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The Museum & Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is the most comprehensive river museum in the nation. Established in 1980, its rich history has provided the community and the nation an all-encompassing view into its historic, aquatic, and terrestrial collections. With over 300 species, 3000 animals and historic artifacts totaling 10,000 and 35,000 library and archival items, its purpose and felt experiences by its visitors are unmatched.

As the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium continues to broaden its outreach, they look to bring on a CEO whose leadership, passion, and vision will leave a lasting impact on the community and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium for years to come. The CEO’s leadership and developmental strategies will directly correlate to the continued success of the Museum and Aquarium through the broadening of local and national donor relationship management, implementing visions of continuous development both inside and outside the organization’s walls, and promoting and cultivating a path of endless learning, growth, and experiences.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 10-15 years of proven executive leadership
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters desired
  • Experience leading a successful organization in the for-profit or non-profit sector
  • Experience leading, developing and motivating teams
  • Experience developing, executing and implementing a strategic plan
  • Experience working with a Board required
  • Financial acumen required
  • Demonstrated success in building donor relationships local and national
  • Passionate, community minded required
  • Midwest ties highly preferred

The Museum and Aquarium is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and partners with Coastal America, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Great River Road, and the Mississippi River Network. The Museum and Aquarium provide a vast array of programs including; Captive breeding species propagation, RiverWorks Discovery, the National River’s Hall of Fame. They also (under the Dubuque County Historical Society) operate the Mathias Ham House Historic Site and the Bowell Library and archives.

For confidential consideration please contact

The Overture Group at:

Brandi Mueller


Nicole McAndrew

Position Title: Café Coordinator

Full-time/Part-time: Part-time

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) is seeking candidates for the Café Coordinator. An ideal candidate is someone with exceptional service skills, thinks on their feet, and positively portrays the organization. This position requires 29 hours per week with weekends, and occasional nights and holiday hours.

This position is part of a team of associates who work together to provide the best possible experience for every individual visiting the River’s Edge Café. Our goal is to enhance the visitors experience by providing a quality product at an affordable price in a timely fashion.

  • Enjoy interactions with a wide variety of museum guests as you work overseeing point of sale transactions, executing day to day operations of the café, ensuring orders are accurate and timely, and supervising café associates. Use your culinary skills to help cater in-house catering events and small group meals
  • This fast paced opportunity allows one to gain leadership skills, while learning the ins and outs of café operations.
  • A highly qualified individual would have pervious experiences in food and beverage, cash handling, customer service, and supervisor of employees, although not required. Highly organized individual and someone who pays close attention to detail will also succeed in this position.
  • Competitive pay starting at $12.00 per hour, with most of the hours being worked between 9-5 daily. A free membership to the museum is included for all employees, as well as discounts at our museum stores.

Applications can be accessed at, or by visiting either box office location at the museum.  Completed applications can be submitted in person to either box office location at the museum or emailed to

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are seeking candidates for the Cashier Associate Positions. These positions are part of a team that works together to provide the best possible experience for every individual visiting the Museums of DCHS. An ideal candidate is someone with exceptional service skills, feel comfortable interacting with guests, deliver accurate information to guests, works well on a team, and positively portray the organization. This position requires working a flexible schedule with weekend and holiday hours required. Positions available in Retail, Cafe Counter, Box Office and 3D/4D Theater.

Primary Duties

  • Provide an exceptional experience for all guests of the DCHS and NMRMA.
  • Operate the Point of Sale system and complete all associated paperwork with accuracy.
  • Courteously and respectfully assisting customer while quickly and accurately processing transactions.
  • Encourage visitors to experience all the DCHS and NMRMA benefits.
  • Provide accurate information when asked questions.
  • Present the museum positively by maintaining clean and presentable appearance and work areas.
  • Other duties as assigned by departments.


  • Previous customer service and guest interaction
  • Proficient use of computers and computer systems, or the ability to quickly learn.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Quick decision making under pressure.
  • Operating a cash register and cash handling.
  • Previous sales or upselling experience preferred.
  • Working with guests of all ages and ethnicities.
  • Compliant with the mission of the DCHS and NMRMA.

To apply go to and complete an application.

Position Title: Housekeeper

Full-time/Part-time: Part-time (30 hours)

Department: Housekeeping/Maintenance

Reports To: Head Housekeeper & Facilities Manager

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are seeking candidates for the Housekeeping Position.
Primary Duties

  • Assisting in all aspects of buildings and grounds cleaning
  • Ensuring that all properties are clean, safe and well-maintained
  • Position requires the ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, to stoop, kneel, bend, climb, lift and carry.
  • Present the museum positively by maintaining a clean and presentable appearance


  • Must be able to occasionally lift weights of up to 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to use and climb a step stool and occasionally work at heights
  • A driver’s license and high school diploma or equivalent is preferred.

If you are interested in joining our team, please go to and complete an application or pick up one at our box office. Applications can be mailed (or dropped off in person) to National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Attn: Human Resources, 350 East Third St, Dubuque, IA 52001.