Curator of Objects & Exhibits Position

Curator of Objects & Exhibits

Goodhue County Historical Society

1166 Oak Street

Red Wing, MN 55066



Position Type:  Full-time (40 hours per week)

Salary:  Starting at $28,000, but may be higher commensurate with experience.


Position Summary:  Curator of Objects & Exhibits is responsible for coordination of the three dimensional objects collection as well as exhibits of the Goodhue County History Center.  He/She will lead staff members in the acquisition and preservation of the collection of three-dimensional objects donated or purchased by the Goodhue County Historical Society.  He/She will direct the rotation and development of exhibits.


Reports To:  Executive Director


Supervises: Special projects staff, interns and volunteers assigned to this position.


Major Duties:

Object Collection Management

  • Curator of Objects & Exhibits will provide oversight of the three-dimensional collections held by the Goodhue County Historical Society.  All accessions of objects will be properly researched, cataloged, and stored according to professional museum standards.  Curator will maintain proper records to describe each accession’s intrinsic value and establish provenance of each item.
  • Curator works with the Archives and Library Manager to make collaborative decisions and plans for collections storage and management where both two and three-dimensional objects are impacted.
  • Curator partners with historically underserved communities to create equitable relationships to access the collection and expand the scope of collecting areas.
  • Curator will make three-dimensional collection accessible to a wide audience, including online.



  • Curator of Objects & Exhibits will develop and install high quality professional exhibits at the History Center to educate visitors on the history of Goodhue County.  Exhibits will be developed to meet professional museum standards or may be loaned through traveling exhibit programs offered by outside entities.  Curator will develop and manage the exhibit calendar.  He/She will write and implement an interpretive plan based on findings from a two-part visitor panel evaluation.



Programming Assistance

  • Curator of Objects & Exhibits will collaborate with the Education and Outreach Coordinator to assist in planning, development, and delivery of programming and outreach which supports the interpretation of exhibit themes, as well as those related to preservation topics.


Other Duties

  • Curator of Objects & Exhibits may be assigned other duties by the Executive Director to assist with special projects or events as necessary.  Curator will serve as a staff member liaison on the Collections Committee and lead staff member on the Exhibits Committee.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors or higher degree in History or Museum Studies but related fields is acceptable.
  • At least three (3) years of experience working in a non-profit/museum is required. Preference for a candidate having experience with collections and exhibits.
  • Preference for a candidate having experience with collections management software, with proficiency in Past Perfect preferred, as well as writing and implementing interpretive strategies, conducting visitor evaluations and exhibit development, collaborating with diverse communities and non-profit organizations.
  • Experience supervising special projects staff, interns and volunteers.


General Requirements

  • Must be self-motivated and exhibit good time management skills.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team with the ability to initiate and follow through on independent, as well as assigned projects.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Administrative proficiency in PastPerfect (preferred), or similar collections management System.
  • Willingness to work flexible schedules including evenings and weekends as necessary.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds on occasion.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, sit or stand for long periods during exhibit construction and/or presentations.





Required Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references with contact information.


Non-Required Materials:

  • Exhibit texts and installation photos from exhibitions that applicant has created in previous experiences, with notations on exhibit venues and dates.


Application materials must be submitted by:

Email in PDF format to:


All materials must be received by August 31, 2018 by 5:00pm to be considered for this position.


The candidate selected to fill this position will be subject to a background check prior to receiving a formal offer of employment.  The candidate must also pass a drug/alcohol screening prior to beginning employment.


The Goodhue County Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Organizational Information:


The Goodhue County Historical Society is the first and oldest continuously operating Historical Society in Minnesota.  The Society’s History Center at 1166 Oak Street, Red Wing, MN, 55066 is a 28,000 square foot facility situated on park-like bluff lands overlooking historic downtown Red Wing, the boathouse village, and the Mississippi River valley.  The Goodhue County History Center collection encompasses approximately 250,000 artifacts including objects, paper documents, clothing and textiles, and photograph relating to the Goodhue County area.

Leave a Comment


* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *