Job Opportunity – Events Coordinator

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Events Coordinator

Title:   Events Coordinator
Division:   Events
Classification:  Full-time, hourly, non-exempt
Directly supported by:    Café and Events Manager
Directly supports:    N/A
Salary Range: $22-$25 per hour DOE +tips while working events.

About us

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

The Events Coordinator is responsible for sales and client management, administration, and marketing and promotion of external and internal events at the High Desert Museum. They serve as the primary contact for private event clients and coordinate with museum staff to plan, deliver, and promote mission-based event experiences at the museum.  In addition to serving external clients, the Events Coordinator assists museum staff with internal event administration and coordination.

About who you are

You are driven and excel in a customer service environment. You are proficient in sales, marketing, timeliness, planning, contracts, budgeting, follow-up, and work to create positive interactions with clients, Museum staff, and third-party vendors. You can convey to internal and external customers the importance of respecting the Museum facilities, exhibits, collections, staff, and wildlife. Attention to detail, and commitment are required. Must enjoy working in a collaborative team environment.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

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The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.