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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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