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Living History Interpreter
The High Desert Museum
Bend, OR

Job Summary:
The High Desert Museum’s Living History program provides first-person interpretation of the High Desert throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Living History Interpreter is responsible for the interpretation of our 1904 High Desert Ranch, Sawmill and cultural history exhibits. The main duties include talking with visitors about historical topics, engaging visitors of all ages in learning about the past, demonstrating historical activities and assisting in daily operations. The Living History Interpreter will also assist in site maintenance, basic animal care and preparation for special programs. The Living History Interpreter will also provide exhibit tours as needed. 


  • BA in History, Anthropology, Museum Studies or other related field, or background in informal education or relevant work experience
  • Energetic and willing to learn new skills and historic content
  • Excellent interpretation and communication skills, including the ability to relate historical facts to a wide range of audiences and read audience interest. NAI certification desirable
  • Strong research skills and ability to synthesize material into relevant information for visitors
  • Enthusiasm to work successfully with a diverse group of volunteers
  • Ability to work unsupervised as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days, must work weekends
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. and conduct physical maintenance work
  • First Aid and CPR certification desirable


  • Interpret various aspects of the 1904 High Desert Ranch and Sawmill through demonstrations, station interpretation and hands-on activities. Engage public in hands-on programming and interpretation as primary focus of daily work.
  • Assist with the daily operation of Living History programming including set-up, site maintenance and heirloom animal care. Assist with needed behind-the-scenes routine site maintenance.
  • Serve as the frontline Living History Interpreter in the absence of other Living History staff. Oversee assigned site and volunteers as needed. Set an example of leadership for volunteers.
  • Comply with all Museum policies, procedures and safety regulations.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned by the Curator of Living History.

Salary: $10 - $12 per hour dependent on experience, plus benefits

To Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to lindae@highdesertmuseum.org
Applications received until September 20th, 2014

Posted 9-8-14 

Historic Farm Foreman/Interpreter
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Morristown, NJ

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, one of three historic sites of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ seeks a full-time Historic Farm Foreman/Interpreter .  The site is one of the oldest living historical farms in New Jersey.

The position is full-time, year-round and is responsible for the maintenance and interpretation of the farm, including the care of farm animals, maintenance of farming equipment (some modern, some historic), and the development of educational programs for the general public and school children.   The candidate must have experience in the proper use and care of domesticated animals in a historic farm setting, the supervision and training of current farm staff, new staff and volunteers.  The candidate should also have experience using period implements associated with plowing, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and harvesting, be able to perform and supervise routine maintenance of historic farming operations, develop and implement educational programs, work with other education staff to present and interpret programming associated with the farm, and other duties as assigned.

The chosen candidate must live on site in housing provided by the Morris County Park Commission (no exceptions), and conduct evening checks of livestock and the farm. 

  Candidate must be a college graduate with a major program of study in agriculture or a historic farming program, have a minimum of one year’s experience associated with the operation of a living historical farm, and the development of educational programming in this setting.  Candidate will have the ability to care for and use domesticated farm animals at a living historical farm, operate and maintain modern and historic mechanical equipment, work flexible hours including evenings and weekends,  and have a knowledge of tools, methods and materials used at living historical farms.  The candidate must demonstrate an ability to manage and supervise subordinate personnel, have the ability to lift and carry weights of at least fifty pounds, and be able to properly use a computer.

Salary: $49,000/year.  Additional compensation includes the on-site housing, and a medical, dental and pension plan (with employee contributions). 

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume and references by October 4, 2014 to:  Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites – msutherland@morrisparks.net.  No phone calls please.  For more information about the Morris County Park Commission and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit morrisparks.net or friendsoffosterfields.org.

Re-posted 9-8-14

Collections Manager and Registrar
Living History Farms
Urbandale, IA

Status:           Full time, Non-Exempt
Reports to:     Director of Interpretation
Supervises:    Agricultural implement specialist (Part time)
                       Living Collections Specialist (Part time)
                       Textile collections Specialist (Part time)

Position Summary:

The Collections manner works closely with museum staff on collections management, artifact registration, artifact repair, acquisition of needed items for interpretive programming, the planning and production of museum exhibits and supporting access to the collection of Living History Farms.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Living History Farms seeks a collections manager and registrar to maintain a collection of approximately 18,000 objects, including agricultural equipment, 19th century domestic furnishings, 19th century trades tools and store equipment, along with historic quilts and clothing.
  • The Collections manager will coordinate all collections committee meetings and make recommendations to management for acquisition priorities and de-accessioning of collections items before being submitted for board approval. This position will work with interpreters to complete furnishing plans for historic sites and will assist in locating and choosing appropriate artifacts and reproductions for program use.  The Collections Manager will work with the LHF management team to ensure best practices in collections care and management are maintained and enhanced. 
  • The collections manager will act as museum registrar, tracking accessions and de-accessions, incoming and outgoing loans, entering items into Past Perfect museum software databases, numbering items, providing yearly collections reports and following inventory procedures. The Collections manager will process deeds of gift and work with the VP of Development to process in-kind donations in a timely manner. 
  •  The Collections manager will be responsible for maintaining appropriate care and storage for items in the collections, including cleaning and monitoring of collections storage areas and training interpretive staff on proper collections handling in a living history museum setting.  This position will work with the maintenance department to monitor the collections storage areas for proper use of space, climate and humidity control, and the condition of items on exhibit. The Collections manager will conduct in-house restoration and repair on damaged or heavily used objects, which may include developing basic carpentry, sewing, painting and some machining skills. The Collections manager will coordinate specialty repairs by other LHF staff and outside contractors when needed.
  • The collections specialist will provide installation assistance and oversight of outgoing loans of the permanent collection, incoming traveling exhibits, and incoming loans from other organizations to Living History Farms. The position will assist with the design and installation of in-house exhibitions, both in physical gallery spaces and in virtual web based formats, maintaining ties to educational and interpretive themes and mission. The Collections Manager will assist in developing interpretive programs and printed materials to enhance the collection and how it is shared with the public.
  • The Collections manager will supervise and assign tasks to other collections staff, making best use of their unique areas of expertise.  This position will conduct yearly staff evaluations of collections department staff.
  • Must be willing to perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

This position requires 3 to 5 years of previous work experience specifically in the field of collections management.  A working knowledge of 19th century furnishings, agricultural equipment, tools and textiles; with an existing ability to conduct basic restoration and repair for such artifacts preferred.  Applicants will have an undergraduate degree (BS/BA) in History, American or Museum Studies, Historic Preservation or related field.  A Master’s Degree in is preferred. An extensive knowledge of museum best practices in the ethical care and management of collections and how these apply in a living history museum setting is required.  Demonstrated supervisory skills are necessary as well as the ability to attend to details in a timely manner, to organize multiple projects efficiently, and to interact professionally with colleagues and volunteers. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and strong oral and written communication skills. Computer skills including excel and word as well as a background in a computer database management systems such as Past Perfect Software required.

Physical Demands

This position will divide work time between office spaces, storage/exhibit buildings and restoration shop areas.  Applicant should be comfortable working in indoor, climate controlled offices as well as non-climate controlled storage buildings, and open air historic sites.    Indoor tasks will require working at a desk and utilizing a computer on a daily basis.  Artifact inventory, monitoring and retrieval will require accessing storage areas in second floor and basement spaces with the use of stairs, as well as  reaching/lifting objects up to 25 lbs. without assistance from shelving on a regular basis. Applicant may occasionally need to assist in moving larger pieces of machinery in conjunction with maintenance and other collections staff.  Some artifact restoration will take place in a carpentry/machine shop environment, requiring applicant to wear appropriate safety gear.  Exhibit installation may include work in non-climate controlled historic areas in both hot and cold seasons.   

Salary and Benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send application, resume and cover letter to: Janet Dennis, Email: jdennis@lhf.org

Posted 9-4-14

Executive Director
Touchstone Center For Crafts
Farmington, PA

Job Overview And Responsibilities

Executive Director duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Operation and administration of Touchstone’s 150-acre campus and facilities, including hiring/oversight of all paid, seasonal and contract personnel;
  • Financial operations, including budget, financial oversight and reports;
  • Member/volunteer relations and development; and, serving as the primary liaison between President, Board of Directors, and staff.
  • Coordination and implementation of grant-writing and fundraising programs, including individual, corporate/business, foundation and government sources, capital campaigns, special event fundraising, and student scholarships.
  • Planning educational programming, including seeking and contracting instructors, scheduling, and monitoring instructor/student satisfaction of annual classes, as well as special program development.
  • Planning and oversight of four yearly exhibits in Touchstone’s Iron Gate Gallery and Bea Campbell Gallery Store.
  • Community relations, development and outreach, including public speaking, business partnerships, and partnerships with other educational institutions.
  • Marketing of Touchstone’s offerings.

The ideal candidate understands his/her role as a steward of Touchstone’s interests and shares genuine enthusiasm for and commitment to the program areas of Touchstone’s mission, appreciation for the quality and strength of Touchstone, and its commitment to having a meaningful impact on the community it serves, and has a genuine alignment with the mission, vision, and culture of Touchstone.

  • Business acumen and the ability to manage vision and purpose simultaneously. Prior success managing a venture of similar size and scope to Touchstone is beneficial.
  • This individual will have a deep understanding of working with a Board and the respective roles of Directors and staff, and possess the willingness to apply a “hands-on” approach as needed on campus and to mentor staff.
  • This individual will be someone who displays bold vision, intellectual rigor and breadth, as well as the ability to listen, with an entrepreneurial drive. A responsive level of agility to capitalize on opportunities and trends and take appropriate risk to yield results and outcomes.
  • This individual will have prior demonstrated success in a position in the nonprofit, arts, government and/or corporate sectors and demonstrated breadth beyond the confines of any one discipline and possess the willingness to pursue the needed fundraising, from all available resources, to support Touchstone’s mission and operations, as well as articulate and compelling communication skills.
  • This individual will have a reputation for achieving results, sound and thoughtful decision-making, and solid organizational management with the ability to drive results and positive change through example, accountability and evaluation of disciplines, while striving for higher levels of organizational performance.
  • Unquestioned personal and professional integrity
  • Bachelor degree is required with emphasis in Development, Marketing and/or Program Design, Master’s degree a plus.

To Apply
Qualified individuals may apply confidentially by submitting resume, cover letter, and compensation requirements as PDF attachments to: EDSearch@touchstonecrafts.org
Please reference the following in the subject line of your email: Touchstone Center for Crafts, Executive Director.
Candidates must submit materials no later than Monday, September 29, 2014.

This opportunity features an idyllic workplace setting, an opportunity to interface with creative and accomplished individuals, and a chance to increase the awareness of a 40+ year-old organization with a reputation for artistic and programmatic excellence. Nestled in a pristine, natural environment on 150 wooded acres, Touchstone Center for Crafts welcomes students of all ages and levels of expertise to study with some of North America's finest artists and artisans in a variety of media. With a beautiful setting as a backdrop, Touchstone provides an opportunity for physical rejuvenation and creative exploration.

Touchstone Center for Crafts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 9-2-14

Farm Manager
Remick Museum & Farm
Tamworth, NH

Remick Museum & Farm, a non-profit educational, ALHFAM member, museum, in Tamworth, NH has an opening for a full-time year round farm manager.  Must be experienced in both large and small livestock, haying, maintenance of equipment as well as grounds & building maintenance.  Must be a team player who works well with others and understands and supports our mission to educate the public to the value and significance of the agricultural way of life.  Interaction with the public is necessary.  Management experience, strong work ethic and flexible schedule are also a must.  An interest in historic farming methods is preferred. 

To Apply: Send resume to pvanauken@remickmuseum.org or mail to 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth, NH 03886.

Posted 8-25-14

Executive Director
Coggeshall Farm Museum
Poppasquash Road, Bristol, RI

The Coggeshall Farm Museum was incorporated in 1973 with a mission to preserve this 1790’s Rhode Island salt-marsh farm, serving the community as a living museum and vital educational resource through demonstration of daily farm activity and honest interpretation that reflects its historical, multicultural influence. The Coggeshall Farm Museum is a working restoration of a late–18th century farm located on the Rhode Island coast.  The Museum uses its entire 48 acres as an educational environment and visitors learn about the agrarian life of tenant farming in New England through interpreters dressed in reproduction clothing, heirloom plants and animals, and the farm’s historic structures. The Museum's collection is focused on process, not objects; programs and events are run year-round and participants experience the day-to-day lives of tenant farmers by assisting interpreters with their chores. The executive director will serve as the chief executive officer of the Coggeshall Farm Museum and work under the direction of the organization’s Board of Directors to provide general oversight of all Museum activities and operations—including site management, financial management, personnel and volunteer management, program development, exhibits and collection management, fund-raising, and marketing and public relations.

The Board of Coggeshall Farm Museum is seeking an executive director that will place leadership and action against the goals of the existing 5-year strategic plan with special attention on its animal and plant life, buildings and grounds including restoration and new construction, educational programs, and the continued growth and sustainability of the organization.

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Serve as the primary resource to the Board and its committees, staff and volunteers in all areas of operation. Provide the Board with authoritative recommendations and information needed to make decisions and inform policy.
  • Track the Museum’s short- and long-term needs and objectives; establish management priorities for maintaining and improving all aspects of Museum operations.
  • Under the direction of the Board, develop the Museum’s annual budget and be responsible for all internal fiscal controls.
  • Oversee and implement policies for membership and donor development.
  • Develop, oversee and evaluate various income streams to the Museum, including Museum programming, grants, and other fundraising opportunities.
  • Supervise the farm manager and all paid and volunteer staff. Oversee recruitment, selection, training and development of both paid personnel and volunteers.
  • Oversee museum programming and exhibits by supervising the farm manager and other relevant personnel with development and implementation, and assist as needed.
  • Serve as chief compliance officer for the Museum with respect to matters such as financial reporting, personnel practices, and health and safety codes.
  • Work with the Board to evaluate and further evolve the Museum’s programming and educational opportunities for visitors and members. 
  • Coordinate all marketing and advertising efforts.
  • Serve as the Museum’s primary public relations officer, including public appearances, press relations, and liaison with all relevant government and community organizations.
  • Represent the Museum in all public forums, hearings, meetings, and collaborations.
  • Ensure that the animals at the farm are treated humanely and in accordance with the standards of care consistent with current veterinary practices.
  • Participate in the implementation of all museum agricultural, educational and restoration activities. Assist with interpreting, giving tours, and other program-related tasks, as needed.

Educational Requirements and Key Abilities:
This position requires candidates to possess historical sensitivity and knowledge, coupled with strong management skills. A desirable candidate will also be a self-starter and team player and exhibit an ability to problem solve and make decisions.  Superior communication skills—both written and oral—are required. Candidates should have experience working with a nonprofit Board and should have a Bachelor’s Degree, or its equivalent.
Salary:   $50,000 to $75,000, depending upon experience

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to board@coggeshallfarm.org by September 19, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to join the Board and staff at the Annual Harvest Fair September 20-21, 2014.

Posted 8-19-14

Manager of the National Colonial Farm
The Accokeek Foundation
Accokeek, MD

The Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization involved in land stewardship, historical preservation and sustainable agriculture, seeks a Manager for the National Colonial Farm.

Reports to: Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement

Overview Of Position
The Manager of the National Colonial Farm cares for the historical and agricultural resources of the National Colonial Farm and provides guidance and leadership in how those resources are interpreted to the public through public events, daily interpretation, and school programs. Another important part of the role is to provide historic expertise and knowledge of environmental sustainability as a backbone for interpretive programs.

The person in this position will be an integral player in transitioning the interpretation on the National Colonial Farm to model where the historic narrative is combined with an examination of environmental sustainability.

Required Qualifications

  • College degree in history, sustainable agriculture, education, environmental science or related field
  • Small-scale, historic farming experience
  • Knowledge of historic preservation
  • Knowledge of current-day environmentally sustainable agricultural practice
  • Previous living history museum experience, including demonstration of historic farming techniques
  • Excellent communication skills,  interpersonal skills, and diplomacy necessary to facilitate discussion around sensitive topics
  • Comfort around large and small animals
  • Willing and able to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Willing to work in costume when needed

Highly Desired Qualities

  • Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship
  • Strong interest in education, including designing interactive learning experiences
  • Experience in drama, including both third-person and first-person living history interpretation
  • Experience working with children

Specific Duties

  • Cultivate fields at the colonial farm, making hills, planting and tending crops, harvesting crops and saving seed using a combination or modern and historic techniques
  • Curates household artifacts and farming implements present on the National Colonial Farm
  • Involve visitors in learning activities on the farm
  • Act as Site Supervisor, overseeing interpreters or volunteers, when needed
  • Oversee design and care of Kitchen Garden, including researching, planting, weeding and saving seeds
  • Oversee care of the Museum Garden and assist the Agriculture Education Manager in curating botanical exhibits in this area
  • Oversee care and maintenance of historical buildings
  • Assist Livestock Manager with management of all heritage breed livestock on farm
  • Provide expertise on  colonial history and environmental sustainability to ensure that all information relayed to the public is well researched and accurate
  • Work with Director of Programs and Visitor Engagement in development and delivery of programs related to the Foundation’s Strategic Plan

To Apply:  email: cover letter and resume to: info@accokeek.org, with “Manager of National Colonial Farm” in the subject line by September 12, 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.
About the Accokeek Foundation:  
The Accokeek Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to connect people to history, agriculture, and nature through innovative educational programs and engaging visitor experiences. Founded over fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation through a public/private partnership that led to the creation of Piscataway Park, a nearly 5000-acre national park. Through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the Foundation cares for two hundred acres of the park, while fulfilling its mission. This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (demonstrates life of a tobacco planter on the eve of the American Revolution) the Ecosystem Farm (demonstrates sustainable agriculture on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm), 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.

The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 8-7-14

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

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