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The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium welcomes volunteers and interns throughout the year. Please contact us if you are interested in an internship or volunteering.

New position posted 6/20/19

Job Title:  Custodian

FLSA Classification:  Non-exempt

Reports to:  Athenaeum Director and Fairbanks Museum Director of Facilities


This is full-time positon shared between the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium.  Custodian duties vary modestly between each venue, but generally consist of cleaning, maintenance support, event setup and take down, snow removal, and grounds work. Position requires demonstrated experience in wood and floor maintenance, and building and grounds maintenance.  Custodian will uphold the standards of work appropriate to historically significant buildings.  

40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 6:00 am-2:00 pm split between the two sites.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Clean and supply designated building areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, cleaning glass, restroom cleaning)
  • Carry out heavy cleaning tasks and special projects
  • Remove all trash and recycling, replace light bulbs, maintain custodian’s area
  • Mow grass, remove debris from grounds, maintain flower beds
  • Clear all entrances and walkways of snow
  • Notify supervisors of occurring deficiencies or needs for repairs
  • Perform and document routine inspection and maintenance activities
  • Respond to building alarms after hours and contact appropriate person to resolve issues (Athenaeum)
  • Coordinate with contractors doing on-site work as needed (Athenaeum)
  • Attend Building Committee meetings (Athenaeum)
  • Maintain on-line Building Maintenance Report (Athenaeum)
  • Follow all health and safety regulations

Qualifications and Skills Required:

Pride in workmanship.  Honesty, dependability and a good nature.  Ability to work on a step ladder and staging.  Ability to handle floor buffer, knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies. Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets.  Ability to work independently and safely with minimal supervision.  Ability to work collegially within a small group. Familiarity with trades work, including painting, is desirable. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None 

Required Education and Experience:  High School diploma.  Associate’s or trade school degree desirable.  Demonstrated experience at a similar institution for a minimum of three years. 

Application Process:  Send a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Athenaeum Director Bob Joly at with Custodian Application in the subject line.  No phone calls or paper applications. Open until filled.  We conduct criminal background checks on all new hires.  The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Fairbanks Museum are equal opportunity employers, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law.

New position posted 5/16/19

Business Manager

The Business Manager is a half-time position responsible for oversight and management of the financial and accounting systems and functions for the Fairbanks Museum. To that end, the Business Manager oversees the part-time bookkeeper and the accounting system (Quickbooks), and performs payroll and HR functions.  The Business Manager also forecasts, budgets, and reports for the organization, including for specific projects, grants, and departments, to external stakeholders and to colleagues on staff and the Board of Trustees. The Business Manager manages business and financial risk, and serves as a liaison with the Museum’s investment management team.


Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business; MS or CPA a plus. Fluency with Quickbooks and ability to understand integrations with Kindful, Square, and other data base systems.

Management experience

Experience with non-profit accounting a plus, including budgeting and accounting for grants.

Experience with human resources management and decisions very helpful.

Agility, enthusiasm, flexibility, and a willingness to pitch in are critical in our small but mighty organization.

Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Adam Kane, Executive Director at EOE.  Applications are accepted until this position is filled.

Internship Opportunities

Internships offer a way for self-motivated individuals to be involved with the work of the Museum. Interns work with Museum staff on specific projects or over time to support Museum functions. The Museum cannot pay interns.

Fairbanks Museum interns can work with collections, exhibits, facilities, visitor services, marketing and communications.

For those interested in a more formal internship to fulfill an educational requirement, museum staff can work with you and your instructors to meet your needs.  

Would an itnernship be a good step for your career? You can start the conversation by letting us know your interests and experiences in a cover letter. Please include any relevant work history or academic focus.