Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.

Currently Hiring:

Curatorial Associate | Bistro Server  |  Teaching Artists

Curatorial Associate

Position Overview:

This position is regular, part-time with some potential for variable hours. This position reports to the full-time Curatorial Associate & Volunteer Coordinator, and works directly with other staff and volunteers to succeed in efforts related to: 1) opening and closing the art museum, 2) galleries supervision, 3) interpretation of exhibitions including tours, 4) special events and programs, and, 5) special projects including computer and database work.

Although this position may work with various staff and volunteers, primary daily coordination is with Curatorial, Education, Facilities, and Events staff and volunteers.

This position works primarily to achieve exhibitions, customer service, curatorial computer projects, and special events and program goals while promoting the mission of the organization – based largely on the art and craft of our region and our time.

Curatorial Associates may work in the museum at-large or may be assigned to specific areas, galleries, exhibitions or projects depending on the needs of BIMA.  For example, during “down times” in the galleries this position will be assigned to help with fundraisers such as the Auction, Pop-Up sales, community events and/or installation crew help depending on abilities.


Primary Job Duties:

Opening and Closing the Art Museum:

This position opens and closes the art museum daily, based on the procedures and daily schedule of BIMA. This includes handling the alarm system, locking/unlocking various doors, turning on lights, activating exhibits and window shades, and reporting any unusual circumstances per reporting procedures.

Galleries Supervision:

  • Plays a primary role in supervising art galleries and all public spaces in the art museum.
  • Coordinates museum Docents to ensure adequate supervision throughout designated areas of the building, including the front desk and first and second floor galleries, and other public spaces.
  • Monitors and records humidity and temperature readings in the Feferman and Sherry Grover Galleries, and reports per procedures.
  • Assists with the tidy, consistent and professional layout of the galleries, including visitor information, gallery binders, racks cards, books, tables, computers, etc. – and spot housekeeping duties as required (such as glass cleaning, sweeping, dusting) in the interim between the housekeeping services and other staff efforts). Maintains the rotating video programs in the Auditorium, Sherry Grover Gallery, and other spaces as required.
  • Checks on daily installation and security needs, gallery lighting, Beacon gallery shades, and other items as needed to keep the galleries in order.
  • Reports at-risk or unusual situations immediately to other paid staff per the Administrative Coverage policy or other policies. This includes theft or damage to artwork or the building, unsafe situations, changes to the integrity of art installations, personal injury or perceived medical situations.  Assists with Incident Reports per policies.

Interpretation of Exhibitions and Providing Tours:

  • Studies information on artists and exhibitions in preparation for staffing the galleries.
  • Provides information and interpretation to museum visitors about BIMA’s art exhibitions, artists, Permanent Art Collection, and mission, history, and building/architecture and sustainability features. Provides referral information to visitors for follow-up on various subjects.
  • Leads or assists with formal and informal/ad-hoc tours and presentations, and assists BIMA departments with group tours, field trips, special luncheon groups, and other planned activities related to museum visitors.
  • Provides detailed information on various pieces of art or artists – examples include showing artists books in detail, opening/closing various artworks to be enjoyed further by visitors.
  • Attends related exhibitions programs and other trainings and meetings as mutually feasible per schedules and budgets.

Special Events and Programs:

Throughout the year, BIMA offers a variety of special events and programs which may take place in or outside of normal work hours (10 am – 6 pm).  Curatorial Associates participate in assisting with various museum-related events which utilize gallery spaces, and in addition to their normal duties help with aspects of events such as marketing and coordinating programs, hosting programs and events, leading group tours, set-up, clean-up, shopping/errands, site supervision, bartending if MAST certified, etc.

Special Projects Including Computer and Database Work:

The Curatorial Department requires computer skills to assist with emails, preparing and editing signs and panels, entering in various databases, and assisting with computer research, files, and special projects.

Other Duties:

  • Serves as a day-to-day ambassador for the Art Museum.
  • Assists other BIMA staff and volunteers with other museum projects and tasks during slow periods or when other adequate gallery coverage is available. These may be gallery-specific or related to other museum departments.
  • Assists in the daily coordination or implementation of related duties, which could include outside errands or other duties on behalf of BIMA.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2 years minimum experience preferred in arts-related organizations, in particular with customer service, visitor education, exhibitions maintenance and installations, special events, and computer projects.
  • High school degree.
  • Strong background in staff and volunteer teamwork.
  • Demonstrated skills and success in customer service, and non-profit mission-related initiatives.
  • Interest in the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region.

Other Qualifications:

  • Ability to engage visitors in active and meaningful art interpretation and conversations.
  • Team leader skills, especially working with volunteer Docents, interns, students, etc.
  • Ability to represent BIMA during unanticipated and sometimes stressful situations related to working with the public and other constituents.
  • Experience with related computer programs, inventory systems, and related files systems.
  • Ability to work flexible and variable hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Strong team player with excellent listening skills, and ability to consider the ideas of others.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and complicated environment, including setting priorities, managing projects, and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and organize effectively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including computer skills.
  • Current Washington State Driver’s License, with ability to provide own transportation and travel as required.
  • Fluency in the English language.

Hours: Two days per week

Compensation: DOE

Deadline: September 1, 2019

How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to kim@biartmuseum.org. In your letter, tell us how you meet or exceed the minimum requirements and why you should be a part of our team. 

Bistro Server

The BIMA Bistro is looking for a multi-talented individual to join our team. Do you enjoy preparing food as much as you love interacting with customers? The server position is ideal for hard-working, creative, flexible multi-taskers who do everything from assisting customers to serving drinks and our made-from-scratch recipes. You should be fast while consistent and detail-oriented, friendly and knowledgeable when acting as cashier, caring and considerate as part of a small team.


  • Previous kitchen experience
  • Great customer service experience
  • Current food handler’s card and class 12 mixologist permit (may be obtained at time of hire)
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Neat and organized; show positive attitude even during a busy rush
  • Demonstrate initiative and require little supervision

Job Type: Approximately 20 hours/week (including a Saturday or Sunday), with opportunities to pick up extra hours covering for staff on vacation/ill or for special events. Preference will be given to those candidates with some flexibility in their schedules to pick up extra shifts.

Compensation: Hourly rate & free shift meal.

Deadline: Ongoing

How to Apply: Please email your resume to stephanie@biartmuseum.org. In your email, tell us how you meet or exceed the minimum requirements and why you should be a part of our team.


2019 Teaching Artists

BIMA is building a roster of part-time teaching artists for 2018/2019. Do you have experience facilitating visual arts or integrated arts projects in classrooms or museum settings? Do you have a flexible schedule that would allow you to develop quality programs and deliver them to a range of grades within Kitsap and Jefferson counties? This roster may be for you.

BIMA strives to offer equitable access to excellent arts education in partnership with public schools through our ArtsGrowth Initiative, which supports in-school projects through our Field Trip and ArtPartners Programs.

We are seeking candidates that are exceptional creative role models with strong youth development skills and a commitment to social justice. BIMA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity. Teaching artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Ongoing

How to apply: Please email the below information and materials requested to kristin@biartmuseum.org and include “TEACHING ARTIST APPLICATION” in the subject line.

Include the following information in your email:

  • Name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • URL (website)
  • Mediums you teach
  • Communities you have worked in

Attach the following to your email:

  • Teaching resume
  • Personal teaching artist mission statement
  • 3-5 images of your work and/or student work
  • Sample curriculum or lesson plan
  • References who can speak to your teaching artistry