Administrative Assistant / Store Manager Job Description

Penobscot Marine Museum is hiring an Administrative Assistant / Store Manager is a year-round, 20 hour a week year-round position, with the possibility of more hours required between May and October. The position is primarily weekdays, but with occasional evenings and weekends required.

Position Description and Responsibilities include:

  • answer phones and direct calls
  • various administrative duties including typing, filing, copying
  • set up and take down of meetings
  • retrieve and deliver mail to the post office
  • bring deposits to the bank
  • order supplies
  • assist in seasonal hiring
  • schedule seasonal staff
  • train seasonal staff
  • order store merchandise
  • tally daily sales
  • straighten and refill merchandise
  • light cleaning
  • staff store
  • sell admission tickets
  • provide general information about the museum to visitors
  • operate cash register
  • various other tasks as required


Ideal candidates possess:

  • excellent communication skills
  • mature and outgoing personality
  • self-starter
  • ability to solve problems independently
  • interest in education, history, or museums
  • outstanding customer service skills
  • ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and manage several tasks simultaneously
  • reliability and professional appearance
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

PMM is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education and community engagement. The Museum houses superb collections of marine art, historic boats, scrimshaw, ship models and 19th century export items as well as over 100,000 historic photographs. Our seaport village campus comprises a National Register of Historic Places district along with modern purpose-built exhibit and storage facilities. Museum programs take place year round, with the busiest time being mid-May to Mid-October when the campus is open to the public.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references via email to mpierce@pmm-maine.org or by mail P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974.

Education Director

Job Description: Education Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Job Terms: Exempt, Salary, 40 hours per week

The Education Director’s job is to develop, implement and oversee the Museum’s educational goals and programs. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work closely with and under the supervision of the executive director to carry out the educational mission of the museum.
  • Develop and budget a year-round educational program that reaches learners of all ages.
  • Explore and promote a school-based curricula that highlights our maritime collection and legacy as the “town that went to sea.” Activities would include field trips to the museum and reciprocal classroom teaching in area schools.
  • Establish a close relationship with the emerging Ocean School.
  • Refresh and promote the existing Maritime History and Literacy Curriculum.
  • Train and supervise volunteers who are engaged in the museum’s educational activities.
  • Fulfill the usual duties of an education director, including attendance and leadership in the museum’s committees and outside events, help with the creation of the museum’s exhibits, grant-writing, membership in designated professional associations, pursuit of job-specific continuing education, and marketing the museum to the general public.

We will begin the selection process on April 12, 2018. Please address all inquiries to diannesmith@pmm-maine.org. Penobscot Marine Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Museum Program Intern, Paid

Sailing Small: Small Boats, Big Ideas. The exhibit and programming will explore the question: What inspires model makers to create miniature versions of watercraft? Models, and the inspiration to build them, range from the practical to the whimsical.

Through intern-led daily programming in the exhibit and on the interactive model pond, we hope to tap into the imagination of visitors and allow them to move from being passive observers to becoming actively involved in model making. The intern will:

  • Instruct visitors in the use of computer aided design software to create boats, their interiors, and special components.
  • Demonstrate the use of half models as boat plans and oversee the visitors’ use of the design, drawing and measuring equipment.
  • Inspire creativity with models-in-bottles, origami boats, and wooden block boat building activities.
    -Supervise the visitors testing their boats in the model pond, as well as the museum’s fleet of remote-controlled and sailing pond models.
  • Referee a daily boat race between the visitor-built boats.
  • Facilitate experiments with boat design and construction in the buoyancy lab.

Applicants pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, history, physics, technology, engineering, math and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. A secondary museum or archives internship project can be arranged between staff and interns. Position begins no later than June 15 and ends no earlier than August 15, with extension of internship subject to availability of applicant. Position requires intern to work 16-21 hours per week (three days a week plus every other Sunday afternoon).

Please contact Cipperly Good at cgood@pmm-maine.org or 207-548-2529×212 with any questions. Submit Resume, Cover Letter and 3 References to Penobscot Marine Museum, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974.

Digitization and Intellectual Property Research Intern, Unpaid

The Penobscot Marine Museum seeks an intern for the 2017 season at the Penobscot Marine Museum. This season, PMM will examine the history and future of our fisheries in “Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries.” This exhibit will be drawing heavily on the National Fisherman Collection, which was and is the leading journal documenting commercial fishing on a national scale.

Tasks include:

  • researching the photographers and securing contact information and permissions to use their photographs, and logging research/ describing permissions in our database;
  • research of copyright law, which could include consultation with a copyright attorney
  • use a flatbed scanner to create digital image master files to established standards from historic photo prints and negatives;
  • create database records describing and cataloging each photo; and
  • create derivative image files from the master files to link to database records

Applicants pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, history, library science, American studies, archiving/museum studies and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. Position runs eight weeks from mid-June to mid-August and requires intern to work 18-22 hours per week. The position is unpaid, but includes free housing on campus for the duration of the internship.

Submit Resume, Cover Letter and 3 References by May 15 to Cipperly Good, Penobscot Marine Museum, P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974

Marketing Intern, Unpaid

Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking an unpaid Marketing Intern with a particular interest in social media marketing. This position will have a flexible start and end date, and will require a minimum of 15 hours a week.


  • Maintain, develop and grow PMM’s social media presence
  • Development of social media posts for scheduled release for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Assist in the development of a social media strategy
  • Keep press lists updated
  • Assist in the creation of public relations packages surrounding different events or exhibits
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a marketing plan
  • Assist in the creation of press releases for events and exhibits
  • Assist in the creation of printed materials


  • Candidate must be enrolled as a student or be a recent graduate
  • Working knowledge of current social media platforms
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a group
  • Have strong problem solving skills
  • An interest in history or maritime culture is a plus, but not required


To apply for this position, please send your resume along with three references to Sabrina Kettell, External Relations Director, via email at skettell@pmm-maine.org, or mail to P.O. Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974.