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Historic Farm Manager (reposted, now as full-time)
Sauder Village
Archbold, OH

Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living history village, located in Archbold is seeking applicants for a Full Time Historic Farm Manager to oversee historic farming interpretation and programming.  Sauder Village is a non-profit living history village that depicts rural history from 1803 through 1920 through 47 buildings staffed by third person interpreters.  For more information about our site, visit our website at www.saudervillage.org.  
We are looking for someone with living history experience and knowledge of rural agricultural history of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required.  Candidates must be able to work in a team setting, enjoy working with the public of all ages, and share a passion for living history.  
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research the rural history of this region during the 19th and early 20th centuries including farming practices, animal and crop usage, technological changes, political and social issues and the like and uses that research to interpret that history to Sauder Village guests.
  • Oversee the daily care of livestock collection of horses, sheep, pigs and poultry including feeding, stall and pen cleaning and basic medical care.
  • Maintain accurate, current health records on each animal under Village care.
  • Oversee the acquisition of appropriate historic animal varieties.
  • Oversee the barnyard staff of buggy drivers and groomers including scheduling and training.
  • Work with the Curator of Education to develop and implement historically based demonstrations, participatory experiences and programs for guests of all ages.
  • Work with the Curator of Collections to acquire historically accurate equipment for farming needs and assist when needed with the creation of agricultural themed exhibits.
  • Work with the Historic Gardens Supervisor on the development and care of period gardens.
  • Provide costumed interpretation on-site and off-site, regarding historical farming to people of all ages
  • Perform a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry and maintenance tasks related to the historic farm operations.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of agricultural components for special events.
  • Sit on the Education team, and attend regular meetings of that team, and other Sauder Village meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Report to and regularly communicate with the Curator of Education regarding historic farming issues, events, ideas for future programming.

To Apply:
For a complete job description, application, and salary information, contact:
Aaron Alt

Posted 12-18-14

Farm Operations Manager
Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview, IL

Wagner Farm is an award-winning living-history museum depicting American farming in the 1920’s and offers educational programs, special events, and is open for regular visitation by the general public. The Farm Operations Manager reports to the Farm Director and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of facility management and operations. In this role, you will be primarily responsible for the areas of agriculture, maintenance, customer service,department specific employee and volunteer management, farm business endeavors, construction projects and museum security.

For a full job description, salary, benefits, and to apply, visit:


Posted 12-10-14

Executive Director
Legacy of the Plains Museum
Gering, NE

Summary of Position:
The Executive Director will coordinate and oversee all Legacy of the Plains Museum (LoPM) operations, supervise paid LoPM staff, coordinate volunteers, work with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial health of the organization and will monitor and report progress to the Board and/or standing committees on a regular basis and implement board policy.  The Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization and the management of the organization’s office, staff and volunteers, as well as its community outreach and fundraising activities.  The Executive Director will provide leadership and support to the Board of Directors and will be under the direct supervision of the President of the Board and will report to the Board. 

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Successful grant writing experience
  • Strong office management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft© office products Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task detailed activities
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality, error free work products
  • Bachelor’s degree or three to five years demonstrated experience preferred
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • A passion for history and museums

To Apply:
Resume’s can be e-mailed to jruzicka60@gmail.com or mailed to:
Jodi Ruzicka, 1785 A Street, Gering, NE  69341

Posted 12-5-14

Interpretive Specialist-Daily Programming
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site
Olathe, KS

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas invites applicants for the position of Interpretive Specialist-Daily Programming. The Daily Programming Specialist, with the site manager and other interpretive specialists, develops and executes the overall interpretive program and visitor experience at this dynamic, mid-19th century living history site located just outside Kansas City on what was the Santa Fe Trail. The successful applicant will be highly team-oriented, and demonstrate a passion for engaging youth, families, and adults in actively discovering Kansas’ agricultural, frontier, transportation, and Civil/Border War history on and off site using living history and other forms of interpretation. Mahaffie Historic Site is a city government-owned facility administered through Olathe’s Parks and Recreation Department. Olathe is nationally recognized for its high quality of life for residents and an outstanding school system.

To Apply:

For a job description, salary, benefits, and to apply, visit: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/olathe/default.cfm and select Interpretive Specialist – Daily Programming from the list of open positions.

Posted 12-2-14

Site Manager (Program Supervisor III)
Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site (Texas Historical Commission)
Mexia, TX

The 76-acre Confederate Reunion Grounds (www.visitcrg.com) is located in Limestone County at the confluence of the Navasota River and Jack’s Creek. Historic architectural attractions include the 1893 dance pavilion, entrance marker and iron archway, 1920s pump house, ruins of Miss Mamie Kennedy’s “Delight House,” Colonel Humphrey’s Arch and Spring, rock and concrete barbecue pits, and rock chimneys, foot bridges, ponds, fountains, cisterns and wells throughout the site. 

Job Description:
Under the direction of the Historic Sites Supervisor, the Site Manager is responsible for effective administration, management and operation of Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: budget development and management; maintenance of site; resource management and curatorial care of original, period and reproduction artifacts, furnishings and exhibits; 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 projects; and personnel management. Assists the Historic Sites Supervisor with effective coordination and interaction with Austin staff, land owners, 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 an 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:

  • 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;
  • Required to travel with occasional overnight stays;
  • Required to respond to emergency situations;
  • Required to work with varied and diverse segments of the public as well as fellow employees;
  • Non-smoking work environment in all state buildings and vehicles.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience
A Master’s degree in 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 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.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities:

  • Knowledge of historic site administration and operations;
  • Knowledge of cultural resource management;
  • Knowledge of museum interpretation/education;
  • Skill in overseeing facility/equipment/grounds repair programs and repair techniques;
  • Skill in the use of personal computers;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Ability to supervise employees while maintaining a team environment;
  • Ability to develop marketing, promotional activities and special events;
  • Ability to manage programs and projects;
  • Ability to develop and maintain financial systems;
  • Ability to develop relationships and professional partnerships with diverse communities;
  • Ability to travel and drive a state vehicle.

Salary:  $3,883.34 to $4,200.00 Monthly ($46,600.08 to $50,400.00 Annually)

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Job Posting Number:  15-400-09

How To Apply:
All applications must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must register for a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application.

Historic Site Contact:  Brett Cruse, Historic Sites Supervisor

Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed state application.

Disability access for testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice by contacting the Texas Historical Commission Human Resources at 512-463-5849.

Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

As part of the employment process, the Texas Historical Commission will conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment. Documents will need to be provided within three (3) days from date of hire that establish identity and employment eligibility. A complete list of acceptable documents is on file with the Texas Employment Commission Office.

For New Hires/Rehires:
Effective June 1, 2014, there is a 60-day waiting period for health coverage and a 90-day waiting period for ERS retirement contribution.


Posted 11-26-14

Aviation Interpreter
Dayton History
Dayton, OH

Position Description:

Dayton History’s Aviation Interpreter will assist the Director of Education and Museum Operations in planning and conducting daily historical interpretation, demonstrations, public programs and educational workshops pertaining to the history of aviation.  The successful candidate will work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with occasional evening assignments.

Duties Include:

  • mastering historically accurate information pertaining to the history and development of aviation
  • conducting both structured and improvisational educational programs
  • assisting in the scheduling, training and continuing education of volunteers
  • occasional participation in community outreach programs
  • physical tasks associated with program implementation
  • other tasks as assigned by the Director of Education and Museum Operations or Assistant Education Director

The position is a full-time, permanent, salaried one with the expectation of a minimum 40-hour workweek, some evening assignments and regular Saturday duties.  The salary range is $21,000 to $24,000, dependent upon qualifications.  The position carries health, disability, life insurance and retirement benefits that are available after a 30-day introductory period. 

A degree in education, history, or a closely related field, as well as experience in museum interpretation is required.  The individual in this position will have a strong interest in the history of aviation, have well developed communication skills, be efficient, be a problem solver, be able to work with diverse individuals, deal well with the unexpected, and maintain a professional attitude and appearance in all interactions with clients, staff, volunteers, and the visiting public.   

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to: 
Alex Heckman
Director of Museum Operations
Dayton History
1000 Carillon Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45409

or email: aheckman@daytonhistory.org

Employment to begin in January, 2015

Posted 11-26-14

Assistant Site Manager
1840s Garfield Farm Museum
Geneva, IL

Job Description: 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 site management. Work with executive director and staff.

Qualifications: M.A. in Historic Administration or related fields preferred, B.A. required. 

To Apply: Send resumes to : garfieldnews@elnet.com or Box 403, LaFox, IL 60147. www.garfieldfarm.org

For Information: garfieldnews@elnet.com

Posted 11-20-14

Domestic Program Coordinator / Interpreter
The Homeplace at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Golden Pond, KY

Wage/Benefits:  $12.40 per hour, $125/month flexible health benefits allowance, 10 paid holidays, 15 days paid leave.

Starting Date/Duration:  Immediate opening/Permanent position.

Qualifications:  4-year college degree and at least 2 years related experience including staff supervision.

Duties:  This full-time position oversees the daily domestic program operation of an active mid-19th century farm with 16 restored log structures.  The Domestic Program Coordinator position is responsible for the supervision, and training of domestic staff as well as the development and presentation of interpretive programs and special events for the general public and organized groups.  These presentations are in the areas of environmental education, and domestic interpretation. In addition, this position is responsible for coordinating and/or assisting in maintaining exhibit areas and exhibit items, planning and maintaining interpretive clothing used at the site, coordinating domestic program purchases, and maintaining administrative records. The successful candidate must be available for weekend and holiday work, have a warm and enthusiastic demeanor, be team-oriented, and be quality customer service driven.

When filled.

Application Information:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and at least three references to:  Jim Taylor, Director of Operations, Land Between The Lakes Association, 345 Maintenance Road, Golden Pond, KY 42211-9001, or e-mail the same to jtaylor@FriendsofLBL.org.

More Information:

Land Between The Lakes, located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee, is a 170,000-acre peninsula surrounded by over 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline.  The property is designated as a National Recreation Area and is managed by the USDA Forest Service. 

The Land Between The Lakes’ primary purposes are outdoor recreation and environmental education.  Facilities include a living history farm, nature center, planetarium, observatory, elk and bison wildlife viewing area, an equestrian activity and off-highway vehicle area, group camp facilities, and numerous campgrounds.  There are more than 200 miles of trails and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing and hunting.  Find out more by visiting www.lbl.org.

The Land Between The Lakes Association is a not-for-profit organization that works to support Land Between The Lakes in a partnership with the government land manager.  Now in its thirtieth year of operation, the Association has 50 employees working in interpretation, visitor information services, gift shop operations, support services, volunteer coordination, and fundraising.

The Land Between The Lakes is located in a beautiful rural area with abundant low cost housing.  Kentucky’s Murray State University is only 25 miles away.  Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University is within an hour’s drive.

Posted 11-4-14 

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

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