  • Masters degree or professional qualification in engineering preferable.
  • Computer requirements including knowledge and application in email, and Microsoft Office suite of products including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with reviewing building plans and schematic drawings and plans.
 

Other Requirements

  • Highly energetic with strong verbal communication skills with an ability to interact with individuals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability in creative problem solving related to facility maintenance and repair.
  • Highly organized with ability to meet tight deadlines and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Flexibility to work some weekday evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)
  • Good attendance
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines
  • Desire to learn and work hard
 

Direct Reports

Facilities Supervisor
Security Lieutenants 

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Joshua M. Copus Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship: Biodiversity Informatics and Computational Biology

In collaboration with five other national museums, was awarded an NSF Thematic Collections Network grant to develop comprehensive online resources that will enable time-sensitive assessment of the systematics and conservation status of Pacific Island land snails (PILS). This will involve: 1) mobilizing and enhancing records for 3.6 million specimens (e.g., georeferencing, imaging of primary types etc.) and 2) providing newly digitized records for more than 130,000 additional specimens. The digitization project will facilitate systematic and biodiversity research within two Pacific Island biodiversity hotspots to better understand patterns and changes in tropical island biogeography, evolution, and ecology, at multiple temporal and spatial scales. It will also provide the baseline for assessing the establishment and continued spread of invasive species, a major threat to endemic Pacific Island land snail faunal and ecosystem stability. The Malacology collection at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum seeks highly qualified applicants for an NSF-funded postdoctoral position in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology to join the team in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works directly with a network of museum researchers from six major research museums (Bishop Museum, The Field Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel, Florida Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan) to catalog, digitize, aggregate, and make accessible specimen information and resources for Pacific Island land snails.
  • Leads the development and implementation of an online portal (e.g. Symbiota) for museum data aggregation and assist in taxonomic and nomenclatural evaluations of Pacific Island land snails.
  • Understands international biodiversity informatics standards (particularly DarwinCore)
  • Coordinates and communicates with national and international biodiversity informatics initiatives, including Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Catalog of Life, World Register of Marine Species, and others as appropriate.
  • Involved in training and outreach components of the project, including training students from underrepresented groups in STEM in modern taxonomy and museum studies, and producing exhibit and educational outreach material including digital identification guides of Pacific Island land snails that will include information on biology, taxonomy and evolution.
  • Develops independent aspects of his or her own research at the museum and in collaboration with team members.
  • Works with other collections staff at the museum as needed to fulfill museum mission.

 

Qualifications

  • Proven record of relevant training and achievement in biodiversity informatics, digital resource management, and computational biology.
  • Skills and experience necessary to assist in developing and maintaining biodiversity informatics tools and organizing digital resources, including cleaning up and normalizing existing data content, consolidating independent collections and research databases into a central, unified system, creation of collaborative museum-wide shared authorities (Agents, Geography, Taxonomy and References), integration of vouchered (specimen) and unvouchered (observation, image, and publication-based) organism occurrence records and media integration.
  • Experience in taxonomy and systematics, as well as taxonomic knowledge of gastropods is preferred
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., or equivalent) is required, with bioinformatics, computational biology, or related field preferred.
  • Experience in software development, computational biology, and biodiversity and collections digitization preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with data management software (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server), web development platforms (especially Microsoft frameworks, including .NET Core), and coding (e.g., C#, Pearl, Python, R) preferred.
  • Highly motivated, well-organized, and creative.

 

Other Requirements

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field)
  • Good attendance
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines
  • Desire to learn and work hard

 

Direct Reports

None

Working Conditions

Laboratory work environment may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves.  Field work may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Director of Informatics

Initiates, develops, and directs the Informatics Department across all collections and research activities, including data clean up, normalization, consolidation, integration, security, and sharing of data and associated media files, develops and enhances digital content, directs software development and implementation in support of digital assets across Museum programs and activities, works closely with the Director of Information Technology on infrastructure needs, and consistently adheres to and engages in international data standards and supports funding for research, collections and other Museum programs.

 Additional Responsibility Purpose

Museum Safety Captains are responsible for maintaining records, rehearsing safety drills and practices, and coordinating department needs related to safety and security of both the personnel and collections in spaces they often occupy.  As members of a cross-departmental team, Safety Captains help to keep the institution prepared for the variety of natural and human-impacted crises and circumstances that may affect our resources and visitors. Examples of situations that Safety Captains help to prepare for include medical emergencies, natural disasters, weather-resiliency, emergency evacuations, and secure-in-place events. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops, maintains and manages digital assets (databases, media files, custom and off-shelf software platforms, and web portals and services) related to collections and research involving natural, cultural, and institutional history; works with Curators, Collection Managers, and associated staff to assist in general oversight of digital assets management procedures (data creation, clean-up storage, backup, maintenance, growth, etc.); analyzes data and directs software development and customization as needed. (All Levels)
  • Works toward completing the digitization of collections objects (including Library and Archives collections), including databasing, imaging (photographs, videos), 3D modelling and Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry, georeferencing, and other related digitization technologies. (All Levels)
  • Works towards empowering the Museum’s digital assets in ways that support collections management, scholarly research, and outreach and education through normalization and integration of a variety of digital assets. (All Levels)
  • Remains actively engaged with relevant international data standards bodies, and participates in original scholarly works related to broad informatics communities. (All Levels)
  • Serves the Museum’s public program goals through supporting and/or leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, educational program development, exhibit planning and through the provision of technical information, content knowledge, and assistance to Museum and clients or partners. (All Levels)
  • Contributes significantly to operational planning, which includes planning and development of immediate and long-term project goals and objectives for the Museum. (All Levels)
  • Oversees the design, development, coordination and direction of specific software tools, web portals and services, and other mechanisms for digital assets management related to a broad range of collections and research activities. (All Levels)
  • Actively seeks and obtains financial support through grants, contracts, professional contracts and other resources, in collaboration with other Museum professionals, to further major digital assets management, collections and research activities, and/or to support major Museum programs. (All Levels)
  • Maintains strong affiliations in relevant international data standards organizations and other informatics initiatives through active service (i.e., committees, councils, funding review panels) and participation (i.e., attendance, panel discussions, etc.), including presentations of significant and major works at regional, national, or international meetings, symposia, and workshops which enhances their development as a Museum informatics professional. (All Levels)
  • Travels nationally and internationally to participate in relevant meetings, symposia, and workshops. (All Levels)
  • Defines evolving personnel needs for developing and maintaining digital assets management and content creation, including the prioritization of temporary or permanent staff or contracted positions (software developers, data managers, analysis specialists, technicians, etc.) across multiple phases of the informatics program, and supervises such personnel. (All Levels)
  • Advises collections managers, curators and others engaged in digital assets creation, curation and maintenance. (All Levels)
  • Interacts with staff and Museum clients with tact, courtesy and unqualified respect at all times.  Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients.  Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations. (All Levels)
  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors.  Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices.  Reads all safety materials received.  Promptly reports unsafe conditions and unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individuals.  Maintains assigned work area and equipment free to accident-producing conditions. (All Levels)
  • May entail participation on field trips for the purpose of developing software tools used in surveying, sampling, collecting, and general research activities to locations that may be remote from medical facilities and other urban infrastructure, and may involve activities such as hiking, camping, climbing, rope work (such as rappelling and use of rope bridges), transport via helicopter and other small aircraft, working from boats (ships and small craft), submersible diving, snorkeling, scuba diving and other similar activities necessary to fulfill the objectives of the associated research and data capture activities.
  • Maintain Medical and Emergency supply kits by checking assigned supply statuses quarterly.
  • Inspect evacuation bags and update rosters quarterly.
  • Update Emergency policies and procedures in Museum Handbooks within your unit when they change.
  • Facilitate accurate hazardous materials documentation practices within your unit.
  • Communicate policies and procedures between the Safety Committee and colleagues.  Represent safety updates or take issues back from department meetings.
  • Co-facilitate evacuation drills and tabletop exercises to help prepare the unit for multiple emergency scenarios.
  • Train and refresh staff in your zone on emergency procedures, evacuation routes, fire extinguisher locations, fire alarm pull handles.
  • Designate backups for safety issues in your absence.
  • Report unsafe and/or unsecure situations and/or be prepared to address certain situations individually, as appropriate (example: calling for security backup if a visitor seems to be of concern).
  • In times of emergency, know your role and serve as a point person for that role.
  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum. (All Levels)
 
Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree (or experiential equivalent) in a field related to natural history, cultural history, library studies or computer science (museum studies or related field preferred), with extensive (10+ years) experience developing and/or managing digital assets at comparable scholarly institutions or organizations (museums, universities, colleges, libraries, or major informatics initiatives), and experience managing software developers and software development projects.
 
Skills
 
  • Must be able to communicate verbally with co-workers and others, both in-person and over the phone or other electronic communications platforms.  
  • Must be able to read and process information, as well as communicate in writing.
  • Machines and equipment used: Desktop and laptop computers, hand-held optical scanners, small hand tools, digital camera and scanner systems, various electrical tools, and photocopier.
  • Software used: Appropriate and applicable software development environments and programming languages, database management systems, web page and web services development and deployment platforms, digital content management systems, MS Word / Excel / Access as well as familiarity with internet and e-mail programs.
  • Current on Museum required safety training
  • Situational Awareness
 
Physical Requirements
 
  • Primarily light work with periods of sitting, walking, reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling.  
  • Long periods of data entry and keyboard use. 
  •  Visual requirements include 20/20 corrected vision, depth perception, and a wide field of vision.  
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.  
  • Field duties may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.  
  • Engagement with collections and laboratory work environments may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves.  
 
Direct Reports
 
  • Software Developer, Data Manager, Data Analyst

Other Requirements

  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field).
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines.
  • Desire to learn and work hard.
 
Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Events Facilitator

Under limited supervision, provide facility rental services to clients and their guests to insure a smooth and efficient event. Communicate and coordinate with other department staff in planning and executing event requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure each event is set up according to the rental agreement as detailed on the events calendar.
  • Set up Bishop Museum’s meeting spaces for various meetings and special requests.
  • Coordinate with the caterers to insure timely delivery and pickup times.
  • Provide assistance according to the diagrams of each event’s floor plan to insure proper setup.
  • In all above cases, ensure that setup of room or hall is done in a timely manner.
  • Serve as ‘onsite’ contact person for rental events when designated for that capacity.
  • Assist with main phone system as needed and provide excellent customer service when responding to guest, client, and caller inquiries.
  • Assist with site visits for potential renters.
 

Qualifications and Other Requirements:

  • High School diploma and 1 year prior host/hostess experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point.
  • Professional, business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance record.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to manage setup of tables, chairs, audio visual equipment.
  • Customer Service
  • Organizational
  • Multi-task Oriented

 

Working Conditions

Evening work and weekend work is required. Positions may be required to work outdoors in the elements and at times in a bright/dark environment.  On feet for 4-8+ hours at a time. Regular walking duties, crossing campus on a regular basis. 

Physical requirements

Ability to stand and walk for an extended period of time in various weather conditions.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Security Guard (2nd Watch)

2nd Watch: 8 am to 4 pm.

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.
 

Required license or certificationValid Security Guard Card issued by the State of Hawai’i

Education: High school graduate
Hours: Full Time Hourly; some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Director of Foundation Relations

The Director of Foundation Relations is a key member of the Museum’s Institutional Advancement team. This position is responsible for meeting the Museum’s annual and campaign goals for private foundations and government agencies through identifying and cultivating institutional funding sources; developing and carrying out strategies for funding; preparing proposals, reports, agreements, contracts, and correspondence; and acting as a steward for foundation contributions. This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides successful leadership and development experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts at all levels from private foundations and government agencies to support the operating needs and priorities of the Museum.
  • Serves as the external face of the Museum to the foundation community.
  • May also be assigned to major gift prospects
  • Develops and executes donor relation strategies for existing and new foundation partners, strategize and plans all contact and communications, and manages/tracks all follow-up activities through to completion.
  • Prepares competitive grant requests, collateral materials, and reports related to foundation and government funding for the Museum.
  • Conducts prospect research and maintains current foundation records in the donor database.
  • Projects monthly and yearly revenue goals and tracks progress toward reaching those goals.
  • Maintains project calendars and timelines for cultivation/stewardship action steps to further foundation and government relationships.
  • Keeps donors and partners apprised of progress on projects and ensures completion of progress and final reports as required by foundation and government funders.
  • Works with staff across departments to identify funding priorities and match them with prospective funding opportunities, coordinates with other staff as needed for content related to proposals.
  • Performs additional responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Five years of fundraising experience required.
  • Proven experience and success in securing six-figure foundation and corporate gifts.
  • Prior work in a museum, cultural, educational, or science organization preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekend as required.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent administrative skills required.
  • Ability to fundraise within the Museum’s stated organizational priorities.

 

Other Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation.

 

Direct Reports

  • One part-time grants assistant/administrator
 
Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Education Program Manager 

The Education Programs Manager is responsible for supporting the Director of Education with the day-to-day and operational management of the department; leading and supporting the growth and development of a team of museum educators.  This position also provides guidance and coaching, where necessary; leads and guides the development, implementation and evaluation of education programming and resources; collaborates with the education leadership team to strategically shape the museum’s program offerings and executes the strategies and programs.  It is essential that this position be able to work collaborative across multiple departments of the museum in order to plan and execute educational programming that further the mission of the Museum. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees daily education programs and assigned staff. 
  • Leads and supports the education team in developing, refining, implementing and evaluating Hawaiian cultural content and multidisciplinary (Hawaiian Hall tours, Science Adventure Center programs, Planetarium, and other exhibit) programming, grounded in Bishop Museum’s Knowledge Core.  Programming shall include a variety of delivery methods for a variety of audiences.
  • Leads and supports the education team in developing, implementing and evaluating federal, state, local and privately funded education related projects and initiatives. 
  • When designated, serve as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on select federal, state, county Responsible for promoting, presenting and teaching education programs to a variety of groups (school, intersession, corporate, etc.) and daily visitors. 
  • Facilitate, lead and support the development, implementation and evaluation of new museum education programming and resources. 
  • Facilitate, lead and support the ongoing review and revision process for current education programs and resources. 
  • Collaborate with the Museum’s Collection and Research teams to develop innovative ways to bridge the collections and research with education programming and resources. 
  • Develop, train, coach and support museum educators in their respective roles and responsibilities. 
  • Assist with the development and prudent execution of the department budget. 
  • Provide assistance with the development and implementation of new exhibits and special events. 
  • Facilitate scheduling of staff to ensure sufficient coverage.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Education, Hawaiian Studies, Science Education or closely related field.
  • Minimum 5 years related work experience.
  • Experience in developmenting, implementing and evaluating a variety of educational programs (formal and informal).
  • Knowledge and application of instructional methods that are grounded in Hawaiian cultural perspectives/worldview
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience with facilitating change management.
  • Demonstrated skill sets: Writing, Communicating, and Organizing.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with others.

 

Other Requirements

  • Masters degree in closely related field, preferred.
  • Flexibilitly in working hours, as evening and weekend work is occasionally required.
  • Working knowledge of Hawaiian Language.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

 

Working Conditions

  • Work is primarily conducted in an office-like environment.  However, it is expected that the incumbent will actively engage with museum staff, volunteers and visitors throughout the museum.  This includes the various exhibit spaces and outdoor spaces during events and festivals.  Incumbent should expect to sit, walk and stand for extended periods of time during the work day.
  • On occasion, evening and weekend work may be required.

 

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Ethnology Collections Manager

The Ethnology Collections Manager is responsible for administering the care and maintenance of collections and associated records in the Ethnology Department, under the supervision and guidance of the appropriate Curator, when that position is filled. The Collections Manager supervises collections staff activities and manages activities associated with collections use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains overall responsibility of all collections and records, unless care of a specific collection or group of collections has been designated to another qualified individual. 
  • Supervises and coordinates the training and work of collections staff and volunteers and encourages their professional development to manage the collections efficiently and effectively.
  • Supervises and participates in the processing of transactions to ensure that additions to and deletions from the collections are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • Works closely with the Registration office to facilitate incoming and ongoing loans.
  • Facilitates the curatorial review of collections offered by potential donors, and coordinates the processing of incoming of donations.
  • Assists and participates in the identification, recording, and organization of the collections according to departmental and disciplinary standards to enhance access and retrieval of materials for study and exhibition.
  • Plans, arranges, and maintains storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions within storage areas and display galleries, and appropriately secures the collections to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Develops and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information. Assists with safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists the Curator to provide guided tours and explanations to public groups to demonstrate the collections’ care and use, and to inform the public of Museum resources.
  • Assists the Curator in developing and writing grant proposals to support proper care, processing, and access associated with assigned collections.
  • Under the guidance of the Curator, supports exhibit making by coordinating collections readiness for temporary exhibition and long term displays, and by participating and coordinating exhibit installations and de-installation.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the museum.

 

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in a related field or 5+ years of experience in collections management.
  • Expertise in Hawaiian and Pacific material culture.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Good Attendance
  • Detail oriented

 

Direct Reports

  • Ethnology Assistant Collections Manager
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 1
  • Ethnology Collections Technician 2

 

Working Conditions

Occasional evening and weekend work required, including working outdoors.

Physical Requirements

Occasionally required to stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, lift heavy objects, and do repetitive tasks with few breaks.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Vice President of Research and Collections

The Vice President of Collections and Research is a key leadership position that will play a critical role in Bishop Museum’s successful growth. He or she is responsible for the management and academic leadership of the Museum’s Collections and Research programs, which includes Natural Sciences, Cultural Resources, Library and Archives, Hawaii Biological Survey, Pacific Biological Survey, Pacific Center for Molecular Biology, Pacific Science Association and related local, national and international initiatives. He or she will work closely with the President & CEO and senior leadership team to implement the Museum’s new strategic plan with a focus on supporting and strengthening the Museum’s knowledge core—comprised of collections, research, and living culture—with an emphasis on partnerships, funding opportunities, improving access to collections, growing research, and sharing the Museum’s knowledge core through dynamic and innovative anchor programs and signature initiatives.

S/he must be an effective leader and team member who can work in a dynamic and collaborative environment. Additionally, he or she must know how to create and manage plans and budgets, be a data-driven, critical thinker, conversant with current technologies, comfortable in public presentations, and serve as a spokesperson to champion the Museum’s mission and priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and management for the Museum’s knowledge core, including collections, research, and living culture staff.
  • Responsible for the ensuring the highest possible standards of stewardship for the Museum’s collections and living culture resources. Leads the development of innovative research programs, sets the direction for collections use and access policies, and oversees management and care of collections in alignment with the overall strategic direction of the Museum.
  • Actively seeks and obtains financial support through grants, contracts, professional contracts and other resources to further Museum research objectives, support the collections, and/or to support major Museum programs. Works collaboratively with institutional advancement to support Museum fundraising efforts and cultivate donor prospects as needed.
  • Develops and implements long-range plans, strategies, budgets, operational planning procedures and evaluative/measurement tools that will ensure that all of the Museum’s research and collections activities conform to museum best practices, align with the Museum’s strategic plan, and meet the needs of the
  • Museum’s various audiences. Regularly evaluates research and collections operations for effectiveness and adjusts as needed.
  • Develops partnerships with external agencies, organizations, and community groups aligned with the museum’s strategic goals to broaden the Museum’s impact.
  • Works collaboratively with Exhibits and Education to develop dynamic and innovative anchor programs and signature initiatives that bring the Museum’s knowledge core to the public. Serves the Museum’s public programs goals through significant contributions in leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, educational program development, exhibit planning and through provision of technical information, content knowledge, and assistance to Museum and clients or partners.
  • Represents the Museum and its public programs externally in venues ranging from conferences to special events and media appearances. Maintains leadership affiliations in scholarly and professional organizations through active service (i.e., committees, councils, editorial review boards, funding review panels) and participation (i.e., attendance, panel discussions, etc.).
  • Provides staff liaison support and management of the Museum’s Board Research and Collections Committee and supports other Board Committees as requested. Participates on internal working committees as required.
  • Encourages staff professionalism, promote teamwork, and uses the resources and creativity necessary to develop solutions to Museum issues and concerns. Interacts with staff and Museum clients with tact, courtesy and unqualified respect at all times. Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.
  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors. Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices. Reads all safety materials received. Promptly reports unsafe conditions and unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individuals. Maintains assigned work area and equipment free to accident-producing conditions.
  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • PhD or equivalent experience in a field related to the Museum’s knowledge core.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian or Pacific culture(s), language, and history.
  • Commitment to the goals of the Museum and demonstrated understanding of operations of a museum.
  • Excellent administrative and management skills, preferably in a museum or related setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain significant levels of grant funding and develop collaborations and community partnerships.
  • Proven, successful track record of program development and implementation in museum or related public environment.
  • · Demonstrated ability to plan and manage a department and staff with limited budgets to achieve organizational goals.
  • Solutions-oriented, diplomatic problem solver and true team player.
  • Software used: MS Word / Excel / Access as well as familiarity with internet and e-mail programs.
  • Familiarity with database programs a plus.

 

Direct Reports

Director of Natural Sciences; Director of Cultural Resources; Director of Library and Archives; Registrar; Conservator; Grants and Office Manager

Other Requirements

• Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.

• Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawai‘i Drivers’ License.

• Organized, analytical, and detail-oriented.

• Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects with little supervision.

• Ability to network with relevant community members, public officials and government agency staff.

• Ability to read, write and speak English clearly and proficiently.

• Effective verbal and written communication skills for a variety of audiences.

• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with others.

• Maintains a positive and respectful attitude.

• Professional, business-like appearance and demeanor.

Working Conditions

Office, laboratory, and field work environments may all apply. Some evening and weekend activities.

Hours: Full Time Salary, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Hoʻokipa Ambassador

The Hoʻokipa Ambassador position covers a wide range of job duties that, together, facilitate and enhance our visitors’ experience at Bishop Museum. This facilitation takes many forms, from enhancing the visitors’ interactions by greeting, managing our traveling exhibits, facilitating traffic flow, handling basic cashiering duties, assisting groups and answering the main information line of the museum as visitors plan their visit. The Visitor Experience team’s overall goal is to enhance the visitor experience; primary responsibilities may be adjusted day of to assist with visitor flow and museum needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Staff any designated exhibit positions that require staff coverage at Bishop Museum. Greet visitors as they enter the exhibit and explain nature of exhibit. Monitor lines of visitors waiting for exhibits, operate equipment as needed, and enforce any age or height requirements.
  • Ensure the exhibit is open in the morning; do a check to make sure all equipment is functional and all supplies are in place. Staff, monitor and resupply the exhibit during the day. Reorganize and resupply the exhibit at end of day.
  • Monitor volunteers in the exhibit: make sure they have adequate breaks, assist them with content, and update those volunteers on how to assist visitors in the exhibit space.
  • Using a cash box/iPad/tablet sell tickets to exhibits or programs and museum special events. Count out the balance for cash box and ensure starter fund is correct. Take credit card payments using portable device (card reader/iPad).
  • Submit balanced drawer/cash box at the end of each shift, file report of attendance and tickets sold when necessary. Verify balance with supervisor and report any discrepancies to supervisor immediately.
  • Greet visitors as they enter the museum and for special events; explain programs, admission prices, hours of event; direct visitors to the right entry point.
  • Greet trolley as it arrives at Bishop Museum. Provide information, welcome trolley riders and invite them to visit Bishop Museum.
  • Arrive at planetarium 10 minutes before the show to ensure that waiting line forms properly and that visitors in line understand the content of upcoming program.
  • Assist with ticket box admissions particularly on high volume days and for membership/advanced sales check in. 


Reception & Reservations:

  • Serve as the public’s first point of contact when they call Bishop Museum or email Visitor Experience. Provide assistance in the form of information, responding to visitor feedback and complaints, and direction specific staff members when needed.
  • Answering multiple phone lines and assess needs of caller.
  • Routing calls/emails to appropriate employees and staff throughout museum. Maintain an awareness of “who does what” and where to send calls/emails on such topics as membership, collections, donation, collection access, cultural and scientific inquiries, etc.
  • Taking and relaying messages when employees aren’t available, in situation where leaving a voice mail does not suffice.
  • Provide information to callers regarding Bishop Museum’s hours, admission prices, exhibit schedules, programs, and other information. Stay familiar with Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits, regular daily program schedule, special events, special promotions and offerings.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve as ‘day of’ informational contact person for any programming or issues that come up with tours during the day. Report on daily operations, groups or programming to management and appropriate staff as needed.
  • Take bookings via phone, email and website for Bishop Museum tours and other programs; explain programs to customers, book events, follow up on any special situation or details.
  • Assist with greeting groups and group reservations.

 

Minimum Qualification

  • High school degree required; college degree preferred.
  • Ability to read/write/speak and communicate clearly in English in person and via phone and email.
  • Ability to understand, retain, and effectively communicate information about the Museum’s history, grounds, exhibits, merchandise, events, and policies to team members and visiting guests in a polite and professional manner with the “aloha spirit.”
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, multi-task and prioritize workload with thorough completion in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic by taking the initiative to identify departmental needs and assisting with or taking ownership, correcting or implementing steps to remedy or improve the work environment, process, Guest experience, etc.
  • Must be fully computer literate, with demonstrated ability to set up sound systems, connect laptops to LCD projectors, and troubleshoot problems. 

 

Other Requirements

  • Required to interface with multiple technology devices and operating systems
  • Flexibility in working hours, weekend availability is essential
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Punctuality and reliable attendance is required 

 

Working Conditions

Evening work and weekend work is required. Positions may be required to work outdoors in the elements and at times in a bright/dark environment. Employee will be working in busy, sometimes noisy exhibit halls. On feet for 3-4 hours at a time. Regular walking duties, crossing campus on regular basis. Must be able to remain polite and professional when faced with long lines and high visitor demand.

Physical requirements

Ability to work in low lit or outdoor areas and to stand and walk for an extended period of time.

Hours: Part-Time Casual, some evening and weekends required
Salary: $12.08 an hour
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Asia Pacific Educator

The AP Educator delivers culture-based programming to Japanese school groups, community groups, and general public at Bishop Museum. In conjunction with other educators, he/she serves as a cultural content resource in the development, delivery, and evaluation of museum programs, exhibits, and special events.  He/she supports the Museum’s Japanese volunteer docents and interacting with museum guests. AP Educators are also responsible for the booking, coordination and delivery of daytime and evening programs to Japanese visitors Programs include public programs for the general visitor and for fee-based specialty programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide programs to eastbound customers on topics ranging from hula to celestial navigation, for both daytime and evening programs. Some of the programs are presented in a team situation with an English-speaking presenter; other programs are presented solo. These include programs in the Museum’s planetarium and tours in Hawaiian Hall.
  • Work with tour operators and travel agents to schedule and accommodate tour groups. Maintain tour records. Answer calls in office, take bookings, arrange a facility and an instructor for programs such as hula instruction.
  • Provide clerical support for programming, including copying, generating invoices, mailing receipts, and other office responsibilities.
  • Assist Lead AP Educator in the development, revision, evaluation and implementation of cultural and multidisciplinary programming for school groups, community groups, and general public.
  • Prepare materials for each tour, including setting up luncheons as needed.
  • Provide translation duties for museum in terms of Japanese-language guides, signs and website.
  • Update the museum’s Japanese website and social media.
  • Assist the rest of the team in screening, training, and coordinating the work of Japanese-speaking docents.
  • Cover evening astronomy programs as needed. This includes operating planetarium equipment, welcoming visitors, and providing clerical support for programming.
  • Provide other daily operational assistance as needed.
  • Support museum contractees that deliver museum-specified programs such as Hula, ukulele, lau hala, and Hawaiian language.
  • Study and learn Hawaiian and Pacific Cultures, plants, and species for interpretation to the Japanese-speaking public.
  • Occasionally, deliver a museum program offsite as part of Japanese outreach program or English immersion experiences for Japanese visitors.
 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, and/or four years of related experience, preferred
  • Must be fluent in both Japanese and English
  • Background in Hawaiian language and culture desired
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Ability to work with visitors in a courteous and engaging manner
  • Must be comfortable in operating audiovisual equipment, including planetarium
  • Experience in museum or visitor industry
 

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as regular evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business like appearance
  • Demonstrated good attendance record
  • Detail oriented
  • Computer literate
 

Direct Reports None

Working Conditions Position does require working on campus at night, in dim lights, in particular in planetarium and observatory. Tours require the employee to be on one’s feet for as long as 1 hour at a time.

Physical Requirements Ability to walk and stand for an extended period of time and occasional use of stairs.

Hours: Part-Time; some evening and weekends required
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Education Interpreter

This is a casual part-time position, up to 18 hours per week.   
The Education Interpreter is responsible for presenting high quality interpretive programs and interactive learning experiences for museum visitors and school groups in the Hawaiian Hall Complex, the Science Adventure Center, NOAA Science on a Sphere, the Watumull Planetarium and/or other exhibit gallery spaces as required.  On occasion, the Education Interpreter will be asked to assist Education Department staff in various ongoing projects, including grant related projects, outreach programming, and program development.  The Education Interpreter may also provide administrative, operational and/or programming support to the department.   
  
Responsibilities include: 
 
  • Present programs and provide exhibit interpretation for visitors during their visits to the Hawaiian Hall Complex, the Science Adventure Center, NOAA Science on a Sphere, the Watumull Planetarium and/or other exhibit gallery spaces.  This function includes the ability to present and talk comfortably in front of a range of audiences as well as staffing exhibit positions in temporary exhibits that require an interpretive staff presence 
  • Assist visitors and school groups during exhibit self-exploration 
  • Perform hands-on demonstrations in galleries which will provide supplemental information on exhibit themes and will assist visitors in understanding exhibit content. 
  • Work in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers, and visitors. Comply with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices. Read all safety materials received. Report unsafe conditions and unsafe acts directly to supervisor. Promptly report accidents to immediate supervisor. Maintain assigned work area and equipment free of accident producing conditions. 
 
Qualifications and Skills
 
  • Will consider current High School Juniors and Seniors, however a High School diploma or equivalent in training and experience is preferred.  
  • Must enjoy working with school children and with the general public. 
  • Experience in public speaking/performance and excellent presentation skills required. 
  • Experience in a professional working environment – ability to conduct and carry oneself with professionalism in a public-facing work environment.  
  • Experience working with children and presenting to a range of audiences 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with peers and visitors 
  • Ability to represent the museum with the highest level of professionalism and care 
  • Ability to connect with and engage with visitors 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks 
  • Ability to work well with others 
  • Working knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history, preferred 
  • Working knowledge of general science, preferred 
  • Working knowledge of and ability to use a computer, including various Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) 
  
Scheduling and Availability 
 
Generally, this position will be scheduled to work up to 18 hours per week.  While there is some flexibility, there is an increased need for weekend and holidays hours. 
 
On occasion, this position may be scheduled to work more than 18 hours a week, particularly during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Intersession breaks.   
 
Hours: Part Time Hourly, some evenings and weekends required
Salary: 12.00
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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It is our policy to consider all qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.

In compliance with federal law and as a condition of employment, all employees must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process please contact Cynthia Higa, Manager of Human Resources at (808) 848-4171.

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1525 BERNICE STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAI’I 96817