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Site Manager- Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River, MN

  • 10 May 2024 12:00 PM
    Message # 13355078
    ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    JOB TITLE: Site Manager, Oliver Kelley Farm 

    LOCATION: Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN 55330 COMPENSATION: $65,040.00 annual minimum 

    STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,080 annual hours) position. 

    BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays. 

    DESIGNATION: Supervisory 

    POSTING DATE: May 8, 2024 

    DEADLINE DATE: May 22, 2024  TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

    DESCRIPTION: This position exists to provide strategic leadership in the professional administration and management of Oliver Kelley Farm. The Site Manager, Oliver Kelley Farm (OKF) will develop and implement long range and annual work plans; provide fiscal, business and facility operations management; oversee the delivery of public and schools program operations; direct the hiring, training, supervision, and motivation of site staff, interns, and volunteers; create and implement entrepreneurial initiatives in programming and business management; manage the site’s public relations and outreach community development efforts; manage the farm’s crop and animal resources. 

    SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Lead Oliver Kelley Farm and represent MNHS through strategic planning, creative problem solving, and relationship building. Leaders build culture, set goals, and ensure long-term sustainability; 2) Take ownership of the daily management and operation of Oliver Kelley Farm. Owners meet goals and expectations, while delivering quality service and program through effective administration; 3) Steward MNHS initiatives and processes with assistance and guidance from the institution. This system is built on formal and informal collaboration and communication, often with deadlines imposed by others; 4) Provide overall direction for placing, training, supervising and motivating assigned staff, interns, volunteers and fellows. Ensure compliance with MNHS policies and procedures; 5) Contribute to a positive work attitude and inclusive environment within the division by working cooperatively with others and conducting oneself as a team player; 6) Comply with division and MNHS policies and procedure as applicable; 7) Keep supervisor informed of job related problems and other information relative to assigned job duties; and 8) Perform other related duties as apparent or assigned. 


    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 
    • Knowledge of or experience in management, including budget and personnel management, short-and long-range planning, office procedures, bookkeeping principles, and retail sales operation. 
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate in written, oral, and visual media to specialized audiences and the general public. 
    • Experience creating partnerships and relationships within an organization and with external partners. 
    • Supervisory experience. Skills in human resources and personnel management related to hiring, training, coaching, and appraising performance. 
    • Ability to plan, organize and manage complex budgets and multi-faceted projects/programs within a large institution. 
    • An understanding of the methodology of museum education, audience assessment, and exhibit evaluation. 
    • Knowledge of and ability in historical interpretation methodology and techniques sufficient to develop and implement interpretive programs. 
    • Ability to develop a working knowledge of animal husbandry practices and ethical standards.
    • Demonstrated willingness to work with farm animals (sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, chickens, turkeys, etc.). 
    • Holds a valid driver’s license with a willingness to travel. 
    • Ability to stand for extended periods of time. 
    • Ability to bend, crouch, kneel, reach, push, and pull. 
    • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather. 
    • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; partner lift with anything up to 100 pounds. 
    • Willingness to work with animals. 


    • Outdoor work experience such as farming, ranching, forestry, environmental science, park ranger or guide, etc. 
    • Experience creating training materials and /or conducting training. 
    • Knowledge of preservation, maintenance and security methods for contemporary and historical structures, grounds and landscapes. 
    • Knowledge of Project Management principles. 
    • Ability to meet changing expectations and priorities at a seasonal site that requires year round management, care, and planning.
    • Knowledge of animal husbandry practices and standards. 
    • Ability to develop a working knowledge of Minnesota history and specific knowledge of nineteenth-century U.S. social and cultural history. 
    • Basic knowledge of curatorial practices as they apply to both two- and three-dimensional objects.
    • Experience working with farm animals. 

    Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org

    At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

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