We are looking for a mediator

Job Description:

The core function of this position is to support the museum’s board and director as a mediator with administrative tasks, relationship management, and project development. He/she will play a central role in the organization and will serve as the point of contact for both the director, employees (volunteers), and external relations. He/she will be the gatekeeper of information flows for projects planned to take place 2021 – 2022. The mediator is aware of and identifies important cultural-political developments that affect the museum. Please find descriptions of the expected responsibilities below:

  • Monitor and manage agendas, partly in conjunction with the annual planning;
  • Provide optimal support for relationship management at the board level;
  • Organize and prepare meeting agendas both internally (including MT, Program Committee, bilateral consultations) and with external parties;
  • Monitor processes and check deadlines;
  • Maintain internal and external contacts: she is the first point of contact for the projects;
  • Keep management relationships in the CRM system up to date;
  • Actively apply her knowledge of (developments within) the cultural field and use this for the benefit of the organization and the director;
  • Have a proactive role at the board secretariat and support the board secretary if necessary with Planning, organizing, and preparing supervisory board meetings;
  • Maintain the archives of the board secretariat regarding the projects together with the director.

Background and experience

He/she obtains at least a Bachelors  Degree in social sciences (e.g Sociology, Anthropology or Archeology). He/she must speak English but Spanish, Papiamento or Dutch is a plus. He/she has a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, has worked with archeological artefacts, has experience in working at museums and curating events, has worked in the non-profit sector and has experience in education and the arts. He/she has leadership experience leading groups, dividing tasks and managing groups dynamics, but must also have the ability to work independently. Furthermore, he/she is resistant to stress and can handle confidential documents well and discreetly; has a well-developed ethical compass. He/she is a listening ear and can anticipate all kinds of (ad hoc) situations and has a solution-oriented attitude to thinking and working. He/she can work independently, but can also work well in large groups. He/she has a flexible working attitude. 

If you would like to learn more about this position please contact Jude Finies at  

We need you. Yes, you!

Terramar Museum. Terrific volunteer opportunities!

Are you interested in the archeological, maritime and cultural history of Bonaire? Would you like to give back to the community? Excited to be a part of a unique Arts & Culture institute, right in the middle of Playa?

Like many other organizations, Terramar Museum is rethinking its post-COVID19 strategy, and preparing to reopen on a more permanent basis. Like many others, in the course of the past months, the museum took a big hit. So, we will need to start doing a lot of things differently.

Photo: Casper Douma

Terramar Museum is looking for new volunteers that want to be a part of the restart. We are looking for different practical support roles, but also for people interested to join our conversations on our immediate future in terms of programming, presentation, exhibitions, activities, marketing, fundraising and many other needs.

Not everybody has the same skills, or interests. Not to worry: we are looking for different volunteer roles:

– Entrance area attendant: welcoming visitors, providing general information, sales of admission tickets and gifts

– Exhibition area attendant: assisting visitors, providing information about the exhibition, observing visitors’ actions

– Tour guide: providing guided museum tours for visitors (including school groups) in the regular exhibition area as well as during special events and workshops

– PR and advertising: promoting the museum and its activities online and in hotels, schools, tourist sites and activity centers, and other relevant places.

– Project-based work: helping with the development and execution of new exhibitions, events, workshops, lectures, fundraising efforts.

What do we offer:

  • A thorough training on the museum’s collection and the cultural history and heritage of Bonaire, focused on the museum’s main areas of interest

  • Specialized training and continued guidance on the more specific responsibilities of the different volunteer positions

  • Free access for you and one guest to the museum and to events and activities organized by the museum

  • A personal Terramar Museum package, including a polo shirt with our logo, a tote bag, pen and key chain

  • 20% off on all items in the museum store

  • Regular volunteer activities, such as the famous Terramar Museum Christmas Dinner and other informal get-togethers.

What do we hope for in you:

  • A willingness to, for at least a year, dedicate at least around one or two mornings, afternoons or evenings to your volunteer effort for the museum

  • You speak English, hopefully Papiamentu, and maybe even some Dutch

  • You know that, although volunteer work is unpaid, it does require a level of dependability and consistency

  • You are happy to contribute, but you are also not afraid to voice ideas for improvements at the museum and speak your mind about things you’d like to see change or addressed.

The Terramar Museum Foundation is a non-profit institute that relies solely on private contributions, such as admission fees and donations. We do not receive any government funding. Interested to learn more, without any obligation? Please send a whatsapp message to +5997014700.