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Park Ranger II (Lead Interpreter)
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
LaPorte, TX 

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Under the supervision of the Complex Manager, this position is responsible for resource education, interpretive programming, outreach and volunteer coordination for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Consists of work at the San Jacinto Battleground, Battleship TEXAS, San Jacinto Monument and the associated natural environment flora and fauna. Responsibilities include providing resource-based programs to educate visitors and protection of state resources through effective educational programs, public relations and customer service. Coordinates and conducts training sessions for volunteers, teachers and other professionals. Develops and provides on-site tours, coordination and leadership of San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS volunteers for docent operations and assists with special events. Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.

Salary:  $3,350.00 Monthly
Closing Date/Time:  Fri. 04/10/15 11:59 PM Central Time
Hiring Contact:  William Irwin, (281) 479-2431 ext. 246
To Apply: For complete announcement and to apply visit:  http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tpwd/default.cfm

Posted 3-23-15  

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  

Interpretation Coordinator
Hanford Mills Museum
East Meredith, NY

Description: Hanford Mills Museum (HMM) operates an authentic water- and steam-powered National Register-listed historic site in East Meredith, NY.  The Museum seeks a full-time Interpretation Coordinator to begin in July 2015. The ideal candidate will join a small professional team dedicated to preserving and operating the in-situ rural-industrial complex and inspiring audiences to make sustainable choices through the exploration of connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities (www.hanfordmills.org).

Responsibilities: The Interpretation Coordinator will report to the Education and Curatorial Initiatives Manager and work to support the Museum in its efforts to fulfill the organizational mission and achieve the goals of the HMM Strategic Plan. S/he will implement, evaluate and improve interpretation and programming at the Mill.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate education programming, including special events, family and outreach programs, school programs, and adult workshops and programs.
  • Provide seasonal interpretation and assistance in Mill operations, including tours and historic machinery demonstrations, in collaboration with the Mill Operations Manager.
  • Coordinate on-site interpretive themes and activities.
  • Supervise seasonal and part-time interpretive staff.
  • Lead effort to complete and update documentation of Mill procedures, equipment and interpretation in collaboration with the Mill Operations Manager.
  • Contribute to cultivation of new and existing relationships with schools, educational groups, and community organization.
  • Assist with exhibition development as a member of the exhibition team.
  • Support and contribute to positive staff collaboration, outstanding visitor services, safe and sustainable operations, and other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education/experience: A Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Education, Public History, or a comparable field; or a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant, progressive and outstanding professional performance.
  • Knowledge of cultural resources management, museum education, interpretation, and programming. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement education programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Effective organizational, supervisory and personnel management skills.
  • Strong written and effective verbal communication skills, including comfort speaking to and with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Experience and/or desire to learn to operate woodworking and other machinery.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative suite.
  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate physical exertion, stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a variety of conditions.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evening and holidays.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel for outreach programs and professional development activities.

Compensation: $32,000 - $38,000 plus benefits

Apply by May 1, 2015: Email a cover letter describing the fit between applicant’s professional experience and position responsibilities; resume; and contact information for three professional references to kajsah@hanfordmills.org.

Posted 3-15-15

Museum Director
The National Museum of the Morgan Horse
Middlebury VT

The National Museum of the Morgan Horse, located in Middlebury VT, is seeking a highly motivated, responsible and qualified individual as a full time museum director. The museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting all aspects of the Morgan horse breed through educational programs, exhibits and special events. The Museum Director, in conjunction with the AMHA Executive Director, is responsible for developing the strategic direction and establishing initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, statewide, national and international awareness and prominence.

To Apply: Resume, letters of interest & salary requirements may be addressed to Julie Broadway, Executive Director American Morgan Horse Association, 4066 Shelburne Rd, Suite 5 Shelburne VT 05482; Execdir@morganhorse.com ; no phone calls please

Deadline for application is March 31st .

Posted 3-5-15 

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 

Director Historic Trades
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties:

  • In collaboration with the division vice president, program planning staff and tradesmen and women, plans and oversees interpretive programs that demonstrate the role of trades, technology, and the production economy in 18th century Virginia.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of programs that promote the department's craft preservation goals.
  • Oversees all trade shop presentations, demonstrations, and interpretations.  Is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day quality of trade shop programs.
  • Sets, evaluates, and enforces standards of craftsmanship.
  • Oversees apprenticeship-to-master staff development system.
  • Collaborates with shop masters, mistresses and supervisors to promote research that advances trades understanding of 18th century craft practices and leads both to public demonstrations of those practices and to suitable publications.
  • Works with tradesmen and women, historians, archaeologists, and curators to produce information that adds to staff’s understanding of the lives and times of early American artisans, especially those who worked in 18th century Williamsburg.
  • Insists on historically accurate materials, tools, dress, processes, and craft practices.
  • Encourages collaboration with other museums and outside groups and individuals engaged in historic trades research, preservation, and interpretation.

Application Qualifications:

Thorough knowledge of 18th century American and British history, preferably gained through graduate school training or on-the-job experience at a history museum.  Demonstrated understanding of 18th century technology and appreciation for the importance of hand skills in the practice of those technologies.  Excellent communications skills, oral and written.  Strong record of successful experience as a manager of people.

All of the above generally gained through a four-year degree in History or related degree and a combination of experience as (1) a working tradesman or woman in a museum setting and (2) a manager or director supervising the work of such people.

Highly desired:  An advanced degree in Museum studies, American history or related field; current or previous Foundation experience.
Hiring rate: Commensurate with experience.   Relocation Eligible:  yes

Colonial Williamsburg supports a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. AA/EOE
Posted 3-3-15 

Historic Farm Manager
Coggeshall Farm Museum
Bristol RI

Coggeshall Farm Museum, voted “Best Living History Farm Museum” in New England by Yankee Magazine in 2014, seeks a full-time Farm Manager to oversee the care and interpretation of all agricultural elements of the museum. Must possess significant experience and knowledge in the ethical treatment of animals (including large livestock), organic and sustainable farming methods, and the design and delivery of educational programs. Position reports to and takes direction from the Executive Director.
Ideal candidate must:
  • Excel in engaging visitors of all ages in the life of the farm.
  • Model excellence and possess the ability to inspire, motivate and educate visitors, staff and volunteers.
  • Embody team spirit, a can-do attitude and a creative approach to problem-solving.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Overall site management, including moderate repairs, upkeep of facilities and grounds, and supervision of contractors engaged in major repairs, restorations and improvements.
  • Overall management of animal care and training, including research and long-term planning for livestock additions/enhancements.
  • Overall management of heirloom garden, pastures and trees, and new mission based projects, such as the re-establishment of an heirloom apple orchard.
  • Training of staff and volunteers regarding the agricultural elements of the farm.
  • Assisting in design and implementation of programming, grant applications and annual budget.
  • Oversight of grant-funded projects relating to facilities, grounds and livestock.
  • Bachelor’s degree in animal science or related agricultural field required; advanced degree preferred.  
  • Experience in 18th century historic farming methods and/or living history preferred.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and conduct all farm-related tasks, including heavy lifting.
For complete job description, email Cindy Elder at c.elder@coggeshallfarm.org.
Posted 2-21-15 

Grants Administrator
Historical Museum @ Fort Missoula
Missoula, MT

Definition: Develops and administers grant programs and related contracts for the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, a department of Missoula County.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:  Requires a Bachelor's degree. Degrees best suited to this position include public administration or a liberal arts field.  Requires three years of experience in grants preparation and administration.

Representative Examples Of Work:
Researches grant opportunities, solicits proposals, prepares grant applications including: preparing forms and budgets; conducting financial analysis for matching fund requirements; and reviewing, preparing and implementing necessary documents for grant application and grant awards.  Assists in administering grants received including: receipting and disbursing funds; establishing and maintaining accurate records; preparing periodic financial and performance reports; ensuring compliance with all applicable rules and regulations; and monitoring project/program progress.  Designs and implements strategies to identify, cultivate and successfully expand the donor base of individuals, corporations and foundations for gifts to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.  May coordinate or participate in special projects including: exploring specific issues; responding to identified needs; developing new programs; or enhancing coordination of existing services.  Participates in public forums and planning groups in order to examine issues, develop programs and plan services.  Assists with the preparation of division and program budgets as part of the museum’s budget and the generation of accounting records with regard to grant programs.  Writes and edits project proposals, prepares budgets and written project summaries.  Maintains Museum’s membership and membership data base. 

Physical/Environmental Demands: The work is commonly performed in an office setting. Requires occasional light lifting (up to 20 lbs). Requires occasional field site inspections involving walking over rough uneven terrain. Requires occasional out-of-town travel to attend meetings, conferences, and workshops. May require working evening and weekend hours.

Base Rate:    $19.69 /hr., DOE
Closing Date:    5:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 11, 2015

To Apply:  Use online application at http://www.co.missoula.mt.us/hr/employment/joblist.aspx
Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources

Submit your Missoula County on-line application by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, 3/11/15.  These additional documents must be attached to your on-line application which may require that you scan them: College transcripts (unofficial accepted), and a Letter of Interest.  Incomplete applications that do not include a letter of interest will be disqualified.  Missoula County Human Resources Department is located at 199 W Pine, Missoula, MT 59802.  For questions about online application process call 406-258-4462 or 406-258-4874. Applicants may submit a written request for any accommodation needed to participate in the application and selection process. Missoula County will consider any reasonable accommodation. The Missoula County EEOP is on file in the Human Resources Office.  
Posted 2-18-15  

Mill Artisan
Plimoth Grist Mill
Plymouth, MA

The Plimoth Grist Mill has an opening for a Mill Artisan. The Plimoth Grist Mill, located in historic Plymouth, MA, is part of Plimoth Plantation’s living history museum exhibit sites. The Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill that uses water power to mill organic corn into freshly ground cornmeal on our 200 year old French Buhr millstones.

The Mill Artisan participates in all aspects of running a re-created, water powered grist mill educational exhibit and producing stone ground products for sale. The position Includes milling and processing corn products for wholesale and retail distribution, maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of the mill building and mill machinery and sharing the history and process of milling with Museum guests.

The Mill Artisan is expected to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere at all times for Museum guests, staff and volunteers. Some winter work in other departments, including but not limited to, curatorial, research, school and public programs or historical built landscapes, will be required. Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences preferred; or equivalent experience such as study at a technical school or with a recognized artisan or miller. A general background in a manual trade such as carpentry, masonry, agriculture or mechanical technology is beneficial in this position but not required. Prior experience (an internship, paid or volunteer position) in working with the public, preferably in a museum setting, is preferred but not required. Work sitting, standing, kneeling, or even bent over, sometimes for extended periods of time. Ability to Carrying 50 lb. sacks up and down stairs. Work also includes climbing on ladders and mill equipment.

To Apply: Please submit cover letter & resume to: Sue Haverstock - shaverstock@plimoth.org.
Posted 2-13-15 

Executive Director
Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge, MA

The Cambridge Historical Society, a living repository for the tradition and history of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is seeking a dynamic new Executive Director.  The Society links Cambridge to its past, present, and future by providing programming, exhibits, and publications, caring for historic property, archives, and collections, and supporting researchers of all ages in conducting their own research.

The Organization:
Founded by a group of historians in 1905, the Cambridge Historical Society (CHS) has promoted a better understanding of history as an important factor in the everyday affairs of the City and its residents for more than 100 years.  Since 1957, CHS has been headquartered at the late-17th-century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on historic Brattle Street, the second-oldest house in Cambridge. In 2013, the Society completed a renovation of its home, engaging long-time supporters and new friends. A core part of its work has been public programming delivered both at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and throughout Cambridge.  CHS maintains property entrusted to it and collects, preserves, and interprets items of historical and antiquarian significance and encourages research and involvement in these efforts by its members and the community at large. Please see www.cambridgehistory.org.

Recently, the CHS Council, the Society's governing body, undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities and to guide its programs and investments. The Council articulated an ambitious vision for 2015-18 to demonstrate how the history of Cambridge shapes this vibrant community, informing present-day decision making and planning .  The core of this plan encompasses:
  • Programs (convenings, tours, talks, school programs);
  • Publications (research, newsletters, stories);
  • Exhibits (house and exhibits, online materials, community-based exhibits, community-contributed stories);
  • Researcher support (physical and digital archives, library, collections, staff support).
The new Executive Director will lead this process of growth and renewal.

The Society currently has an annual operating budget of $200,000 and endowment of $500,000.  A strong contingent of volunteers enhances the work of a part-time archivist and full-time Administrative Assistant with the addition of a Program Director planned. An Advisory Council complements the governance work of the Council of 12 members. An Interim Executive Director is actively overseeing the organization during the executive search process.

The Position:
The Executive Director will bring a passion for local history and skills that will enable the organization to expand its programs and services. Reporting to the Council through its Chair, the Executive Director will work in partnership to carry out the strategic plan by:
  • Investing in organizational infrastructure (staffing and internal systems) to support program growth;
  • Deepening the impact of programs;
  • Fostering a culture of program experimentation and evaluation;
  • Strengthening CHS’ financial position by continuing to build a culture of philanthropy.
Strategic Leadership
  • Ensure that CHS uses its research and programming resources to maximum advantage.
  • Effectively engage the full Council in high-level fundraising and governance, and work with committees.
  • Participate actively in Council development, including recruitment, orientation, and training.
Programs and Education
  • Oversee and evaluate a robust portfolio of programs and educational activities, including research opportunities that reflect strategic goals and the evolving needs of CHS and Cambridge residents.
  • Promote partnerships with individuals, companies, schools, government, nonprofits, and others.
External Relations
  • Serve as CHS’ face to members, community organizations, municipal/state officials, the media, allied organizations, etc.
  • Serve as CHS’ primary contact with the media (print, electronic and online).
  • Increase CHS' financial resources through a comprehensive fundraising strategy incorporating diverse funding sources, effective donor stewardship, and an infrastructure to ensure success.
  • In collaboration with the Council and staff/consultants, actively cultivate and solicit individual donors.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with foundation and corporate supporters.
  • Ensure a comprehensive marketing approach encompassing branding, printed materials, on-line presence, and thoughtful media strategy.
  • Ensure a robust membership program integrated with the donor relationships program.
Financial Management and Operations
  • Implement systems needed by a growing organization.
  • Ensure fiscal health through sound operations/capital budgeting and monitoring.
  • Ensure the organization fulfills its legal, reporting, and contractual obligations.
  • Work with finance staff to report to the Council, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure that CHS effectively uses and protects its physical assets (building and grounds, archives, etc.).
Human Resources
  • Maintain effective management and human resource policies and procedures.
  • Supervise (hire, evaluate, coach, terminate, etc.) staff, outside contractors, and consultants.
Qualities, Experience, and Skills Desired:
  • Leadership experience and distinguished record at a senior level in a public-facing organization;
  • Ability and desire to help execute an ambitious plan for growth;
  • Successful track record of donor cultivation and solicitation and ability to reach out to current and potential donors;
  • Strong staff and organization management experience/skills;
  • Advanced degree preferred, with comparable experience considered. Expertise in history, historic preservation, museum/cultural resource studies, or related fields preferred.
To Apply:  Please send a comprehensive letter of application outlining relevant skills and experience, resume, and salary history to Susan Egmont, Principal, Egmont Associates at segmont@egmontassociates.com.
Posted 2-13-15

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 

Executive Director
The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
Tamworth, NH

The Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm is seeking an Executive Director to provide effective leadership and overall management of this unique farm museum.  The right candidate should be able to lead the operations of the organization to ensure a quality visitor experience while fulfilling the museum’s mission to educate the public to the values and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the country doctor while preserving and protecting the property and collections for the benefit of the public.

The Remick Museum is located in a scenic village with a diverse non-profit culture in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Housed on over 100 acres at the museum location with an additional 300+ acres throughout town, the facility consists of a working farm, a historic home & stable built in 1808, a museum building consisting of Doc Remick’s home and barn, an education center, a historic cattle barn and milk house and a working sugar house. The museum employs seven full-time and seven part-time staff who care for the farm, oversee education programs and the collection, and provide administrative support. The collection includes farm equipment and animals, including heritage breeds, an heirloom vegetable and herb garden, and the personal effects of two generations of doctors and their families who lived in Tamworth for over 200 years.

The museum is seeking a dynamic leader who will work with the board of directors to create an updated strategic plan with goals and objectives for future growth of the organization. In addition, this person will promote the museum throughout the community and beyond, lead and inspire staff with a culture of teamwork to meet goals that fully embrace our mission, effectively manage resources within budget guidelines and develop strategies to increase earned income while maintaining a quality, unique experience.  Some grant writing and fundraising desired.

The ideal candidate should be an outgoing community-oriented, people person.  Preferred experience in museum administration or programming field with a passion for rural history and farm museums.  Experience in strategic planning, grant writing and fundraising is a plus.  This is a full-time year-round position with benefits.  Salary commensurate with experience. Please submit resumes to sharte@remickmuseum.org or mail them to 58 Cleveland Hill Rd, Tamworth, NH 03886.
Posted 1-28-15

Park Ranger II (Lead Interpreter) 
Barrington Living History Farm
Washington, TX 
Responsible to the Barrington Farm Site Manager for the daily operation and interpretation of the Anson Jones Home. Duties include research, development and presentation of interpretive and educational programs, including 1st and 3rd person living history, exhibits, tours, educational programs and seminars based on the interpretive purpose of the site and its mission. Assist with purchasing, curatorial care of artifacts and reproductions, promotions, marketing, special events, volunteer training and supervision. Responsible for the care and interpretation of the Anson Jones Home and house yard, including the care of the kitchen garden. Assist with the care and feeding of livestock and heirloom crops. Prepare park reports, maintain and develop administrative and interpretive files, conduct tours and provide interpretive services throughout the Republic of Texas Complex; Perform routine facility maintenance, housekeeping and historic structures duties. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.

See Full Job Listing & Application Information

Posted 1-20-15

Site Supervisor - Peyton Randolph House
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties:

  • Provides supervision of historic site(s), tours, programming, hands-on living history activities, staff, and volunteers, primarily at the Peyton Randolph House
  • Ensures that programs on site(s) consistently meet the division's standards for quality
  • Provides supervision of historic sites, tours, and assigned staff and volunteers in the African American History Interpretation Ensemble
  • Establishes clear performance goals and writes performance reviews for assigned interpreters
  • Provides staff development and constructive feedback on a regular basis and developmental opportunities as needed for improvement and growth
  • Observes all aspects of interpreter performance and assigned duties to ensure consistent adherence to Foundation policies, standards and procedures
  • Provides on-the-job instruction, especially in hospitality, interpretation and presentation skills to assign interpreters, and models exceptional customer service, interpersonal skills, leadership, teamwork and integrity
  • Administers daily schedules, time-off requests and other staff and volunteer needs
  • Conducts and incorporates research on colonial African and African American history and collaborates with others in planning all interpretive programs presented at the site(s), and on walking history tours

Application Requirements:

  • Ability to supervise historic interpreters and effectively plan and instruct colonial African American interpretation plans and training programs
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of 18th-century West Africa, European, and African American history and culture
    Research skills including the ability to read, assemble and interpret information from primary and secondary sources
  • Ability to: (1) perform living history activities, skills or trades, (2) role model and foster collaboration, (3) lead teams and effectively manage multiple tasks, and (4) use computer skills to execute administrative duties
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and in writing
  • In-depth knowledge of a variety of interpretive techniques
  • Experience in dealing effectively with a variety of customer/employee problems and ensure their successful conclusion
  • Above skills generally gained through completion of a four-year college degree, plus 2-3 years' experience as an interpreter, teacher, or comparable position involving historical presentation of African American history, plus previous supervisory experience, preferably in a living history museum or comparable educational institution
  • Must be able to perform various functions such as standing, walking, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in strenuous physical activities
  • Willingness and ability to wear appropriate period clothing and work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays

Full time with benefits

Hiring rate: Up to $18 hourly commensurate with experience

Apply online at: http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/careers

Questions: careers@cwf.org

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

Posted 12-24-14

Historic Farm Manager (reposted, now as full-time)
Sauder Village
Archbold, OH

Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living history village, located in Archbold is seeking applicants for a Full Time Historic Farm Manager to oversee historic farming interpretation and programming.  Sauder Village is a non-profit living history village that depicts rural history from 1803 through 1920 through 47 buildings staffed by third person interpreters.  For more information about our site, visit our website at www.saudervillage.org.  
We are looking for someone with living history experience and knowledge of rural agricultural history of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required.  Candidates must be able to work in a team setting, enjoy working with the public of all ages, and share a passion for living history.  
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research the rural history of this region during the 19th and early 20th centuries including farming practices, animal and crop usage, technological changes, political and social issues and the like and uses that research to interpret that history to Sauder Village guests.
  • Oversee the daily care of livestock collection of horses, sheep, pigs and poultry including feeding, stall and pen cleaning and basic medical care.
  • Maintain accurate, current health records on each animal under Village care.
  • Oversee the acquisition of appropriate historic animal varieties.
  • Oversee the barnyard staff of buggy drivers and groomers including scheduling and training.
  • Work with the Curator of Education to develop and implement historically based demonstrations, participatory experiences and programs for guests of all ages.
  • Work with the Curator of Collections to acquire historically accurate equipment for farming needs and assist when needed with the creation of agricultural themed exhibits.
  • Work with the Historic Gardens Supervisor on the development and care of period gardens.
  • Provide costumed interpretation on-site and off-site, regarding historical farming to people of all ages
  • Perform a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry and maintenance tasks related to the historic farm operations.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of agricultural components for special events.
  • Sit on the Education team, and attend regular meetings of that team, and other Sauder Village meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Report to and regularly communicate with the Curator of Education regarding historic farming issues, events, ideas for future programming.

To Apply:
For a complete job description, application, and salary information, contact:
Aaron Alt

Posted 12-18-14

Farm Operations Manager
Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview, IL

Wagner Farm is an award-winning living-history museum depicting American farming in the 1920’s and offers educational programs, special events, and is open for regular visitation by the general public. The Farm Operations Manager reports to the Farm Director and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of facility management and operations. In this role, you will be primarily responsible for the areas of agriculture, maintenance, customer service,department specific employee and volunteer management, farm business endeavors, construction projects and museum security.

For a full job description, salary, benefits, and to apply, visit:


Posted 12-10-14

Executive Director
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Gering, NE

Summary of Position:
The Executive Director will coordinate and oversee all Legacy of the Plains Museum (LoPM) operations, supervise paid LoPM staff, coordinate volunteers, work with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial health of the organization and will monitor and report progress to the Board and/or standing committees on a regular basis and implement board policy.  The Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization and the management of the organization’s office, staff and volunteers, as well as its community outreach and fundraising activities.  The Executive Director will provide leadership and support to the Board of Directors and will be under the direct supervision of the President of the Board and will report to the Board. 

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Successful grant writing experience
  • Strong office management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft© office products Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task detailed activities
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality, error free work products
  • Bachelor’s degree or three to five years demonstrated experience preferred
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • A passion for history and museums

To Apply:
Resume’s can be e-mailed to jruzicka60@gmail.com or mailed to:
Jodi Ruzicka, 1785 A Street, Gering, NE  69341

Posted 12-5-14

Assistant Site Manager
1840s Garfield Farm Museum
Geneva, IL

Job Description: On site security, animal care, gardening, event planning, interpretation, public relations, prairie restoration, volunteer management, collections, all aspects of museum management and development. Must be flexible, hard working and a team player. Ideal experience for individual career committed to historic site management. Work with executive director and staff.

Qualifications: M.A. in Historic Administration or related fields preferred, B.A. required. 

To Apply: Send resumes to : garfieldnews@elnet.com or Box 403, LaFox, IL 60147. www.garfieldfarm.org

For Information: garfieldnews@elnet.com

Posted 11-20-14

Domestic Program Coordinator / Interpreter
The Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Golden Pond, KY

Wage/Benefits:  $12.40 per hour, $125/month flexible health benefits allowance, 10 paid holidays, 15 days paid leave.

Starting Date/Duration:  Immediate opening/Permanent position.

Qualifications:  4-year college degree and at least 2 years related experience including staff supervision.

Duties:  This full-time position oversees the daily domestic program operation of an active mid-19th century farm with 16 restored log structures.  The Domestic Program Coordinator position is responsible for the supervision, and training of domestic staff as well as the development and presentation of interpretive programs and special events for the general public and organized groups.  These presentations are in the areas of environmental education, and domestic interpretation. In addition, this position is responsible for coordinating and/or assisting in maintaining exhibit areas and exhibit items, planning and maintaining interpretive clothing used at the site, coordinating domestic program purchases, and maintaining administrative records. The successful candidate must be available for weekend and holiday work, have a warm and enthusiastic demeanor, be team-oriented, and be quality customer service driven.

When filled.

Application Information:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and at least three references to:  Jim Taylor, Director of Operations, Land Between The Lakes Association, 345 Maintenance Road, Golden Pond, KY 42211-9001, or e-mail the same to jtaylor@FriendsofLBL.org.

More Information:

Land Between The Lakes, located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee, is a 170,000-acre peninsula surrounded by over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline.  The property is designated as a National Recreation Area and is managed by the USDA Forest Service. 

The Land Between The Lakes’ primary purposes are outdoor recreation and environmental education.  Facilities include a living history farm, nature center, planetarium, observatory, elk and bison wildlife viewing area, an equestrian activity and off-highway vehicle area, group camp facilities, and numerous campgrounds.  There are more than 200 miles of trails and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.  Find out more by visiting www.lbl.org.

The Land Between The Lakes Association is a not-for-profit organization that works to support Land Between The Lakes in a partnership with the government land manager.  Now in its thirtieth year of operation, the Association has 50 employees working in interpretation, visitor information services, gift shop operations, support services, volunteer coordination, and fundraising.

The Land Between The Lakes is located in a beautiful rural area with abundant low cost housing.  Kentucky’s Murray State University is only 25 miles away.  Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University is within an hour’s drive.

Posted 11-4-14 

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