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  • 09 Jul 2018 3:05 PM | Sezen Hall

    Hiring Range: $27,183 (with VA State benefits package)

    Job Type: Quasi full-time

    Job Open Date: 06/28/20187

    Job Close Date: 07/15/2018

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking skilled instructors to travel throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia presenting hands-on, educational history programs to students of all ages and abilities. Extensive overnight travel is required September-May and applicant must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

    Minimum Requirements: Demonstrated classroom teaching or museum education experience. Knowledge of and ability to learn different teaching methods and to apply these methods in the development and implementation of curriculum-based, educational programs for all levels, especially elementary-aged children. Experience with public speaking and/or leading group programs. Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and as a contributing team member. Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced and changing work environment. 
    Required: Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. EXTENSIVE DAY AND OVERNIGHT TRAVEL IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    Experience teaching elementary-aged children in a classroom or museum setting. Degree in education, museum studies, or history; or equivalent experience.


    Please refer to the link https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/116387 and apply on-line to be considered for this job.

  • 09 Jul 2018 2:46 PM | Sezen Hall

    Hiring Range: $18.00/hour

    Job Type: Part-time/Wage (No State Benefits)

    Job Open Date: 06/28/2018

    Job Close Date: Open until filled

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking a qualified individual to provide contracts and programs support to the 2019 Commemoration Office. This position will be responsible for coordinating and managing all contracts, partnerships, and program agreements. This position is the primary contact for all contractors and is their liaison with contract managers, providing clerical and administrative support that includes tracking work progression/completion, delivery dates and payment to the contractors. This position schedules and coordinates contractor meetings, takes meeting notes, and maintains and coordinates commemoration records for retention.

    This is a wage position and is limited to 1,500 hours of work in the twelve month period beginning May 1, through April 30. No state benefits are provided.

    Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated background coordinating administrative activities and extensive experience coordinating contracts, programs, and partnerships. Excellent word processing, computer, record-keeping, and oral/written communication skills. Working knowledge of office practices and procedures. Ability to plan and organize, deal effectively and cooperatively with all levels of management, staff, and the general public. Proficiency in MS Office Software.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    High school graduate or equivalent required, college degree preferred.

    Please apply online at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/83678 to be considered for this job.


  • 22 Jun 2018 2:43 PM | Mark Sutherland

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, a historic site of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ, seeks a full-time Historic Farmer for this State and National Register Historic Site.  This newly created position will work under the supervision of the Superintendent of Historic Sites Maintenance and the Farm Foreman, assisting with the implementation of daily operations at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, including the care of domesticated animals, planting and maintaining farm crops, and daily historic interpretation as assigned.

    Essential Functions of the position include:

    • Carrying out assignments on the farm as directed.
    • Working with and caring for domesticated animals in a historic farm setting.
    • Use of period and modern implements associated with the successful culture of field crops, small fruits, orchards, vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants from harvesting through harvest, including ploughing, harrowing, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, liming, spraying, pruning and harvesting.
    • Performing routine maintenance on farm structures, equipment and systems compromising Fosterfields, using both period and modern practices as required.
    • Restoring and maintaining period farm machinery and implements associated with the historic farm program.
    • Cutting grass, using a tractor, riding mower, scythes, etc. and pruning/trimming trees.

    Additionally, the chosen candidate will cooperate with the interpretive programming associated with the historic farm, provide pertinent commentary to the public about the historic farm, and wear suitable period costuming when the farm is open to the public.  The candidate will secure a pesticide license, assist with maintaining records of inventory, and equipment maintenance as assigned, and perform other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications include knowledge of and the ability to work with and care for domesticated farm animals, the ability to work a flexible shift, including evenings and weekends as needed, and have knowledge of and the ability to use the tools, methods and materials used in farming and landscape maintenance.  The ideal candidate will also have the physical ability to perform the tasks of the position, including the ability to lift at least 50lbs.  The candidate must be a NJ resident within 1 year of accepting the position and have a valid NJ driver’s license.

    Experience training and working with draft horses or oxen is highly desired. 

    This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position.  Salary is 42,533/year, with a comprehensive benefits package that includes health and pension.  Please send cover letter, resume and at least three references by July 27, 2018 to Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 or email to msutherland@morrisparks.net.  For more information on Fosterfields and the Morris County Park Commission, visit morrisparks.net.  The Morris County Park Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

  • 21 Jun 2018 11:40 AM | Maureen Zieber

    Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to:


    Iron Hill Museum & Science Center

    1115 Robert L. Melson Lane

    Newark, Delaware 19702

    Or email director@ironhill-museum.org

    General Description

    Teacher Naturalist assist in delivery of environmental education lessons for school students, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the general public. Lessons may include field studies, outreach, seasonal programs, summer camps, or other activities and may be held inside or outdoors in all weather conditions. Scheduling is highly flexible and can include weekdays and weekends throughout the year. There is no minimum hourly requirement and hours will vary seasonally. Salary is $10 an hour. Training is provided. This is a part time hourly position.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • ·         Teach environmental education lessons.
    • ·         Assist with program preparation and delivery of educational curriculum and activities, including summer camp.
    • ·         Provide a valuable educational experience for museum visitors.
    • ·         Maintain clean and orderly classrooms and museum exhibit areas.
    • ·         Attend appropriate instructor-training workshops.
    • ·         Promote Delaware Academy of Science mission, goals, activities, events, and membership.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ·         Teaching experience or experience working with children.
    • ·         Natural Sciences Knowledge.
    • ·         Ability to work effectively and productively as part of a team, as well as individually.
    • ·         Certification in First Aid and CPR, or willingness to obtain said certification.
    • ·         Flexibility and adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the site.
    • ·         Satisfactory completion of a background investigation; this position may require annual background investigations.


  • 20 Jun 2018 11:39 AM | Sezen Hall

    Hiring Range: $41,600/annual

    Position Type: Full-time (Classified) / Restricted Full-time Salaried

    Job Location: Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA. 23185

    Job Opening: 06/20/2018

    Job Closing: 07/20/2018


    Job Description:

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking a State Engagement Coordinator for the 2019 Commemoration. This position is a full-time, restricted professional position that will provide support the development, engagement and execution of legacy projects, signature events and digital trail by contributing educational programming elements under the direction of the Deputy Director for Program Administration. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will serve on project teams with responsibility of ensuring civic engagement is integrated into appropriate events and programs working collaboratively with program and marketing team members in the achievement of participation and visibility goals. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will execute the post-secondary education strategy, which expands national awareness about the 2019 Commemoration themes and raises public understanding of Virginia’s role in the creation of the United States. The Statewide Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for achieving metrics associated with outreach goals and maintaining a tracking system to support it.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Must have knowledge of the objectives and operations of school systems and other educational institutions. Knowledge of American/Virginia history, skilled in oral and written communication, ability to develop, revise and implement outreach programs. Must have strong organizational skills, willingness to travel, ability to work in a fast paced environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    College degree in History, International Relations, or Education is preferred.

    Please refer to https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/115403 to apply on-line.

  • 20 Jun 2018 11:16 AM | Sezen Hall

    Hiring Range: $10/hour

    Position Type:  Part-time (29 hours/week, 1500 hours/annual max.)

    Job Location: Jamestown Settlement (Williamsburg, VA. 23185)

    American Revolution Museum (Yorktown, VA. 23690)

    Job Closing: Open until filled.


    Job Description:

    The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking qualified, enthusiastic individuals to present costumed historical interpretation and demonstrate craft skills to visitors and students of varying ages visiting Jamestown Settlement and/or the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Historical interpretation includes utilizing hands-on/inquiry based teaching techniques using the site structures and artifacts while incorporating historical information, which depicts the culture, events and concerns of 17th- and/or 18th-century Virginia colonists, mariners, Powhatan Indians, continental soldiers and/or Revolution-era farm life in order to educate museum visitors and school groups, and to provide a high quality visitor experience.

    This is a wage position limited to 1500 hours per year (which equates to about 29 hours or less a week) with no state benefits.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    Strong, effective communication skills; able to work with the general public; able to interpret with enthusiasm & have an interest in the history, culture, events and concerns of 17th and 18th century Virginia. Frequent standing. Must be willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions and in costume. Weekend/holiday work is required. Be able to work 24-30 hours per week as a core level employee.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Prior experience in costumed historical interpretation and craft skills preferred.


    Please refer to https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/93376 to apply on-line.

  • 18 Jun 2018 11:29 AM | Kristen Butler

    Historic London Town & Gardens (historiclondontown.org) is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to assist with presenting interpretive programs and special events in our living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators.

    Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on July 24, 2018. For more information, visit historiclondontown.org/news.

    About Historic London Town & Gardens:

    Historic London Town and Gardens is a twenty-three acre park featuring history, archaeology, and horticulture on the South River in Edgewater, Maryland. The park is owned by Anne Arundel County and managed by the London Town Foundation, a non-profit organization, under a formal operating agreement with the county government.  The Foundation is responsible for developing and conducting interpretive, recreational, and educational programs that allow visitors to learn about our historical, archaeological, and horticultural offerings. ​Our mission is “To inspire a deeper understanding of our region’s history, environment, culture, and arts through living history, historical artifacts, experiential public gardens, and collaborative cultural & arts programs.”

    Chief Objectives of the Position:

    Primary duties include creating a welcoming and fun environment facilitating visitors’ exploration of our gardens and historic area. During the spring and fall, Museum Educators lead school tours for the over 4,000 children who visit each year. They also work with general visitors on weekends, particularly over the summer, assist in developing and implementing special programs and activities for visitors of all ages, and may work as summer camp counselors.

    How to Apply:

    To apply for this position, send an e-mail expressing why you are interested and why you would be a good fit along with a resume and three professional references via email to Kristen M. Butler, Director of Public Programs, at publicprograms@historiclondontown.org.


  • 17 Jun 2018 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. / Weems-Botts Museum

    Job Location: 3944 Cameron Street, Dumfries, VA 22026

    Point of Contact: Robert Borka, robertborka@msn.com, (810) 922-9810

    Position Title: Executive Site Manager

    Salary: $34,000 yearly

    Full Time

    Degree: Bachelor’s

    Experience: 1 to 2 years

    Historic Dumfries seeks a strategic-goal and operationally oriented person to serve as Historic Dumfries Executive Manager. Historic Dumfries is the birthplace of Northern Virginia, the home of the Weems-Botts Museum, and a catalyst in founding the United States. This person will market and grow the museum and its programs through grants, outreach education, web, virtual reality, and social media programs and tools.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong leadership, communications, and management competencies; and will possess application of knowledge related to history, cultural anthropology, or museum operations.

    The selectee will serve a one-year, performance-based contract that may be extended year-to-year, depending on each year's results. Applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio of projects or a bibliography of published or presented articles related to history, museums, business, and other related topics.

    The duties in this specification describe the overall nature of work performed in this position. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person employed in this position. A more detailed job description will be made available during a point in the selection process.

    The Historic Dumfries Executive Site Manager is employed by and under general supervision of the Board of Directors of Historic Dumfries Virginia, Inc. (HDVI), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Among other duties, he or she functions as the museum executive director.

    He or she is responsible for professional and managerial work involving overall program management of HDVI historical programs and educational activities. Work includes, but is not limited to, day-to-day operations of a historic site, the Weems-Botts Museum, and monitoring public use of the adjoining Merchant Park.

    TYPICAL TASKS:

    • ·       Relations with HDVI Board of Directors
    • ·       Operational and Program Management
    • ·       Financial Planning and Management
    • ·       Communications, Outreach, Community Relations, and Advocacy
    • ·       Personnel and Supervision (Staff and Volunteers)

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • ·       Mandatory; Bachelor's or higher degree. While HDVI prefers a degree in History, Archeology, Museum Education, Anthropology, or a closely related field, it will consider other fields.
    • ·       Preferred: 2-3 years of experience in museum or historical site interpretation and education. Experience as an intern, adjunct or volunteer staff, or as a trained and qualified historic interpreter may count towards this preference.
    • ·       Preferred: 1-2 years of paid supervisory experience, where position requires understanding of legal labor requirements.

    COMPETENCIES

    • ·       Candidates will be assessed in the following competencies: Managing change, managing performance. Persuasive communication, building collaborative relationships, strategic thinking, entrepreneurial oriented, results oriented.

    OTHER DESIRED KNOWLEDGE OR SKILLS

    • ·       HDVI recognizes that few candidates will possess all skills or knowledge. If the person chosen for this position possesses important strengths, but lacks specific technical knowledge, HDVI may choose to remediate this through training education.
    • ·       American and regional history
    • ·       Principles, practices, and techniques of historical research, education, and interpretation
    • ·       Principles, methods and practices of historical parks or museum management
    • ·       Curatorial practices and procedures
    • ·       Manage and operate interpretation or conservation programs at a historic site

    How to Apply / Contact

    HDVI will select the Historic Dumfries Executive Site Manager from candidates who possess the best combination of leadership, management. and museum or history related competencies. HDVI will evaluate initially the candidate's documentation, i.e., resume, cover letter (optional), portfolio or bibliography (optional), and references. HDVI will contact those selected for interviews. HDVI regrets that it will not be able to individually contact all those who apply to this opportunity.

    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

    HDVI shall request a Criminal History Record Name & Sex Offender Search Request (Form BIUSP-167) per Section 19.2-389 of the Code of Virginia.

    U.S. Citizen or provide documentation establishing the identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. per the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.


  • 25 Apr 2018 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Stoogeum is the world's first and largest museum of Three Stooges memorabilia located in Ambler, PA. The museum is dedicated to the careers, personal lives, and fan community of the famed comedy group. The Stoogeum is hiring a part-time/seasonal visitor services assistant to support the visitor services staff. The position will run from late May to late September and is about 24-32 hours a month (Thursdays during regular operating hours and occasional evening/weekend special events).

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    ·        Preparing museum for visitors at the beginning and close of day

    ·        Greeting visitors

    ·        Processing admissions and sales (memberships, gift shop)

    ·        Handling cash and credit card transactions

    Public transportation is not easily accessible from the Stoogeum so applicants should be able to provide their own transportation

    Hours: Thursdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; occasional evening and/or weekend hours for special events.

    To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Outreach Coordinator Michelle Squiccimara, info@stoogeum.com. No phone calls please. Please submit by May 11, 2018, review of applications will begin immediately.


  • 11 Apr 2018 10:37 AM | Anonymous

    The Museum Gallery & Security Attendant assists both the Museum and visitors to the Museum in a number of important functions including, but not limited to, public area preparation and general maintenance, exhibit/collections security, arranging and guiding tours, and answering visitor questions.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Monitor visitors while they look and observe the Museum’s displays; answer visitor questions; ensure visitors comply with Museum rules
    • Greet visitors upon arrival and verify tickets and passes; invite visitors to sign a guest book; hand out promotional material
    • Provide guided tours when scheduled
    • Assist in setting up and displaying new exhibits
    • Clean exhibits, patrol rooms and provide security for exhibits
    • Before opening and after closing, gallery attendants’ job duties include preparing the museum for visitors, changing light bulbs, cleaning floors and counters, and display cases
    • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor

    Required Knowledge and Skills

    • Have an interest in history and technology
    • Gallery attendants should have an enjoyment and enthusiasm for meeting and talking to people
    • Gallery attendants’ duties include answering questions, so gaining background knowledge about objects and specific exhibits is helpful
    • Gallery attendants must be prepared to walk, stand and remain focused for long periods and to approach visitors diplomatically when they violate museum rules
    • Good communication skills and an outgoing personality
    • Willingness to undertake independent reading and research of museum related material a plus.
    • Gallery attendants are required to go through a formal training process, to learn about exhibits and objects, on-the-job training or a combination of both
    • Attend Museum Guide training sessions under NAWCC Director of Education
    • Ability to lift items of 25 pounds or more
    • Requires working rotating weekends and occasional holidays
    • May require some evening hours for special events
    • Applicants may be required to pass a drug test and criminal background check

    Interested applicants should contact the NAWCC Museum Curator at kjovinelli@nawcc.org


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