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Join Our Team

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  
Link to Iowa Child Labor Permit for those under age 16

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

Aquarist Aide

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an outgrowth of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which also operates the Mathias Ham Historic Site, is home to the National Rivers Hall of Fame, and supports a national outreach program called RiverWorks Discovery.

The Living Collections Department oversees all animal care, aquarium, animal conservation, and animal welfare at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.  Aquarist Aides support the Aquarists in the Living Collections Department by working on a variety of assignments and projects directly related to providing top notch animal care.  

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its properties, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site, are committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion. We continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where our staff and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external.
 

Primary duties

  • Provide daily cleaning and care of assigned exhibits and life support systems.
  • Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current.
  • Feed animals according to established feed schedule, recommend changes as necessary.
  • Make daily observations of animals for health assessment and report suspected incidence of disease immediately to the management; collaborate on appropriate therapy.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Participate in the construction and care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Provide alternate coverage for other Aquarists as assigned.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
  • Study reference materials about animals in assigned areas.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Will typically possess a background related to living organisms.
  • 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 Primary Duties with or without accommodation.
  • A High School Diploma is required.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • SCUBA certification is helpful.
  • 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 skills to make sound, independent judgments.
  • Must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.

How to apply

To learn more, visit www.rivermuseum.com/apply.  Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com or by delivering them in person to 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, IA 52001 July 15th, 2022.

Research suggests that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that any applicant is able to meet all of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if you are drawn to this position and feel your strengths would be an asset to the organization, we highly encourage you to apply.

Director of Development (Full-Time)

Department: Development
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt                
Reports to: 
President & CEO
Staff reporting to this position:
Sr. Manager Development, Development interns
Location: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an outgrowth of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which also operates the Mathias Ham Historic Site, is home to the National Rivers Hall of Fame, and supports a national outreach program called RiverWorks Discovery.

The Director of Development is responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and annual gifts, event/exhibit sponsorship, and membership/corporate membership. The Director will establish and manage our portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation prospects in the Greater Tri-State area and beyond, with a focus on securing high-level annual fund gifts, exhibition sponsorship and support for public programs, special projects, and events.

This is a full time, permanent position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include vacation time, sick time, paid holidays, medical, dental, flex plan, and 403b retirement plan.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its properties, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site, are committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion (DEAI). We continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where our staff and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external.

Primary duties - Fundraising and Donor Communications

  • Support and partner with the CEO and Board Members on all major fundraising initiatives.
  • Work with the Board of Directors, including the Board Development committee, on development related projects.
  • Work closely with Grant Manager on the writing, submission, and implementation of grants.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor progress toward short- and long-term fundraising strategy and goals that aim to increase the number of donors, gifts, and gift size while maximizing retention.
  • Direct all aspects of fundraising with an annual fundraising goal of $2.5MM-3MM.
  • Identify, cultivate, and successfully solicit major gifts from a diverse group of individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ensure timely, high-quality and appropriate stewardship of donors at all gift levels.
  • Be a passionate, visible, and informed advocate for NMRMA and serve as one of its key spokespersons, actively seeking opportunities to engage with the broader community and to participate in events that position the Museum for improved fundraising or visibility
  • Maintain oversight of all fundraising and stewardship activities and events including major giving, appreciation events, cultivation events, membership drives, Great Give Day, and the annual Captain’s Ball fundraising event.
  • Coordinate and direct mail appeals, annual appeal, sponsorship appeals and annual fundraising gala.
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of development efforts.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.
  • Collaborate with curators and other museum staff to identify and develop solicitation and stewardship strategies for prospective donors.

Leadership

Additional duties

  • Collaborate with VP Finance and Operations to develop and implement financial strategy and performance goals for Development.
  • Attend special events, exhibition openings, public programs and NMRMA programs to engage with local constituents and support relationship development.
  • Actively participate in city, county and regional meetings and associations.
  • Oversee and research funding sources and trends.
  • Supervise/mentor the development team.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Prefer five or more years’ experience successfully leading a significant multi-million-dollar development program.
  • Experience in a nonprofit organization, cultural or educational institution, or equivalent preferred, with a working knowledge of all areas within development, including major gifts, annual giving, membership, corporate and foundation giving, planned-giving, campaigns and research. Experience with arts-related organizations a plus.
  • Strong skills with Blackbaud or similar prospect database, MS Office suite, project management software, and similar apps and programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and mature judgement in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Keen and consistent attention to detail.
  • Solid relationship-building skills and the ability to interface with museum donors and members professionally and effectively, trustees, volunteers, and colleagues throughout the organization.
  • The ambition to succeed as a front-line fundraiser and a genuine appetite for closing gifts and thoughtfully developing donor/prospect relationships.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on new responsibilities as the museum’s fundraising program evolves.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be able to perform any physical demands of job duties, either with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com or by delivering them in person to 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, IA 52001 by June 24, 2022.

Guest Associate (Part-Time)

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is an outgrowth of the Dubuque County Historical Society, which also operates the Mathias Ham Historic Site, is home to the National Rivers Hall of Fame, and supports a national outreach program called RiverWorks Discovery.

Make guests’ experience special by being a friendly face of the Museum & Aquarium team. Guest Associates are scheduled in the organization’s box offices, retail stores, and 3D/4D Theater. An ideal candidate is someone with exceptional service skills, feels comfortable interacting with guests, delivers accurate information to guests, works well on a team, and positively portrays the organization. This position offers a flexible work schedule and may require some weekend and holiday hours (no evenings after 5 p.m. required).

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its properties, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site, are committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion. We continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where our staff and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external.

Primary duties

  • Work at a variety of points-of-sale locations (including the box offices, stores, and theater) to assist guests in making purchases and answering questions
  • Strive to create a positive guest experience for all visitors to the Museum & Aquarium
  • Be familiar with Museum & Aquarium exhibits, experiences, and operations

Qualifications

  • Highly qualified candidates will have previous experience in customer service and/or cash handling.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be able to perform any physical demands of job duties, either with or without reasonable accommodation. These demands may include periods of standing, reaching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting, or moving objects 25 lbs. or less.
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

How to apply

To learn more, visit www.rivermuseum.com/apply.  Apply by emailing your application or resume, cover letter, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com or by delivering them in person to 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, IA.

Research suggests that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that any applicant is able to meet all of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if you are drawn to this position and feel your strengths would be an asset to the organization, we highly encourage you to apply.

Housekeeper (Part-Time)

Position Title: Housekeeper  
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time (20-30 hours)
Department: Housekeeping and Facilities
Reports To: Lead Housekeeper & Facilities Director

The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) are seeking a customer-oriented and friendly part-time housekeeper to create a clean and orderly environment for our guests and staff.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion. We will continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where our staff and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values will guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external.

Primary Duties

  • Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, and polishing
  • Assist in all aspects of buildings and grounds cleaning and sanitizing
  • Ensure that all properties are clean, safe, and well-maintained
  • Present the museum positively by maintaining a clean and presentable appearance

Additional Requirements

  • Position requires the ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, to stoop, kneel, bend, climb, lift, and carry.
  • Position requires working occasionally on weekends
  • 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
  • Ability to work with little supervision and maintain a high level of performance

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.

If you are interested in joining our team, please complete an application or pick up one at our box office. Applications can be emailed to apply@rivermuseum.com, mailed, or dropped off in person to National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Attn: Human Resources, 350 East 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 kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

volunteer APPLICATIOn - fillable PDF

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.

Conservation

Conservation volunteers work alongside our Curator of Conservation Programs on daily, weekly, and monthly projects in the community, including habitat restoration, campus habitat care, greenhouse tending, mussel survey work, prairie, forest, and woodland restoration days, river cleanups, seed harvesting, and more. Those interested will be scheduled and contacted about opportunities as they arise. 

Curatorial

Volunteers will provide support for the Curatorial Services (historical collections) department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium/Dubuque County Historical Society.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assists collections management staff with object handling, documentation, exhibit installation/deinstallation.
  • Verifies, updates, or catalogs information on collection items in the database.
  • Correlates items with the correct paper and database files.  
  • Digitally photographs or scans each item and adds images to the database.
  • Researches items in the collection.
  • Assists with proper storage and housing of collection items.

Applicants should possess:

  • Ability to work as part of a team and follow specific directions.
  • Strong computer skills, such as experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.

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.

Special Events

Special events volunteers assist with the Museum & Aquarium's events throughout the year, ranging from small to large scale. Typical tasks may include set up and tear down, helping facilitate crafts, games, and experiments, food preparation, ticketing, historical demonstrations, dressing up in character, and more. Those interested will be contacted about opportunities as they arise. 

Stingray Touch Tank

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.

Wet 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 kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Deadlines for submission are as follows:

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

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

Internship Application (fillable PDF)

Banquets Intern (Banquets)

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.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Communications Intern (Marketing/Communications)

The communications intern will work directly with communications staff from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to curate, create, proof, pitch, and monitor communications on behalf of the organization. This includes written communications for use in press releases, radio ads, print pieces, and e-newsletters as well as on the organization’s website and social media channels.

In a typical internship, you may:

  • Write press release for an upcoming exhibit, event, or program and modify that content for use across other mediums, including website and social media
  • Interview staff or volunteers to create a human interest article or story
  • Write, edit or add content to the organization’s website
  • Write, edit and possibly record radio ads for the organization
  • Work with staff to determine key messages
  • Work within predetermined parameters and timelines to achieve high quality results
  • Take and channel constructive feedback during the editing and revision process to improve your knowledge-base and skillset

Successful interns will possess:

  • An interest in the museum, zoo/aquarium, tourism field.
  • A strong desire to learn and take constructive feedback.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong proofreading and editing abilities
  • Ability to sort and process key information and messages
  • Working towards a degree in marketing, communications or a related field

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Curatorial Intern (Curatorial)

Intern will provide support for the Curatorial Services (historical collections) department at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium/Dubuque County Historical Society. This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Assists collections management staff with object handling, documentation, exhibit installation/deinstallation.
  • Verifies, updates, or catalogs information on collection items in the database.
  • Correlates items with the correct paper and database files.  
  • Digitally photographs or scans each item and adds images to the database.
  • Researches items in the collection.
  • Assists with proper storage and housing of collection items.

Applicants should possess:

  • Ability to work as part of a team and follow specific directions.
  • Excellent computer skills, such as experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Education or interest in history, anthropology, research, museums, archives, or related fields, and willingness to learn about proper museum techniques.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Development Database Internship (Development)

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
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@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.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@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.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Graphic Design Intern (Marketing/Communications)

The graphic design marketing intern will work directly with marketing staff from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to conceptualize and design creative for a variety of projects and marketing channels. This position requires strict adherence to organizational brand standards and brand guidelines, while offering an opportunity to gain experience in a highly collaborate, creative, and mission-based environment.

In a typical internship, you will be expected to:

  • Assist in conceptualization of creative for promotion of current or upcoming River Museum or Ham Site exhibits for use across a wide range of marketing mediums
    • Design mediums that may be part of the internship include billboard, print ads, social media, website, digital ads, on-site signage and print pieces
  • Design promotional items for programming and events at both the River Museum and Ham Site.
  • Gain diverse experience in creating pieces for different purposes, for use on different platforms, and targeted to different audiences
  • Work within predetermined parameters and timelines to achieve high quality results
  • Take and channel constructive feedback during the editing and revision process to improve your knowledge-base and skillset
  • Should skill and background allow, the intern will have an opportunity incorporate photography into the internship

Successful interns will possess:

  • A knowledge of and love for graphic design
  • Strong visual, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong proofreading and editing abilities as well as an eye for details
  • Skills in time management while managing multiple projects
  • Strong knowledge in and demonstrated use of the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and Photoshop
  • Working towards a degree in graphic design, art, marketing, or a related field

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@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.

Please note before applying:

  • We will require a minimum 12 hours of work per week. (One 8-hour day and an additional 4-hour day)

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.

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

Marketing Analyst Intern (Marketing/Communications)

The marketing analyst intern will work directly with marketing, sales, and memberships to assist in development of sales and marketing strategies through data collection, compilation, and analysis. This position will create and monitor various reports, documenting historical performance and opportunities for growth. Information compiled will be used to provide recommendations for sales or execution strategies.

In a typical internship, you may:

  • Compile data from multiple sources, including databases, google analytics, social media, among others
  • Create charts, graphs, pivot tables, and/or forecasting models based on information collected
  • Develop reports and report back to marketing, sales, and membership staff information related to findings
  • Assist marketing and sales departments in creation of data-driven sales strategies
  • Research industry trends for comparison purposes and create a SWOT analysis of relevant data compared to industry averages  

Successful interns will possess:

  • An interest in the museum, zoo/aquarium, tourism field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in Microsoft Excel (i.e. ability to create charts, graphs, pivot tables, advanced formulas, statistical tools, pivot tables, etc.)
  • Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to visually represent data succinctly and understandably
  • Interest in business analysis and working with statistics and data
  • An ability to work with a high level of autonomy, initiative, and drive
  • Standing as a sophomore, junior or senior
  • Working towards a degree in business management, accounting, marketing, statistics, data analytics, mathematics, or related field

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

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

APPLICATION
Please send application, resume, and cover letter to Kristen Leffler at kleffler@rivermuseum.com.

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