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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


Park Interpreter / Park Ranger I 
Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm of LBJ State Park and Historic Site
Gillespie County, TX

Click here for information on the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, where this position is based. Sauer-Beckmann and LBJ SP/SHS are near Stonewall, east of Fredericksburg.

Job Description: click here

  • Please note the "Preferred Qualifications," "Acceptable Substitutions," and "Licensure" and for this position.

  • Please note the "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities" as well as "Working Conditions."

  • Note: 15% travel required.

How to Apply: Complete online the TPWD State of Texas Application for Employment + attach to it any/all required documents in order to be considered for this position. Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application. The online TPWD State of Texas Application for Employment starts at https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_login.cfm?&TopHeader=tpwd . Submit completed Application + attach any required forms and transcript(s) by 11:59PM CDT on application deadline.

Closing Date:  Monday, August 25, 2014, 11:59PM CDT.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 8-21-14

 


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


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


Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a historic site 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.

Description: 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 chosen candidate will supervise a staff of one full-time person and 3 part-time staff, as well as volunteers working within the program.
 
The candidate must have experience in the proper use and care of domesticated animals in a historic farm setting, supervise and train existing and new staff and volunteers, have experience using period implements associated with plowing, harrowing, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and harvesting, be able to perform and supervise routine maintenance of historic farming operations, develop and implement educational programs and 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 monitor any health-related issues. 
The position requires wearing suitable period costuming (provided) when the farm is open to the public. 
A working history with modern farm implements is also necessary, and the position requires conducting general site maintenance issues such as snow and ice removal, pruning trees, removal of brush and mowing as needed. 
The Historic Farm Foreman/Interpreter will report to the Manager of Historic Sites, and work closely with a general maintenance staff as needed.
 
The Historic Farm Foreman/Interpreter will report to the Manager of Historic Sites, and work closely with a general maintenance staff as needed.
 
Qualifications:  Candidate must be a college graduate with a major program of study in agriculture or historic farming program, and 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 read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a high school level, understand, follow and give written and verbal directions, manage and supervise subordinate personnel, have the ability to lift, maintain, carry weights of at least fifty pounds, use a computer, understand the basics of maintaining records via Microsoft applications, and perform other duties as assigned.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume and references by September 5, 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.

Posted 8-11-14


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


Contact:
Lise Foy
Director, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce
1150 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601)-432-4512
lise@mdac.ms.gov

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.

Competencies:

Communication: 
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.

OR

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

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

Posted 5-28-14



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



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.

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Posted 4-29-14



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