A National Medal winner, the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) has been celebrating the Colorado Plateau’s natural and cultural heritage since 1928. Our 200-acre research campus includes a Museum showcasing the geology, anthropology, and art of the region as well as state-of-the-art research and collections facilities. MNA’s renowned and award-winning Heritage Festivals of Arts & Culture (Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Celebraciones) draw thousands of national and international visitors. The Museum works in collaboration with native peoples of the region to protect and foster their cultures, traditions, and beliefs by encouraging artistic expression and supporting, empowering, and educating visitors about their art and culture.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is an exciting and dynamic place to work. Please click on the postings below to become a part of an award-winning, nationally recognized institution.

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Staff Openings

Springs Stewardship Institute Research Intern

Department: Ecology and Conservation
Status: Part-time temporary, hourly, project-specific
Supervisor: Andrea Hazelton

Position Description: SSI seeks to hire an intern for the spring and summer (February through September 2020) to support completion of a project funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Safford Office. Primary tasks will include data entry, field work, and assisting with the planning and implementation of a 2-day field school for BLM staff and collaborators. The position will be based out of the Colton Research Center on the Museum of Northern Arizona campus, with several multi-day camping trips to conduct springs surveys throughout Arizona.

Collections Intern

Department: Collections
Supervisor: Registrar and Anthropology Collections Manager

Position Description: Summer internship to assist Registrar and Anthropology Collections Manager with the appropriate documentation and processing of objects in the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Collections. Focus will be working with archaeology, ethnology, and fine arts holdings. This 10-12 week internship offers students an opportunity to gain experience photographing, documenting, marking, rehousing, and packing objects. In addition, the intern will assist the Registrar and Collections Director with development and rotation of an off-site exhibition space of ethnographic pottery.

Paleontology Collections Intern

Department: Collections
Supervisor: Natural Science Collections Manager

Position Description: Summer internship to assist with the completion of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant that supports collection upgrades in the Museum of Northern Arizona’s (MNA) paleontology collection. The collection contains fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, microfossils, and ichnites. This 10-12 week internship offers candidates an opportunity to gain collection management and preparation experience.

Archives Intern

Department: Collections
Status: Non-Exempt, temporary, hourly
Supervisor: Archivist

Position Description: Summer archives internship focusing on tasks and procedural development relating to the organization, documentation, and preservation of Museum of Northern Arizona institutional records and all media contained. This internship will provide experience working with records created by a unique natural science, cultural, and fine arts organization focused on research, education, and exhibitions

Public Programs / Heritage Program Intern

Department: Public Programs
Status: Non-exempt, Regular, Part-time, Un-paid
Supervisor: Amelia George - Public Programs Manager

Position Description: The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) Public Programs department seeks two enthusiastic, motivated, and organized individuals to work in an enriching environment. This unpaid internship is open to students seeking experience in culture-based festival program coordination and administration. Responsible for assisting the Public Programs Manager and Assistant Manager with developing and executing all programs to take place during the 2020 Summer season including: Thirsty Thursdays; the Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo Festivals of Arts & Culture, Navajo Rug Auction, and various exhibition and educational programs.

Administrative Assistant for Ecology

Department: Ecology and Conservation
Status: Non-exempt, Part-time, hourly, Temporary, Project-Specific
Supervisor: Jeri Ledbetter - Springs Stewardship Institute Program Manager

Background:  The Ecology and Conservation research department conducts research on the ecosystems, flora, and fauna of the Colorado Plateau. The Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI) is a global initiative of the Museum of Northern Arizona.  SSI was established to improve our understanding of springs ecology, to educate the public and resource managers about the importance of springs stewardship, and to partner with other organizations, agencies, tribes, and researchers who are working to protect these important and highly threatened ecosystems.

Position Description: 

This position requires a hard-working, motivated individual with: excellent computer and organizational skills; experience with bookkeeping and information management; and an interest in resource management, ecosystem ecology, and biological sciences for an administrative assistant position.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about natural resources, and comfortable working both with others as well as independently.  The position is primarily office-based, but may occasionally involve fieldwork, some of it rigorous. This employee should be able to work independently, but readily seek guidance and look forward to learning new skills.

Discovery Summer Camp Lead Educator

Department: Education
Status: Temporary, non-exempt, part-time
Supervisor: Discovery Manager
Dates: 1-5 weeks between June 8- July 31, 202

Position Description:
The Discovery Summer Camp Lead Educator is responsible for developing the class curriculum design, submitting a class supply list to the Discovery Manager, and is responsible for teaching their assigned program. Curriculum must include art and science instruction, field trips and numerous hands-on activities for children ages 5-12.