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Posted: 09/11/2017

Silver City Museum

Assistant Curator of History and Exhibitions
professional Opportunity
Silver City, NM

The Silver City Museum seeks a Assistant Curator of History and Exhibitions. This person will be responsible for interpreting the Museumís collection of historical photographs and artifacts.

Candidates for this position:

  • Must be knowledgeable and passionate about local southwest New Mexico history and material culture.
  • Demonstrate strong interest in utilizing artifacts to tell stories and dedication to inclusion of all cultures and eras.
  • Must have exemplary writing and communication skills. This person will be very familiar with approaches to local history and adhere to rigorous standards of scholarship.
  • Plans exhibition schedule with Museum Director, staff, and exhibitions committee. Works with Director to design the themes and 3-D layouts of exhibitions. Suggests and selects artifacts to be put on display. Works with staff and oversees volunteers to install and de-install exhibitions.
  • Conducts research on collections artifacts and for exhibitions. Writes exhibition text including panel text and labels. Writes press releases and related materials in support of exhibitions and programs.
  • Responsible for interpretation of the collection, exhibitions, and the Ailman house.
  • Participates in training volunteer greeters on interpretation.
  • Collaborates in designing adult programming, such as speaker series, to accompany exhibitions and enhance knowledge of the Museumís collection and of local history.
  • Makes recommendations on offered gifts and other accessions.
  • Participates in grant writing.

Collections strengths at the Silver City Museum are historical photographs and textiles (costume). The scope of our Collections spans the entire period of human habitation in southwest New Mexico. The Museumís most significant artifact is the 1881 H.B. Ailman House, which is on the National Historic Registry.


  • Masters degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or closely related field.
  • Two years or more working in a museum. Some experience working on exhibitions and/or with collections.
  • Must be familiar with best practices in the field and proactively keep up with innovations.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, writing, proofreading and analytical skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work alone and to work as part of a team with the Museum Director, Registrar and Collections Manager, Museum Educator, Volunteer Coordinator, and volunteers.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
  • Must have or obtain a NM drivers license

Preferred skills:

  • Familiarity with southwest American history. Knowledge of historic preservation.
  • Experience in artifact handling, Experience with and knowledge of photographs, textiles, and a wide range of historical and archaeological materials.
  • Facility with PastPerfect software or significant experience with other museum database programs and ability to quickly learn PastPerfect. Facility with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe. Acrobat and Bridge. At least basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Ability to layout labels in design software a plus.
  • Ability to do some hands on preparation, such as mounting labels an asset.
  • Spanish language ability preferred.


The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the region's unique history.

Our Museum:

The Silver City Museum, opened in 1967, is a department of the Town of Silver City that appreciates the efforts of residents, visitors and sponsors that help the museum in many ways. Housed in the restored 1881 Mansard/Italianate H.B. Ailman House, the museum collection resource materials include some 55,000 objects relating to the peoples and history of southwest New Mexico. Also, in support of the museum, the Mayor of Silver City appoints a 12 member advisory board devoted to the promotion, maintenance and development of the Silver City Museum.

Silver City:

A vibrant, diverse community with a historic downtown arts district and close proximity to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Wilderness, Silver City is located in southwestern New Mexico but offers a mild climate because of its high elevation.

Formerly the site of an Apache encampment, Silver City was founded as a mining town in 1870 and went on to become a colorful wild west town. Spanish soldiers were first introduced to mines in the area by Native Americans around 1799. Today, the population of Silver City is about 52% Hispanic. Mining continues to be a major industry for the area along with tourism, retirement, ranching, and trade. Silver City is also home to Western New Mexico University.

The Town of Silver City provides a generous benefits package and pension plan.

Hiring decisions are contingent upon the results of a physical examination, including alcohol/drug screening, driving history, and background check.

Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/D/Veterans Preference.

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until filled

How to apply
Best consideration will be given to applications submitted by October 16, 2017. Position will be open until filled. Please visit the Town of Silver City Personnel Department Page to download the Town Employment Application Form. To apply send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and completed Town Application Form to Celia Dominguez, Personnel Officer. By mail P.O. Box 1188, Silver City, NM 88062, email personnelofficer@silvercitynm.gov, or fax (575) 534-6377.
Celia Dominguez

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