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Join Our Team

At the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, we are consistently seeking qualified, talented, and dedicated individuals for a variety of paid, volunteer, and internship positions. Find the position you seek within the categories below.

Full-Time/Part-Time Positions

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, complete an application form below. Applicants may drop off their application at either box office location or email completed application to apply@rivermuseum.com.

employment application
When specific employment opportunities are available, they will be listed to the right.

Camp Educator (Seasonal)

Position Title: Seasonal Camp Educator
Full-time/Part-time: Seasonal part-time; weekends, holidays and some evenings required
Exempt/Non-Exempt: 
Non-Exempt
Department: 
Education
Reports To: 
Education Manager

The Seasonal Camp Educator is responsible for planning and teaching experiential week-long day camps for elementary aged students. Camp Educators require a high level of energy and enthusiasm to deliver engaging, interactive experiences, including but not limited to age-appropriate academic lessons, crafts, and games, for a diverse audience.

Camps run from 9am-4pm from June 15th to July 31st.  Interested applicants must be available for approximately 30 hours a week from 7:30am-1pm or 12pm-5:30pm Monday through Friday, with the option to work full-day shifts as scheduling permits. Mandatory training will occur the week prior to camp (June 8-12), with additional time scheduled to plan camp curriculum. Review this summer’s camp lineup on our website at www.rivermuseum.com/summercamps.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for leading daily operational aspects of weekly summer camp sessions. This includes, but is not limited to, collaboratively planning and delivering educational content, engaging campers in hands-on activities, and overseeing classroom management.
  • responsible for the overall supervision of all children enrolled in program. Summer camp instructors implement daily activities and ensure the safety and physical well-being of participants.
  • Provide fun and engaging experiences for campers and their guardians.

Additional Duties

  • Attend mandatory, prescheduled training sessions.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Keep all education areas clean, organized and hazard free, report maintenance needs, and perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Engage in continued learning about artifacts, animals, and plants in institutional collection.
  • Provide an exceptional experience for all guests.
  • Provide accurate information at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • This position requires individuals who are comfortable communicating to children of all ages and delivering science instruction in an informal setting. Summer camp instructors work primarily with elementary-aged youth and must be able to deliver developmentally-appropriate curriculum using positive behavior management strategies. Qualified applicants will demonstrate enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
  • Applicants should be good communicators, have the ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision, and demonstrate excellent customer service skills.
  • Highly qualified candidates will be high school graduates who can manage multiple priorities and work well in a team setting.
  • Prior knowledge of history, culture, wildlife, and/or environmental issues of the Tri-State area and the Mississippi River is preferred. Willingness and ability to learn is required.
  • Prior exposure to informal learning processes, preferably in an aquarium, zoo, nature center, or museum setting is preferred.
  • Prior experience working with children is preferred.
  • Flexibility, initiative, the ability to problem solve, and a sense of humor are a required.
  • A personal email account and phone number are required for information exchange.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.
  • Must be comfortable indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must be physically capable of extended periods of standing, walking, kneeling, bending, climbing stairs, and heavy lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

 

Cafe Associate (Part-Time)

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has immediate openings for part-time associates for the Museum & Aquarium’s café operations. Museum Café Associates are part of a team responsible for daily operation and coordination of resources for the café(s). Duties include but are not limited to: café operations, daily cash handling/counting, menus, inventory, and general organization of the café.

Essential Responsibilities

Working under the direction of the Museum Café Supervisor, general duties include, but are not limited to:

  • 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.
  • Timely and quality food preparation and delivery.
  • Courteously and respectfully assisting guests while quickly and accurately processing transactions.
  • Encourage guests to experience all the DCHS and NMRMA benefits.
  • Provide accurate information when asked questions.
  • Ensuring the cleanliness of the dining area and kitchen.
  • Following all food preparation safety laws and rules.
  • Present the museum positively by maintaining clean and presentable appearance and work areas.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position will have weekday and weekend responsibilities and commitments with a flexible schedule ensuring work/life balance. Offers a competitive starting hourly wage of $9 per hour. Demonstrates the ability to interact with the public and co-workers in a friendly, enthusiastic, and outgoing manner. Works with a team to provide leadership that enhances the guest experience.

Qualification and Requirements

  • 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. 
  • Prior food handling experience preferred but not required
  • Operating a cash register and cash handling.
  • Compliant with the mission of the DCHS and the NMRMA.

How To Apply

Download an application and email to apply@rivermuseum.com. Or, drop off in person to the museum’s box office at 350 E. 3rd Street Dubuque, IA 52001. Applications will be accepted thru end of day, March 31, 2020.

 

Tour Guide - National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Position Title: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) Tour Guide
Full-time/Part-time:
Seasonal part-time; weekends, holidays and some evenings required
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Department: Education
Reports To: Education Manager
Staff Reporting To This Position: N/A

The NMRMA Tour Guide position is responsible for leading guided tours of the Museum & Aquarium campus in Dubuque, Iowa to diverse groups of guests. Included in the tours are the Diamond Jo National River Center, the Mississippi River Discovery Center, the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum, the Jerry Enzler Plaza, and all of the associated displays and exhibits focusing on history, conservation, and STEM topics. NMRMA Tour Guides are offered flexible scheduling and are most commonly needed during summer months, though special events are scheduled in advance year-round. The majority of tours are scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the months of April, May, and June. This position requires a high level of energy and enthusiasm to deliver engaging, interactive experiences for diverse audiences.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Primary Duties

  • Lead diverse groups of ~20 people on guided tours of the Museum & Aquarium campus, interpreting important topics that are tailored to the audience and that support the organization’s mission, while managing the pre-determined timeline.

Additional Duties

  • Attend mandatory, prescheduled training sessions.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Keep all education areas clean, organized and hazard free, report maintenance needs, and perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Engage in continued learning about artifacts, animals, and plants in institutional collection.
  • Provide an exceptional experience for all guests.
  • Provide accurate information at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Prior knowledge of history, culture, wildlife, and/or environmental issues of the Tri-State area and the Mississippi River is preferred.
  • Prior exposure to informal learning processes, preferably in an aquarium, zoo, nature center, or museum setting is preferred.
  • A personal email account and phone number are required for information exchange.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.
  • Must be comfortable indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must be physically capable of extended periods of standing, walking, kneeling, bending, climbing, and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

 

Tour Guide - Mathias Ham Historic Site

Position Title: Mathias Ham Historic Site (MHHS) Tour Guide
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time; weekends, holidays and some evenings required
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Department: Education
Reports To: Historic Site Coordinator
Staff Reporting To This Position: N/A

The MHHS Tour Guide position is responsible for leading guided tours of the historic site campus in Dubuque, Iowa to diverse groups of guests. Included in the tours are Mathias Ham’s historic home, Iowa’s oldest log cabin, the Humke single-room schoolhouse, and a replica lead mine. MHHS Tour Guides are offered flexible scheduling and are most commonly needed during summer months, though special events are scheduled in advance year-round. Educational offerings include, but are not limited to, daily tours, Pioneer Days, Historical Progressive Dinners, and general interpretation for museum visitors. Usual hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a chance for occasional evening hours.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to create a culture of inclusivity, empowerment, respect, and the opportunity to succeed. It is a priority to create a workplace that reflects the communities that we serve, and where all feel welcome to bring their full, authentic selves to our organization.

Primary Duties

  • While wearing period clothing, lead groups on guided tours of the MHHS campus, interpreting important topics that are tailored to the audience and that support the organization’s mission, while managing the pre-determined timeline.
  • Lead activities during special events.
  • Manage the museum’s entrance and gift shop.

Additional Duties

  • Attend mandatory, prescheduled training sessions.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Keep all education areas clean, organized and hazard free, report maintenance needs, and perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Engage in continued learning about artifacts, animals, and plants in institutional collection.
  • Provide an exceptional experience for all guests.
  • Provide accurate information at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Prior knowledge of local Dubuque history is preferred.
  • Prior exposure to informal learning processes, preferably in a historic house/site or museum setting is preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with computers and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • A personal email account and phone number are required for information exchange.
  • Must be capable of holding certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.
  • Must be comfortable indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must be physically capable of extended periods of standing, walking, kneeling, bending, climbing, and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

Weekend Maintenance Technician (Part-Time)

Position Title: Weekend Maintenance Technician            
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time, weekends
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-exempt
Department: Facilities
Reports To: Director of Facilities

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) seeks a professional responsible for performing a variety of work in the general maintenance and repair of buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds including the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) and the Mathias Ham Historic Site (MHHS). Primary responsibilities will include a variety of work in the maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, masonry, painting, and grounds maintenance. This position requires any combination of education, training, and experience, which demonstrates ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described including related work experience in one or more of the building trades.

The Dubuque County Historical Society is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the museum field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plumbing: Identifies and performs basic repairs of plumbing leaks or breaks; opens clogged lines and drains; replaces seals and other minor parts; maintains drinking fountains.
  • Painting: applies and prepares various surfaces for paint, enamel, lacquer, varnish, or stain; remove or paints over graffiti; repairs wall coverings.
  • Grounds Maintenance: Maintains grounds in clean, safe, and orderly manner including mowing, trimming, weeding, aerating, minor pest management; cleans debris from grounds, pathways, and parking lots; maintains grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Assist with the set up and tear down of events/rental.

Requirements

  • A combination of education, training, and experience, which demonstrates ability to perform the duties and responsibilities as described including related work experience in one or more of the building trades.
  • Possesses or is able to acquire safety certifications such as first aid, CPR, AED, small watercraft safety, etc.
  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and reliable transportation.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with and communicate effectively with all people in a positive and productive manner, even in stressful situations.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a background check.
  • Extended periods of standing, kneeling, bending, climbing, and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Keep all areas clean, organized and hazard free, report maintenance needs, and perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.

How To Apply

To learn more, visit rivermuseum.com/apply. Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Volunteer Positions

The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. If you have a passion for animals, history, education, or conservation, the National Mississippi River Musuem & Aquarium, Dubuque Historical Society, and Mathias Ham Historic Site are for you!

Volunteers receive a number of benefits including free individual admission. Flexible schedules are available. To apply, complete the volunteer application below. Some positions may require you to upload a cover letter and resume. For more information, contact Kristen Leffler at 563-557-9545 x221 or volunteer@rivermuseum.com.

volunteer APPLICATION 

Blacksmithing

Blacksmith volunteers work in either the boat shop or the blacksmith shop to help with electrical, woodworking, blacksmithing, building, and repair projects for the Museum & Aquarium. Volunteer blacksmiths also conduct demonstrations for guests during certain special events throughout the year. Those interested in this position do not need to have previous blacksmithing experience, but must be interested in learning skill work to demonstrate for visitors.

Equipment and basic training is provided upon starting in this position.

Down in the Delta

Down in the Delta volunteers work alongside a museum educator to interpret and inform guests who visit the Delta touch tank about the various rays and skates on exhibit. Volunteers are also responsible for helping to maintain the safety of both the animals and guests, such as instructing guests to rinse their hands before touching the animals, explaining the proper technique to touch and feed the animals, and providing basic facts about the rays and skates to enrich guests’ experience.

Basic training is provided prior to starting in this position.

Flood & Erosion Table

The flood and erosion table volunteer moves between these two exhibits to interpret their functions to guests. The flood table simulates the 1965 flood in Dubuque that flooded the Ice Harbor and much of downtown Dubuque. The erosion table helps guests explore erosion and the impact that soil has on both the Mississippi River and other rivers throughout the world.

Basic training is provided prior to starting in this position.

Greeter

The volunteer greeter is one of the first individuals that the guests of the Museum & Aquarium interact with. Greeters welcome each visitor to our campus, provide them with a map, and direct them to the various features and exhibits of the Museum & Aquarium. This includes explaining the different buildings and areas, highlighting certain animals, and going over the daily activities being offered.

Basic training is provided prior to starting in this position.

Living Collections

Living Collections volunteers will help to provide daily care of various animals at the Museum &  Aquarium. This may include daily feedings and enclosure cleaning, making and documenting observations related to animal health and well-being, maintaining written and electronic records, testing water quality, and following other Living Collections procedures.

A typical Living Collections volunteer will possess a high school diploma, a background or experience relating to animal husbandry, and be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a week with the team.

Extensive training is provided upon starting this position.

Receptionist

The volunteer receptionist is stationed in the administration office of the Mississippi River Center. Receptionists answer all incoming calls during normal business hours and direct them accordingly. They will also greet, welcome, and direct all in-person guests who arrive for meetings and other business. Various mailings and other administrative and office-related tasks also fall under this position.

Basic training is provided upon starting this position.

RiverWorks

The RiverWorks volunteer is charged with greeting guests as they approach the RiverWorks SplashZone exhibit, as well as maintaining an environment for safety and fun. The RiverWorks SplashZone is an area for children and families to learn about industry on the river, the water cycle, and other related topics in an interactive manner. Volunteers provide visitors with smocks so as not to get their clothing wet, assist with mopping excess water from the floor, and in disassembling the toy boats for the next guests once children have finished building them.

Basic training is provided prior to starting in this position.

Special Events

The Museum & Aquarium holds several special events throughout the year, with multiple events happening each month. These events range from smaller scale with a few dozen guests to very large scale with a few thousand guests. Special event volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks that help these events go smoothly, including but not limited to set up and tear down, ticketing, assisting with crafts and games, food preparation and serving, historical demonstrations, dressing up in character, and more.

Special event needs are communicated to volunteers on a bi-weekly basis. Many special event volunteers also regularly volunteer in another area at the Museum & Aquarium, though this is not required. 

Web Lab

Using photos, interpretive media, and live animals, the Wet Lab volunteer accompanies and assists a museum educator to showcase various animals of the Mississippi River, including sturgeon, crayfish, alligators, snapping turtles, mussels, and more. The Wet Lab volunteer will help to maintain the safety of the sturgeon touch tank for both the animals and guests.

Basic training is provided prior to starting in this position.

Internships

We love helping college students gain real-life experience! If you are interested in any of the posted internships, please complete the volunteer application below and email along with your resume, cover letter, and any additional requirements. Applications may also be submitted in person at either box office. For questions, contact Kristen Leffler at 563-557-9545 x221 or volunteer@rivermuseum.com.

Deadlines for submission are as follows:

  • Spring semester application submission deadline: January 1 annually
  • Summer semester application submission deadline: April 15 annually
  • Fall semester application submission deadline: August 25 annually

For questions, contact Kristen Leffler at 563-557-9545 x221 or volunteer@rivermuseum.com. 

Internship Application

Social Media Intern (Marketing/Communications)

The social media marketing internship will work directly with marketing staff from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to manage multiple social media platforms targeted to diverse audiences. This includes utilizing creativity to develop engaging content as well as being able to analyze the results of various social media campaigns.

Social media platforms utilized include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In a typical day, you will:

  • Create content based on River Museum & Ham Site initiatives, events, programs, exhibits, etc.
  • Curate content through interactions with other departments
  • Monitor messages and posts from those interacting with our platforms and respond appropriately
  • Regularly analyze other museums, zoos and aquariums to see what is working in our industry
  • Actively participate and lend your voice and ideas to various marketing initiatives
  • Execute other marketing projects as requested, including updating portions of the institution’s website as appropriate

Successful interns will possess:

  • A knowledge of and love for social media
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong proofreading and editing abilities
  • Working towards a degree in marketing, communications, graphic design or a related field

Links to Social Media Platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/rivermuseum/?ref=bookmarks
https://www.facebook.com/MathiasHamHistoricSite/?ref=bookmarks
https://www.instagram.com/rivermuseum/
https://www.instagram.com/marktwainstatue/
https://twitter.com/RiverMuseum
https://twitter.com/MarkTwainStatue

Banquets Intern

Purpose of the position:

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s mission is to explore life of Dubuque, the Mississippi River, and the Rivers of America and their global connections, and to research, interpret, educate and promote the conservation of their historical and natural environment.

The Sales and Banquet intern will assist the Sales & Marketing Department with all afterhours banquet operations for groups hosting events at the NMRM&A.  The intern will work collaboratively with the Museum & Aquarium banquet’s staff to set up, tear down and clean all banquet areas. To move equipment to and from banquet areas in a safe manner. To avoid damage to the museum and to maintain the cleanliness of any space used for a banquet event.  To achieve the overall success of the event or function while learning the processes.  Around 15 - 20 hours per week depending on number of events.  Some weeks might be more than 20 hours; some weeks might be less than 15 hours.

Essential Functions:

  1. Will assist Sales & Banquet Manager with organizing and executing events held at the NMRM&A.
  2. Set tables, chairs, and other equipment to the specification of the client as reported by the Sales & Banquet Manager.
  3. To assist Banquet service and Banquet bartenders as needed to achieve the overall success of the event or function. This may be but not limited to providing ice or glassware for the banquet bars, set or clear guest tables, help with cleaning dishes and other equipment.
  4. Break down and store tables, chairs and other equipment at the conclusion of an Event/Function.
  5. To clean and maintain all function space to the standards of the NMRM&A.
  6. Any other duties, responsibilities, or tasks deemed necessary by the Sales & Banquet Manager.
  7. Must maintain a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance.

Relationships:

This individual will report to the Sales & Banquet Manager on a weekly basis and work with other banquet staff and volunteers accordingly.

Equipment: (e.g., computer, copy machine, telephone, etc.)

Must have general operational knowledge of basic office equipment, computers, and computer software systems.

Qualifications: (e.g., education, training, experience, & skills)

The intern shall possess exceptional organizational skills and be able to work independently as long as with a team.  We are looking for an intelligent, detail-oriented individual who can cover a broad array of duties while assisting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to become the nation’s premier center to interpret and preserve the Mississippi River’s natural environment and history, inspire a global audience, and create more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

 

Skills/Experience:  Organizational skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Listens well.  Works well under stressful situations.

 

Development Database Internship

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s mission is to explore life of Dubuque, the Mississippi River, and the Rivers of America and their global connections, and to research, interpret, educate and promote the conservation of their historical and natural environment.

The Development intern will assist the Development department with ongoing fundraising activities that meet our mission. The intern will work collaboratively with the Museum & Aquarium staff to update donor and member demographic information which is important for staying connected with those individuals and organizations, research matching gift organizations and opportunities, and work to update our digital donor gift history information as we move closer to our goal of being an even more sustainable/green organization while learning the processes and importance of non-profit development.

Long-term, we view this as a distinct opportunity to advance the Museum & Aquarium’s capability to fundraise and maintain a properly updated database; offer learning opportunities for young professionals; and increase strong collaborative efforts with local organizations and prospective donors.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Gain a working knowledge of our donor and member database system (Blackbaud’s Altru).
  • Maintain a working database of funders and deadlines.
  • Assist in prospect research and cultivation of current and new donors, major gifts, and matching gifts.
  • Research possible sponsors, which fits the organizations vision, mission and ongoing educational activities.
  • Track and report event sponsors in the community.
  • Assist in planning Museum & Aquarium upcoming events – Ice Fest, Mad Scientist Party, 4th of July Ice Cream Social, Ding Darling Days & the Taste of Dubuque & more.
  • All other duties as assigned.

RELATIONSHIPS

This individual will report to the Development Database Coordinator, and will work with Development and Membership Managers on a daily basis. In addition, this position would work with other departments such as Marking and Education as well as other administrative office staff, and volunteers accordingly.

QUALIFICATIONS 

The intern shall possess exceptional organizational skills and be able to work independently as well as with others.  We are looking for an intelligent, detail-oriented individual who can cover a broad array of duties while assisting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to become the nation’s premier center to interpret and preserve the Mississippi River’s natural environment and history, inspire a global audience, and create more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

SKILLS

Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, basic database principles, internet navigation, and social media experience preferred. Must have general operational knowledge of basic office equipment, computers, postage machine, and computer software systems.

APPLICATION

NMRM&A application, resume, and cover letter
Please send materials to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Conservation Programming Internship

Are you interested in getting hands-on, outside of the classroom experience in the environmental field and becoming a member of the next generation of conservation heroes?  

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Understand the role of action-oriented conservation campaigns
  • Participate in networking opportunities with and learn from conservation professionals
  • Facilitate in-situ community based conservation action programming with area conservation partners targeting family audiences. Programming may include but is no limited to:
    • Freshwater Mussel Propagation for Restoration
    • Invasive Species Removal
    • Trash Clean-ups
    • Bottomland Forest Restoration
    • Wildlife Surveys
    • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Assist in the facilitation of Teen Stewardship Team work sessions and in-situ conservation action programming 
  • Explore the elements that go into an aquarium based conservation organization including:
    • Conservation Education
    • Development and Funding
    • Marketing
    • Graphics
    • Public Relations
  • Enhance teamwork, leadership and communication skills.  All of which are integral when working with others towards the goal of saving wildlife and stewarding rivers

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be available for an in person or Zoom interview.
  • Applicant should ideally be available May, 2020 – Aug./Sept., 2020 with variable hours.  General schedule of 10-20 hours per week, worked primarily Monday – Friday, some evenings and weekends required.
  • Collaborate with Museum and Aquarium persons and partners on a culminating project, synthesizing information learned over the entire summer. 
  • Abide by all National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium policies and procedures, including safety protocols.
  • Ablility to tolerate exposure to a variety of outdoor weather extremes such as heat, humidity, and rain in a diversity of local habitats is required.
  • Housing and transportation to and from the aquarium and to the majority of partner sites will be the responsibility of the intern.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at leffler@rivermuseum.com and Jared McGovern a jmcgovern@rivermuseum.com.

Development Intern (Development)

Purpose of the position:

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s mission is to explore life of Dubuque, the Mississippi River, and the Rivers of America and their global connections, and to research, interpret, educate and promote the conservation of their historical and natural environment.

The Development intern will assist the Development Department with ongoing fundraising activities that meet our mission. The intern will work collaboratively with the Museum & Aquarium staff to research new sponsors and identify innovative donor cultivation techniques, while learning the processes and importance of non-profit development.

Long-term, we view this as a distinct opportunity to advance the Museum & Aquarium’s capability to fundraise; offer learning opportunities for young professionals; and increase strong collaborative efforts with local organizations and prospective donors.

Essential Functions:

  • Research possible sponsors, which fits the organizations vision, mission and ongoing educational activities.
  • Track and report event sponsors in the community.
  • Assist in prospect research and cultivation of current and new donors, and major gifts.
  • Maintain a working database of funders and deadlines.
  • Gain a working knowledge of our donor and member database system – Altru.
  • Assist in planning Museum & Aquarium upcoming events – Ice Fest, Mad Scientist Party, 4th of July Ice Cream Social, Ding Darling Days & the Taste of Dubuque & more.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Relationships:

This individual will report to the Development Manager, and will work with Development and Membership Managers on a daily basis. In addition, this position would work with other departments such as Marking and Education as well as other administrative office staff, and volunteers accordingly.

Equipment: (e.g., computer, copy machine, telephone, etc.)

Must have general operational knowledge of basic office equipment, computers, postage machine, and computer software systems.

Qualifications: (e.g., education, training, experience, & skills)

The intern shall possess exceptional organizational skills and be able to work independently.  We are looking for an intelligent, detail-oriented individual who can cover a broad array of duties while assisting the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to become the nation’s premier center to interpret and preserve the Mississippi River’s natural environment and history, inspire a global audience, and create more knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Skills/Experience: Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Development database, internet navigation, and social media experience preferred.

Please send Resume & Cover letter to: Kristen Field at kfield@rivermuseum.com

Exhibits Internship (Exhibits)

This is a 4 – 10 hr. per week during business hours. The assistant will provide support for the Exhibits Department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

We are looking for an intelligent, friendly, detail-orientated, hard-working student who can cover a broad array of duties. They must be able to work successfully as part of a team or alone. The student will assist exhibit personnel in all their duties. This could include:

  • Building and painting walls, cases, and new displays.
  • Maintenance and cleaning of existing displays
  • Restoration work on existing buildings and boats
  • Producing in house signage

Specific skills or educational background helpful but not necessary:

  • Fine Arts/Graphic Arts background
  • Some basic construction skills, i.e. painting, sawing, measuring, etc.

This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position with the possibility of extension.  If interested, please send museum application, cover letter and resume to Kristen Field at kfield@rivermuseum.com.

Living Collections Intern (Living Collections)

The Living Collections Internship will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the general husbandry needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A).  Interns will work with members of the Living Collections Team to complete the daily tasks required to maintain the health and welfare of animals, as well as clean exhibits and back of house areas.

Primary Duties

  • Preparation of food for animal diets and feeding out of diets in efficient manner.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks. Cleaning of the exterior and interior of the enclosures as well as areas around the enclosures (floors, counters under and above enclosures).
  • Exhibit servicing including monitoring the health and well-being of animals, testing for appropriate water parameters and performing water changes as needed, ensuring daily and weekly check sheets are current and maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Provide superb guest service for all visitors.
  • Implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
  • Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Assist Aquarists with any necessary projects and provide alternative coverage as needed.

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a college or university, or have recently graduated from a college or university.
  • Will typically possess a background related to animal husbandry.
  • Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making and problem solving skills to make sound, independent judgments to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Priority will be given for individuals who are able work four days a week (Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday) 7am to 4pm. The minimal requirements are two full 8 hour days. The internship will run 10-12 weeks, starting late September.

Application Requirements

  • NMRM&A Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

 

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