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Development Associate
Heritage Square Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Heritage Square Museum (HSM) is seeking a Development Associate for a full-time position with health plan benefits.  Reporting directly to the President of the Board of Directors, the Associate will coordinate the fundraising activities of HSM.  This includes researching grant opportunities and writing proposals, coordinating membership campaigns and annual fund initiatives, and identifying new opportunities and growing existing special events and exhibits to increase revenue and membership enrollment.  This position requires strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize as well as multi-task.  Fund development is essential to the overall success of the organization, and it is imperative that the person in this role be dedicated to this task.  Utilization of social media to reach a wide audience is mandatory.  A broad degree of creativity and latitude is expected.  A variety of additional tasks such as film crew or special event supervision may also be assigned.  The successful candidate will have a passion for the institution, collections, and mission of the museum. 

For more information, or to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Dana Anderson at hsmpersonnel@gmail.com or 323-225-2700 ext 223

Posted 7-14-14

Museum Curator (Director)
Tennessee Agricultural Museum - Ellington Agricultural Center
Nashville, TN

Mission: To foster greater awareness, understanding and appreciation among children and adults of the importance of agriculture’s past, present and future.

General Description: The museum curator (director) is responsible for exhibit planning, maintenance and management for more than 3,500 artifacts from early farm life through the electrification of farms in the early 20th century.  This includes inventory, installation and visual presentation of permanent and temporary exhibits, and the development of outdoor educational areas and interactive exhibits.  The director is responsible for supervising two employees and a corps of volunteers, and for maintaining positive relations with various support organizations and benefactors.  With the support of staff, the director plans, develops and implements educational programs for school children and adults, including self-guided tours and educational materials.  The director is also responsible for planning special programs and events including summer activities and a spring and fall festival.  As an employee of the department, the director reports to the commissioner’s office and supports the overall mission of the agency as required.

Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree and experience equivalent to three years in one or a combination of the following: professional or paraprofessional museum work, including assignments related to historical sites; the maintenance of library collections; or professional experience involved in the instruction or research in art, history, or museum science.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework credit received from an accredited college or university in education, museum science, library science, history, art, archaeology, and/or anthropology may substitute for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years (e.g., 36 graduate quarter hours in one or a combination of the above listed fields may substitute for one year of the required experience).
Substitution of Experience for Education:
Five years of experience as a Museum Curatorial Assistant with the State of Tennessee.


  • Creativity
  • Functional/Technical Competency
  • Decision Quality
  • Intellectual Horsepower
  • Learning on the fly
  • Perspective
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communications
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Patience


  • Clerical
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Geography
  • Geology


  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Time Management


  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Oral Expression
  • Originality
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Written Expression
  • Static Strength

To Apply:
Prospective applicants must apply online within the specified period of time when the job is announced on the Tennessee Department of Human Resources website at http://www.tn.gov/dohr.  The State of Tennessee online employment application can be found on the active job posting.

Closing Date: The job will be open beginning July 2nd and will close on Friday, August 1st, 2014.

The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7-1-14

Museum Farm Manager (Facilities Maintenance Manager)
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Jackson, MS

Characteristics of Work:

This full-time position oversees the development and daily operations of a 1920’s era living history farm, care of farm animals and barnyard exhibit.  The farmer performs occasional special farm tours, and works with and supervises farm volunteers to grow vegetables and agricultural crops.  As farm plan is developed and expanded, integration of heirloom varieties of vegetables, heritage breeds of animals and historic farming methods are preferred.

The farm component of the museum is a vital part of the operation and mission to preserve Mississippi’s rural and agricultural heritage.  The museum complex includes about 3 acres of established pasture, several areas for cultivated land, a barnyard exhibit and a historic farmstead which includes a small orchard and vegetable garden. 

Supervision is received from Director of Operations.

Must be available for weekend and holiday work, have a warm and enthusiastic demeanor, be team-oriented, and be quality customer service driven. Support a collaborative work environment within project teams and with all Museum colleagues to ensure quality experiences according to the Museums mission and vision.

Examples of Work:

  • Responsible for the care of Museum  livestock
  • Feed and care for animals on a daily basis
  • Clean barn and barnyard area daily
  • Care and upkeep of pasture area, pony sweep and pavilion areas
  • Development of and management of grazing plan for large livestock including cattle, ponies and mules
  • Stay abreast of developments in agricultural and living history museum education and exhibit development in relation to working with livestock and antique farm implements, sharing knowledge with colleagues, enhancing our ability to innovate and advance
  • Operate train, carousel and tractor drawn rides as needed
  • Responsible for guest relations and operations required for birthday parties
  • Assist Grounds and Landscape Supervisor and Facilities Manager of Sales and Rentals when needed
  • Work in cooperation with all Museum teams during special events as needed

To Apply:

Employment Website

Lise Foy
Director, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce
1150 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601)-432-4512

Posted 6-25-14

Livestock Husbander/Interpreter A
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties

  • Provides for the care of the Foundation's cattle, sheep and poultry.
  •  Demonstrates and interprets all aspects of livestock husbandry with emphasis on 18th century practices.

Application Requirements:

  • Knowledge, skill, and ability required to fulfill the defined job responsibilities usually acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to: Coursework or completion of a four-year degree in Animal Science and experience working with livestock.
  • Must also possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on Colonial Williamsburg’s criteria.  Final candidates are to present in person to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Employment Office a valid driver's license and an original Motor Vehicle Record transcript (MVR). The MVR is to be no older than 30 days, issued by the same state as the driver’s license, and must cover the past seven years. Within 60 days new residents must obtain a Virginia driver’s license.


Ability to: ( a) organize and present information in verbal and written form to diverse groups, (b) to follow written and oral instructions and (c) gather information by asking appropriate questions.

Guest Relations:
  Ability to: (a) present and maintain a warm and enthusiastic demeanor with guests and co-workers, (b) deal with the public in one-on-one and large group situations,(c) handle a variety of guest interactions, (d) balance needs of the guest and the needs of the organization, and (e) establish and maintain cordial and productive relationships with co-workers across the organization and with guests.

Decision Making:  Ability to work independently within a set of guidelines and procedures with general supervision.

Knowledge and Skill:
  Ability to: (a) read and assimilate information, and (b) knowledge of Colonial History.

Working Conditions:  Ability to: (a) adapt to a changing work environment, (b) work flexible schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays, (c) work outdoors in varying weather conditions and to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, and mold, (d) perform various functions such as standing, walking, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and strenuous physical activities, and (e) perform job responsibilities wearing appropriate period clothing.

Highly desired:  Course work in Animal Science, Colonial History, or a field related to Livestock Husbandry.  Previous work in a museum setting with livestock.  Familiarity with the Historic Area.

Hiring Rate:  Up to $13.32 hourly, full benefits

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

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

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

Posted 5-28-14

Program Supervisor III (Site Manager)
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site
Brazoria, TX

Job Description:
The Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site is under development and is currently not open to the public. A new visitor center, exhibits, and outdoor interpretation are currently being designed and developed. The interpretive focus of the site is the African American community before and after the Civil War which is based on the extensive archeological work done in the slave quarters in the past 15 years. The Site Manager will assist the Historic Sites Division architectural and exhibit staff to oversee and work with the architectural contractor and exhibit design and fabrication contractors during the development of the site. Under the direction of the Historic Sites Supervisor, the Site Manager is responsible for effective administration, management and operation of the Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budget development and management; maintenance of site; resource management and curatorial care of original and reproduction artifacts and exhibits; visitor services, interpretive and educational program planning, development, scheduling, production and evaluation; development of beneficial partnerships, volunteer management, media relations, promotional and marketing activities; records management and reporting; management of minor repair and maintenance projects; and personnel management. The Site Manager assists the Historic Sites Supervisor and Division Director with effective coordination and interaction with headquarters staff, landowners, and local government entities on matters affecting the site. Provides leadership to site staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to successfully manage and conserve the site’s natural and cultural resources. Complies with all agency policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.

Examples Of Work Performed:

  • Hiring and supervision of site staff, including a Customer Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, and Maintenance staff.
  • Oversees operation of the historic site for public visitation.
  • Responsible for program planning, development, and implementation.
  • Develops and implements effective techniques for evaluation of operation and programs.
  • Insures appropriate care for historic artifacts at the site.
  • Studies and analyzes operations and problems, and prepares reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Prepares justifications for and assists in implementing procedural changes and policy compliance.
  • Works with program staff in determining trends and resolving technical problems.
  • Works with and speaks to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve, and stimulate interest in the program and to secure support for local programs.
  • May develop procedure manuals and planning documents.
  • May train others.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

Working Conditions:
(1) Required to work forty hour week that includes flexible schedules, hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with days off other than Saturday, Sunday and holidays; (2) Required to travel with occasional overnight stays; (3) Required to respond to emergency situations; (4) Required to work with varied and diverse segments of the public as well as fellow employees; (5) Non-smoking work environment in all state buildings and vehicles.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience
A Master’s degree in African American Studies, History, American Studies, Archeology, Museum Studies or a closely related field that included museum studies course work, plus two years’ experience in the museum field and one year of administrative and supervisory experience in directing a museum or historic site.


A Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies, History, American Studies, Archeology, Museum Studies or a closely related field that included course work in museum studies plus four years’ experience in the museum field and one year of administrative and supervisory experience in directing a museum or historic site.

A strong background in African American history or related archeology, and experience with interpreting contested history from multiple view-points is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(1) Knowledge of historic site administration and operations; (2) Knowledge of cultural resource management; (3) Knowledge of museum interpretation/education; (4) Knowledge of African American history and plantation economies; (5) Skill in overseeing facility/equipment/grounds repair programs and repair techniques; (6) Skill in the use of personal computers; (7) Skill in effective verbal and written communication; (8) Ability to supervise employees while maintaining a team environment; (9) Ability to develop marketing, promotional activities and special events; (10) Ability to manage programs and projects; (11) Ability to develop and maintain financial systems; (12) Ability to develop relationships and professional partnerships with diverse communities.

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

Job Posting Number:  14-1200-20  On-line Listing

Salary: $3,883.34 - $4,800 Monthly

Closing Date:  Until Filled


Posted 5-28-14

Assistant Program Manager / Village Interpreter
Camlann Medieval Village
King County, Washington State

Camlann Medieval Association is seeking a flexible, motivated, career minded staff person to work with our CEO on all aspects of program management and development.  Camlann village is an independent living history museum, founded in1984, dedicated to the portrayal of daily life, old world crafts, technology, and visual/performing arts, in rural 14th century England, in order to reflect the influence of these traditions on post industrial/high-tech society.

Duties & Responsibilities will require team effort and multi-tasking, depending on your diverse skills and experience, may involve:

Administrative and organizational:

  • Office systems: computer skills, communications, bulk mail programs
  • Publicity campaigns: press coordination, advertising, social media
  • Fundraising, grant writing, budgeting, accounting
  • Staff Development, human resources, volunteer training and coordination

Site Development & management:

  • Animal care (we currently have 2 sheep)
  • Garden / landscape planning and maintenance    
  • Timber-frame, wattle and daub construction of buildings and fencing
  • Collections acquisition, inventory and upkeep

Crafts & education:

  • First person interpretation
  • Research, writing, class and workshop presentations
  • Foodways programs - open hearth cooking - banquet and food service support
  • Textile processes: shearing, spinning, weaving, clothing  production and maintenance
  • Hand crafts: pottery, baskets, woodworking, calligraphy and art, candle making, soap making, etc.
  • Historic music, dancing, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, knightly arts, other performance skills

Position Requirements: 

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • First person interpretive skills needed to portray a 14th century village woman’ life experiences
  • Two or more years of work experience in historical interpretation and program development
  • A strong interest in medieval culture with relevant personal study or formal education.
  • Attention to thoroughness, details, and seeing tasks through to completion
  • An appetite for learning new skills, and a readiness for undertaking physical as well as creative jobs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with participants and visitors

Compensation:  $20,000 - $22,000 annual to start, based on experience level;  this includes $800 per month (tax free) for on-site housing.  Position opens June 1st, and will involve weekend and some evening hours.
To Apply:  Send your résumé and any attachments to:

Camlann Medieval Association
10320  Kelly Road NE
Carnation,  WA   98014

Posted 5-23-14

Historical Educator/Interpreter (Interpretive Manager)
First State Heritage Park/Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
Dover, DE

First State Heritage Park – Delaware State Parks (DNREC) is seeking motivated and creative candidates for the position of Historical Educator/Interpreter to develop and implement a stimulating, engaging and audience-building roster of programs focused on Delaware and its capital city. First State Heritage Park is a partnership of state and city agencies creating Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” which links historic and cultural sites in the capital. The Historical Educator/Interpreter will be responsible for performing the following:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing new, enhancing current and evaluating existing interpretive historical programming that includes site tours and walking tours, as well as innovative historical theater presentations
  • Directing and performing in existing and writing new historical theater presentations
  • Training, supervising and evaluating part-time historical interpreters, interns and volunteers
  • Managing group tour and staff schedules and visitor attendance records
  • Enhancing existing and creating new grade-specific, standards-based school programs
  • Coordinating with multiple agencies to develop interpretive planning for a cohesive visitor experience
  • Managing historical clothing and props inventories for historical programs
  • Managing and developing social media presence, technology and other marketing opportunities
  • Assisting to manage the Park’s signature event – FSHP’s 18th Century Market Fair

Position Requirements:
The ideal candidate will have at least the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in American History or related field
  • Two or more years of work experience in historical interpretation, preferably in a supervisory and/or program development role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to master new information

Salary: The position is a non-merit renewable contractual position with Delaware State Parks.  Salary is $31,440. Benefits include medical, dental, disability and life insurance.

Closing Date: June 16, 2014

To Apply:
Applicants interested in applying for this position are encouraged to submit letter of inquiry and a resume that outlines relevant and qualifying experience and education to:

Sarah Zimmerman
First State Heritage Park
102 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901

The State of Delaware is an EOE.

Posted 5-20-14

Director of Development
The Accokeek Foundation
Accokeek MD


The Accokeek Foundation cultivates passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park, a national park on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River, through engaging educational
programs and visitor experiences focused on stewardship and sustainability. Founded over fifty  years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Accokeek Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation with a public/private partnership that led to the creation of this nearly 5000-acre park of which the Foundation stewards 200 acres through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (living history museum that serves as a gateway for connecting people to our agricultural past), the Ecosystem Farm (an 8-acre organic vegetable farm that engages the public in sustainable agriculture), heritage breed livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people, and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site on several national trails.

Overview - Director of Development:
Working with the Board of Trustees, President/CEO, and senior staff, the Director of Development manages fundraising for an annual operating budget of approximately $1.5 million. The Foundation receives a federal appropriation through the National Park Service which represents part of this budget, but is striving to lessen its dependence on this appropriation by expanding other public and private funding, including individual and corporate support, as well as foundation funding. The Accokeek Foundation has just completed a new Strategic Plan and the Director of Development will play a key role in its successful implementation.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Serves as a member of the senior management team, reporting to the President and CEO
  • Plans and executes the Accokeek Foundation’s corporate and individual giving programs, including membership campaigns, workplace giving, major gifts, planned giving, specialevents, and ongoing fundraising initiatives each year.
  • Researches foundations, corporations and individuals to identify and evaluate prospects.
  • Develops grant proposals for general operating support and works with senior staff to identify projects and develop proposals for specific programs and projects.
  • Generates new resource development initiatives and coordinates special projects as assigned
  • Builds and maintains strong, ongoing relationships with current and prospective key financial donors, members, and contributors.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Marketing on the development of donor communications such as the Annual Report, year end appeal, donor newsletter, etc.
  • Builds and supervises staff development team.
  • Assists the President/CEO with budgeting for revenue and fundraising expenses, analysis of revenue trends, and creating and managing a development plan that is consistent with the Foundation’s strategic plan.
  • Keeps current with fundraising best practices, trends, and issues in all areas related to the Foundation’s work.
  • Participates in board meetings, board committee meetings, and other development and outreach events outside the organization’s normal operating hours. Serves as staff liaison for board resource development committee.

We are looking for candidates with the following background:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent).
  • At least 5 years demonstrated success in fundraising for a science center, history museum, nature center, or other non-profit focused on informal learning and visitor engagement.
  • Experience in generating new revenue sources.
  • Strong background in project budgeting and grants management.
  • Ability to work with high level constituents (including donors and board members).
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Skills in using online integrated technology tools for fundraising (Accokeek uses Salesforce for database, online giving, event registration, and other ecommerce, as well as Constant Contact for direct email).
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Supervisory experience.

The starting salary for this full-time position will be approximately $50,000, plus an excellent
benefit package.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter describing your experience and skills as they relate to his position to info@accokeek.org, with “Director of Development” in the subject line. Please
include two relevant writing samples, no more than 6 pages total. Preference given to pplications received by June 10, 2014.

The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure the safety and well-being  of the organization’s staff and visitors. Positions are open until filled.

The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek MD 20607 | www.accokeekfoundation.org | 301-283-2113

Posted 5-19-14

Assistant Site Manager
1840s Garfield Farm Museum
Geneva, IL

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

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 sitemanagement. Work with executive director and staff. 

Send resumes to  Box 403, LaFox, www.garfieldfarm.org  For information : garfieldnews@elnet.com

re-posted 5-14-14

Content and Quality Control Coordinator
Kings Landing Corporation
Prince William, N.B

Kings Landing is seeking an individual to join the Visitor Experience branch as the Content and Quality Control Coordinator working in Prince William, NB.
The candidate will be responsible for the overall interpretation of the living history museum and exhibits. Establishing quality standards to ensure relevance, accuracy and consistency. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Develop an annual interpretation strategy that will detail what will be interpreted during the season;
  • Develop interpretation standards for all areas on the site;
  • Develop training & coaching plans for employees;
  • Continuously monitor, coach and assist in interpretation delivery & development;
  • Organize, plan and coordinate the delivery of the visitor experience;
  • Principle liaison between heritage resources, content and visitor experience;
  • Other tasks as required.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Exhibit Design or Interpretation or other related discipline and four (4) years of thorough and progressively responsible experience in the above mentioned functions are required.
    A Master’s degree in Education, History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Exhibit Design or Interpretation or other related discipline and Two (2) years of thorough and progressively responsible experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered
  • Written and spoken competence in English is required. Please state your language capability.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. Please ensure that preferred language for assessment is identified on your resume.

Behavioural Competencies:  The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies: Commitment to Learning; Creative Thinking/Innovation; Effective Interactive Communication; Information Seeking; and Relationship/Network Building.

Technical Competencies: The successful candidate will possess the following technical competencies: Planning and Organizing Skills and Specialized Subject Matter Expertise and Knowledge.

Résumés should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we promote a scent-reduced environment.

Salary: $1,790 to $2,500 bi-weekly

To Apply: We encourage applicants to apply on-line at https://www.ere.gnb.ca, by email to maryse.mcfarlane@gnb.ca or by mail at the following address on or before May 9, 2014.

Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Human Resource Services
P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1
(506) 453-3115

Posted 5-2-14

Curator of Interpretation and Collections
Wade House Historic Site
Greenbush, WI

The Wade House Curator of Interpretation and Collections is a professional museum position with responsibility for the interpretation program at the Site, as well as the management and maintenance of the extensive artifact collections. The curator oversees limited term employees (LTEs) in the area of interpretation and stewardship in consultation with the Wade House Director. The position provides limited support to other areas of museum operations including but not limited to the museum store, guest services, and historic preservation and/ or general care for site facilities. The Curator attends and organizes meetings and presentations for school children, members of the public, donors, local support groups and professional organizations.

Job Announcment - How To Apply

Posted 4-29-14

Park Ranger II / Historic Farmer(Team Lead Interpreter)
Barrington Living History Farm
Washington, TX

General Description:
Under the supervision of Site Manager, this position is responsible for performing interpretation and educational programs for the Barrington Living History Farm. Supervises and develops performance plans and evaluations for Park Ranger I interpretive positions. Creates special programming throughout the year and work as a team member on special programs. Provides optimal fiscal controls when needed in sales of tickets and merchandise. Assists with general visitor services and general housekeeping duties. Feeds animals on-site and record keeping of livestock. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree.


  • Two years experience in interpretation or educational program development and presentations.


  • Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class “C” Texas driver’s license.

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Park Administration, Recreation & Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Range Management, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology/Archeology, History or closely related field.


  • Three years in interpretation or educational program development and presentation;
  • Three years in natural and/or cultural resource management;
  • Experience as a supervisor or team leader;
  • Experience in customer service;
  • Experience in park operations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of Texas history circa 1820-1860;
  • Knowledge of interpretive techniques such as 1st and 3rd person living history, exhibit development or publication preparation;
  • Knowledge of English, spelling, grammar and punctuation;
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics;
  • Skill in providing interpretive services to diverse groups and ages;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in using standard office equipment;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to develop and implement interpretive and educational and special programs for diverse ages, interests and backgrounds;
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain accurate records of concession items;
  • Ability to follow purchasing rules and regulations;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and age ranges;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work rounding up livestock and loading/unloading feed;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 60 lbs.

To Apply:
TPWD HR Division
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-389-4545; Fax: 512-389-4861; Internet: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/jobs/

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 4-22-14

Historic Arts and Trades Artisan (2)
Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth, MA

This position assists in building the houses, barns, and many other reproductions in Plimoth Plantation’s 17th-Century English Village. The position also helps to maintain the structures and landscape of the museum’s re-created village. The individual uses historically appropriate techniques while interpreting to our guests as a first person role-player.



Posted 4-22-14

Historic Interpreter-Male Role
Golden Pond, KY

Salary/Benefits: $22,000, $125/month health allowance, 10 paid holidays, 15 days paid leave.

Location: The Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in Western Kentucky and Tennessee

Starting Date/Duration: As soon as possible/Permanent position.

Qualifications: Prefer 4-year college degree and some related experience. Ability to communicate needed messages to the public. Customer service skills are important to this role.

Duties: This full-time position serves as a living history interpreter on an active mid-19th century farm with 16 restored log structures. The position plans and demonstrates 19th century general farm work including plowing, wood work, tobacco farming, oxen and horse handling, animal care, gardening, and special events for the general public and organized groups. The successful candidate must be available for weekend and holiday work, have a warm and enthusiastic demeanor, be team-oriented, and quality customer service driven.

Deadline to Apply: 4/15/14

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and at least three references to:
Jim Taylor, Director of Operations
Land Between The Lakes Association (Friends of LBL) not-for-profit partner with the USDA Forest in management of LBL, NRA
345 Maintenance Road
Golden Pond, KY 42211
jtaylor@friendsoflbl.org (preferred means of contact)
www.FriendsofLBL.org or www.LBL.org

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. Find out more by visiting www.lbl.org

Posted 3-18-14

Park Superintendent
First State Heritage Park-Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
Dover, DE

Salary: The position is a non-merit contractual position with Delaware State Parks. Salary is $44,094. Benefits include medical, dental, disability and life insurance.

Closing Date:
March 14, 2014

Duties and Responsibilities:

First State Heritage Park-Delaware State Parks (DNREC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Park Superintendent, responsible for performing the following duties and responsibilities:

  •  Plans, coordinates and oversees implementation of First State Heritage Park.
    • Develop short- and long-term goals for the park in collaboration with planning team members. Establish priorities for the planning process. Negotiate and incorporate input from planning team members, advisory groups and community.
    • Maintain and enhance collaborative relationships with interagency partners, advisory groups, and community members. Facilitate the working relationship of the partner agencies as outlined in the Memo of Understanding.
  •  Develops and manages First State Heritage Park annual $250,000 operating budget.
    • Recommend and monitor purchases and contractual services.
    • Explore additional funding sources for the project.
    • Work closely with accounting to provide regular fiscal reports as required by Department of State.
  •  Maintains and enhances a strong identity for First State Heritage Park
    • Manage all First State Heritage Park signage, including highway signs, building and pole banners, interpretive waysides, and informational kiosks.
    • Develop and implement annual marketing plan for First State Heritage Park, including advertising and media relations.
    • Work closely with Delaware State Parks Creative Services and partner agencies on promotional graphics projects.
    • Plans and manages the First State Heritage Park’s annual signature event – the 18th Century Market Fair.
  • Hires, supervises and evaluates paid and volunteer staff positions that support the park’s programming and activities in accordance with Delaware State Parks management practices.
  • Manages and oversees the park’s interpretive center (John Bell House) and office facilities.

Position Requirements: Applicants must have at least the following education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, preferably in museum or recreation management, public administration or business management. Background in history or cultural heritage is strongly desirable. Strong management skills and significant experience managing staff and budgets are required. Strong written and oral communication skills are necessary.

To Apply:
Applicants interested in applying for this position are encouraged to submit letter of inquiry and a résumé that outlines relevant and qualifying experience and education to:
Matthew Ritter
Division of Parks and Recreation
152 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901

The State of Delaware is an EOE.

Posted 2-6-14

Lead Interpreter-Ranching Heritage
George Ranch Historical Park
Richmond Texas

Supervisor: Director of Programs

Excellent benefit package includes health and life insurance; 10 days paid vacation and 11 paid holidays.

Workweek: Tuesday through Saturday, with occasional variances.

Starting Salary Range:

We are seeking a highly motivated energetic career professional to provide leadership and management of ranching heritage interpretive programs, educational offerings, and related special events at the George Ranch Historical Park (an AAM accredited institution). Qualified candidates must have personal experience in both planning and delivering credible authentic
interpretive programs, possess traditional cowboy roping and riding skills, and be familiar with first person interpretation.

Minimum Job Requirements: High school diploma required; college degree highly desirable. 3 to 5 years relevant experience. Excellent verbal and written communication
skills. Proven personnel management, budgetary compliance, and interpretive/educational strategic planning experience. Computer software skills (Microsoft Office).


  • Administration
    • Implements approved strategic plans for ranching programs.
    • Provides regular oversight and review of departmental compliance relating to established organizational standards of performance.
  • Management:
    • Supervises, manages and evaluates 2-3 subordinate hourly staff to successfully accomplish goals and objectives.
    •  Ensures budgetary compliance for departmental operating budget.
    • Coordinates with other Lead Interpreters, Visitor Services, Site Rentals and Publicity senior staff to achieve daily operational goals and special event activities.
  • Interpretation/Education:
    • Assists with development and implements an annual educational/interpretive strategic plan. Establishes departmental goals and programmatic content standards for onsite and off-site education; including exhibits, programs and special events.
    • Provides innovative and creative leadership for development and expansion of educational/interpretive programs to keep pace with market trends and educational standards.
    • Develops and leads a variety of interpretative programs including regular daily programming, school programming and special event programming.
    • Maintains and oversees staff training, evaluation and staff continuing education.
  • Other
    • Recruits, trains and utilizes volunteers
    • Recruits members for the Association.
    • Represents the George Ranch as needed with organizations and individuals requesting historical knowledge or expertise.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to Krystal Willeby, Director of Programs at kwilleby@georgeranch.org.

Position is open until filled.

Posted 2-14-14

Hale Farm and Village
Bath, OH

Responsibility: The Glassblower of Hale Farm and Village is responsible to the Education and Public Program Manager of Hale Farm and Village.

Classification: Full Time / Non-Exempt


  1. Provide in-depth interpretations on the craft, its products and services in the community, region and world, the technology, processes, skills, organization and working environment of the craft; the lives and times of those who pursued the craft to a variety of audiences in the glassworks factory at Hale Farm and Village.
  2. Expand proficiency in the skill of 19th century glassblowing and use the information to expand the interpretation and demonstration to the visitor.
  3. Research available information on the craft and practitioners of the craft. Work with other WRHS departments including research, Sales, crafts & Trades and interpretation in developing new/varied interpretive programs.
  4. Produce the Hale Farm Glass line to meet the specifications for wholesale, retail sale or for use in the restoration programs at Hale Farm & Village.
  5. Follow the safety and security procedures established for the site, the tools, materials and equipment.
  6. Perform general maintenance and repairs on all glassworks equipment, both fixed and portable, used at Hale Farm & Village.
  7. Purchasing supplies and materials necessary for production and demonstrations at Hale Farm
  8. Teach workshops with skill levels from beginner to advance.
  9. Schedule and coordinate ordering necessary supplies/materials for all crafts and trades at Hale Farm & Village
  10. Undertake other specific duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Must have the physical strength and agility to select,
  • produce, and process all materials and use equipment
  • and tools needed for the demonstration/production of
  • glass products.

BA in related field of study preferred. Previous experience in a production glass house. Previous public speaking experience. This position requires skill in the appropriate craft and the capability to study and present a historically accurate picture of the craft. Since the incumbent represents Hale Farm and Village to the public, an ability to be articulate, accurate, enthusiastic and sensitive to the needs of the public is a must. Knowledge of chemistry, electronics and construction skills is desirable.


  • Must be able to lift minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in extreme heat and cold.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Pinkston via email at jpinkston@wrhs.org or through mail at Western Reserve Historical Society, Attn: HR – Glassblower position, 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. 

Posted 2-6-14

Supervisor of Plimoth Grist Mill
Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth. MA

Plimoth Plantation is a 17th-century living history museum in Plymouth, MA. The Supervisor of Plimoth Grist Mill involves support and assistance for the Program Manager in the daily operations at a busy historic site in downtown Plymouth that includes operating a 17th-century mill in a recreated mill building, grinding grain to produce flour and meal and overseeing the interpretation of the mill. It also involves assistance in planning, scheduling, and managing the daily milling exhibit at the Mill.

The Supervisor is expected to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere at all times for Museum guests, staff and volunteers. Passion for this mill project is needed. Must be eager to learn the mechanical operations of the Plimoth Grist Mill in order to become proficient at grinding grain that, in terms of quality and quantity, can be used in our foodways programs and sold in our Museum Shops.

A general background in a manual trade such as carpentry, masonry, agriculture or mechanical technology is beneficial in this position but not required. Must have a good speaking voice, and be able to conduct interpretive talks for a diverse audience in an engaging manner. Must be able to multi-task (for example, respond to guests’ questions while ensuring that the millstone and mill wheel are turning properly and grain is being fed into the hopper at the appropriate rate).

To Apply: See website for full job description www.plimoth.org/jobs. Send cover letter & resume to: Sue Haverstock shaverstock@plimoth.org.

Posted 2-4-14

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