Message Regarding N.S. Savannah Notice of Availability / Request for Information

As you know, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) earlier this year, in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), to guide the decommissioning and disposition of the National Historic Landmark (NHL) N.S. Savannah. As stipulated in the PA, MARAD recently published a Notice of Availability / Request for Information (NOA/RFI) in the Federal Register to assist in the identification of parties that may be interested in conveyance of the ship for preservation purposes. As part of the NOA/RFI process, MARAD will host site visits on December 16 & 17th.  The notice can be found here:
Federal Register :: National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah Available; Request for Information


Technical information associated with this notice, as well as other information about the ship, is available on MARAD’s website:
N.S. Savannah Decommissioning and Disposition | MARAD (


In order to reach as broad a population of interested persons as possible, MARAD is reaching out to individuals and organizations in the maritime and nuclear industries and requesting that they publicize the NOA/RFI, and the opportunity to attend the upcoming site visits. We respectfully request that the Council of American Maritime Museums notify its members of this opportunity.


Please feel free to contact me or Erhard directly by email or phone if you have any questions, or if you need any additional information.


Thanks in advance for your support.





Anne Jennings

Cultural Resources Specialist


NS Savannah: Notice of Availability / Request for Information (NOA/RFI) has been published in the Federal Register

The DOT’s Maritime Administration has just issued a notice of availability in the Federal Register for the Nuclear Ship Savannah, currently in Baltimore. The terms of transferal are flexible and negotiable; any maritime preservation facility with adequate wharfage to accommodate Savannah should seriously consider this unique opportunity.

Federal Register Link:

The notice includes two meetings for interested parties. The first will take place on Saturday, November 18th (virtual and in-person on the ship) and will allow interested parties the opportunity to ask questions about the ship. A notice about that meeting will be published at the end of the week. A site visit will also be held Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17. We’ll provide you with links to those meetings as well when they are posted.

CAMM Member Paul Johnston of the Smithsonian sits on the Decommissioning Committee for this vessel and is happy to answer any questions or direct follow-up to the appropriate party.

US Forest Service – Seasonal Archeology Technician Positions – Open on USAjobs

Region 2 of the Forest Service is currently hiring for the Summer 2024 seasonal archaeology positions. If you’re ever interested in federal CRM work now is the time to apply as this is the only time the Forest Service will be hiring temporary employees for the upcoming year. Positions are open on USAjobs from today, October 26th and close on November 8th. Applicants have 14 calendar days to apply!


I work on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands out of Fort Collins, Colorado currently, where this Forest will be hiring several GS-5s, GS-6s, and GS-7s in both Fort Collins and Idaho Springs, CO. And I will also be looking to hire people in the Black Hills of South Dakota as well as GS-5s & GS-7s! Duty stations are Custer, Rapid City, Spearfish SD & Sundance WY.


Links to the now open and can be found below:


GS-5 Archaeological Technicians


GS-6 Assistant Crew Leads


GS07 Crew Leads


Applicants can apply for up to 10 duty locations of their interest in all of Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest service (Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, & Wyoming). This is a great opportunity for current students and graduates to receive experience working in the federal government. Housing may be available at most locations listed above.

IMLS is Recruiting 2024 Museum Grant Application Reviewers

Dear Association Partners, 


The IMLS Office of Museum Services is recruiting museum professionals to review applications for the FY24 Museum Grant Programs. As a valued stakeholder and agency partner in the museum field, we would like to invite you to share this opportunity with your membership and encourage any interested individuals to submit their names for consideration as a panel or field reviewer. 


IMLS welcomes participants representing a broad range of personal experiences, locations, and disciplines to ensure a robust and diverse pool of reviewers. In addition to supporting the museum field, serving as an IMLS reviewer is a valuable professional development opportunity for professionals at all stages of their career. All reviewers are eligible to receive an honorarium of either $300 or $500 for their service, depending on the type of review.  


Interested individuals may apply to serve as a reviewer for IMLS museum programs using the following link: 


Applicants should submit their information no later than Friday, December 1, 2023 to be considered for participation in the FY24 grant cycle. For reviewer-related inquiries, please reach out to IMLS at  


Want to learn more about serving as a museum grant application reviewer? Watch this short Webinar for Potential Museum Reviewers.


IMLS Offers Video Resources for Grant Applicants

Six IMLS funding opportunities are open through November 15, 2023. Multiple online resources are now available to assist applicants.

Washington, DC—Museums and related organizations across the United States have six opportunities to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museum services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs:



Applicant Resources – Grant applicants are invited to use the following resources throughout the application process:


  • The IMLS website hosts in-depth recorded webinars for each of our grant programs. The videos detail program requirements and provide advice for the application process.
  • One-on-one counseling sessions enable applicants to meet directly with Program Officers to discuss their applications. To book a session, visit the web page of the program you are interested in and schedule a time to talk.

The Charleston Museum – Curator of Archaeology – Job Announcement

The Charleston Museum seeks an experienced, full-time Curator of Archaeology for its
archaeology and anthropology department. Primary responsibilities include the curation and
proper management of the Museum’s cultural archaeology and anthropology collections using
modern curation protocols and standards, collaboration with the exhibition team on exhibit
development and installation, public programming related to the collection for both children and adults, responding to research requests, documenting the collection through research, cataloging objects in the collections database (PastPerfect), and supervising department interns and volunteers.

The following areas are crucial to the position:
Competent knowledge of the material culture of the Southeast U.S., from precontact to
postbellum, including environmental materials. Familiarity with South Carolina Lowcountry
Familiarity with current NAGPRA legislation and practices, and experience working with
indigenous and descendant communities.
Familiarity with basic conservation and stabilization techniques for archaeological materials,
including electrolysis.
Experience with GIS and digital map and image production.
Ability to conduct archaeological fieldwork.
Experience with archaeological laboratory analysis, database management, and technical report
Competitive salary and benefits including, health insurance, retirement plan and paid time off
To apply: Please email resume and cover letter to

Deadline is October 18, 2023

IMLS FY 2024 Museum Services Funding Opportunities


Museums and related organizations across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museum services.

As a valued stakeholder and IMLS partner in the museum field, we would like to ask for your help communicating these funding opportunities with your members and encouraging interested institutions to apply. Raising awareness of IMLS grant programs among potential applicants is one of our key agency priorities, and we appreciate your efforts to assist IMLS in achieving this goal.

IMLS is accepting applications for six grant programs, all due no later than November 15, 2023:

There are a few ways to engage with IMLS and your communities. Below, please find social media and newsletter messages available for sharing.

Social Media Messages

We encourage you to follow IMLS on our social platforms: FacebookLinkedInX/Twitter, and Instagram, and reshare our reminders about each funding opportunity.

We also suggest that you share information about IMLS museum grant programs via your own social media channels, newsletters, etc. Sample messages are provided below for your use, and you can download the IMLS logo from our website to accompany these messages:






If your organization sends a newsletter to members, below is suggested copy to use through the grant deadline on November 15. You can edit this message to fit your newsletter’s style and standard word count, and you can download the IMLS logo from our website to accompany this message.

IMLS Museum Funding Opportunities Open

Now through November 15, museums and related organizations across the U.S. have six opportunities to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museum services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for six grant programs:

“IMLS funding supports everything from museums’ implementation of their strategic visions to innovation and cutting-edge research across disciplines,” said Laura Huerta Migus, Deputy Director of the Office of Museum Services. “In this year’s cycle we will continue our regular investments in capacity building and workforce development and look forward to proposals that support preparation for the approaching semiquincentennial and strengthening museums’ capacity as places of civic engagement and community dialogue.”

For more information and to access applicant webinars and sample application components, please visit

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Katrina Dixon, Program Assistant at

Executive Director position at Steamboat Era Museum

Position: Executive Director
The Steamboat Era Museum, a small community history organization in Irvington,
Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and goal-oriented leader with non-profit and
development experience to serve as Executive Director (ED).
About the Steamboat Era Museum
The Steamboat Era Museum collects and preserves artifacts of the Steamboat Era on
the Chesapeake Bay. Through the design of dynamic exhibits and educational programs,
the Museum illustrates and interprets the important economic and lifestyle changes
steamboats brought to Virginia and Maryland communities on the Bay from 1813-1937.
The pilothouse of the Potomac was installed as the central exhibit in 2019 after three
years of fundraising and restoration work.
The museum was founded in 1998 by a group who wanted to ensure the history and
importance of steamboats to the Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay were not
forgotten. In 2001, the largest remnant of a Chesapeake Bay steamboat in existence,
the pilothouse of the Steamer Potomac, was acquired by the museum. The museum
building opened in 2004.
The museum is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Virginia Museum
Association, Council of American Maritime Museums and is recognized by the National
Park Service as a Chesapeake Bay Gateway. For the past few years, it had been
designated one of the “Best Museums in Eastern Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine.
Job Description
The general responsibilities of the ED are broad, but focus on management and
operation of the museum, development, and collection management. In conjunction
with the Board, the ED undertakes long- and short-range planning, policy development,
budget preparation and monitoring, and development of museum programs and
services. Work hours will be flexible and commensurate with museum requirements
and ED’s needs/preferences. The baseline expectation is a 24-hour work week (three
eight-hour days or equivalent). The ED manages one part-time staff member, a
contracted marketing consultant, and volunteers who serve as docents and on
established committees that support the core work of the museum.


The ED represents the museum in the community, participates in events which increase
awareness of the Steamboat Era and museum, expands community outreach, and
performs duties which encourage donation of relevant artifacts and funds to the
The ED is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the mission and vision of the
museum, reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors (the Board),
works collaboratively with the Board, and is responsible and accountable for
efficient day-to-day operation of the museum. The ED serves as a non-voting, ex-
officio member of the Board and Board committees. The Executive Committee of
the Board will conduct an annual review of the ED’s performance prior to setting the
budget for the next fiscal year.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The Board believes engagement and philanthropy are critical activities for the next five
years and has recently completed a strategic plan supporting its goals. A key
component of the plan is the Full Steam Ahead Campaign started this year. The
following duties and responsibilities reflect the Board’s priorities.
Engagement, Philanthropy, and Grant Writing. The ED will work with the Board to
support the Full Steam Ahead Campaign. The ED will assist efforts to identify and
pursue fundraising and grant opportunities and make regular reports to the Board and
relevant committees. The ED will assist Engagement Committee efforts to increase
donors/members, manage donor/member relationships, and maintain accurate
donor/member records. It is anticipated that engagement, philanthropy, and grant
writing will require 40 percent of the ED’s time.
Planning. The ED will support Board and committee planning efforts to achieve the
museum’s vision and execute the strategic plan. It is anticipated that planning will
require 10 percent of the Executive Director’s time.
Fiscal Stewardship and Financial and Non-financial Records Maintenance. The ED will
be responsible for day-to-day financial management of the museum and will maintain
essential financial and non-financial records. The ED will ensure maintenance of
accurate membership and donor records and records related to utilization of the
museum. Both digital and hard copy records will be maintained in an orderly and
accessible system. It is anticipated that fiscal stewardship and records maintenance will
require 10 percent of the ED’s time.
Facilities Management. The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day management of
the museum building, grounds, and equipment and will ensure the safe and reliable
operation of the museum. The ED will ensure a proactive approach to maintenance,


replacement, and budgeting. It is anticipated that facilities management will require
five percent of the ED’s time.
Information Technology Management. The ED will be responsible for the execution of
the Information Technology Management Plan and monitoring and maintenance of the
museum’s hardware and software architecture to ensure uninterrupted continuity of
operations. It is anticipated that information technology management will require five
percent of the ED’s time.
Other Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
The following duties and responsibilities will together require approximately 30 percent
of the ED’s time. Demands will vary based on the season, planned activities, availability
of volunteers, and the museum’s capacity to hire staff or consultants to assist with
specific duties or tasks.
Museum Visitor Services. Working with the Museum Manager, the ED will ensure the
museum is open and staffed during posted hours of operation. The ED will support and
coordinate, as required, the scheduling of group tours and coordination of volunteer
staffing for regular hours, special tours, and events. The ED will exercise oversight of
the museum shop, including shop purchases, inventory records, price-setting, and
mandatory reporting. The ED will ensure that all volunteers are trained, that staffing is
sufficient, and that a congenial atmosphere and environment conducive for recruiting
and retaining volunteers is maintained. From time-to-time, the ED may conduct tours
and educational programs.
Community Engagement. The ED will develop and implement programs, community
activities, and other events to further the mission of the museum and benefit the
Brand, Communications, and Marketing. Working closely with the Engagement
Committee, the ED will promote the museum and its events and activities through a
variety of media and will ensure the website and social media accounts are current.
Exhibits. The ED will work with the Board and assigned exhibit project teams to
develop, implement, and install exhibits for the museum and off-site venues, as
Education and Programs. The ED will work with the General Education Committee and
Children’s Program Director to develop and implement adult, continuing education, and
children’s programs.
Collections (Acquisition, Preservation and Conservation). The ED will work with the
Board and Historian/Curator to ensure that items donated to the museum are
appropriately reviewed, accessioned, conserved, preserved, cataloged, and displayed.


Event Planning and Execution. The ED will support planning and execution of events
such as the Annual Crab Festival and other special events.
Skills and Expertise Required:
• Experience in planning, philanthropy, and management in a non-profit setting.
• Proficient and capable of representing the museum eloquently and effectively.
• Strong people skills, specifically working with volunteers, a Board of Directors, paid
staff, and consultants/contractors.
• Previous experience with museums desirable, but not mandatory.
• Familiarity with the PC Windows environment and knowledge of the following
applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive. Experience with Publisher,
PastPerfect CRM, QuickBooks Online, and LightSpeed POS desirable.
• Adept at information technology and social media, especially Facebook and Instagram.
The Executive Director will have a relevant bachelor's degree and 3-5 years' work in a
related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience, demonstrating
the ability required to support a non-profit organization. Experience in planning and
development in a non-profit organization is an important qualification for this position.
Salary: This is a part-time salaried position with no benefits and a salary range of $24-
32,000. The salary is based on an average 24-hour work week for 49 weeks a year. The
work schedule may vary, requiring some weekend and evening hours, with the
opportunity of working from home during the off-season. The work schedule will be
coordinated with and approved by the Board.
Closing date: September 15, 2023
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to:
No phone inquiries please. EOE
Steamboat Era Museum
PO Box 132
156 King Carter Drive
Irvington, VA 22480