Careers

Now hiring for the following positions:

POSITION SUMMARY

Curator of Education at the C.M. Russell Museum provides leadership and management oversight of the museum’s various educational programs.  This includes the development of innovative and balanced programs that enhance the museum’s mission and strategic goals.

The Curator of Education is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week exempt staff position that directs all educational activities in the categories of schools, youth, families, adults, public, and outreach programs for the C.M. Russell Museum.  Flexible hours are required for occasional after-hours and weekend events/activities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES   

  • Develops, administers, conducts, and evaluates programs, seminars, workshops, and tours related to the collections, archives, and special exhibitions to inform, engage, and enhance public knowledge.
  • Plans and implements educational programs related to museum exhibitions.
  • The Curator of Education actively participates, in long-range planning to establish a responsible annual plan for the museum’s educational programs.
  • The Curator of Education is the liaison to the Education and Program Committee and as such, schedules and attends all meetings, works with the Committee Chair to set an agenda and execute actions accordingly.
  • Communicates with a diverse external audience.
  • Serves as a leader in the museum’s digital program initiative.
  • Works with the chief collections & exhibitions officer to define goals and objectives for the education department.
  • Develops education budget and responsible for managing approved budget.
  • Supervises and evaluates education department staff.
  • Expands the educational role of the museum in the community, region, and digital platform.
  • Collaborates with the collection and exhibition staff to enhance the visitor experience in the physical museum as well as the digital museum.
  • Oversees the improvement and maintenance of the Discovery Gallery.
  • Writes education department copy for museum publications and digital content.
  • Assists with grant-writing for educational projects and manages funded grant projects.
  • Ensures comprehensive and updated education information on the museum’s website.
  • Leads the American Indian and Educator Focus Group and other advisory groups as needed.
  • Conducts tours when necessary.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

SECONDARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Working closely with other staff to ensure sponsors, donors, lenders and partners involved in any education program are properly acknowledged and credited, and that the museum optimizes the good news of its benefactors.
  • With other staff, participates and contributes in a joint effort to market and promote the museum’s programs; including social media.
  • Ensures education volunteers are properly acknowledged and credited, and that the museum effectively celebrates their work.

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Possesses excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Speaks with conviction, passion and is highly engaged in all presentations
  • Vision for developing compelling content, written and digital, to encourage intellectual exploration.
  • Exudes a global-perspective whereby inclusion and curiosity enrich programming and elevate the importance of education.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors degree in Art Education, Education, Fine Arts, American History, Art (required); Masters degree in Fine Arts, Art Education or Museum Studies (preferred).
  • Possesses familiarity with computer-based technologies.
  • Requires high energy and flexible work schedule.
  • Requires organizational and planning skills.
  • Possesses ability to work with wide range of individuals including staff, donors, docents, students, and the public.
  • Requires ability to take projects from the idea stage to completion stage.
  • Requires ability to sit or stand for extended periods on a regular basis
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds occasionally, and the ability to frequently walk, communicate to varied audiences in person and on the phone, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, and crouch.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Brenda Kornick, Chief Collections & Exhibitions Officer at the C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th Street North, Great Falls, Montana 59401. Application materials can be sent by mail or email to: bkornick@cmrussell.org.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Facility Operations Specialist undertakes general maintenance and improvements to all areas of the building and grounds and performs patrol of building and grounds. This position also assists with set up and takes down of equipment and materials for special events and assists with custodial work.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Provides continual observation for the collection and exhibitions
  • Ensures the safety of the collection, staff, and visitors
  • Keeps all mechanical and work areas in order
  • Opens and closes buildings, operates site alarm systems and responds to calls during closed hours
  • Assists with lawn and site care and removes snow as directed
  • Receives and records auction and benefit art as directed
  • Prepares and dismantles special event set ups including chairs, tables, podiums, sound systems, etc.
  • Carries emergency phone after hours on a rotating basis and serves as museum contact for City Police and Fire Departments
  • Assists in custodial work as directed
  • Complies with museum policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS :

  • High school diploma, 2 years related experience or acceptable equivalent
  • Knowledge of mechanical systems, maintenance programs and other operations services
  • Able to respond in a timely manner to emergency calls when carrying after hours call phone
  • Able to have regular and timely attendance
  • Good communication skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Team player
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $12 per hour

Schedule: Four 10 hour shifts/week

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit your resume to Justin Campos, Chief Financial Officer at the C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th Street North, Great Falls, Montana 59401. Application materials can be sent by mail or email to: jcampos@cmrussell.org.

Internships

Experience the life and times of one of the most well-known Western artists, Charles Marion Russell, while gaining valuable experience towards your future career. The C.M. Russell Museum offers the opportunity to experience the variety of career paths available within the field of museums and educational institutions. Through access to art collections that document the history of a disappearing culture, celebrate the traditions of native peoples, and depict the topography and landscape of the west, interns will also gain a new understanding and appreciation for Russell’s West.

In addition to the abundant opportunities at the museum, the community of Great Falls and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of resources.  By extending research and learning to the campus of Montana, interns have the opportunity to explore the Northern Plains Indian culture and the life of early explorers such as Lewis & Clark; to witness the impacts of settlers, industrialization, and agriculture on the Western Frontier; to experience the landscape that inspired Russell to move to the West, and to learn about the valuable role art, culture, and history play in small communities.

Dufresne Scholar Award

Archive boxes in the Renner Research CenterAs part of the museum’s greater educational mission, the purpose of the Dufresne Scholar Award Internship is to expand the museum’s role as a national learning institution and center of inquiry.  We seek to foster a widespread community of individuals and institutions that look to the arts as not only a means of personal enjoyment, but also as an invaluable tool for understanding cultural traditions, history, the environment, and the human experience.  Through our internship program, we hope to empower aspiring professionals who are dedicated to the lives and stories that have shaped our world today, thereby ensuring the viability and integrity of our nation’s cultural, historical, and educational institutions.   

For summer 2021, the C.M. Russell Museum is pleased to present an internship opportunity in the field of Archival Processing and Historical Research for Exhibitions.

The Curatorial Department is in charge of the museum’s permanent collection and its exhibition. Curatorial cares for collections, conducts research to advance knowledge of our collections, and disseminates the story of Russell and the West through our galleries and temporary exhibitions. Within the Curatorial Department, the Renner Research Center serves the research needs of the staff of the C.M. Russell Museum throughout the course of their duties. The research collections at the C.M. Russell Museum include more than 3,000 books on the art, culture, and history of the American West, as well as archival collections, photographs, periodicals, and ephemera.  The Archives and Curatorial Intern will report to the Director of Collections and Exhibitions.

The 2021 Archives and Curatorial Intern will be responsible for the archival arrangement and description of the Richard J. Flood II Collection. The Richard J. Flood II Collection at the C.M. Russell Museum consists of the collected papers, correspondence, and photographs of Joe De Yong, which Flood purchased from De Yong and later sold to the Museum. De Yong was Charles Russell’s only protégé and during the last decade of Russell’s life De Yong spent a significant portion of his time living with the Russell family and working with Russell in his studio. The Flood Collection consists of an estimated 36 linear feet of materials in need of processing to professional archival standards.

Additionally, the Archives and Curatorial Intern will have opportunities to conduct historical research in order to facilitate long-range exhibition planning. Research will primarily focus on the life, art, and historic exhibitions of Charlie Russell, but may also include a variety of other Western artists.

Preferred qualifications: Current enrollment or recent graduation from a graduate-level degree program in Archival Studies, Information Science, or a related field preferred.

Who should apply?

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. The Dufresne Internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, or doctoral students. See this year’s project for preferred qualifications.

Stipend – $4,000

Length of Internship

Interns are expected to complete 400 hours of work onsite at the C.M. Russell Museum during the summer season. A typical intern schedule consists of 10 weeks of full time work (40 hours per week). Start and end dates are flexible in order to prevent conflict with interns’ academic schedules.

Application Process

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter/statement of intent, resume, and two letters of recommendation from current or past academic references. Your statement of interest should be one page or less and should highlight relevant coursework and experience, as well as outline what you hope to contribute to the museum and what you would like to gain in return.

Please send applications to Kathryn Kramer at the following address:

kkramer@cmrussell.org

or

Kathryn Kramer
Renner Research Center Manager
C.M. Russell Museum
400 13th Street North
Great Falls, Montana 59401

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed or postmarked no later than March 26, 2021. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews within a few weeks following the application deadline.  Interns are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements in Great Falls, Montana; museum staff can provide housing suggestions.