Jobs & Internships
Thank you for your interest in joining the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s staff!
The Museum has an extensive and world-class maritime art collection, featuring 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters such as Willem van de Velde and Bonaventura Peeters, 18th century British artists Edward Cooke and Robert Salmon to noted modern day artists John Stobart, David Thimgan and Thomas Hoyne. Ship models trace more that 3000 years of maritime history, from ancient Egyptian reed boats and tomols used by local Chumash to modern day car carriers. The Museum houses one of the largest collections of antique Prisoner of War sailing ship models on display in the United States. These models, including eight rare bone models, were made by French prisoners of the British during the Napoleonic Wars. In addition, the Museum exhibits the entire life’s work of Ed Marple, one of America’s foremost ship model builders. Other exhibits on whaling, sailor’s arts, navigational instruments and the history of the Channel Islands Harbor and The Port of Hueneme round out the permanent collection. Special topical and featured guest artist exhibitions are presented on an ongoing basis.
Working at the Museum
The Museum is located in the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, CA. All Museum staff members collaborate and work as a team to protect, conserve and interpret the art collection and to ensure that every Museum guest has a memorable, informative and enjoyable experience. The Museum seeks applicants who have an interest in the maritime arts or the museum field and are ready to join a dynamic team.
How to apply
Current career opportunities are posted below. Please click on a position to see a detailed description and how to apply. Upon receipt of your résumé you will be contacted if your education and/or work experience is appropriate for the requirements of the position. Please note that the Museum does not accept general résumé submissions. Only résumés submitted for posted positions will be reviewed.
There are currently no open opportunities available
The Maritime Museum offers internships for high school, college and university students, graduate students, and emerging professionals interested in museum careers. The goal of an internship is to provide practical experience as well as a general understanding of the role of an individual department within a larger museum setting. Academic internships are by semester, summer or full year. For general internship queries, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the departments in which you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department. The Museum provides a flexible work schedule to accommodate academic and work commitments. Academic credit can be arranged. Applicants must be willing to commit to 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. For more information, please email Heather Behrens at email@example.com.
marketing & communications internship
CIMM seeks a creative, energetic Marketing and Communications intern who is passionate about the arts and eager to gain real world experience working in public relations at a cultural institution.
The Marketing and Communications Intern will assist with all aspects of promoting the Museum, including audience development, media research, campaign design, social media marketing, digital advertising, event planning, media tracking, data reporting and analysis, and some administrative tasks. The ideal candidate is creative, energetic, detail- oriented, passionate about the arts, and eager to gain real world experience. Responsibilities will include research and other tasks, and the opportunity to complete one to three special projects designed to enhance a professional portfolio.
Registrar & Collection Information Internship
The Collections Manager creates and maintains the official records for all of the objects in the CIMM collection or on loan to the museum. The internship program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about projects related to documenting the permanent collection, inventorying and cataloguing objects, incoming and outgoing loans, exhibitions, database management, and special projects. Interns will be exposed to all phases of registration and receive additional assignments focusing on archiving and museum ethics. This internship is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students from the following majors: museum studies, art history, art, anthropology, archaeology, history, and maritime history.
education program internship
This internship will focus on museum education in an art and maritime related topics. The intern will be working primarily with the Museum’s educators on a variety of projects related to the Museum’s education programs. The intern will experience all aspects of museum education including: teaching from the object, working with a variety of age groups, developing and conducting classes at the Museum. Specific duties include: preparing materials for classes; interacting with visitors and groups through educational and instructional activities and tours; and developing curriculum and educational programs for various exhibitions. Experience in the following areas is preferred: museum education experience; experience supervising children; good written communication skills; knowledge of educational theory and practice; computer skills, word-processing; and basic office skills.