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About CAMM

Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

CAMM Membership Survey

The Membership Committee has prepared a short survey as it prepares for a new year. This survey, a fillable form, was resent to all member institutions today. The committee would appreciate receiving your responses by October 31, 2019.

If any member did not receive the survey, please contact the CAMM Administrator, Paul Fontenoy, at and request a copy.

We look forward to learning from you, and thank you.

New CAMM Member – Bayshore Center at Bivalve

CAMM is excited to announce we have been joined by a new member: the Bayshore Center at Bivalve. This is only the second maritime museum in New Jersey to join us. If you would like to welcome them or want to know more about this museum, please contact:

Brian Keenan
Executive Director
Bayshore Center at Bivalve
Home Port of NJ’s Tall Ship
(856) 785-2060


Welcome aboard!

Major Exhibition of JMW Turner Watercolors at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum presents J.M.W. Turner: Watercolors from Tate, a major exhibition organized in cooperation with Tate, from October 5, 2019, to February 23, 2020. The show is drawn from the renowned Turner Bequest of 1856, the vast legacy of art donated to Great Britain by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), which resides today at Tate. Mystic Seaport Museum is the only North American venue for the exhibition. For more information, please go to:


Channel Islands Maritime Museum seeks full-time Executive Director

CIMM Executive Director – deadline application due October 25, 2019

The Ventura County Maritime Museum, Inc., dba Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) was incorporated in 1990 as an independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3) public benefit organization. CIMM has been an Oxnard cultural resource for 29 years, serving the area that includes Ventura County and Southern California.  Our mission is to provide an enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era, and to enhance the understanding of our rich international and local seafaring heritage with a focus on educational programs through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and a nautical research library.

Position Summary – CIMM is seeking a full time Executive Director to provide leadership in executing the Museum’s strategic plans and goals in accordance with its mission.  Working with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will advance the growth and development as envisioned in the Strategic Plan, grow a larger and more diverse funding base over time, and strengthen management practices across all areas of the organization.


  1. Fundraising – Ensure that CIMM has a diverse and resilient funding base.
  2. Organizational Management – Lead and manage all aspects of the Museum, including Volunteers and Staff.
  3. Strategic Leadership – Enhance and build on the Strategic Plan as identified, and turn the strategy into action
  4. Program Management – Provide program development in accordance with the mission, supporting the volunteer and staff groups in their execution.


Fundraising – Ability to plan and lead a diverse and sustainable fundraising program, providing     on-going stability.

  • Ability to identify, cultivate and steward major donors and foundations to support CIMM’s mission and growth
  • Knowledge of and experience with developing marketing and donor outreach materials
  • Experience in soliciting strategic grants from foundations and other major donors
  • Experience working with database software used by the Museum that tracks donors and other stakeholders

Organizational Management – Leadership and management of all aspects of a nonprofit organization, a diverse team, and its finances and operations.

  • Nonprofit financial acumen
  • Experience with recruiting, engaging and supervising a talented staff and volunteer team.
  • Knowledge of best practices in human resources.
  • Day-to-day nonprofit operations experience, including customer service.
  • Sensitive to and experience with issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Project management, direction and delegation experience.
  • Ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal legal requirements.

Strategic Leadership – A hands-on leader with the ability to turn strategy into action to meet CIMM’s goals

  • Understanding of the dynamics of CIMM’s culture and vision for the future
  • Knowledge of and experience with productively partnering with a Board of Trustees and various Board and Volunteer committees

Program Management – Proven coordination skills with the ability to develop and manage programs within a team environment

Communication/Skills Requirements

  • Enjoys networking and being the public face of CIMM
  • Superior written and verbal communication
  • Effective and confident public speaker with strong presentation abilities
  • Marketing knowledge, particularly using social media
  • Attentive to detail
  • Positive working relationship with Volunteer groups
  • The capability to understand and operate software used by the Museum: Microsoft Office, Charityproud, Past Perfect, NCR Silver POS, etc.
  • Knowledge of the Ventura County/Central Coast donor/funder community desirable


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities as well as excellent managerial and interpersonal skills in the nonprofit arena, with proven results in community engagement, financial sustainability and capital campaigns.  Experience in the museum world, while not mandatory, is preferred.  The candidate will have a strong interest in history and art, from either a museum or personal perspective.  A college degree is required, and an advanced degree in a related field would be a plus.  Second, or multiple, language skills are preferred, but not mandatory.

Reports to:  Channel Islands Maritime Museum Board of Trustees, subject to the direct supervision of the Board President and Executive Committee

Salary:  Negotiable

Employment Type/Payroll Status:  Full Time Exempt

Western Naval History Association’s 2020 Symposium

The Western Naval History Association’s annual symposium is scheduled for 29 February – 1 March 2020, aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. Speakers will include authors and war gamers, naval historians from the National War College, Naval War College, the Canadian Department of National Defence, and a Cold War submarine captain.  Roundtables and workshops on naval topics also are scheduled. See the flyer for full symposium details. Free admission to the Midway Museum is included in the cost of the symposium. We hope to see you at the symposium! Symposium space is limited, so don’t delay!  Sign up today!




San Francisco, CA – Fourth grade students can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid Outdoors Program to visit San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, plus more than 2,000 other federal recreation areas across the United States. The Every Kid Outdoors Program is an interagency collaboration between the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service that provides fourth graders with free access to explore, learn, and recreate in spectacular settings, including national parks, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, and forests, along with their families, classmates, and friends. The program replaces Every Kid in a Park, and is authorized for seven years.

The program focuses on children ten years of age (the age of most fourth graders) and is based on research that indicates such children are at a unique developmental stage in their learning where they are more receptive to engaging with nature and the environment. By focusing on this age group year after year, the program aims to ensure every child in the United States has the opportunity to visit their national parks by the time he or she is eleven years old, thereby establishing a lifelong connection to enjoy and protect our American outdoor heritage.

To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students can visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and download and print a paper voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple uses between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. The voucher may also be exchanged for a durable pass at the fee booth on Hyde Street Pier (open daily from 9:30am-4:30pm), as well as at other sites.

The voucher or pass grants free entry for fourth graders, all other children under 16 in the group, and up to three accompanying adults to the historic ships on Hyde Street Pier. (Admission to the park’s Visitor Center and Maritime Museum is always free for all visitors.) The pass is non-transferable, and the fourth grade passholder must be present for the pass to be honored. We hope to see your family at San Francisco Maritime soon!

The pass also offers free admission at most federally managed lands and waters across the country. Drive-in sites allow everyone traveling in the same vehicle with the passholder to enter for free.

National Parks are great classrooms! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers a free, curriculum-based, ranger-led field trip especially for 4th grade classes. The program is called “Vessels and their Vocations.” During this field trip, all students will receive their Every Kid Outdoors pass. For field trip reservations, teachers may contact Catelyn Kindred at or 415-292-6664.

Fourth grade educators are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of educational programs and tools associated with the Every Kid Outdoors Program. Educational activities, field trip options, information and tools in English and Spanish, and the ability to print vouchers for passes for students are all available on the website.

Located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP. The Park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Contact Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation for more information at 415-859-6797, or