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Development Associate
Heritage Square Museum

Los Angeles, CA

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

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


Posted 7-14-14

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 7-1-14

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

Characteristics of Work:

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

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

Supervision is received from Director of Operations.

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

Examples of Work:

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

To Apply:

Employment Website

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

Posted 6-25-14

Livestock Husbander/Interpreter A
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA

Primary Duties

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

Application Requirements:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiring Rate:  Up to $13.32 hourly, full benefits

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

Questions:  careers@cwf.org

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

Posted 5-28-14

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

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

Examples Of Work Performed:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing Date:  Until Filled


Posted 5-28-14

Assistant 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.

Job Announcment - How To Apply

Posted 4-29-14

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:


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


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


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

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

Preferred Qualifications:


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


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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

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

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

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 4-22-14

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