Fort Walla Walla Museum and Heritage Research Services offer internships to individuals to participate in museum administration, collections management, event coordination, archaeological fieldwork, lab work, background research with an emphasis on cultural resource management, historical archaeology, and museum operations.


As a division of Fort Walla Walla Museum, Heritage Research Services offers research opportunities to undergraduates with senior capstone projects and graduate students working on masters or doctoral theses.

Employment Opportunities

Collections Manager

The collections manager is a full-time position reporting directly to the executive director. The collections manager is responsible for the collection, exhibits, and computer system for Fort Walla Walla Museum.

General responsibilities

  • Oversee collection of 50,000 artifacts, art, photographs and historical documents
  • Receive new items, process paperwork with donors and create digital files including images to support the collection
  • Design, fabricate, and install exhibits
  • Supervise volunteers and interns on collections and exhibit work
  • Respond to public inquiries and give public presentations
  • Perform standard maintenance of museum computer system
  • Work with staff in coordination and development of special events hosted by the museum
  • Assist development efforts to support collections, exhibit, and computer system plans
  • Write grant applications for exhibits and follow-up reports for grantors
  • Coordinate projects and ongoing functions as assigned by executive director
  • Perform other duties as requested by the executive director

Minimum qualifications

  • Training and experience working with historical artifacts
  • Strong verbal and written communication, research, time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills 
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Proven experience at managing multiple tasks effectively
  • Capacity to work effectively and congenially with staff, volunteers and visitors
  • Ability to follow directions, determine priorities, be flexible and complete tasks on time
  • Computer network management and computer troubleshooting skills

Desired qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Museum Studies from an accredited institution
  • Expertise in prehistoric and/or historical artifact identification
  • Interest and enthusiasm in preserving and sharing local heritage
  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest history
  • Previous experience with PastPerfect 4.0
  • Experience writing successful grant applications
  • Proficiency with Photoshop or similar program
  • Fluency in Spanish

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter (please include salary requirements), resume, and a list of at least three professional references via email to


Fort Walla Walla Museum & our Heritage Research Services is committed to providing a rewarding and enjoyable work experience for our employees. We are focused on building and maintaining strong local ties and providing the best possible service for our visitors and clients. If there are no job postings listed, we maintain resumes on file. Feel free to contact us at