Employment & Internships


 Position  Date Posted                    

Teacher-in-Residence (Summer 2019)

Updated 2/12/2019
Reports To: Director of Education & Special Projects

Through: Coordinator of School and Family Programs

Status: Contract

Department: Education

Compensation: Eligible to receive a stipend of $25/hour (up to 100 hours)

Dates: Summer 2019



The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum seeks to contract one or more classroom teachers for its Teacher-in-Residence Program, an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the Museum and to create new resources for use by other teachers. Teachers create programming, interpretive materials, and program content that make the Museum’s collections and temporary exhibitions accessible and enjoyable, especially for preK-12 students. The Teacher-in-Residence Program offers classroom educators a unique opportunity to use primary sources, art, and artifacts to excite their students with curriculum-connections about the American West in ways that standard textbooks could never replicate.


Essential duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Engage in current thinking about object-oriented and place-based inquiry
  • Explore the Museum’s collections on view in the galleries, online, and in the Museum’s extensive archives and library
  • Develop at least one unit based on primary sources to be used in their classroom or school
  • Assist with one on-going Museum project during their residency
  • Increase their understanding of museums as places for project-based student activities
  • The emphasis is to link the Museum with teachers from schools with underserved student populations in urban and rural school districts. Educators will spend most of their time engaging with the Museum’s collections and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms and in the Museum with students. When the teachers return to their schools in the fall, they spend part of their classroom time presenting their projects to their own students, and to a wider education audience.
  • Incorporate knowledge of best teaching practices; project-based work; developmental, cognitive, and social skills; learning theories; educational evaluation; and 21st-century learning skills into program offerings with and for teachers and students


  • Knowledge of learning theories and Oklahoma State content standards
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with in-house teams and external groups
  • Ability to conduct art, historical, and visitor research
  • Ability to communicate effectively in group and individual situations as well as in written form; strong public speaking skills.
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to work on multiple, detailed projects simultaneously.
  • Computer literate (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, social media)
  • Degree in Education and/or related field and at least two years of experience as a classroom teacher
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Outgoing personality with strong interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Teacher certification and/or bilingual (English/Spanish) skills are a plus



The Teacher in Residence Program is destined to become a major vehicle to reach and serve teachers, and to increase the Museum’s offerings by partnering with teachers rather than programming for teachers to fulfill our shared educative mission.

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Please submit a cover letter, application, and required references to Manager of Human Resources, at hr@nationalcowboymuseum.org. No phone calls, please. Hiring decisions are contingent upon the results of a background check.





Updated 2/12/2019

Rights and Reproductions and Digital Archiving Intern – Unpaid

Reports To: Director of DRC and Curator

Department: Curatorial/Archival

Compensation: Unpaid Internship

Dates: Available for a four month term; Term and hours are flexible

Hours: 10-15 hours per week


The Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum seeks a detail-oriented, organized, and enthusiastic Rights and Reproductions and Digital Archiving Volunteer or Intern. This on-going opportunity is a great introduction to museum and archival work. The selected candidate will gain experience in the licensing images process, copyright law, writing credit lines, working with museum databases, processing digital collections, metadata creation, and digital preservation.

The position is unpaid and available for a four month term, 10-15 hours per week. The term and hours of the position are flexible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and copy of transcripts to askarchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org



Rights and Reproductions Requests

  • Communicate with internal and external customers via email and phone about the rights and reproduction request process for licensing images of Museum collection material and digitized archival material
  • Inform customers about copyright restrictions and payment terms
  • Ensure customers complete the correct paperwork and accept the terms of use
  • Educate customers about the Museum’s Online Image Database and finding aids
  • Locate, digitize, edit, and upload requested materials
  • Provide customers with accurate credit lines
  • Accept and process payments
  • Follow up with customers to confirm compliance with the terms of use


Digital Archiving

  • Process digitized manuscript and institutional collections
  • Create metadata for digital collections
  • Rename files to align with the Museum’s File Naming Policy
  • Perform digital preservation



Required Skills and Qualifications



  • Student or graduate of a Museum Studies or MLIS graduate or undergraduate program
  • Customer service experience
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to manage several projects at once
  • Research skills and ability to solve problems creatively



  • Knowledge of archival and digital archiving best practices
  • Familiarity with Photoshop