Open Positions

Public Programs Intern Spring 2021

The Public Programs Intern will provide programmatic and educational research and support for the Crocker Art Museum's Education and Public Programs Archive. The Intern will also be challenged to situate this experience within larger discussions around museum publishing, exhibition histories and museum programming archives. This is a remote, unpaid position. The intern will be given optional admission to the Museum during open public hours if previously scheduled in accordance with general protocols.

The intern will be responsible for researching and presenting on the following:

  • Exhibitions and Public Programs that have occurred at the Museum over the last five years, with a particular focus on film, talks and wellness projects.
  • Historical connections, theory and “big picture” ideas about exhibition/public program histories, museum archives, and museum-based publishing.
  • Programs or exhibitions proposals that use/explore/develop/address museum’s exhibition and/or public programming history.

Other duties may include:

  • Outreach and communication with previous program collaborators, presenters, community groups and participants.
  • Participation in internal Education staff meetings.
  • Research and development of ideas and lessons for educational programming, based on best practices and pedagogical excellence.
  • Conduct data entry and other administrative tasks as needed.


  • Gain an inside perspective on general museum operations.
  • Gain an understanding of program planning and facilitation for diverse audiences.
  • Potential credit hours, dependent on school program.
  • Work with a variety of museum staff, including curatorial and education departments.
  • Participate in a mock interview with Museum staff for professional development and experience.

    The intern will be supervised by and work closely with the Adult Education Coordinator. This will include an hours log and frequent informal check-ins. The schedule is a minimum of 5 hours a week. Intern will work with Adult Education Coordinator to modify and schedule hours based on school program requirements, if necessary. The schedule will be documented and agreed upon in writing by the Adult Education Coordinator and Intern after internship is accepted. Intern will be responsible for keeping track of hours. Any missed hours must be made up within one week, unless otherwise agreed upon.


  • Pursuing a BA or advanced degree in Museum Studies, Art, History or related field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and detail-oriented research skills.

    The intern will complete an initial goals assessment which will be reviewed and discussed with the Adult Education Coordinator and the Manager of Public Programs. These goals will be re-visited and assessed midway through the internship, and upon completion. The intern will write a reflective summary of the goals and accomplishments of the internship, as well as feedback for the Crocker.

To Apply: Submit your cover letter and resume to Adult Education Coordinator, Houghton Kinsman, or click "Apply".

Ruth Rippon Curator of Ceramics

DEPARTMENT: Curatorial

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director & Chief Curator


ANNUAL SALARY: $65,000-$90,000 (Depending on Experience)

Crocker Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.


International in scope and diverse in the cultural traditions, the Crocker Art Museum’s ceramic holdings have been enriched by individual gifts and entire collections, which have collectively elevated the Museum into one of the foremost centers for the study and appreciation of the art of clay. The collection started with a 1928 gift of Asian art, mostly Korean ceramics, from Jennie Crocker Fassett, a daughter of the Museum’s founders. The collection has since expanded to include more than 5,000 examples from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, spanning from prehistoric times to the present day. Collection strengths include an extensive collection of 18th-century Meissen porcelain, American Indian pottery from matriarchs to contemporaries, and 20th- and 21st-century studio vessels and sculpture. Ceramic pieces are showcased in dedicated galleries and within the context of the Museum’s galleries broadly.


The Ruth Rippon Curator of Ceramics will be a team-oriented professional able to work collaboratively in a dynamic, forward-thinking institution. The Curator should have a broad knowledge of art history with a specialized knowledge of—and experience with—the art of clay. The Curator will educate and inspire others about ceramics, be able to work with donors to enhance and grow the collection, and be able to further position the Museum as a leader in the art of clay through outreach, exhibitions, and publications.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Curate, manage, and refine the Museum’s extensive ceramics collection.
  • Recommend Museum acquisitions and deaccessions.
  • Monitor collections; make conservation recommendations.
  • Assist visiting professionals and others seeking information regarding the collections.
  • Work with other professionals and museums involved in exhibitions and museum research.
  • Evaluate loan requests.
  • Recommend appropriate exhibitions; plan and organize exhibitions and programs; oversee the installation of exhibitions.
  • Present lectures to professional groups and the general public.
  • Actively represent the Museum in the broader community and at professional meetings and before the media.
  • Write essays for exhibition catalogues, museum publications, professional journals, magazines, and press releases.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Cultivate collectors to encourage loans and gifts.
  • Promote a spirit of collaboration and partnership across the Museum, while serving as a skillful ambassador locally, nationally, and internationally on its behalf.
  • Supervise and train volunteers, interns, and staff as assigned.
  • Prepare and monitor an assigned portion of the curatorial budget.
  • Use all Museum’s resources wisely and endeavor to minimize expenses and maximize revenue.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; sit for long periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.



  • Three or more years of professional experience in the curatorial department of a museum with demonstrated experience working with ceramic collections and ceramics collectors. Equivalent experience teaching college-level curatorial or art-history courses and working with ceramics collections may be considered.


  • A M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) from an accredited college or university with a major in art, art history, design, or museum studies is desired. Evidence of original research and publication in the field of ceramics (preferably contemporary) and/or craft; proven record in attracting significant development support and funding; and proven knowledge of profession museum practices required.

Ability to:

  • Write clearly, concisely, and compellingly through correspondence, labels, and essays for publication.
  • Identify, classify, evaluate, and interpret works of art.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with a wide variety of individuals and donors.
  • Work simultaneously on multiple projects and manage time effectively.
  • Represent the Museum before professional and community groups.
  • Prepare and manage budgets.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Travel when required.

Knowledge of:

  • Western European and American art history from the 15th century to the present.
  • Modern and contemporary American art.
  • Research and connoisseurship practices.
  • Collections management systems.
  • Principles of identifying, classifying, evaluating, handling, and interpreting works of art.
  • Principles of planning, organizing, and installing art exhibitions.


  • Supervise and train volunteers, interns, and staff as assigned.


  • Prepare and monitor an assigned portion of the curatorial budget.
  • Use all Museum’s resources wisely and endeavor to minimize expenses and maximize revenue.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to:

Position is open from September 1, 2020, until filled.


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