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.

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Visitor Experience Groups and Special Programs Reservationist
 

This position coordinates reservations for visits to Bishop Museum, dealing primarily with reservations for non-school groups and fee-based specialty experiences, and serving as backup for school group reservations. Duties include working with management to ensure the reservations process meets the changing needs of the Museum, coordinating visiting groups along with other staff to maintain an organized schedule, and working with the public. This position also helps to support visitor experience reception, greeter, and ticketing duties across the Museum campus.

 

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Works with management to create and maintain standard operating procedures for the reservations process including submission of requests, communication with contacts, negotiating details of reservations, day-of procedures for staff, taking payments, etc.
  • Creates reservations for non-Pre-K – grade 12 groups coming to Bishop Museum for day visits, sleepovers and museum after dark programs. Aspects of this duty include:
  • Reviewing reservations requests submitted online, via email, or over the phone.
  • Being familiar with all school group and non-school group programming and offerings, including all educational programs offered and the associated educational standards.
  • Working with Education and Visitor Experience staff to ensure that all reservations adhere to Museum policies regarding exhibits and programs.
  • Coordinating with the appropriate manager to find solutions for extraordinary or novel requests.
  • Creating coordinated group schedules with other staff to avoid overwhelming any exhibit spaces or programs.
  • Greeting and orienting groups upon arrival and ensuring that students and adults are properly identified as needed. Shifts for this position begin at 8:00 am in order to prepare for early arrivals
  • Takes requests for specialty fee-based tours, VIP visits, and special needs groups; sends information on those requests to relevant staff.
  • Manages group payments and accounting for group reservations and serve as backup for school group accounting.
  • Assists the Sales Department in creating their monthly voucher reports for Accounting.
  • Works with other staff to maintain and update the group reservations web page and request form.
  • Act as a Ho’okipa Ambassador when needed.
  • Occasionally assists with the Museum’s main information line, serving as the first point of contact for calls to Bishop Museum. Aspects of this duty include:
  • Answering multiple phone lines and assessing the needs of callers
  • Providing basic information about Bishop Museum including operating hours, admission prices, exhibit schedules, programs, etc.
  • Being knowledgeable about all aspects of Museum operations and the roles of various departments and individual staff members to assist callers regarding donations, cultural inquiries, scientific inquiries, comments and complaints, etc.
  • Taking and relaying messages when staff members are unavailable
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications 

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to read/write/speak and communicate clearly in English (knowledge of other languages is a plus)
  • Ability to solve unexpected or novel issues during the reservations process and during visits
  • Computer literate; proficient at MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience with Altru a plus
  • Outstanding customer service skills, with excellent phone manner a must. High, demonstrated level of organizational skills. Must be able to handle multiple projects and maintain composure.

 

Other Requirements 

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required. This job requires a Sun – Thurs schedule from the start but may transition to Tuesday – Saturday based on organizational needs.
  • Professional business-like appearance
  • Good attendance
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work as a team with staff across different Museum departments and engage with the public.
  • Capable of multi-tasking under pressure

 

Direct Reports

None, however, serves as the VE leader on when the Lead Hookipa Ambassador or Manager of Visitor Experience are not on duty.

Working Conditions 

Position requires sitting in the office and doing phone and computer work for up to four hours at a time.

Physical Requirements 

Position involves significant amounts of standing and walking, in greeting groups and taking them to different locations on museum campus.

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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Legal Counsel
 

The Legal Counsel is responsible for providing legal review, consultation and advisory work involving all areas of Bishop Museum. This includes preparing, negotiating and interpreting vendor  and other contracts; assisting in dispute resolution; managing property leases and other real estate; advising on organizational documents and corporate governance; assisting with business development, corporate communications, and policy development; enhancing government, non-profit, and private sector relations; and ensuring transactions are legally sound and consistent with the Museum’s mission, authority, policies and procedures.   

Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Provide legal advice, support and representation on legal issues relating but not limited to general business, corporate, non-profit, liability, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“NAGPRA”), employment, real estate and other Museum related matters.  
  • Work with our third-party HR vendor to respond to and address human resource issues, including counseling business and unit managers on employee disputes, benefits, and potential disciplinary actions.  
  • Prepare, review, revise, and/or negotiate all contracts.  
  • Together with the Chief Financial Officer, manage all matters related to the Museum’s ownership of real property or interest in real property, including but not limited to:  
  • The negotiation, preparation and review of legal documents necessary to acquire, protect, manage, transfer or lease real property; and  
  • The direction of real property transactions to ensure appropriate authorization, consistency with Museum policy, timeliness and accuracy.  
  • Maintain the Museum’s legal files including contracts and the books and records of the Museum.   
  • Assist in drafting and/or revising meeting minutes, memoranda and resolutions for the Board and its Committees as requested.  
  • Provide counsel on, and assist in drafting and/or revising, the policies of the organization as determined by the Board of Directors and Senior Management.  
  • Negotiate complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.  
  • Retain outside counsel and supervise and coordinate litigation affecting the Museum as necessary.  
  • Coordinate with third-party lobbyist vendor all requisite government lobbying registration and reporting requirements.  
  • Represent the Museum before a variety of tribunals on diverse matters of law.  
  • Oversee any HR and legal department employees.  
  • Act as staff liaison to Board Committees as requested.  
  • Other duties as required and/or requested.  
 

Other Duties and Responsibilities  

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
 
  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.  
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.  
  • A valid, active license to practice law in the State of Hawaii.  
  • Minimum of at least 5 years of legal experience in the areas of transactional, business or corporate law.  
  • Proven ability to work with a wide range of people including both attorneys and non-attorneys in the public and private sector.  
  • Possess a business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk.  
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work efficiently in high pressure situations while maintaining composure.  
  • Commitment to the goals of the Museum and demonstrated understanding of operations of a museum.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication and project management skills.  
  • Maintains a positive and respectful attitude.  

 

Other Requirements  
 
  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.  
  • Must have own car with proof of insurance and valid Hawaii Driver’s license.  
  • Professional business like appearance and demeanor.  
  • Organized, analytical and detail oriented.  
  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus.

 

Direct Reports  

Legal Assistant and Contract Specialist, Manager of Human Resources

 

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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Nūpepa Collections Technician
 

The Collections Technician is responsible for assisting in the care and maintenance of collections within the division or department, and their associated records. The Nūpepa Collections Technician is responsible for providing technical support specific to the Hawaiian language newspaper (Nūpepa) collections in the Bishop Museum Library & Archives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Assists with the planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintain retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • Assists with the processing of collections in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • May supervise the work of interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. preferred, although students completing an undergraduate degree in a related field will be considered.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • 12 years prior experience working with archival collections preferred.
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian language repositories preferred.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Able to communicate clearly and accurately in writing and verbally.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office applications, with an emphasis on Excel.
  • Proficient in use of digital applications, with an interest in collections digitization.

 

Other Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Able to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.
  • Flexible in working hours.
  • Good attendance.

 

Working Conditions

Working environment may involve exposure to wet or dusty conditions.

Physical Requirements

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

 

Hours: Part Time Hourly, Temporary, some evenings and weekends required

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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2021 Museum STEAM Student Intern 

This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)-focused internship aims to provide broad exposure and immersive experience in STEAM activities through the Museum’s unique biological and cultural resources. Through this internship, the Museum hopes to inspire students and teachers throughout Hawai‘i to develop the skills needed to understand and effectively engage in museum studies and science, and share their knowledge and understandings with the larger community.

During Summer 2021, interns will work alongside Collections Managers and Curators in the Museum’s scientific and cultural collections. Previous interns have worked with staff in collections such as Botany, Entomology, Ethnology, Malacology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, and the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity. Interns will work with mentors to comprehensively investigate research questions, gaining practice in research and technical skills (e.g. taxonomy, genetics, integrative systematics, curation) while also participating in the care and stewardship of these treasured collections. Training with Education and Visitor Experience staff will include elements of science communication, Hawaiian and Pacific culture, and Hawaiian language. There may also be opportunities for outdoor fieldwork, which may require hiking. 

This internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) summer position for 6 weeks during June and July 2021. Student interns will work closely with fellow student and teacher interns, as well as museum mentors, on collections-focused projects, culminating in a project presentation at the end of the summer.  

During Fall 2021, student interns will engage the public through monthly science interpretation shifts in the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center and at select museum events during school year 2021-2022 (August 2021–April 2022). Interns will develop an educational resource for use during shifts and as an addition to existing Bishop Museum online educational resources. 

REQUIRED:  Please attach a cover letter and resume. 

OPTIONAL: A high school transcript and letters of recommendation are optional but highly recommended. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Student Interns will: 

  • Demonstrate commitment tothe Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’svision, mission and values 

  • Assist with research projects in various Natural Science collections through databasing, imaging, and cataloguing of collection specimens 

  • Explore collection-based questions in laboratory and library settings 

  • Utilize verbal and written communication to share learning with peers and the Museum’s public visitors 

  • Foster a positive learning environment and work as a team with fellow student and teacher interns 

  • Practice and present research findings to a general audience 

  • Develop an interpretive educational activity or mini-tour based on internship experience  

  • Interpret science- and collection- focused content during monthly shifts in the Science Adventure Center during school year 2021-2022. 

  • Participate in other projects as assigned 

 

Qualifications 

  • Must be a high school student with at least one academic year left before graduation (current Freshman, Sophomore or Junior) 

  • A positive attitude, an interest in learning, curiosity about natural history, and ability to work indoors, with computers and as a team member, is required.  

  • Familiarity with Hawaiian or Pacific culture and history a plus.  

 

Other Requirements 

  • Due to the nature of this internship, schedule adjustments cannot be made for summer school courses that occur between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday–Friday. 

 

Hours: Temporary
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Security 3rd Watch (4 pm to midnight)
 
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 required

Education:
 
  • High school graduate
 
Hours: Full Time Hourly
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.

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Building and Grounds Manager

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. 

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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 five years of experience in overseeing and directing building and grounds maintenance  

  • 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. 

  •  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 

 

Hours: Full Time Salary – 1 Year Term, 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 1st Watch

1st Watch: 12 am to 8 am.

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 Hawaiʻi

Education: High school graduate

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

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Staff Accountant

Responsible for data entry and account reconciliation for a variety of Museum accounts including assets, liabilities, and revenues. Duties also include preparing certain accounting documents and providing assistance and support to GL and AP accountants as required.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for most of the general ledger entries including donations, month-end accruals, investment and trust monthly activity, and journal entries.
  • Audit and input Altru donation batches daily or as needed.
  • Prepare, print, and mail invoices for billings related to Federal and State grants, and consulting fees.
  • Audit and process journal entries requested by other departments.
  • Enter monthly activity related to Museum investments and trusts including income, and realized and unrealized gains. Reconcile such accounts monthly.
  • Process wire payments to vendors through online banking.
  • Cross-train with other accounting personnel on certain duties which may include bank reconciliations, daily Altru admissions batches, cash receipts, and the monthly general excise tax return.
  • Assist General Ledger Accountant with duties as required.
  • Assist Controller with daily and monthly cash projection reports.
  • Assist other staff as requested by supervisor.
  • Interact with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect at all times. Stay motivated and project a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients. Cooperate and support teamwork. Maintain and strengthen customer and staff relationships.
  • Work in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors. Comply with safety rules and regulations and establish 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

  • Two years general ledger accounting experience, preferably in a large organization with multiple funding sources, ledgers, departments and/or divisions.
  • Ability to work with little supervision and with a high level of accuracy.

 

Other Requirements

  • Professional, business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good-to-excellent vision and reading ability for computer data entry and records maintenance.
  • Detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy and organization.
  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines.

 

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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Security Officer (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 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: TBD
Deadline to apply: Application will remain open until position is filled.
 

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Ethnology Collections Technician

The Collections Technician is responsible for assisting the Collections Manager in the care and maintenance of collections within the division or department, and their associated records; assists with supervision of volunteer activities; carries out activities associated with collection use to provide access.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the staff, lay and public in safe collections access to facilitate and control use, and responds to inquires to provide accurate and appropriate information.
  • Assists with the processing of collections to ensure that additions to and deletions are in accordance with Museum and department policies and procedures, and federal and state law.
  • 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.
  • Assists with the planning, arrangement, and maintenance of storage systems, monitors and controls environmental conditions, and appropriately secures the collection to ensure the physical welfare of the collections and associated records.
  • Works with collections staff to develop and maintains retrieval systems to enhance access to and use of the collections, and associated information.
  • May supervise the work of collections interns and/or volunteers on specific projects.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, to accomplish the goals of the Museum.

 

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years prior experience working with collections preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
  • Hawaiian language proficiency preferred.
  • Computer-literate, ability to use/learn various computer applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • 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.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

 

Direct Reports None.

Working Conditions Occasional evening and weekend work required.

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 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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Conservator

The Conservator manages the Conservation Laboratory and all Conservation projects. The Conservator is responsible for providing conservation consultation, examination, survey and treatment services for provision of conservation service.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Examines materials to determine their condition and provides proposals with cost estimates for provision of conservation service. As needed in treatments, researches artists’ techniques and interprets scientific analysis of materials.
  • Prepares written reports and/or photographs to document the condition of objects before, during, and after treatment.

  • Provides stabilization and conservation treatment with respect for the integrity of the artifact and intent of the artist.

  • Surveys collections and evaluates environmental conditions to provide recommendations for proper and safe storage and exhibition. Provides assistance with conservation planning. Manages the IPM program for exhibit spaces and coordinates IPM activities with Collections Managers across the Museum.

  • May plan, research, and manage large grant or contract-funded conservation projects.

  • May supervise interns and/or volunteers to instruct and ensure quality work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Determines the advisability of transporting objects, provides information on proper packing, and/or supervises or carries out the packing.

  • Answers inquiries, lectures, and participates in workshops to educate museum professionals and the general public in basic conservation principles.

  • Interacts with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect. Projects a positive and professional attitude. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.

  • Performs other duties as necessary to accomplish Museum goals.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in conservation from an accredited conservation training program.

  • 1-5 years experience as a practicing conservator, or equivalent training and experience.

  • Ability to communicate clearly 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.

  • Professional business-like appearance.

  • Good attendance.

  • Detail-oriented.

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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Bishop Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and workforce diversity.

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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