Careers

Career Opportunities 

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is a 12-site system, offering career opportunities all around Indiana. Want to learn something new every day, and spread your love for the Hoosier state? Join our team!

Current Openings
Exhibit Maintenance Technician, Indianapolis
Adult Engagement and Program Manager
Production Manager, Indianapolis
Engagement Specialist, Indianapolis

Exhibit Maintenance Technician

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Full time
  • Salary: $32,000 annually


About the job:

  • The Exhibit Maintenance Technician will be responsible for the daily maintenance and upkeep of exhibitions throughout the statewide system. This position will construct and install museum exhibit structures, wall systems, perform very basic electrical wiring, paint, apply finishes and will be asked to assist in running the CNC machine on occasion. This position will work in a variety of materials such as wood, plywood, acrylic and metal using hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment. This position will be part of the Exhibit Production Department of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.    

Day in the life:

  • Work with design and production to maintain and repair exhibition components on a daily basis; developing repair plans, material order lists, and maintenance manuals.
  • Read, interpret and/or develop prints, sketches, schematics, and technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly and upkeep.
  • Align, fit and assemble component parts using hand tools, power tools, fixtures and templates.
  • Verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformity to specifications by using precision measuring instruments.
  • CNC programming experience desired or willing to be trained.
  • Operate woodworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, walls, cabinetry and fittings or fixtures.
  • Construct mock up or prototypes of components designed with simple materials for approval prior to final construction.
  • Cut, assemble, and fasten artwork and other parts to constructed framework, panels, shelves, complex shapes, and other exhibit components of specified materials, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Spray or brush paints, enamels, varnishes, or other finish on structures. Create special artistic effects by applying finishes with clothes, sponges, or fingers to prepare structure for addition of fittings.
  • Must have eye for detail.


What we are looking for: 

  • Ability to work under pressure and on tight deadlines.
  • Ability to project material needs to allow purchase processing in a timely manner.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, have good manual dexterity and understand color coordination.
  • Proficiency in computer skills.
  • Good communication skills, team player, able to work independently and also able to take supervision, meet deadlines, and maintain good internal and external customer service.
  • Relevant educational degree and training in general woodworking and carpentry is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of basic power tools and stationary equipment.
  • Knowledge of construction materials used in the museum and construction industry.
  • Knowledge of basic and complex fabrication practices is preferred.
  • Experience creating/constructing exhibits a plus.
  • Possess a valid Indiana driver’s license.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime and may be scheduled one weekend day.
  • Forklift and Aerial Lift certified or ability to be trained ­- desired but not required. 


Working Conditions

  • The majority of work is performed in a multi-level complex. Incumbent performs many duties in a gallery production area or woodworking shop using various types of machinery and tools. Incumbent is exposed to gases and fumes from paint and chemicals and dust and may be required to wear a respirator. Must be able to work in high places, stand on ladders and use lifts. Work requires heavy lifting to move bulky exhibit props and crates. Travel to other museum and historic sites may also be required.
     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

 


Adult Engagement and Program Manager

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Full time
  • Salary: $40,000 annually
     

About the job:

  • The Adult Engagement and Program Manager is responsible for developing and managing adult focused programs throughout the museum experience (core galleries and temporary exhibits, outreach programs, workshops, talks, public festivals, and demonstrations) for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.  This position will also assist in the supervision and training of part-time Engagement Specialists as well as museum volunteers.  Incumbent shall be responsible for creating engaging and safe visitor experiences, facilitating adult and gallery programming and safeguarding of museum galleries.  Responsibilities also include assisting in the development and facilitation of public and family programs.  
     

Day in the life:
Vision and Leadership:

  • Develop, coordinate and implement educational programs for public audiences focusing on a wide range of topics: science, culture, history, art.  Programming may include workshops, classes, talks, and outreach programs.  
  • Coordinate and lead adult programming connecting local and state professionals with the general public to inform them of current work taking place throughout Indiana
  • Develop, coordinate and conduct professional development opportunities to train professionals to share their work with the public
  • Coordinate discussions with universities as well as public and private institutions interested in partnering with the ISMHS on outreach programming and exhibitions
  • Develop working relationships with key professionals at partner universities and research institutions
  • Work with the programs and education engagement team to develop and implement strategic goals, objectives and action plans for education, outreach and public programming
  • Work with the programs and education engagement team to create a comprehensive education program schedule 
  • Work with marketing and communications staff to develop and implement a marketing and sales plan in support of programs and activities; provide feedback the ISMHS website.
  • Other duties as assigned

Community and Support Organizations:

  • Identify, develop and implement collaborative programming, including statewide outreach
  • Foster partnerships with public and private institutions acting as a coordinator of discussion and collaboration
  • Present workshops and sessions on various topics at local and statewide museum and education associations and organizations.

Operations and Supervision:

  • Present and/or facilitate public programs including events, festivals, talks and classes
  • Prepare and administer project budgets for adult programming
  • Enhance the visitor experience by engaging visitors within the galleries, throughout the museum and through outreach around the state
  • Assist in researching and writing content for a wide array of museum programs
  • Coordinate the Meet the Scientist / Meet the Artist program in daily engagement schedule
  • Write publications and articles pertaining to public engagement
  • Serve on project teams


What we are looking for: 

  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field required. Masters Degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Five years museum experience; administrative experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching and engagement methods.
  • Knowledge of trends in museum education and engagement. Knowledge of similar programs in other museum and learning settings.
  • Evidence of creative program development.
  • Strong public speaking, organizational, networking and public relations skills.
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills.  
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Active interest in the ways the ISMHS can be used as a learning resource and commitment to promoting the ISMHS's role within the community.
  • Research skills and ability to produce accurate information.
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate concepts and information on a variety of Indiana-related topics for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to respond effectively to evaluations and to accept constructive criticism.    
  • Ability to relate to diverse audiences personally and through programs.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Broad understanding and experience in museum engagement for diverse audiences.
  • Supervisory abilities and effective human resource skills to work with museum volunteers and interns.
  • Ability to create and manage project budgets.
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license.


Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

  • The Adult Engagement and Program Manager serves as an advisor to ISMHS staff for programs and exhibitions and how they may engage adult audiences. Incumbent supervises and evaluates work assignments for volunteer staff who serve as interpreters.
     

Difficulty of Work:

  • The Adult Engagement and Program Manager must be able to handle multiple tasks effectively. Incumbent should display skill in a wide range of responsibilities, including research, program development, teaching and presenting. Long days, evening work, and weekend work are required.
     

Responsibility:

  • Incumbent is responsible for development and implementation of public and adult programs and assisting the education and programming team on various projects.
     

Personal Work Relationships:

  • The Adult Engagement and Program Manager collaborates daily with programming staff to discuss ideas, plan programs, and provide assistance. Incumbent must communicate program goals and needs with internal departments such as Guest Services, Facility Rentals, Events, and Exhibit Production and will meet with curators to discuss ideas, gather information, and collaborate on projects. The incumbent works directly with the historic site management and programming staffs to ensure historical and scientific accuracy and professional direction in program development. The incumbent works directly with the volunteer coordinator for scheduled training sessions of volunteers and staff to facilitate gallery programs, demonstrations, and activities. The Adult Engagement and Program Manager will organize and facilitate meetings with museum management and research universities and public and private research institutions. The Adult Engagement and Program Manager will work closely with Indiana scientists, artists and other professionals and organize the activities and mission of the informal learning programming initiative. 


Working Conditions:

  • Work is oriented to the office and museum galleries, state historic sites, offsite locales and education spaces. Some travel is involved with coordination with universities and research institutions, attending conferences, workshops, meetings, and conventions and visiting Historic Sites. Assisting in the development of new exhibition and project components may also require travel.
     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

  • Apply online here and search for job opening ID 617332.
  • Send your resume and materials to Gail Brown, Director of Public and Family Engagement at gbrown@indianamuseum.org.

 


Production Manager

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Full time
  • Salary: $40,000 annually


About the job:

  • The Production Manager supervises all aspects of experience fabrication and maintenance of indoor and outdoor interactive museum experiences. This position manages production staff, materials and equipment to fabricate high quality, durable experiences for visitors to all of Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites properties.  The Production Manager works directly with the Vice President of Experience and Director of Exhibition Design to establish and meet deadlines for in-house manufacture and installation of projects. This position also serves as the primary contact for fabrication vendors. Incumbent interacts with experience development staff as well as visitor services, historic sites and facilities staff members to support the organization’s mission.    


Day in the life:

  • Set priorities for the Production department on short and long term basis
  • Work with teams to establish realistic workback schedules 
  • Set and meet production and installation timelines
  • Create, utilize and maintain communication tools and pathways to accomplish projects
  • Establish priorities for experience repair and preventative maintenance
  • Assist in the creation of yearly and project budgets
  • Create documentation for all experiences
  • Work with staff to maintain equipment 
  • Oversee the installation of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions
  • Develop contacts with professionals and vendors to assist in the fabrication of exhibits or components
  • Successfully balance multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Work with site managers system wide to ensure maximum uptime for experiences


What we are looking for: 

  • Bachelors Degree with 5 years of applicable experience
  • Experience managing 2 or more staff
  • Project management certification preferred
  • Museum exhibition or facility management experience preferred  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Must be proficient in office and project management software
  • Ability to plan, assign and supervise the work of others
  • Ability to work well in teams and motivate others
  • Must be highly organized
  • Weekend, long day and late night work hours occasionally required


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • The Production Manager supervises the Lead Fabricator, Master Carpenter, Lead Mount Maker, Lead Interactive Fabricator, and Exhibit Maintenance Tech as well as intermittent staff. 


Working Conditions:

  • Work is centered in the office, meeting and work rooms, fabrciation spaces, work in galleries will be required throughout the project. May need to travel within and out of state to meet with contractors and oversee off-site production of specialized exhibitry
     

Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

  • Apply online here and search for job opening ID 617094.
  • Send your resume and materials to Brian Mancuso, Vice President of  Experience at bmancuso@indianamuseum.org.



Engagement Specialist

  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Employee type: Part time / Intermittent
  • Salary: $13.00/hour


Job Description:

  • The Engagement Specialist is assigned within the galleries to engage and interact with museum visitors, assist with visitor questions and concerns, conduct demonstrations and activities, and monitor artifacts and exhibit components.  Incumbent is also responsible for working with the Programs and Education Engagement department, as assigned, to assist with program development and facilitation of a variety of educational programs throughout the museum and as outreach.  Incumbent may assist in managing and training museum volunteers.
     

Responsibilities:

  • Enhance the visitor experience in the museum by engaging and interacting with visitors within the galleries, assisting with visitor questions and concerns, and facilitating activities and demonstrations within galleries and throughout museum
  • Conduct informal and formal evaluation within the galleries and throughout the museum as appropriate
  • Coordinate opening and closing museum galleries with museum security
  • Monitor artifacts and exhibit components within the galleries by communicating gallery and visitor issues and concerns to museum security and other museum staff as appropriate
  • Develop and implement activities and programs for diverse audiences including children, families, and adults
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of demonstrations and programs
  • Train and oversee volunteers who present museum programming
  • Assist with program and education engagement department project teams
  • Evaluate daily engagement programs through formal and informal tools and produce relevant reports
  • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming environment for all museum visitors
  • Provide excellent customer service to daily visitors
  • Manage customer complaints, incidents and accidents; taking the lead in emergency situations and safety issues.
  • Other duties as assigned
     

What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Formal / informal teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching methods.
  • Appreciation of how a museum can be used as a teaching tool.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with versatility and should display enthusiasm and creativity while interacting with visitors of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to communicate information to multiple audience profiles, including adults in a wide variety of formats.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and some evenings.
  • Ability to generate creative ideas – high levels of creative thinking.
  • Research skills and the ability to produce accurate information.
  • Excellent writing skills a plus.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write program reviews, reports and evaluations.
  • Ability to work with others on a development team, producing a unified product.
  • Manage multiple projects with the ability to prioritize activities and accomplish them.
  • Ability to accept critical suggestions and respond effectively to evaluations.
  • Competent business skills: telephone etiquette, writing business letters and contracts, spelling and grammar.
  • Strong organizational, critical and detailed thinking, analysis and networking skills.
  • Ability to work within a budget.
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and attitude.
  • Familiarity with ADA compliancy rules and procedures and awareness of cultural sensitivity issues.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To Apply:

  • Apply online here.
  • OR send your resume and materials to Bethany Thomas, Vice President of Programs and Education Engagement at  bthomas2@indianamuseum.org.