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Calvert Marine Museum Seeking Curator of Maritime History

This position was listed with CAMM back in December and has a new closing date.

Job Title:      Curator of Maritime History – Marine MuseumCMM logo
Closing Date/Time: February 28, 2018
Salary:          $56,584.00 – $74,220.00
Job Type:     Merit Full Time
Location:     Calvert County, Maryland

Job Summary                                   

Merit position, Grade 25, 35 hours per week.

Performs museum curatorial work for the County’s Marine Museum. Work involves collection management, historical research, writing, preservation of the museum’s historic structures, supervision of boat yard, and boat operations, and related activities. This position is responsible for meeting all requirements related to maintaining the National Historic Landmark designation of the Wm. B. Tennison (passenger vessel) and J.C. Lore Oyster House and National Historic Register designation of the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses. Work requires an advanced degree and experience in the field. Work is performed under administrative supervision.

Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA:

Conducts research for publications, lectures, maritime exhibits, etc. Compiles necessary reports, articles, proposals, etc. related to maritime history.

Monitors operations of the two passenger vessels, the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary’s, and boat yard. Ensures repairs are completed and monitors maintenance and repair expenses for both vessels. Coordinates inspections with US Coast Guard. Tracks requirements necessary for USDOT Drug Testing Program for the crew.

Supervises boatwright and the Small Craft Guild program. Prepares budgets and coordinates long-range planning.

Oversees maintenance and repairs of historic buildings to meet Maryland Historic Trust standards and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Directs and assists the museum registrar with collections inventorying, cataloging, storage, and general management.

Prepares purchase orders/check requests; researches vendors; handles receipts/invoices.

Assists Exhibits Department in researching and preparing temporary and permanent maritime history exhibits and signage.

Assists researchers in Paul L. Berry Library and Archive and directs library volunteers.

Prepares and monitors department budget.

Assists with preparation of grants and acts as grant manager for maritime grants.

Provides lectures both internally and in the community. Leads Maritime Tours of the museum.

Approves photo reproduction orders from the public.

Training and/or Education:
Master’s degree in history or related field.

Experience:
Four years of experience in the museum field which must include maritime history work, considerable experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, and policy development and implementation.

Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver’s license. A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate in accordance with Federal Regulations must be obtained within six (6) months.

Special Requirements:
Operation of County owned vehicle.

FLSA Status:
Exempt

Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
County application required.

The Museum

The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

Where to Apply:

http://www.co.cal.md.us/employment

 

CAMM Conference Schedule, Room Reservations and Rennie Travel Grants

The 2018 CAMM Conference is quickly approaching. Please register and make your travel arrangements as soon as possible for our Annual Conference taking place April 4-6, 2018, hosted by the National Museum of Bermuda.

cocoreefLODGING:  Most immediately, the deadline to guarantee the CAMM room rate at the  conference hotel is this Thursday, February 1, 2018. The conference hotel is the Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel.  The CAMM room rates for hotel: Oceanview ($229 per night) or Beachfront ($259) plus 11.75% Government tax, Resort Levy $12.00 per person and Service Charge of $11.00 per person. A two night deposit of time of booking is required. Call direct: (441)236-5416 or email: reservations@cocoreef.bm to book at the special rate noting the CAMM Conference.
To book online, go to: www.cocoreefbermuda.com and go to Reservations, enter “CAMM” into the Group Code box for the special CAMM rate.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The Conference Schedule is also now available online on the Annual Conference page.
Early conference registration is Tuesday, April 3, 2018 5-6pm Coco Reef Hotel.  Registration begins 8am at Bermuda College (outside North Hall), Wednesday, April 4.  All conference sessions, tours, and social events will take place April 4-6, with the closing dinner Friday evening. A full schedule listing of presentations, tours and events is in the Conference Program.  An optional tour of St. Georges will take place Saturday, April 7 (sign up on registration form).

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION is open:
Full Conference registration: $199
One day registration: $110 available Wed, Thurs, & Fri
Spouse/Guest registration: $125 (social events only)
Spouse/Guest Friday dinner only: $75

Please download, fill out and save the below PDF form and email to: CAMMTreasury@gmail.com. There are several payment options available, including PayPal, credit card, and check.
Click here for a PDF registration form.

Please apply for a LEONARD RENNIE PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL GRANT if you need financial assistance to attend the conference. CAMM offers grants in support of professional development (including attendance at the CAMM Conference) for staff of member museums. Grants for 50% of total cost of travel, registration and lodging are available up to $750.  Monies are limited so apply early. Download application:

 

Book Conference Hotel Rooms by February 1st for CAMM Rate

CAMM Members and Affiliates, the 2018 CAMM Conference in Bermuda is quickly approaching: April 4-6, 2018.  We have arranged for a great room rate at the conference hotel: Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel. The limited CAMM block of rooms is only held until February 1, 2018, so please make your reservations now.

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The CAMM Conference venue is Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel, located on the south shore of Paget Parish, Bermuda.

The CAMM room rates for hotel: Oceanview ($229 per night) or Beachfront ($259) plus 11.75% Government tax, Resort Levy $12.00 per person and Service Charge of $11.00 per person. A two night deposit of time of booking is required.

Call direct: (441)236-5416 or email: reservations@cocoreef.bm to book at the special rate noting the CAMM Conference. 

The hotel is located adjacent to the main conference venue, Bermuda College in Paget Parish, Bermuda.  Transportation to offsite conference events will be organized from Coco Reef Bermuda Hotel for easy movement around the island.

You will see from the below video, this is a beautiful venue for the conference.  A full conference program will be available shortly, but please don’t wait to make your reservation at this very reasonable rate – room availability is extremely limited.

We hope to see you in Bermuda!

Museum Job Posting: The New Bedford Whaling Museum President & CEO

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

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The half-scale model of the 1826 whale ship “Lagota” in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. (Photo NBWM)

Through its exhibitions, publications and programs, the Museum brings to life an international and multicultural canvas of stories, including: 

  • Amazing voyages of early whalers and explorers and the remote places and peoples they encountered;
  • The habits and habitats of whales and marine mammals through the ages;
  • The industrial revolution and growth of New England’s textile mills and other industries;
  • A diversity of peoples seeking religious, racial, and social tolerance whose histories intersect there, and pioneers of all colors; and
  • A proud maritime heritage of shipbuilding, yacht design, and life with the sea.

The Museum is also making new history with its national award-winning high school apprenticeship program and with unique partnerships that advocate for our oceans and for whales today. 

The Museum also houses a vast and valuable collection of fine and decorative art and artifacts; 25 galleries; a research library whose archives of logbooks, photographs, records, and rare documents have become internationally renown; the dramatic full skeletons of five whales; and the Lagoda – an 89-foot half scale model of a full-rigged whaling ship.  

The President & CEO Opportunity

This is the rare opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant and healthy organization and steer it into the future. The Museum has had nine consecutive years of positive financial results, during which it constructed a new building and doubled its endowment.  There is a wealth of staff and volunteer talent, growing community involvement, partnerships with numerous organizations, a fully vested Board of Trustees and a broad base of donor support. 

Ideal Candidates:

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following professional and personal qualities, skills and experience:   

  • A strategic, tactical and entrepreneurial leader able to develop and articulate a vision for the Museum’s next chapter;
  • An ambassador and fundraiser who can share the mission and vision with the outside world and help to expand the institution’s role more broadly;
  • A seasoned executive with strong staff, operational and financial management experience; and
  • A sincere passion for the mission of the Museum and a commitment to bringing its mission to the residents of New Bedford and surrounding communities, and far beyond. 

Additional information on the Museum and the role can be found here.

To suggest potential candidates, please contact Anne & Erin at
 koyachicago@koyapartners.com.

Potential candidates can express interest in the role by clicking here

South Carolina Maritime Museum unveils new look following renovations

From the S.C. Maritime Museum blog

By David Purtell dpurtell@southstrandnews.com Dec 3, 2017

The S.C. Maritime Museum opened its doors to the public again in December following months of renovation work to the building next to Francis Marion Park on Front Street in Georgetown.  The main attraction was the redone second floor that is now part of the museum and adds 3,600 square feet of exhibit and event space to the two-story building. “This was something that was started years ago,” said Johnny Weaver, president of the museum’s board of directors. “We are very glad to have this day, finally. This is an exciting day for us.”

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Renovations to the second floor of the building that houses the museum added thousands of square feet of exhibit space. Photo courtesy of SouthStrandNews.com

After years operating out of a small room at the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, the museum bought the first floor of its current building in 2011. In 2016, after receiving a rural development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the museum bought the building’s second floor as well as an adjacent parking lot and four boat slips on the harbor.

“That loan has helped us get to where we are right now,” Weaver said about the $1.9 million the museum received. Renovations so far have totaled more than $600,000. An elevator was installed on one side of the building and a new stairway was built. The second floor currently houses the museum’s Shipwreck exhibit.

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Johnny Weaver, board president for the Maritime Museum, walks down the newly installed stairway. Photo courtesy of SouthStrandNews.com

 

Georgetown City Councilman Al Joseph was on hand for the ribbon cutting and complimented the people behind the museum for their work.

“It’s just an incredible, spectacular addition to Georgetown,” he said about the museum.

Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce President Beth Stedman said the museum plays a vital role in attracting tourism to downtown and supporting neighboring businesses.

In a related project to the building’s renovation, the museum is leasing vacant lots left behind after the 2013 Front Street fire that destroyed several buildings. This summer, the museum had the lots cleared and installed concrete pads, and the city installed a new fence along the adjoining sidewalk. The area was used during the museum’s annual Wooden Boat Show in October and is available for rent as an outdoor waterfront event and wedding reception venue.

The museum’s board hopes to complete the re-finishing of the maple floor in the building’s 5,000-square-foot main level this winter.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Weaver said.

Cavalla Historical Foundation seeking Executive Director to lead the Undersea Warfare Center

Organizational Overview: The Cavalla Historical Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, headquartered in Galveston County, Texas. The CHF oversees and operates the American Undersea Warfare Center (AUWC), located at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas.Cavalla Historical Foundation - logo

Job Title:  Executive Director
Compensation:
Salaried-Exempt, $58,000.00 annually + bonus opportunity
Reports to: President, CHF Board of Directors

Interested personnel may apply Here.

Job Summary: The Executive Director is responsible to the CHF Board of Directors for overseeing all museum functions, events and operations of the American Undersea Warfare Center; directing all employee and volunteer staff; tracking revenue and expenditures; managing advertising and public relations with outside organizations; and coordinating actions with the museum’s co-owner, the Galveston Park Board (GPB), in accordance with the signed Operational Agreement.

General Responsibilities:
• Maintain emails, newsletters, web/social media pages, membership/contributor
databases, and attendance and event statistics.
• Oversee the development and ensure execution of advertisement and promotional
material
• Assist the Curator in ensuring all artifacts are identified and catalogued, and special
events are professionally planned and conducted
• Ensure the facility is open and visitor-ready during published open hours of operation,
as well as during any scheduled off-hour events.
• Direct staff, volunteer and visitor adherence to applicable local, state and federal safety,
employment, and equal opportunity requirements.
• Maintain working relationship with the Seawolf Park Manager for GPB to coordinate
activities related to the park grounds, facilities, visitors, events, etc.
• Work with appropriate individuals and committees to plan, budget, publicize, and
conduct all visitor educational experiences, military and memorial ceremonies and
reenactments, public events and activities, and other special events

Management Responsibilities:
• Oversee revenue producing actions and expenditures to ensure all appropriate financial tracking actions are taking place and reported to the CHF treasurer.
• Provide oversight of the custody, security and management of the CHF artifact
collection, and help coordinate actions with appropriates individuals and committees to
identify and procure appropriate artifacts as they become available.
• Coordinate with the CHF treasurer and board committees in overseeing all operational
and financial recordkeeping/reporting as needed to provided budget analyses and
financial decisions.
• Host and assist the US Navy Inspection Team during its annual inspection of donated
Naval vessels, ensuring identified discrepancies are mitigated or resolved

Volunteer Organization Responsibilities:
• Assist the Maintenance Manager to actively recruit, train and develop AUWC volunteers
and docents on a continual basis
• Direct the Maintenance Manager in overseeing all aspects of the volunteer outreach
activities at AUWC.
• Assist Maintenance Manager in coordinating with the CHF Board of Directors, the GPB,
and our volunteer support organizations to ensure tasks are adequately supported, and
ensure volunteers are properly received for duty, task managed, and properly credited
for their efforts.

Public Relations Responsibilities:
• Coordinate with local and national media, and other support organizations as needed to report on, advertise for, and promote CHF and AUWC activities and events. Actions may include but are not limited to: Establish and coordinate with the CHF Communications Committee an annual marketing plan. Track the advertising and promotions budget, including Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue, print/radio/TV advertisement expenditures, and social media opportunities. Provide marketing reports to the CHF Board on an as required basis. In coordination with the CHF Communications Committee, oversee the development of advertisements, public and social media marketing, and articles regarding the CHF/AUWC.
• Represent the CHF and AUWC at meetings, seminars, and training sessions including,
but not limited to: Attending GPB Trustee meetings as a visitor, and GPB monthly Parks and Amenities Committee (PAC) meetings as a board member. Attend key promotional events held by the GPB, Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Texas A&M Galveston or other partner organizations.
• Serve as the CHF and AUWC ambassador with local and national veterans, maritime and history organizations such as the VFW, Port of Galveston, Historical Naval Ships
Association, or the Galveston Historical Foundation.
• Coordinate with CHF board committees, the GPB and AUWC staff to actively conduct
and pursue fundraising through donors, grants, capital campaigns, and gift giving
opportunities.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the CHF Board through the President, CHF.

Minimal Qualifications:
• Five years of work experience in relevant field
• Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience in Operations Management, Business,
or Strategic Management.
• Experience leading/directing teams of employees, volunteers and support staff
• Working knowledge or experience in basic desktop MS Office computer software such
as MS Office 365, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media applications
• The ability to pass a background check
• Have a valid driver’s license and be insurable to operate organizational and personal
vehicles

Desired Qualifications:
• Management of Non-Profit Organizations or related
• Fund raising experience (grant writing, donor cultivation, capital campaigns, etc.)
• Formal education or knowledge about military, WWII, and/or Naval history with the
desire to educate the public, especially scout/school-age kids in these areas
• Five years of Maritime work experience including operations and vessel maintenance
• Demonstrated experience in public speaking

Working Conditions:
• Full Time (40 hours/week) including weekends, holidays and special events. Subject to
24-hour call for emergency response/crisis management
• Ascend and descend steep ladders on the Naval vessels on a daily/frequent basis to
fulfill job duties
• Perform occasional manual labor to fulfill job duties including lifting up to 50 pounds
• Work effectively in outdoor settings including extremely hot temperatures or
windy/rainy conditions
• Adhere to organizational dress and grooming standards

 

Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Glass Entertainment Group Deliver Powerful New Documentary to PBS 

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Glass Entertainment Group are pleased to announce the premiere of the jointly produced feature documentary, Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey. The film will premiere Tuesday, December 19th, at 9 pm on WHYY TV, and be available on additional PBS affiliates around the country in 2018.

View the trailer for the documentary here.

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 Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey tells the story of Sweden’s first voyage to the New World.  It’s an epic adventure about an ordinary Swedish ship and the extraordinary expedition that launched the colony of New Sweden in 1638 – right here in the Delaware Valley.  With a maritime perspective that features stunning sailing sequences from today’s replica Kalmar Nyckel and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts, the documentary sheds new light on the Swedish colonial experience in North America.

“No one walked across the Atlantic in the 17th century, for starters,” says Sam Heed, Executive Producer of the film and Senior Historian for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.  “The Kalmar Nyckel story reminds us how important transatlantic voyaging was to all of America’s formative colonial experiences.”

“We are so proud to be able to partner with Glass Entertainment Group and WHYY to share this wonderful and important story!” adds Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Executive Director, Cathy Parsells. “The voyage of the original Kalmar Nyckel was so important to so many in the Delaware Valley – we can’t wait to see her story told!”

“We were attracted to the story of the Kalmar Nyckel because it has all the right ingredients,” said Ben Fetterman, Executive Producer of the film. “It is a story of heroism, adventure and exploration, all contained on a 17th-century vessel, which made for a fascinating narrative.  One special part of our documentary is that our cast and crew recreated the harrowing journey of this historic voyage on the modern Kalmar Nyckel, sailing the same waters the original ship passed over nearly 400 years ago! It makes for great TV,” Fetterman continued.

The film, airing on WHYY, PBS’s member television station serving the greater Philadelphia (PA) area and licensed in Wilmington, Delaware, is set to premiere on December 19th. The producers feel WHYY is a perfect home for the feature documentary since its topic matter and landmarks anchor the story and has great relevance to WHYY’s viewing market.

“While Delaware History was mandatory when I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, I don’t remember the Kalmar Nyckel being mentioned,” said William Marrazzo, President and CEO of WHYY. “This film is a great opportunity to share a little known yet significant part of Delawarean and American history.”

Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey was produced by Glass Entertainment Group in partnership with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.

Contact Sam Heed, Senior Historian & Director of Education at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation for more information: (302) 429-7447 or sheed@kalmarnyckel.org


About Glass Entertainment Group

Glass Entertainment Group produces hit television series, documentaries and feature films. At the helm is six-time Emmy-winning producer Nancy Glass. Declared “a force in the TV industry”, Glass currently has eight shows on air and over a dozen more in development. Her company has produced thousands of hours of programing for various cable networks including: A&E, CNN, History, TLC, Animal Planet, Oxygen, Nat Geo, Food, Travel and HGTV. Glass Entertainment Group have also produced phone apps, branded content, digital series, commercials and award winning documentaries. Nancy is thrilled that her production company had the opportunity to partner on such a historically rich and meaningful film.

About Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a non-profit educational organization with a mission of “preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all.”  The Foundation is a volunteer-based organization that built, owns, and operates the Tall Ship of Delaware, Kalmar Nyckel.   Kalmar Nyckel serves as a floating classroom and as an inspirational platform, offering people of all ages a variety of sea- and land-based learning and recreational experiences.