Texas A&M University seeking Nautical Archaeologist/Conservator to join the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position specializing in nautical archaeology and artifact conservation to begin August 2018. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded background in the field of maritime archaeology, with extensive training and experience in the conservation of artifacts from submerged sites. Knowledge of advanced archaeological recording and analytical tools and techniques is also desirable. Applicants should have a strong record of research, publication, and external funding that is commensurate with the present stage of their career. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct field and laboratory research, supervise graduate and undergraduate student research, teach two courses per semester, and participate in service to the Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, and College of Liberal Arts.

Minimum qualifications: Applicants are required to have in hand a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field and demonstrated experience in artifact conservation. Prior teaching experience, research publications, and success in obtaining external funding for research will be considered strengths. Applicants are encouraged to articulate how they may contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references as a single pdf file by email or mail to Search Committee Chair Dr. Deborah Carlson, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4352 (dnc@tamu.edu<mailto:dnc@tamu.edu>).

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University has 26 full-time faculty situated in four distinct programs: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Nautical Archaeology. The Nautical Archaeology Program is closely affiliated with the Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL), the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC), and the non-profit Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA). Texas A&M University is a leading public research university with over 62,000 students located in the city of College Station which is within 90 minutes of both Houston and Austin. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


New Hampshire Boat Museum Seeking Executive Director

NHBoatMuseumLogoThe New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM), with a mission to inspire an understanding and appreciation of the unique role New Hampshire’s lakes play in people’s lives, seeks an experienced and enthusiastic Executive Director to take it to its next level. NHBM, located in Wolfeboro, on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, just marked its 25th anniversary and is undertaking a capital campaign to construct a new museum building and increase its endowment. The new director will have the opportunity to work with the Board to complete the campaign, which is currently in the non-public phase, and to oversee the creation of the new museum facility on lakefront property that the NHBM has recently purchased. The new building will allow the museum to develop additional exhibits and experience-based educational programs to carry out its goals of celebrating the history and stories of life on New Hampshire’s lakes and providing programs that focus on learning through doing for people of all ages.

Opportunities of the Position
• Be part of a team that will create a new museum that will enable the NHBM to carry out its recently expanded mission of interpreting the multi-faceted story of New Hampshire’s lakes, from boating to social and cultural history to environmental stewardship and ecology.
• Work with a dedicated Board and Capital Campaign Committee to complete the $5.5 million Just Add Water campaign for a new facility and an endowment.
• Have a significant positive impact on a museum that is “on the cusp of something great” and truly make a difference in a museum and the community and region that it serves.
• Guide the museum as it positions itself as a family-oriented site offering experiential learning for all ages.
• Broaden the museum’s constituency as it reaches out to new audiences in new communities.
• Lead and inspire a small professional staff and a group of over 200 volunteers whose work is crucial to the success of the museum and its programs.
• Work with a Board that is active, engaged, and eager to learn more about the museum field.
• Enjoy the support of the town government, whose leaders view the museum as an asset to the community and are supportive of the campaign and expansion, as well as the support of area residents and businesses.
• Work collaboratively with other museums in the region through the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

Required knowledge, experience, and abilities
Academic Background
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Master’s degree in museum studies or similar field preferred.
• Knowledge of/interest in the history of boats, American history, marine environments and ecology a plus.
• 7-10 years of museum experience, including at least 3 in management. Small museum experience desirable.
• Knowledge of and experience with sound business/museum financial management practices; willingness to adopt a conservative approach to finances.
• Track record of developing proactive, entrepreneurial, and innovative approaches to problem solving.
• Strong marketing and public relations experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and communities. Fluency in current social media for communication and marketing preferred.
• Proven track record as a fundraiser. Experience with a capital campaign highly desirable.
• Experience with exhibit development helpful.
• Knowledge of best professional practices in all areas of the museum field.
• Desire to work in a small museum and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
• Desire to lead, inspire, and motivate a small but enthusiastic staff, an active, engaged board with a willingness to expand their knowledge of the museum field, and a large dedicated volunteer corps.
• Willingness to work hard to ensure the success of the many different programs and events that take place during the busy summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). This includes the ability to undertake moderate physical activity and work some evenings and weekends in season.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Outgoing, likes to meet people, be the face of the museum in the community.
• Flexibility. Ability to multi-task, work with interruptions.

More about the Museum
The New Hampshire Boat Museum was founded in 1992 with a goal of preserving the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s lakes. Today that mission has expanded to include the history and ecology of Lake Winnipesaukee and other freshwater bodies in the region. With the mission as a starting point, the Museum’s programs and exhibits
explore such diverse topics as the such diverse topics as the Native American experience; lakeside industries; the history and architecture of homes and boathouses; changing vacation patterns; lakeside camps; the lake environment; and transportation to the lake by stagecoach, train and car as well as by boat. With an annual budget of $350,000, a year-round full time staff of two, several seasonal employees, and a corps of over 200 talented and dedicated volunteers, the NHBM has a membership of 500 and serves close to 10,000 people annually through museum visits and onsite and outreach programs and events. The museum itself is open seven days a week Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

The Capital Campaign
The NHBM is in the quiet phase of Just Add Water, a $5.5 million Capital Campaign to build a new museum and increase its endowment. Landlocked for its first 25 years, NHBM is on the move to a new waterfront home where it will construct a new facility on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Back Bay. The 10,000 square foot museum will be open twelve months a year and will provide gallery space for changing and permanent exhibits; a children’s Discovery Center; a multi-purpose program and event space with a caterer’s kitchen; collections storage space; an expanded museum store; and office space. An architect has been chosen and conceptual drawings prepared. When the move to the new building is accomplished, the Museum plans to renovate its current building
for a four-season boatbuilding and restoration shop.

How to Apply
For full job description and application details, contact Executive Search Consultant Gail Nessell Colglazier at gncolglazier@gmail.com. Nominations welcome. NHBM is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum’s policy is to create a favorable work environment in which all employees are treated equally.

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Penobscot Marine Museum seeking Executive Director

The Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced, self-motivated Executive Director to lead the Penobscot Marine Museum located in Searsport, Maine. The director will be the public face and spokesperson for the museum; work with the staff and board to increase annual support as needed to sustain operations and facilitate new programs; refine and implement the museum’s vision for the future.

The successful applicant will have experience in not-for-profit management, fund raising and collaboration.

The museum comprises eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Our assets includes one of New England’s largest display of historic boats, a nationally known maritime art collection and one of the largest archives of historic photographs in Maine.

Send your resume to the Penobscot Marine Museum,   Attn: Dianne Smith, P.O. Box 489, Searsport, ME 04974 or to diannesmith@pmm-maine.org. Resume reviews will start November 6th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Byrnes joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Steven Byrnes, of Easton, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Vice President of Operations. In this position, Byrnes serves on the senior management team and is responsible for oversight, implementation, and management of CBMM’s strategies for its guest services, marina, Museum Store, charity boat donation program, and boatyard operations.


Welcome Steven Byrnes, Vice President of Operations, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (photo CBMM)

Byrnes has more than 33 years’ experience in operations management, most recently serving as Senior Director of Capgemini America, a leading global consulting firm. Byrnes brings international experience to the position, from business and IT strategy development, through to the operational transformation necessary to achieve those strategies.

“I’m an avid boater and CBMM member who loves getting out on the Bay,” said Byrnes. “This is a great opportunity to join the CBMM team, and make a difference in a meaningful way.”

Byrnes grew up on Long Island and spent many hours boating and clamming on the Great South Bay. He views returning from the Chicago area to the Chesapeake Bay region like ‘coming home.’

“We are delighted to have Steve working with us,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “His management experience and collaborative work with all departments will be key in helping CBMM achieve high standards of excellence in all our operations.”

Byrnes holds an MBA in banking and finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. He served on the board of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, and is a past member of the Auto Finance Council and the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association’s International Committee. He has published more than 25 articles on operations and technology topics, and has served as a speaker at numerous industry events, including the ELFA annual convention, CFO roundtable, and a Global Strategies webinar.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to the museum’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

 For more information, contact: Tracey Johns, Vice President of Communications Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum tjohns@cbmm.org.

2018 Maritime Heritage Conference Call for Presenters Deadline Extended to December 1, 2017

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest. Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie. Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the US Lighthouse Society and so many others!

Please see the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference page for the Call for Presenters & Guidelines page, which includes details on conference topics as well as information on focus sessions, maritime heritage papers, the application process, deadlines and the selection process, and presenter policies. Individual paper and session proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page biographical statement about each presenter emailed to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at: proposalsmhc@gmail.com. The NEW deadline for papers and session proposals is December 1, 2017.

Topics and focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
Maritime and Naval History · Maritime Art, Literature, and Music · Education and Preservation · Underwater Archaeology · Trade and Communications · Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums · Marine Science and Ocean Conservation · Historic Vessel Restoration · Maritime Heritage Grant Program · Maritime Landscapes · National Marine Sanctuaries · Inland Waters · Commerce and Seaport Operations · Small Craft · Shipbuilding · Marine Protected Areas · Crew and Staff Training and Development · Tall Ships, Sail Training, and Education Under Sail · Vessel Operations and Safety · Tall Ships® Events and Host Ports · Not-for-Profit Administration · Fund Development · Media and Publications · Marketing and Social Media

For more information and to register today, please visit the Maritime Heritage Conference Page, where you’ll also find up to date information on the Conference Schedule, Accommodations, Sponsorship Opportunities, and the Call for Presenters and Guidelines.

Maritime Heritage Conference Flyer – New Deadline

October 26-27, 2017: Auction of Ship and Boat Models from North Carolina Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum announces the auction of approximately 20 ship and boat models formerly in the collection.  They are all outside of the museum’s interpretive scope of the North Carolina coast.  Some are of English and European vessels; several represent ships from New England or the Great Lakes.  Take a look at the Charlton House auction site at the location below.  Firearms and furniture from other sources are part of this large auction.

The contact address for the auction is www.CharltonHallAuctions.com

Please reference: Extraordinary Collections, Sale 286, beginning with Lot 376

Please note the quickly approaching auction dates: October 26-27, 2017.



New Bedford Whaling Museum Seeking President & CEO

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum


 The Lagoda, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s half-scale model of the whaling bark. Lagoda is the largest ship model in existence. (photo NBWM)

The New Bedford Whaling Museum (“Museum”) is the familiar name for the entity that is the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, founded in 1903.  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 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.