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ALHFAM

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums


Jobs for Living History Specialists

[Updated 8-4-04]

Listings here are provided as a benefit to ALHFAM members; there is no charge for posting. Many of these position openings have a short period of time available for application, and are listed here to get information out as quickly as possible. Contact Leo Landis at leol@thehenryford.org to place a job on this list. Postings that do not include a closing date will be maintained on this list for 60 days.

ALHFAM's quarterly Bulletin is sent to all members, and is your best location to get information out to a large and diverse audience. Advertisement of positions sought or available costs only $8/inch in the classifieds section. Contact Dan Reibel, Bulletin Editor at dbreibel@comcast.net to place an ad or to check the publication schedule. Jobs advertised through the Bulletin will automatically be added to this list.



Manager of School and Family Programs
Cooperstown, NY

The Farmers' Museum seeks a creative, talented museum educator to manage its on-site school and educational programs. The Manager of School and Family Programs is responsible for: initiating and implementing all on-site programming for the museum, including school, and adult programs, coordinating programs with exhibits and educational events, hiring and managing a staff of 10 Museum Teachers, liaison with area schools and teachers, preparation of curricular and promotional material and participating as a team member in institution-wide initiatives. Applicants must possess a B.A. degree in a relevant discipline, M.A. preferred; a record of accomplishment in the museum education field and experience and knowledge of K-12 museum programs and practices. Barbara Fischer, Human Resources Manager, New York State Historical Association, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Posted 8/4/04


Director of Historical Interpretation
Des Moines, IA

Living History Farms - a 550-acre, open-air museum near Des Moines, IA - seeks qualified candidates for the key administrative/management position of Director of Historical Interpretation. This position reports directly to the CEO and supervises five managers: Manager of Interpretive Farm Programs, Manager of Interpretive Town Programs, Manager of Education Programs, Collections Manager, and Textile Manager. The primary job function is to oversee and direct the museum's living history and structured educational programs and collections management. Visit www.LivingHistoryFarms.org for the job posting or call 515-278-5286 for more information.

Posted 8/4/04


Historical Interpreters
Des Moines, IA

Living History Farms - a 550-acre, open-air museum near Des Moines, Iowa - seeks qualified candidates for several positions: 1875 Flynn House Interpreter/Assistant Supervisor (full-time seasonal with part-time winter program hours); three 1875 Town Interpreters (4 days/week seasonal); and a Period Farms/Exhibit Center Interpreter (4 days/week seasonal). Visit the museum web site at www.LivingHistoryFarms.org for job postings or call 515-278-5286.

Posted 8/4/04


Supervisor of Interpretation
Mount Vernon, VA

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (Mount Vernon, Virginia) is seeking a Supervisor of Interpretation for the George Washington Pioneer Farmer site; a 4-acre farm site that teaches visitors about George Washington's role as an innovative 18th-century farmer. Responsibilities include coordinating interpretive goals and policies, overseeing staff and interns who work at the site, oversight of staff schedules, and assisting with student programs at the site. Requires previous experience in historic site interpretation or closely related field, some background knowledge in agriculture or agricultural interpretation, and the ability to plan and oversee operations. Previous supervisory experience is preferred. To receive an application packet: call 703-799-8602 or e-mail education@mountvernon.org. Applications should be received by August 22, 2004.

Posted 8/4/04


Volunteer and Visitor Services Coordinator
Sterling, VA

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum seeks professional to coordinate volunteer and visitor services for new museum located in Sterling, Virginia. Manages continuing development of volunteer program through recruiting, training, scheduling and providing leadership for volunteers. Develops and implements visitor and volunteer tracking and evaluation. Assists in the development of new and existing audiences through program development and marketing. Serves as a representative of the museum at public functions. Schedules and oversees volunteer staff for the museum reception desk which includes requests for information, program registration, cash handling and processing. Successful candidate must possess good communication and computer skills. Qualifications: Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree and 2 years experience in volunteer management. Background in history and agriculture desired. Close Date: June 18, 2004. Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, 21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, VA 20164. For more information: 703.421.5322

Posted 6/13/04


Program Operations Manager
Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford seeks a talented individual to join our team of Program Operations Managers for Greenfield Village. This successful candidate will manage the planning, delivery, and maintenance of the daily visitor experience of a historic district in Greenfield Village, by leading the development and implementation of mission-driven historical presentations utilizing a variety of technical, dramatic and role-playing skills. Assists in developing and maintaining Public & School Program's multi-year effort to strengthen front-line presentations through improved recruitment, training, deployment, coaching, and evaluation. Manages the business of the district, and oversees the operation of equipment, tools, props and facilities. Trains and coaches supervisors, presenters, actors, volunteers, apprentices and other staff in content and presentation skills and necessary technical skills. Requires a 4-year degree in American History, Education, Museum Studies, American Studies or an area related to the historic district; a minimum of 3 years museum, drama, or interpretive/related experience; a minimum of 3 years management or supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. High-level operational proficiency and the ability to delegate and supervise activities necessary. Knowledge of presentation, interpretation and dramatic theories and practices are essential. Please submit cover letter, resume and references by mail or e-mail to:
Recruitment Leader
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Fax 313.982.6226
www.thehenryford.org
employment@thehenryford.org Closes July 20.

Posted 6/2/04


Program Production Manager
Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford seeks a talented individual to join our team of Special Programs Productions Team for Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. This successful candidate will lead and/or participate in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of Special Programs in Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum with an emphasis on sound, light, and other show control elements. Responsible for working toward a policy of "invisible technology" in all productions presented to all audiences.  Requires advanced skills in show control design and application. This includes, but is not limited to, sound mixing, recording techniques, sound system applications in a variety of environments, and set design. The manager is responsible for overall daily operation of Special Programs, including leadership and management of part-time and full-time staff, coordination of several cross-functional groups, and planning for growth and improvements of all the Special Programs. Leads and develops specific special programs staff including hiring, coaching, performance evaluation, promotion, and disciplinary action. Requires a 4-year degree in American History or related area. Two years of production management experience. Must be able to place strong emphasis on attention to detail, and fit and finish in all aspects of presenting programs to the public. Please submit cover letter, resume and references by mail or e-mail to:
Recruitment Leader
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Fax 313.982.6226
www.thehenryford.org
employment@thehenryford.org Closes July 20.

Posted 6/2/04


Collections Manager
Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford seeks a talented individual for the position of Collections Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, execution and supervision of Collections Management activities related to the long-term preservation of collections and historical materials. Manages all collection storage areas, staff and budgets. Responsible for the development and application of professional standards for storage organization, artifact housing, collection movement, inventory, security, and basic protection of collections. Provides supervision and training for staff involved in collections management activities, including collection movement, location inventory and artifact housing. Works with other teams to plan, coordinate and/or implement the collections access program, collections movement and collections security systems. Educational activities include the development, planning and presentation of preservation based training programs. Requires MA in Historic Preservation, Museum Studies or related field, 4 years training/experience in collection management and 4 years experience in a supervisory role. Individual must possess a broad understanding of collection management including handling, appropriate storage materials and techniques. Advanced knowledge of computerized collection management systems required. Leadership and good organizational skills required. Must have good oral and written communication skills. Please submit cover letter, resume and references by mail or e-mail to:
Recruitment Leader
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Fax 313.982.6226
www.thehenryford.org
employment@thehenryford.org Closes July 20.

Posted 6/2/04


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