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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. 

Duties:                            
  • 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. 

Qualifications:       

  • 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
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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.
 
Requirements:
  • 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.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • 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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIS POSITION:

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
important.
Must have a valid drivers’ license and access to an automobile.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTACT:

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.

Responsibilities:
  • 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.

Contact:
Patrick O. Teague
757-253-4042
patrick.teague@jyf.virginia.gov

Posted 5-4-15


Director
Hermann Farm & Museum
Hermann, MO


Hermann Farm, a new living history farm in the heart of Missouri wine country, is seeking a full time Director to oversee sales, interpretation and educational programming.  This position requires strong leadership skills and a variety of talents.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Overall site management, including moderate repairs, upkeep of facilities and grounds.
  • Planning and management of heirloom gardens, pastures and trees, and new mission based projects.
  • Tour and event sales, exhibit planning, training of staff and volunteers, as well as personally conducting tours.
  • Assisting in design and implementation of programming, grant applications and annual budget.
  • Oversight of projects relating to facilities, grounds and livestock.

Requirements:

We are looking for someone with living history experience and knowledge of rural agricultural practices during the 19th century.  Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.  The ideal person will have a passion for living history, enjoy working with people of all ages, be familiar with various old-time craft skills, and have strong personal and public relations skills.

In addition, candidates should be willing to work weekends and some evenings and holidays.  Candidates should also be comfortable wearing period clothing and giving tours, especially during events and demonstrations.

Salary or Pay Rate:    Negotiable, depending on experience and skills.

To Apply:    Please send resume and cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position to contactus@hermannfarm.com

Posted 4-23-15


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

Purpose:

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.

Qualifications:

Education/Experience:

  • 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:

http://www.metroparks.net
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 


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


Job Posting #:
  15-00404

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
www.middletonplace.org

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 
 
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.
Responsibilities:
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).
Fundraising/Marketing
  • 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.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
 
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.
 
POSTING NUMBER: 15-00222

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Posted 1-20-15

 

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