The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Job Opportunities

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Co-Curator, Vietnam Exhibition (Contract Position)

In service from 1943–1974, the aircraft carrier Intrepid is popularly understood as an artifact of World War II. More than two decades after its return from Japan, Intrepid was again deployed to the Pacific Ocean to wage a different type of war. One of many U.S. Navy aircraft carriers deployed to Vietnam, Intrepid served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1969. In the spring of 2015, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will create a temporary exhibition about the Vietnam War. The exhibition will use the experiences of Intrepid’s crew as a lens for understanding the history of the war with a particular emphasis on the role of the U.S. Navy. Marking the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the exhibition will draw from the Museum’s collections of archives, artifacts, aircraft and oral histories, as well as loan objects from other institutions, to offer a balanced narrative that will give voice to a range of perspectives about the war. The exhibition will use the Museum’s largest artifact – the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark – to convey the day-to-day experiences of the sailors, aviators and marines who served on board the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The Intrepid Museum is seeking a Co-Curator to participate in the creation of an exhibit on the Vietnam War that will open at Intrepid in late spring/summer 2015. This position provides curatorial expertise with an emphasis on Vietnam War era. S/he assists with the research, planning, and implementation of this temporary exhibit. She works closely with internal and external partners including vendors, scholars, former crew members, and the public.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Researching and developing storyline in conjunction with Museum Curators and VP of Exhibits.
  • Identifying artifacts in conjunction with Museum Curators and VP of Exhibits.
  • Writing Panel and label text:
  • Conduct training sessions, along with Museum Curators for Education/Museum Services and other key staff.
  • Will be present at all critical reviews as well as Press Event (dates TBD).
  • Conducting curator talks for Members and Special Guests.
  • Participating in a Curator talk or public program if requested in later April 2015.
  • Performs other duties as required by management.

Candidate must have a Masters degree (MA) in History or equivalent,(Ph.D preferred); and 3 or more years related experience and/or advanced training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of, and interest in, history, with a focus Vietnam War. The candidate must have excellent writing skills with experience writing for family-friendly exhibits. Strong proficiency in Microsoft office including proficiency with word processing, database, and mastery of spreadsheet software is required. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, attention to detail skills and ability to multi task effectively. Sense of humor is highly valued. Ability to work weekends, holidays, and other overtime as necessary.

We offer a competitive salary, and the opportunity to be a part of a very rewarding time in the Museum’s history! For consideration e-mail resume with salary requirements to: Be sure to include the title of the position you are interested in and your salary requirements. NO PHONE CALLS. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.