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).

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).

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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