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Interpreter of African American History
Historic Brattonsville
McConnells, SC

Salary: $ $29,885

Under general supervision the Interpreter delivers engaging and enlightening interpretive experiences primarily at Historic Brattonsville but also across the CHM family of museums (Historic Brattonsville, Museum of York County, McCelvey Center, and the Main Street Children’s Museum) to a wide variety of Museum visitors.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  1. Delivers interpretive experiences and programs including, but not limited to, living history presentations, school and public tours, programs, special educational events, marketing/development events, etc. Interpretation will usually focus on the experience of enslaved peoples through living history presentations. Successful applicant must be versed in African American history.
  2. Applies best practices to program delivery and strives to discover and apply new strategies and techniques to keep interpretative experiences fresh and exciting.   Interpretive experiences include, but are not limited to, costumed living history, environmental education/science, cultural history, etc.
  3. Researches, plans, and implements interpretive projects including, but not limited to, tours, programs, living history interpretation and events related to the African American enslaved life.
  4. Assists, coaches, supervises, and serves as a resource for volunteers to improve the overall effectiveness and impact of the interpretive programs.
  5. Maintains active content knowledge in cultural and natural history plus other applicable content areas as well as knowledge of best practices and current concepts in interpretation and education.
  6. Frequent weekend and evening work required to coincide with peak audience visitation.
  7. Other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility.

Education And/Or Experience: Bachelors degree from accredited college or university. Successful prior experience as an interpreter working in an informal educational setting such as a museum, historic site, nature center, or park preferred.

To Apply:
Applications must be submitted on the York County Application for Employment form available on the web at http://www.yorkcountygov.com/departments/humanResources/onlinejobs/default.aspx .
Application Closing Date:  November 28, 2013

York County and The York County Cultural & Heritage Commission are EEOAA Employers.

Posted 10-27-14 

Sharlot Hall Museum
Prescott, AZ

The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona is now advertising to fill a newly created Museum Curator II position. This is a State of Arizona job and may be applied for by visiting the Arizona State Job web site. The job description is MUSEUM CURATOR II (Job Id 12471). This will be advertised until filled with the idea that the hiring process will be completed by the end of December and the successful applicant is on board in January, 2015. Questions regarding the hiring process may be directed to Nancy Hans nancyh@sharlot.org, work 928-445-3122 ext. 19 or cell 928-515-4630

Posted 10-1-14  

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

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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