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Collections and Exhibits Coordinator, Old World Wisconsin

  • 06 Mar 2023 12:57 PM
    Message # 13121526

    Due to a recent retirement, Old World Wisconsin is seeking a full-time, permanent Collections and Exhibits Coordinator. The Collections and Exhibits Coordinator supports the mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society and goals of Old World Wisconsin by managing historical and educational collections to create immersive historical environments and interactive experiences. They work collaboratively with Old World Wisconsin staff and volunteers to create spaces for hands-on, interactive storytelling that inspires curiosity and fosters learning about those who left old worlds behind for a new life in Wisconsin. The Collections and Exhibits Coordinator plays a leadership role in all aspects of experience design including concept development, fundraising, research, testing, fabrication, staff and volunteer training and evaluation. They provide objects necessary to engage guests in hands-on exploration and self-guided discovery and serve as the lead worker for staff hired to create and maintain reproduction clothing and costuming used by staff and volunteers. This position ensures best practice in collections care and management by overseeing an annual calendar of historic interior exhibit installation and housekeeping.

    Salary Information

    The salary will be between $25.00 - $30.00 per hour ($52,000 - $62,400 annually) in accordance with the provisions of the current Compensation Plan. This position is in pay schedule 13, range 04.  The civil service classification is Curator.  A 12-month probationary period will be required. 

    Job Details

    A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

    Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.

    WHS does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

    Certain positions within WHS may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.

    All state employees must report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not and provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.  The State of Wisconsin continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols for COVID.  Please visit Division of Personnel Management Coronavirus - COVID-19 (wi.gov) for the most up-to-date information. Guidance may be subject to change.

    Special Requirements:  Ability to move within and in and out of historic interiors within a wooded, rural environment, distances of .25 miles or longer in varying weather conditions


    Please make sure to describe the following qualifications within your resume and/or letter of qualifications in order to be considered for this position.

    Minimally qualified candidate will have experience in all of the following:

    • Experience working with collections at a historic site, museum, or similar attraction.
    • Experience working with recreated environments in a historic house, farm, museum, or similar environment
    • Experience working as part of a team to successfully complete a collections or exhibit project.

    In addition to minimum qualifications, a well-qualified candidate will additionally have experience in one of the following areas:

    • Experience leading a team to create immersive and interactive exhibits at a historic site, museum, or similar attraction.
    • Experience overseeing the care and use of collections as part of living history, interactive, or hands-on experiences for guests.

    How To Apply

    To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process.  Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.

    Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here for resume and letter of qualifications instructions..

    Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. 

    Questions can be directed to jan.zadra@wisconsinhistory.org.

    Deadline to Apply

    Applications are due at 11:59PM on April 4, 2023.

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