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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.

IT/AV Technician (Full-Time)

Position Title: IT/AV Technician
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Department: Information Technology
Reports To: Director of IT & AV

The IT/AV Technician assists the Director of IT & AV with all technical needs of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (museum). This position is an individual contributor role and does not supervise staff.

The Experience and Hard Skills requirements listed below are important both for success in this role and in many cases, physical safety. This role will have extensive access to the museum’s digital assets. As such, utmost integrity, may be the most important feature sought in any candidate.

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 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

  • This is a multifaceted role which will provide both hardware and software support for the day-to-day operations of the museum’s information systems, telecom systems, audio-visual systems, and facility security systems.

Experience & Hard Skills

  • General knowledge of home computer systems and home entertainment systems will be a strong indicator of success in this position.
  • Tools are used extensively for exhibit and computer installations. Working knowledge and comfortability with tools at a homeowner level is a must. Theoretical knowledge of direct current cabling tools will be helpful.
  • Prior familiarity with CODEC is preferred. E.g. still images (JPEG, GIF, PNG), audio (MP3, AAC) and video (Cinepak, MPEG-2, H. 264, VP8).
  • Heights up to 25 feet will be experienced often. Either via ladder or SkyJack. Willingness and ability to work at elevation is a must.
  • Must possess or be able to acquire a valid Iowa, Wisconsin, or Illinois driver’s license within 3 months of hire.
  • Must be capable of holding certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be physically capable of extended periods of standing, walking, kneeling, bending, climbing, and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.                                                                                                                     
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be comfortable working in and around water, and in inclement weather conditions.
  • Maintain flexibility in scheduling to assist with occasional projects outside normally scheduled hours.

Soft Skills

  • Working directly with team members, both in-person and remotely, will be common. This role requires a lot of system support which means direct and frequent contact with end users. Candidate must value building good working relationships with others.
  • This position is estimated to be about 50% desk work and about 50% field work on our 13-acre campus. Candidate should expect to be actively out and about on campus at least half the day.
  • Assistance with other duties as assigned: examples include - load in and load out of large summer exhibits, assistance moving sand for aquarium filters, helping move materials and carts for outreach programs, etc.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview;
  • Exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, manufacturing, technology, government, natural resources, education, etc.;
  • Demonstrate respect for committing to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities; and
  • Understanding of Iowa’s unique history, heritage and culture; aptitude and capability to work closely with communities large or small, rural or urban, etc.

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.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your application or resume and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001. Final candidates will be subject to a knowledge assessment, reference and background check.

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.

Educator (Part-Time)

Position Title: Educator
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time; weekends, holidays and evenings as required
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Department: Education
Reports To: Education Manager (as assigned)
Staff Reporting To This Position: N/A

Educators are primarily responsible for the presentation of engaging and inclusive educational programs. On-site and off-site programs highlight connections to the Mississippi River through history, conservation, and STEM topics, utilizing dynamic resources of the NMRMA campus to forge meaningful connections with all audiences. Some of these programs involve the use of live ambassador animals, requiring a degree of comfort around animals. In addition to regular interpretation on the floor, staff will assist with tours, youth camps, overnights, special events, birthday parties, school groups, outreach, and other areas. The specific assignments for each Educator on any given day will vary and are scheduled in advance whenever possible.

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

  • Present and create exceptional and dynamic guest experiences in formal and informal settings.
    • Develop and implement education programs, events, and activities for diverse audiences of all ages, including classes, camps, overnights, volunteer programs, tours, etc.
    • Incorporate small and medium sized live animals, biological specimens, and/or historical artifacts and replicas whenever possible.
    • Perform educational programs that include options such as: arts and crafts, live animals, games, activities, artifacts, props, etc.
  • Perform variable daily roles as assigned, including, but not limited to: Boat Shop, Delta, W.M. Black dredge boat, Wet Lab, Camps, Overnights, Outreach, and Tours.

Additional Duties

  • Follow all protocols, procedures, and uphold the Education Department Code of Conduct.
  • Remain comfortable, competent, and invested in history, conservation, and STEM topics to ensure redundancy and cross-training are in place.
  • 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 animals, plants, and artifacts in institutional collection.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Relevant college course work and/or a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on biology, environmental science, ecology, history, anthropology, education, or a related field is encouraged but not required.
  • Prior exposure to informal learning processes, preferably in an aquarium, zoo, nature center, historic site, or museum setting is beneficial.
  • A personal email account and phone number are required for information exchange.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be comfortable around the water, and indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview;
  • Exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, manufacturing, technology, government, natural resources, education, etc.;
  • Demonstrate respect for committing to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities; and
  • Understanding of Iowa’s unique history, heritage and culture; aptitude and capability to work closely with communities large or small, rural or urban, etc.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your application, resume, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001. Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

 

Overnight Educator (Part-Time)

Position Title: Overnight Educator
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time; weekends, holidays and evenings as required (Shifts will regularly include hours between 7 PM and 9 AM)
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Department: Education
Reports To: Education Manager (as assigned)
Staff Reporting To This Position: N/A

Educators are primarily responsible for the presentation of engaging and inclusive educational programs. On-site and off-site programs highlight connections to the Mississippi River through history, conservation, and STEM topics, utilizing dynamic resources of the NMRMA campus to forge meaningful connections with all audiences. Some of these programs involve the use of live ambassador animals, requiring a degree of comfort around animals. The overnight educator position will be responsible for providing a quality experience for groups spending the night at the Museum during overnight hours. Some number of daytime hours may be available for interested Educators to work during open museum hours as well.

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

  • Facilitate a high-quality overnight experience for Museum visitors including:
    • Lead dynamic informal education experiences.
    • Conduct safety checks throughout the night.
    • Assist with every aspect of a groups stay including meals.
  • Present and create exceptional and dynamic guest experiences in formal and informal settings.
    • Develop and implement education programs, events, and activities for diverse audiences of all ages, including classes, camps, volunteer programs, tours, etc.
    • Incorporate small and medium sized live animals, biological specimens, and/or historical artifacts and replicas whenever possible.
  • Perform variable daily roles as assigned, including, but not limited to: Delta, W.M. Black dredge boat, Wet Lab, Camps, Overnights, Outreach, and Tours.

Additional Duties

  • Follow all protocols, procedures, and uphold the Education Department Code of Conduct.
  • Remain comfortable, competent, and invested in history, conservation, and STEM topics to ensure redundancy and cross-training are in place.
  • 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 animals, plants, and artifacts in institutional collection.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Relevant college course work and/or a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on biology, environmental science, ecology, history, anthropology, education, or a related field is encouraged but not required.
  • Prior exposure to informal learning processes, preferably in an aquarium, zoo, nature center, historic site, or museum setting is beneficial.
  • A personal email account and phone number are required for information exchange.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Must be comfortable around the water, and indoors and outdoors in any weather.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all listed duties with or without accommodation.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview;
  • Exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, manufacturing, technology, government, natural resources, education, etc.;
  • Demonstrate respect for committing to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities; and
  • Understanding of Iowa’s unique history, heritage and culture; aptitude and capability to work closely with communities large or small, rural or urban, etc.

How To Apply

Apply by emailing your application, resume, and references to apply@rivermuseum.com. Apply in person at 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001. Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check.

 

Tour Guide (Part-Time)

Position Title: Museum & Aquarium Tour Guide
Full-time/Part-time: 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 Museum & Aquarium Tour Guide 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. Occasional floor shifts may also be scheduled to interpret various static locations on campus, such as the MakerSpace, William M. Black dredge boat, Stingray Delta touch tank, and other areas, pending interest and training. 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, with a chance for occasional evening and holiday hours. 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 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

  • 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

  • Perform variable daily roles as assigned, including, but not limited to: Boat Shop, Delta, W.M. Black dredge boat, Wet Lab, Camps, Overnights, Outreach, and Tours
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Exposure to various cultures, geographies, nationalities, ethnicities and points of view, appreciating the basis of each person’s worldview;
  • Exposure to various economic sectors in order to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, manufacturing, technology, government, natural resources, education, etc.;
  • Demonstrate respect for committing to local, on-the-ground involvement with people, communities and cultures, with awareness and sensitivity to their economic realities; and
  • Understanding of Iowa’s unique history, heritage and culture; aptitude and capability to work closely with communities large or small, rural or urban, etc.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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