Employment Openings

Public Programs & Relations Manager

Position Description

The Amerind Foundation of Dragoon, Arizona, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as the Public Programs & Relations Manager. Under the supervision of the President & CEO and working with senior museum staff, the Public Programs & Relations Manager will have primary responsibility for developing, scheduling, implementing, promoting, marketing, and evaluating the Foundation’s programs, events, and workshops that complement Amerind’s research and exhibition programs and will engage communities throughout the Greater Southwest and northwest Mexico. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker capable of conceptualizing and implementing a wide range of public programs, as well as advertising and promoting those programs. Current programs include online webinars, workshops, hiking tours, cultural festivals, outdoor sporting events, lectures, artist residencies, K-12 programs, and gallery openings. The Public Programs & Relations Manager will be expected to use a variety of media to promote Amerind’s activities, including updating Amerind’s website and engaging the public through social media and face-to-face outreach. This is a full time position. Salary, depending on experience, will be between $47,000 and $52,000 plus benefits.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, museum studies, history, or related field
  • Two to three years of experience in museum programming, public programming, performing arts presentation, or related fields
  • Knowledge and application of digital skills in the world of cultural/educational institutions
  • Experience in the promotion and marketing of programs
  • Ability to provide dynamic presentations and introductions of public events
  • Skill in supervising part-time personnel, volunteers, and docents
  • Skill in reading, writing, and editing standard English
  • Skill in graphic design
  • Availability to work some evenings, many weekends, and travel

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1937, the Amerind Foundation is a 501(c)3 operating foundation dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the world through research, education, and conservation. The Amerind is located in rural southeastern Arizona, 60 miles east of Tucson.

How to Apply

Applications should consist of a letter summarizing the applicant’s interests and qualifications, a copy of the applicant’s current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of three professional references, and Amerind’s online application which can be downloaded at https://www.amerind.org/employment-openings/ Successful applicants will be asked to provide college transcripts and will undergo a criminal background check. Applications review will begin on December 1, 2022. Please send applications to:

The Amerind Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 400

Dragoon, AZ 85609

ATTN: Public Programs & Relations Manager

The Amerind Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse professional community and learning environment. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experience in this area.


The Amerind Museum, Dragoon, AZ, seeks Artist in Residence applications from emerging Native American artists. The residency must be completed between October and December 2022. The selected artists must be in residence at the Amerind Museum for 1-2 months. The selected artist will receive housing, studio space, and a $2,500.00/month stipend. The artist will be asked to give a public talk about their work and/or hold some open studio hours. While in residence, the artist is welcome to sell their work directly to the public. Depending on the nature of the artist’s work, the Amerind Museum may consider an exhibition or similar event by the selected artist. We welcome visual artists, performing artists, and literary artists.

We are seeking Indigenous artists who are at the beginning of their artistic careers. Artists must be enrolled members of a state or federally recognized Native American Tribe. The winning artists will need to provide proof of their enrollment.

The $2,500 stipend per month is made possible by a grant from the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona. We thank their Foundation for their generosity and support.

Note: The artist must have reliable transportation. The town of Dragoon is 1-hour drive east of Tucson. The closest grocery stores are in Benson, AZ, a 20-minute drive from the Amerind Museum.

To Apply: Please answer the questions below. You may answer these in an email. You may send a document electronically via email. Or you may record a video in which you answer these questions. Video recordings should last no more than 5 minutes. Email all responses, documents, and other files to [email protected].

Answer All Questions:
1) Name 2) Address 3) Phone Number 4) Email
5) Send us your résumé. 2 pages maximum.
6) Provide a letter of reference from a teacher, minister, tribal leader, museum professional, or
gallery owner.
7) Answer the following essay question: How will this residency help you with your growth and
development as an artist? (300 words maximum. You may also answer this question in a video
8) Visual artists only: please submit 4-5 digital images your artwork.
9) Performing artists only: submit 3-4 audio-visual recordings of your work.
10) Literary artists only: submit 3-4 samples of your writing.

Review of applications is ongoing. A committee of senior Indigenous artists will select the winning applicant. They will begin to review applications after October 5, 2022.

Questions: Contact Eric Kaldahl at the Amerind Museum, 520-586-3666 or by email at [email protected]


Position Responsibilities. The Amerind Foundation is seeking an individual as a seasonal part-time Housekeeper/Breakfast Cook at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona. The Housekeeper/Breakfast Cook maintains clean, sanitary, safe, and attractive buildings and grounds for visitors and staff associated with Amerind events and facility rentals. Housekeeping duties include, but are not limited to, sweeping, mopping, and using vacuum cleaners; laundry, washing or dusting walls, windows, woodwork, and fixtures; cleaning bathrooms; emptying trash receptacles; moving furnishings; dusting, straightening up during events, and other duties. Outdoor work includes, but is not limited to, sweeping and cleaning patio furniture, greeting guests and helping with luggage, and other duties. Kitchen assistance duties include prepping food, cooking, setting tables, presenting and cleaning up for breakfast, prepping for lunch as needed, helping with lunch clean-up and dinner prep, set-up, and clean-up on other days. Kitchen assistance duties also include setting up coffee service and snacks in the library, which entails carrying items back and forth, going up and down stairs between the library and kitchen.  Additional hours may be available to assist in the museum and art gallery as needed.

Employee will perform related duties as assigned. Applicants should be able to stand, bend, sit, kneel, lift, reach and move about quickly, pick up, manipulate, move, raise and lower heavy materials (up to 45 pounds), equipment, and supplies. Employee must exercise some independent judgment in completing assigned tasks and must be able to work with minimal or no supervision. Employee reports to the Guest Services Manager.

Experience and Education: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Applicants must have good people skills and a professional appearance.

License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Arizona driver’s license. Employee must have reliable transportation. Criminal background check is required.

Application. Please contact Amerind to complete a job application by emailing [email protected], visiting the Amerind office 8-5 pm, M-F, or calling (520) 586-3666. Review of applications begins on October 24, 2022 until filled. Hiring is anticipated when a qualified applicant is hired. Amerind is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is seasonal part-time, with anticipated work taking place between September – November and January – May. During these months, an estimated 20-30 hours of work per week is anticipated to be performed, with additional hours possible. One hour of sick leave is earned with every 40 hours worked.

The Amerind Foundation, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minority candidates.


Amerind seeks graduate student interns to assist in a variety of museum areas. Amerind professional staff works with interns and their host institutions to develop individually tailored programs of work.

Intern projects may include collections management (rehousing, inventory, cataloging, etc.), grant writing, exhibition development and installation, archival management, digitization projects, and educational programs.

Compensation: At this time, Amerind is unable to offer a stipend to interns. Amerind, however does offer free, furnished apartments to qualified interns on our 1,900 acre campus. Kitchen and laundry facilities are available. Students have access to our anthropological library and high speed internet connection with Jstor access. Students should be advised that Texas Canyon is a 20-minute drive from the nearest town of Benson, Arizona, and a 1-hour drive from Tucson, so personal transportation is required.

For further information about internships, contact Vice-President and Chief Curator Dr. Eric Kaldahl at [email protected].

The Amerind Foundation, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minority candidates.