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Historic Farming Program Manager
Historic Brattonsville
McConnells S.C.

Salary: $33,184.69 - $46,458.37 Annually

Under general supervision the Historic Farming Program Manager directs historic farming operations including managing the historic interpretive livestock and cultivation of historic gardens and crops. Presents costumed living history interpretative programs for public and school audiences at Historic Brattonsville and at outreach locations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Manages all historic farming related activities. 
  1. Responsible for working field crop and gardens in an historic manner.
  2. Works site’s draft animals regularly to keep them in optimum working condition.
  3. Maintains health of the site’s livestock; maintains harness, tack, and associated tools and equipment.
  4. Directs the selection and cultivation of field crops and garden plants.  
  5. Maintains historic farming and gardening tools and other related living history supplies.
  • Delivers interpretive and educational programs, Including daily living history programing, school programs, outreach programs, and special events.
  • Supervises and evaluates staff and purchase of livestock and supplies.
  • Conducts research to support the historic farming activities, public interpretive, and educational programming.
  • Supervises, assists, coaches, and serves as a resource for volunteers to improve the overall effectiveness and impact of the interpretive programs.
Education And/Or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university required; 3 years related experience in living history interpretation; prior experience in historic farming; Experience developing and delivering programs in a formal or informal setting.

To Apply:
Complete job description and application are available at http://www.yorkcountygov.com/departments/humanResources/onlinejobs/default.aspx  Applications must be submitted on the York County Application for Employment form.

Application Closing Date:  July 22, 2015
Posted 7-2-15

Curator of Collections & Exhibits 
Western Reserve Historical Society
Cleveland, OH

Responsibility: Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the acquisition, care, management of collections, as well as the presentation of WRHS collections (onsite, offsite, and online) in exhibits, programs, outreach and engagement activities. 

Classification: This position is classified as full-time professional and overtime exempt. 

Coordination: The Curator of Collections & Exhibits reports to the Director of the Cleveland History Center (CHC) and coordinates with WRHS Division Directors, including the Director of Hale Farm & Village, the Director of Library & Archive and the Vice President of Development for the presentation, care, management and stewardship of WRHS collections.  He/she Develops and cultivates relationships within the museum, local arts and culture community and donors.  Public outreach and community engagement is an integral function of this position.

Supervision: Responsible for the supervision of WRHS Collections staff, including regular full-time and part-time employees, interns, volunteers and consultants engaged in the in the preservation, maintenance and presentation of collections in exhibits, programs, and outreach. 

  • Stewardship - of WRHS collections and management of collections staff, responsible for the organization, development, and implementation of collections care and management procedures.
  • Presentation - Responsible to the Director of the Cleveland History Center for the fresh, imaginative and ongoing presentation of WRHS collections in Cleveland History Center galleries. 
  • Management - of WRHS collections stored and exhibited at other WRHS sites, including WRHS’s offsite storage facility in Macedonia, Ohio, Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio, Shandy Hall in Geneva, Ohio, and
  • Loghurst in Canfield, Ohio as well as collections on loan to other museums and organizations. 
  • Relationships – Develops and sustains relationships with the community to advance WRHS’s mission,vision, and activities.
  • Continuous Learning – networks with peers and maintains memberships in various professional organizations to remain current and relentlessly committed to the pursuit of best practices in collection care, management, and presentation.      
  • Fundraising - Works with the CHC Director, President and CEO and the Development Department to secure funding for collection related activities through grant writing, sponsorship requests, requests for individual contributions, engagement activities, programs and tours, in-kind gifts and other forms of fundraising.                     
  • Compliance - Responsible for the ongoing implementation and adherence to WRHS Collections Policies and Procedures. 
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned by the CHC Director. 

  • The Chief Curator of the WRHS is a professional position that requires an advanced degree in museum studies or American history, with a minimum of five years’ curatorial management experience.  
  • A proven track record in management and administration, knowledge of professional museum standards and best practices, as well as skill in conceptualizing, organizing, and directing projects simultaneously, and the interpersonal skills to effectively work with a broad range of people are required.
  • The Curator of Collections and Exhibits must provide evidence of high quality written and verbal communication skills.  Writing, including grant writing, and the ability to interpret collections and communicate knowledge relevant to the collections is also required.
  • This position represents the Society’s collections department both internally and externally and therefore requires demonstrated public speaking ability and professional demeanor and attire.
  • Learning agility is absolutely essential in a dynamic organization like WRHS.  The incumbent must be comfortable with ambiguity, flexibility and have the ability and willingness to solve problems from different perspectives. 
  • Personal characteristics that are essential include: flexibility, loyalty, respect, maturity, tact, diplomacy, originality, the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, creativity, enthusiasm, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of humor.  An understanding and respect for organizational behavior at all levels is essential.  
  • Qualified candidates must embrace and role model each of WRHS’s core values:  Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship, and Connectivity and work tirelessly to make WRHS the first stop for history in northeast Ohio.

To Apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to jwaterman@wrhs.org
Posted 5-27-15 

Farmpark Administrator
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Kirtland, OH

Brief description: Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a 235 acre agriculturally themed park,
educational facility and special event venue which attracts up to 200,000 visitors annually.
The Farmpark Administrator directs and leads staff to manage its facilities, grounds, physical
plant, programs and special events in order to fulfill the mission of Farmpark and Lake
Metroparks and to provide a high standard of customer service to the public.
  • Direct and manage staff: select, hire, train and coach; assure performance and morale; determine structure and staffing of the organization
  • Direct and monitor daily Farmpark operations and address issues, as required.
  • Oversee the development of the Farmpark operating and capital budgets, monitor expenses and revenues, approve all purchase requisitions; oversee large contracts with outside vendors.
  • Oversee the development of new facilities, events, programs and exhibits.
  • Serve on the Lake Metroparks Management Team to assist with the development of agency policies and initiatives, capital improvements, etc.
  • Demonstrate in-depth written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to write and edit for publication. Work with the Marketing department to develop and implement the marketing of the Farmpark facility, events and programs
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Education, Parks and Recreation, Natural History, Horticulture/Agriculture or equivalent experience

Rate: $61,508/annual minimum, Exempt
Method for applying: View online listing and apply online at lakemetroparks.com.
Closing date: Open until filled.

Lake Metroparks is an EEO employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability in employment.
Posted 5-26-15

Curator of Object Collections
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site
Honolulu, HI

Salary: $40,000 ($19.23 per hr.); then $20,000 ½ time
Status: Full-time for the first year to manage a major project; but will likely be reduced to half-time in subsequent years; with benefits, nonexempt
Opening Date: Immediately
Closing Date: Until Filled
Reports to: Executive Director

Position Purpose:
This position is responsible for the management and care of the HMHSA’s object collection. It includes management responsibility of the HMHHSA object collections storage areas, and related curatorial activities and oversees all collections staff and volunteers that may work in the collections areas. While the Curator of Object Collections manages the collection within the historic buildings, the Executive Director is responsible for management and care of the historic buildings themselves. For the first year, under the direction of the executive director, this person will manage the restoration of the 1841 Annex interior, design and installation of a new climate control system for the object collection, and restoring a 1920s perimeter fence, all part of a state grant-in-aid.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
Collections responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate and ensure that the Museum’s collection policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Maintain collections according to appropriate professional standards to include collections processing, care, and monitoring collections storage areas.
  • Oversees the care and maintenance of the object collections within the historic houses and storage areas.
  • Oversees the care and conservation of collections.
  • Properly registers artifact collections, including maintenance of the permanent accession records.
  • Advises regarding collections acquisitions (whether by donation or by purchase) and deaccessioning.
  • Participates in developing grants for projects related to the collections.
  • Participate in the planning and development of exhibitions.
  • Present training and programs as necessary.
  • Assist various departments as necessary.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of collections management principles, practices, and procedures
  • Ability to develop and implement administrative procedures and to evaluate their
  • efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment with patrons in person and on the
  • telephone;
  • Ability to present recommendations clearly and concisely, both orally and in
  • writing;
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting
  • organizational policies and procedures;
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other
  • departments and the general public;
  • Ability to exercise initiative, imagination and sound judgment in making
  • decisions conforming to organizational policies;
  • Knowledge of 19th century American and Hawaiian history;
  • Knowledge of historical research techniques and strategies;
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret secondary and primary source material
  • and collection artifacts;
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills;
  • Familiarity with Past Perfect, MS Office Suite, and a variety of other software.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors or Master’s degree
in Collections, Museum Studies, History, or other closely related field, plus five (5) years
of experience in a field closely related to these duties; OR an equivalent combination of
related education and experience.


Must be able to stoop, bend, reach, crouch, climb ladders and lift up to 60 pounds to
retrieve and objects and records. This position must support other departments in a small
organization doing many special events with set-up and take-down, so physical fitness is
Must have a valid drivers’ license and access to an automobile.


Send a letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample to Assistant to the Executive
Director, Lisa Solomine at lsolomine@missionhouses.org or to 553 South King St.,
Honolulu, HI 96813. Call 447-3926 if you have questions.
Posted 5-19-15

Coordinator of Special Events
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Mumford, NY

GCV&M is the largest living history museum in New York State and one of the largest in the country. We are looking for individuals interested in joining us as we bring history to life for our guests. In season, Genesee Country Village & Museum features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings, breathing life into an authentic 19th-Century Country Village. One of the largest living history museums in the country located just outside of Rochester, NY, in Mumford, it is also home to the John L. Wehle Gallery (following a major remodel) and a nature center. The Coordinator of Special Events is responsible for the administration of nearly two dozen events offered to museum visitors throughout the year. It is a full-time, year-round salaried position that reports to the Director of Special Events. Genesee Country Village & Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome your job inquiry.

  • Support the Director with administrative duties such as:
    • Phone calls, email communications and snail mail communications with event participants, vendors, and volunteers
    • Copying, sorting and organizing materials for event setup and registration
    • Manage the inbox for events@gcv.org
  • Assume some leadership responsibilities during the event and in the period leading up to the event including but not limited to:
    • speaking at meetings and other museum functions
    • leading and/or training volunteers, interpreters, and participants for specific tasks at special events
    • coordinating staff members from other departments on their specific functions on special event days
  • Support the director in all event planning duties including but not limited to:
    • Researching new ideas
    • Suggesting improvements
    • Working as a liaison between departments
    • Maintaining expenses to stay within the parameters outlined in the museum’s yearly budget
  • Maintain current vendor relationships and seek out new vendor relationships including obtaining quotes and setting up new contracts for upcoming events
  • Maintain databases and spreadsheets containing contact information and registration information for all events especially the registration for Civil War, War of 1812, Agricultural Fair, museum seminars and any other programs assigned by the Director or CEO
  • Website and social media responsibilities include:
    • Facebook postings pertaining to information about upcoming events
    • Management of content on the museum’s website including special events pages and rotating picture on front of website
  • Theatrical tours’ duties include:
    • Casting for museum productions
    • Communication with cast members on their schedules and assignments via email and phone
    • Supervision of cast members during the productions (under the leadership of the Director)
  • Attend all planning meetings including internal staff meetings and committee meetings with outside advisors and volunteers
  • In the absence of the Director, communicate directly with the CEO on time-sensitive projects and any other needs
Minimum requirements:
  • Flexible work schedule is essential. Attendance is required at all of the museum’s major public programs including nearly 2 dozen festivals, holiday tours, fairs and celebrations that occur year-round. Hours vary greatly from day-to-day and from week-to-week including many weekends and some holidays. Planning work is done in an office setting during regular business hours. Events occur on weekends throughout the year even during the museum’s off-season.
  • Associate’s degree in business, communication, history or related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years progressive experience in event fundraising, rentals and/or special events management.
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills with the ability to reach targeted audiences through multiple avenues including email, phone, written letters and social media.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, able to multitask, keep deadlines and consistently follow through.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook; experience with Microsoft Publisher is required.
  • Must have the ability to work outdoors in both warm and cold temperatures and stand for long periods of time.
  • Travel as needed. Must possess a clean New York State driver’s license and ability to drive museum vehicles as required.
To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter to events@gcv.org for consideration.
Posted 5-14-15

Director, 2019 Commemoration
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Williamsburg, Virginia

Job Profile

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (JYF), which operates two world-class museums, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, seeks a qualified candidate to direct efforts to commemorate four national landmark historical events of 1619:
  • The first representative legislative assembly in British America, at Jamestown,
  • The arrival of the first recorded Africans in Virginia,
  • Recruitment of women to expand the Virginia colony,
  • A precedent for Thanksgiving in America at Berkeley Hundred.
The 2019 commemoration provides the Commonwealth of Virginia with opportunities to expand economic and tourism initiatives, as well as programs and events to educate the public on the importance of Virginia in the creation of the United States.

This position will serve as the principal liaison to the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee and will provide overall staff direction and management of activities and resources.  The individual will work closely with an array of historical, educational and tourism organizations and individuals to maximize opportunities related to the commemorative period.   The staff director will develop and implement communication systems to build awareness of the 2019 commemoration and engage key organizations.  Focus also will be placed on leveraging public and private resources and providing effective management as projects and events are developed and implemented.   The individual will work closely with other state and local agencies and state and national officials, and will manage paid and volunteer staff. 
To Qualify: Proven senior management experience working with state and local officials, boards, and educational and tourism-related organizations.   History of strategic marketing experience needed.  Strong budget and project management skills are required.  Outstanding writing and editing skills with experience delivering clear and persuasive oral, written and digital communications.  Fundraising experience helpful.  Experience planning and executing events with national significance is a plus. 
Salary:  $125,000 with state benefits package.  This is an excepted and restricted position that will end no later than June 30, 2020.

To Apply:  You must fully complete a Commonwealth of Virginia employment application.  To apply please go to virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com.  Applications must be received by, May 31, 2015 at 5:00PM.   Background Check/E-Verify Required.   EEO/AA/ADA.

Patrick O. Teague

Posted 5-4-15

Domestic Arts Specialist
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties:

The primary function of the Domestic Arts Specialist is to rediscover, learn and preserve the varied domestic skills on an 18th-century farm and interpret those skills and processes to the public. The interpreter must become proficient in these skills in order to teach others.

Application Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of historic domestic arts and aptitude to learn the techniques, skills, and history of this specialty area.
  • Must be able to do strenuous physical work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule; including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Previous public contact experience (similar to that gained working in a living history museum).
  • Ability to clearly and effectively interpret historical information to the public.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research and present results in an effective manner oral and written.

Qualifications are generally gained through a high school degree/G.E.D. Candidate must be able to demonstrate physical endurance and hand/eye coordination applicable to the skills; tolerate the effects of pollen, dust, tobacco leaves, and other organic material associated with an agricultural setting.

Highly desired: Four-year degree in History, Anthropology, or American Studies or subject matter related to the trade. Previous living history museum experience.

Hiring rate:  $10.00 - $13.32  

Register and apply online at: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions: careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 4-23-15    

Interpretive Aide
Slate Run Living Historical Farm - Columbus And Franklin County Metro Parks
Canal Winchester, OH.

Salary: $16.18 /Hour


Provides interpretation regarding historical, natural, and cultural aspects of living historical farm intended to depict the time period 1880-1890.

Examples Of Duties:

  • Plans, develops, and presents a variety of natural and cultural history programs to school groups, organizations, and the general public.
  • Assists with the research and development of interpretive programs and living history demonstrations.
  • Assists with the preparation of volunteer newsletters, quarterly program schedules, brochures, displays, special events, presentations, etc.
  • Wears period style clothing while providing interpretation and performing work.
  • Provides instruction and guidance to student interns or volunteers.
  • Performs a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry, grounds and facility maintenance to ensure efficient operation of farm (e.g., works in gardens and fields, cares for farm animals, works with draft horses, chops and hauls firewood).
  • Assists with volunteer orientation and training, organizing volunteer events, etc.
  • Assists with the maintenance and preparation of program related records. Completes and maintains various records and reports.
  • Performs special projects and related duties as required or assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in education, American history, natural resources, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of late nineteenth century agricultural and social history, customs, and historical interpretation. Excellent presentation, communications and interpersonal skills.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively through speech and in writing with
  • coworkers, supervisors, and the general public.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records; ability to use two-way radio.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to deal with problems involving variables within a familiar context; carry out instructions.

Licenses, Registrations: Possession of valid State of Ohio Driver's License and valid standard first aid, AED, and CPR cards within six (6) months of employment.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, hear, lift, etc.
  • Employee regularly works in gardens and fields, and will be involved in caring for farm animals, plowing, planting, shearing, butchering, cultivating, harvesting, chopping and hauling of firewood, etc.
  • Employee uses hand tools, operates various types of equipment used on an 1880s farm, and perform a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry, and maintenance tasks on farm. May use tractors, power equipment and chainsaws when the farm is closed to the public.
  • Employee is required to type, write, complete reports, file paperwork, use computer, etc.

Work Environment:

  • While performing the regular duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.
  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level is usually moderate.
  • The employee works dressed in period costume.

Any Additional Information:

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, vendors, other professionals, and the general public.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Candidate must pass a background investigation.
  • Required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Other Information:

The above Description represents the essential and most significant duties of this position. It is not intended to exclude other work duties, assignments and responsibilities not mentioned herein.

Given the nature of this classification’s duties/responsibilities, it has been designated as Non-Exempt under the governing Fair Labor Standards Act and, therefore, is entitled to formal overtime compensation and/or formal compensatory time.

Slate Run Living Historical Farm is part of the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District and is located in rural Pickaway County about 20 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio. The farm portrays an 1880s central Ohio farm tied to a market economy. The farm raises period appropriate livestock, vegetable and crop varieties. The Interpretive Aide position requires working as part of a small team of 8 staff and forty volunteers. Many of the agricultural skills require physical effort in inclement weather. The person must be able to adapt to the ever-changing work needs and conditions of a working farm. The staff and volunteers strive to create an authentic experience where visitors can compare their lifestyle to that of a farm’s in the 1880s. The interpretive emphasis encourages hands-on programming for the public. Annual visitation to the farm is 62,000 per year.

To Apply:

Applications must be submitted online and communication with applicants will be via e-mail.

Applications May Be Filed Online At:

1069 W. Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Closing Date: 05/08/15 11:59 PM

Metro Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 4-21-15   


Director of Interpretive Programs
Coastal Heritage Society
Savannah, Georgia

The Coastal Heritage Society (CHS is seeking a Director of Interpretive Programs.  The Society operates five historic sites:  Old Fort Jackson, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah History Museum, Battlefield Memorial Park and Pin Point Heritage Museum.  The Director is responsible for the creation, design, implantation and supervision of all educational (Grades 4 and above) and interpretive programs for CHS.  Duties included the recruiting, hiring, training and supervising the interpretive staff; conducting historic research needed for program development; plan and coordinate special interpretive programs and lectures series.  The Director works with the Director of Children’s Programs to develop educational experiences for young students. 

Qualifications:  The successful candidate will have had experience in the development and delivery of interpretive and educational programs for a variety of audiences, school groups and multiple historic sites;  Effective verbal and written communications skills;  In-depth knowledge of a variety of interpretive techniques;  Knowledge of museum education, interpretation and programming; Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others in an organization; Previous experience in hiring, training and supervising interpretive staff .  The ideal candidate will have a post-secondary education and training in a related area (Public History, Museum Studies, Communications, etc.) and five or more years experience in the development and delivery of interpretative programs, special events, and educational activities.   Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.  

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter & resume to: Sandra Baxter at sandrabaxter08@gmail.com


Posted 4-20-15 

Director Coach & Livestock
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties:

  • Provides leadership for Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock program. Provides direct or indirect supervision to 15 - 20 employees and 10 - 15 volunteers working in coach operations, the stable, and rare breeds interpretation.
  • Develops innovative approaches to educating and interpreting rare breeds and 18th-century American farm life to guests and general public. In conjunction with Program Development staff, works with staff in Coach and Livestock to develop engaging interpretive programs that provide interactive, immersive experiences for guests. Supports the educational mission of Colonial Williamsburg and the foundation’s comprehensive interpretive plan.  Observes and assesses programs and provides critical feedback as needed.
  • Directs the personnel and employment of human resources which includes interviewing, hiring, training, encouraging, coaching, disciplining, and terminating employees; administers an effective performance management system; provides training and development opportunities for supervisors and employees; and, when necessary, counsels and terminates employees. Ensures that supervisors understand and follow Foundation and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and monitors the enforcement of safety standards in the Coach and Livestock operation.
  • Establishes and enforces standards ensuring that Colonial Williamsburg provides the highest level of animal care. Works with supervisors and other employees to set up practices that guard the animal’s health and to ensure that the stables and pastures meet all safety and health standards. Maintains contact with veterinarians and animal health care professionals.
  • Works with head coach driver in setting and maintaining maintenance standards for the coaches. Directly oversees the restoration of carriages and the purchase of correct materials used. Works directly with carriage vendors to design authentic vehicles that meet modern safety requirements.
  • Develops sources of supplies including feed, bedding, equipment, livestock, vehicles, etc.
  • Develops long-term plans for the Coach and Livestock unit. Ensures the plans meet the interpretive and business objectives of the Foundation and division.
  • Oversees preparation of unit budgets of over $1 million. Monitors the budgets to ensure the achievement of revenue and expense targets. Adjusts budgets to accommodate business needs when necessary.
  • Works with harness makers and wheelwrights to furnish Coach and Livestock program with necessary equipment. Assists tradesmen in researching period equipment and in developing specifications for reproductions to be used by Coach and Livestock program.
  • Works with staff from Development to develop donor opportunities for the Coach and Livestock program including assisting with the development of funding proposals, cultivation of donors and prospective donors, writing reports, and managing gift accounts.
  • Provides support for special programs inside and outside the Foundation.
  • Establishes and maintains ties with other authorities in a variety of fields including coach and livestock, rare breeds, saddle and harness making, wheel and coach making. Represents Colonial Williamsburg at conferences, seminars, etc.

Application Qualifications:

In-depth working knowledge of animal husbandry and a background in driving horses – singles, pairs, and teams.  Scholarly experience in researching and presenting information on historical topics to a public audience.  Proven experience training and working with carriage horses, experience assessing and buying carriage horses and experience in maintaining and restoring carriages.  Experience developing funding proposals and cultivating donors.  Strong organizational skills; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; ability to plan, develop, organize, implement, and evaluate programs; ability to lead work teams and manage personnel; ability to develop and manage budgets – generally gained through completion of a four year degree in management or animal husbandry, plus a minimum of ten years experience in a livestock operation including five years supervisory experience.  Must be able to work flexible schedules including weekends, holidays and evenings.

Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as measured against Colonial Williamsburg’s criteria.

Highly desired: Experience working in a living history museum; program development experience; scholarly publications.

Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.   Relocation Eligible:  yes

Register and apply online at: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions: careers@cwf.org

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE

Posted 4-3-15 

Blacksmith Interpreter
Middleton Place
Charleston, SC

Middleton Place has an immediate full time position for a Blacksmith Interpreter in its Stableyards. Under the direction of the Stableyards Interpretive Manager, this position will involve daily operation of the Blacksmith Shop and forge in period costume presenting interpretive programming centered around the craft, its use on the plantation, and the role played by slave craftsmen as well as the support of other interpretive activities and events throughout the year.

Duties and responsibilities will include conducting daily interpretive programming using a variety of techniques to demonstrate eighteenth and nineteenth century Blacksmithing tools and operations.  This position is also responsible for assisting with special events and public education.  Must be able to work on weekends. 

Qualifications include, but are not limited to, exceptional interpretive abilities and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.  In addition, the candidate should be prepared to work in a setting that is physically demanding and can have environmental extremes, especially in warmer months. 

The ideal candidate will have post-secondary education and training in a related area (Public History, Museum Studies, Communications, etc.) with experience in the development and delivery of interpretative programs, special events, and educational activities (or an equivalent combination).  Previous experience as an Interpreter and experience in teaching children, youth and/or adults is considered an asset. Experience in Blacksmithing is not a prerequisite.  Informal and formal training is available.

To Apply: Please Send a Resume to the Following Point of Contact:
Jeff Neale
Stableyards Interpretive Manage
Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
PH#  843-266-7491

Posted 3-23-15  

Maintenance Technician (Animal Curator)
Historic Washington State Park
Washington, AR

Position #:   22092133
Salary:       $26,531

Applicant must be competent as a driver of wagons, carriages, surreys, and horse-drawn farm implements.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to traverse rough terrain on foot.

This position plans, maintains and operates the park’s animal program.  Duties include maintaining, caring for, and keeping records on the park’s animals.  Must have knowledge of domesticated farm animals, including cows, horses, mules, sheep and chickens.  Other job duties include presenting interpretive programming for park visitors related to the animal program and 19th century life, formulating and implementing a pasture maintenance program, building and maintaining fencing, structures and tack
This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance and retirement pension.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of vocational technical training in maintenance; plus two years of experience in general maintenance, including one year in a leadership capacity. 

To Apply: Applications accepted online ONLY:  www.arstatejobs.com 

We are an EOE/ADA/AA employer.  Minorities and women encouraged to apply
Posted 3-5-15 

Program Specialist II (Educator/Curator)
Fort McKavett State Historic Site
Fort McKavett, TX

Job Description:
Under the supervision of the Site Manager the Educator/Curator is primarily responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a full range of interpretive, educational, and outreach programs and events based on the interpretive master plan intended to promote the site’s history, increase visitation, and encourage stakeholder participation. Additional duties include collections documentation, inventory and storage, collections care, and oversight of historic housekeeping and conservation evaluation. Duties may also include routine historic site operations, such as revenue collection, cash register and credit card machine operation, Point of Sale (POS) entry, and museum shop sales. Some assistance with light maintenance and housekeeping is also required. The Educator/Curator will assist with supervision of interns and volunteers from time to time, particularly in the absence of the Site Manager. Additional related duties may be assigned.  Complies with all agency policies and procedures.

Examples Of Work Performed:

  • Conducts interpretive programs at the site.
  • Improves and modifies existing programs, events, and exhibits as required.
  • Researches, develops, and delivers new interpretive programs.
  • Performs research related to the site’s collections, exhibits, and cultural/natural resources as needed.
  • Analyzes and evaluates data and research findings in order to formulate conclusions and make recommendations accordingly.
  • Monitors and reviews programs for policy compliance and adherence to site goals.
  • Assists with the development of site policies and procedures as related to collections.
  • Recruits volunteers and stakeholders to assist with programs and events.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records, particularly in regard to site programming.
  • Conducts outreach programs both on and off site for diverse audiences.
  • Writes articles for newsletters and publications, print or electronic, for all audiences.
  • Assists in site marketing efforts by creating advertisements, print materials, and website/social media posts to promote programs and special events.
  • Assists with light maintenance and housekeeping as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
To See Full Job Description: Work in Texas Website Listing
Job Posting Number:  15-900-11
Salary:  $3,293.41 Monthly
Opening Date:  1/28/2015
Closing Date: Until Filled

To Apply:
Application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to log in and complete the application.

Posted 1-29-15 


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