Category Archives: Employment Opportunities

Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Living History Interpreter

Jackson County Parks + Rec is looking for the next Interpreter at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. This full-time, year-round position comes with great benefits, an excellent workplace culture, and is filled with great opportunities for professional growth.

Department: Parks + Rec
Grade: g06
Salary: $13.40/hour

Job Duties
The Interpreter is responsible for presenting on-site historic interpretive programs and for the planning and implementing special events. The position is also responsible for recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers and assisting in the daily maintenance of site.
The Interpreter may work in a supervisory capacity regarding seasonal staff and volunteers, and directs work tasks when Supervisor is not present.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in History or related field and at least one (1) year of work experience in museum administration, historic interpretation, special promotions, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. They must also submit to and pass a pre-employment drug and background screen.

To apply visit: https://www.jacksongov.org/jobs

Story Center Customer Service Associate II

Position Overview: The Customer Service Associate is a key member of The Story Center team.  Working from the historic Woodneath home and the Woodneath Library Center, they help to deliver core Story Center services and resources by hosting public programs, printing publications on the Espresso Book Machine, and orienting customers to the Story Center Collection, among other duties.  The person is passionate about providing excellent service to all customers and about The Story Center’s mission to empower library customers to create stories, share those stories, and connect with the stories of others. 

Salary/Wage:
$14.53 per hour
This is a part-time, non-exempt position

Employee Expectations:

  • Models excellent customer service attitude and assists customers in a tactful and effective manner
  • Provides a proactive level of customer service and assists customers through various aspects of utilizing the Library
  • Supports, promotes, implements, and makes decisions based on established Library policies, guidelines, and programs
  • Contributes positively to the efforts of the Library
  • Establishes and maintains supportive working relationships with internal and external customers
  • Knowledge and support of the principles of intellectual freedom including the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read statement
  • Models excellent customer service attitude and delivery, supporting a collaborative and inclusive workplace
  • Exhibits self-motivation in managing changing priorities
  • Negotiates for win-win solution
  • Exhibits characteristics of life-long learner in willingness to investigate new ideas

Essential Job Functions:

  • Hosts Story Center programs, including preparing event space, introducing presenter, and distributing, collecting, and recording program evaluations
  • Operates Espresso Book Machine to print customer publishing projects
  • Acts as a guide for customers in use of Story Center resources and programs
  • Develops familiarity with and actively promotes The Story Center Collection and online resources 
  • Assists with planning and creating eye-catching displays for Story Center Collection
  • Orients customers to the historic Woodneath home and property
  • Recommends resources to customers based on interests, needs, and availability
  • Ensures that Story Center area and its grounds are clean and orderly
  • Assists with opening and closing historic Woodneath home, as necessary
  • Provides administrative support for the Director, Publication Manager, and Program Manager as necessary
  • Possession of a valid driver license and a reliable personal vehicle for use in carrying out the duties of this position including transportation of materials and equipment (mileage reimbursed)
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Exhibits excellent public presentation abilities
  • Demonstrates key organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow through
  • Uses effective verbal, written, and discreet communications
  • Performs duties requiring the exercise of professional skill, initiative, and independent judgment
  • Successfully handles matters of conflict
  • Demonstrates proficiency in office productivity and other software

Experience and Training:

  • Associate’s degree required, but Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Customer service experience and demonstrated aptitude for learning technology
  • Experience with some aspect of “story” or storytelling preferred
  • Experience with public program planning and implementation and/or publications preferred
  • Experience in public speaking

To apply visit: https://www.mymcpl.org/library-information/working-with-MCPL/employment-opportunities

Job Alert: Graduate Student Assistant Position at LaBudde Special Collections

UMKC’s LaBudde Special Collections is hiring a Graduate Student Assistant position for Spring Semester 2020. This position provides an opportunity for graduate students to leverage their archival experience. Applications are due by November 18.

Job description: Student assistants provide public access and reference support for LaBudde Special Collections and the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) for researchers and patrons from any and all communities. This entails searching for, retrieving, and shelving manuscript materials and rare books as well as the inventory and processing of archival collections. Student assistants perform additional tasks as assigned including scanning projects and Reading Room maintenance (cleaning).

Physical effort: Minimal/infrequent physical effort. Must be able to lift a weight of approximately 30lbs for some manuscript boxes.

Job attitude: LaBudde is a Safe Space, therefore students will be expected to sustain a work environment that is communicative, inclusive, and mutually respectful with colleagues, staff, faculty, and patrons.

Job requirements: Must be able to work 10 – 20 hours per week (flexible work arrangements are available at the supervisor’s discretion). Students must be dependable and punctual, display attention to detail, and possess interpersonal skills adequate for public access/reference work and interaction with patrons. This position also requires the applicant have a Bachelor’s Degree in their field and be enrolled as a student at UMKC with at least one credit hour.

Starting pay rate: $10.25/hr

Application Process: Students will need to fill out the basic application for student employment at the libraries, found here, and send PDFs of their resume and cover letter to Anthony LaBat, Senior Library Information Specialist at LaBudde Special Collections, via email at labata@umkc.edu.

Job Alert: Missouri Town 1855 and Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Jackson County Parks + Rec Department is hiring two seasonal museum interpreter positions: one at Missouri Town 1855 in Lee’s Summit, MO, and the other at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark in Sibley, MO. Public History students interested in gaining experience in living history, gift shop management, working with livestock, historic firearms, blacksmithing, interpretive programming, and educational programming, are invited to apply.

The two positions promise to be immersive, meaningful, and fun professional development for aspiring museum professionals. The positions also promise flexible schedule and will gladly work around the successful applicant’s school schedule. Jackson County Parks + Rec will also provide period-appropriate attire and on-site training.

Jackson County Parks + Rec is hoping to hire as soon as possible. The positions will run until December 2019.

To apply for the Missouri Town 1855 position click here.
To apply for the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark position click here.

Job Alert: Seasonal Positions at Jackson County Historic Sites

The Historic Sites and Outdoor Education Department of the Jackson County Parks and Recreation is looking for two people to join the teams working at Missouri Town 1855 and Fort Osage National Historic Landmark. These seasonal, part-time, paid positions are perfect for public-historians-in-the-making. Staff will have the opportunity to dress in period clothing, interpret at living history sites, work with students, and more.

To Apply and for more information, click on the links below:

Job Alert: John Wornall House Weekend Manager

Position Summary:
The Weekend Manager at the John Wornall House is primarily responsible for giving public tours, opening and closing the Museum, providing support to volunteer docents and  administrative support to staff. This is a part-time (11-hours/week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Public Programming and Events. Core hours are Saturdays-Sundays, flexible hours depending on the event schedule. Museum background preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Perform the regular procedures to open and close the House, preparing it for public tours.
• Give public tours as needed and provide support to volunteer docents.
• Participate in group visits such as school and scouting field trips by giving tours and implementing program activities.
• Access the database to look up and enter data for members and donors.
• Answer the phones and take messages.
• Process admissions, gift shop sales, and other payments such as program and event tickets and memberships.
• Prepare and reconcile the cash box.
• Complete administrative projects as assigned by the Executive Director, and the Director of Public Programming and Events.
• Assist the Volunteer Manager in recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising, and recognizing volunteer docents for public tours.
• Assist the Volunteer Manager in the development an annual appreciation program for volunteers.
• Assist the Volunteer Manager in scheduling group tours and field trips and securing the volunteers and staff as needed.
• Assist the Director of Public Programming and Events with curriculum development for camps (i.e. summer, winter, spring break).

Other Responsibilities:
• Maintain an inviting and presentable environment of the facilities and grounds.
• Be available to work with staff on educational and fundraising events for the Wornall/Majors House Museums (WMHM).
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
• Commitment to the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the WMHM.
• Strong attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
• Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask effectively and work flexibly and productively.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including outstanding aptitude in customer service.
• Experience in museums and/or nonprofits.
• Willingness to foster the mission and values of WMHM by being an active, passionate member of our staff.

Compensation: Pay rate $10.00 per hour.

To apply send resume to:
Kerrie Nichols, Executive Director
director@wornallmajors.org

Job Opportunity: Collections Assistant-Special Collections and Museums at Truman State University

Collections Assistant – Special Collections and Museums

Overview:  Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections and Museums, this position will assist with collections care, exhibition production, and facilitation of educational outreach in the Special Collections and Museums department of Pickler Memorial Library. 10 months, 40 hours/week position with full benefits.

Responsibilities:  Ensure proper collections care for the Special Collections and Manuscripts, University Archives and Museum collections; Conduct inventory control for departmental collections; Coordinate the processing of archival collections and assist with the preparation of finding aids; Research and Catalog Artifacts; Perform condition assesments and prepare condition reports for material; Photograph/digitize collection material as needed; Assist with exhibit production at Pickler Memorial Library, as well as at the Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitor Center; Assist with educational programs, presentations, and departmental collaborations; Supervise and train student workers/interns; Provide reference assistance as needed; Work holiday rotations and outside of regular Monday-Friday schedule as needed; and perform other duties as assigned

Required qualifications: 

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED and some college coursework
  • Skills:  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within an academic instiution.  Familiarity with informational resources and ability to conduct research.  Excellent accuracy and attention to detail.  Dexterity to handle fragile items; physical ability to move around in small enclosed work areas accessible only by narrow stairways and to lift, manipulate and carry heavy books, boxes and artifacts.  Must be competent using Microsoft Office and have the ability to learn new software

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in history, studio art, art history, anthropology, or related field
  • Experience working in a special collections, museum, or archive setting
  • Familiarity with collections care and conservation methodology
  • Previous working experience with PastPerfect and/or other database management software packages
  • Familiarity with digital cameras and photo editing software

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, application, resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references online or to:

Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501

Any questions may be directed to Human Resources at hrstaff@truman.edu or 660-785-4031.

Review of applications will begin July 2, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Submit Application Materials Online

Job Opportunity: Weekend House Manager at the John Wornall House

The Weekend Manager at the John Wornall House is primarily responsible for giving public tours, opening and closing the Museum, providing support to volunteer docents and administrative support to staff. This is a part-time (11-hours/week) hourly, non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Public Programming and Events. Core hours are Saturdays and Sundays, flexible hours depending on the event schedule. Museum background preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform the regular procedures to open and close the House, preparing it for public tours.
  • Give public tours as needed and provide support to volunteer docents.
  • Participate in group visits such as school and scouting field trips by giving tours and implementing program activities.
  • Access the database to look up and enter data for members and donors.
  • Answer the phones and take messages.
  • Process admissions, gift shop sales, and other payments such as program and event tickets and memberships.
  • Prepare and reconcile the cash box.
  • Complete administrative projects as assigned by the Executive Director, and the Director of Public Programming and Events.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising, and recognizing volunteer docents for public tours.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in the development an annual appreciation program for volunteers.
  • Assist the Volunteer Manager in scheduling group tours and field trips and securing the volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Public Programming and Events with curriculum development for camps (i.e. summer, winter, spring break)

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an inviting and presentable environment of the facilities and grounds at all times.
  • Be available to work with staff on educational and fundraising events for the Wornall/Majors House Museums (WMHM).
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the WMHM.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to multitask effectively and work flexibly and productively.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including outstanding aptitude in customer service.
  • Experience in museums and/or nonprofits.
  • Willingness to foster the mission and values of Wornall/Majors by being an active, passionate member of our staff.

Compensation: Pay rate $10.00 per hour.

To apply send resume to:
Kerrie Nichols, Executive Director
director@wornallmajors.org

Job Opening: Curator of Collections, Riley Co KS Historical Museum

This is a specialized, professional position which provides collections curatorial leadership, vision and planning, and oversees the museum collections management system.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises selection, registration, documentation, exhibition, and storage of incoming and outgoing artifacts.
  • Oversees the management of the collection by maintaining appropriate records, supervising proper environmental control, directing and following professional standards and practices.
  • Develops policy and procedures for collections management as needed.
  • Conducts research and prepares reports as needed.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises collections interns, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assists with interpretive plans, education programs, exhibits, and other projects of the Museum.
  • Interacts with donors or potential donors and assists the public as needed.

Qualifications

Education: Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, American history, or in a relevant field. Master’s degree in museum studies or history preferred. Experience: Three or more years of experience in supervision of museum collections preferred. Knowledge of collections rules, practices, standards, and procedures necessary to professionally perform and manage a wide variety of interrelated and possibly non-standard procedural assignments and to resolve a wide range of problems using independent judgment.

Special Requirements

Knowledge of Riley County history, the history of the American West, and material culture preferred. Pre-employment drug screening and background check is required upon conditional offer of employment.

To Apply, visit http://www.rileycountyks.gov/321/Employment-Information. Application deadline is May 1st.