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HISTORIC FARM & HISTORY SPECIALIST
Pay Grade: 6 ($34,607.00)
Reports To: Program Coordinator
Classification: Intermediate – Employee has supervisory responsibilities relating to seasonal and part-time staff, interns and volunteers. Employee has the authority to recommend any reward or disciplinary actions necessary.
The position of Historic Farm & History Specialist directly involves but is not limited to the following illustrative duties:
1. Works with the Naturalist Programs Department to research, plan, develop, conduct and evaluate programs and special events that inform the public (schools, community organizations, and the general public) of the history of the Carter Historic Farm (CHF) and Zimmerman One-room School, the Great Black Swamp, settlement, the Depression era and northwest Ohio agriculture on the farm property and at off-site locations when appropriate.
2. Coordinates and conducts activities relating to the operation, cleaning and maintenance of CHF including but not limited to the farmhouse, barn and outbuildings, historical farming, historical farm equipment and tools, livestock care, agricultural crops, grounds and garden plantings, working with the operations department and outside contractors when appropriate.
3. Coordinates, supervises and trains seasonal and part-time employees, interns, and volunteers to assist with the activities listed above, and works with the volunteer coordinator as required.
4. Creates interpretive, educational and interactive displays, exhibits and related brochures and fliers pertaining to the subjects listed above.
5. Coordinates and works with individuals and organizations including but not limited to Power of Yesteryear, blacksmiths, woodworkers, leather smiths, antique tool collectors, historical farm machinery collectors, spinners, 4-H groups, and FFA to provide demonstrations, presentations and services, including historical crop farming and animal care and feeding.
6. Creates signage relating to the history and use of CHF structures, tools, and other items with the assistance of other park district staff and consultants.
7. Responsible for scheduling CHF tours and meetings, and coordinating with the program coordinator as needed.
8. Creates a Collections Policy and Donation Form for acquisitions and donated items and works with a Collections Committee under the supervision of the Program Coordinator or his designee to make decisions on accepting or declining possible donations.
9. Manages the historic collections and acquisition of historic items, including donations, documentation, inventory, maintenance, cleaning, repair and placement of the items.
10. Researches and applies for appropriate grant funding as it relates to CHF.
11. Generates an annual budget proposal for CHF equipment, materials, supplies, maintenance, and operations.
12. Assists the marketing coordinator with public relations and media projects, radio interviews, news releases, and articles as they relate to CHF.
13. Works a schedule that ensures the smooth operation of CHF including evenings/weekends and holidays when necessary; provides for other staff and/or volunteers to conduct required duties such as animal care when away on days off, vacation, sick days, seminars, etc.
14. Serves as a member of various Tactical Objective Teams.
15. Maintains current certifications in CPR and First Aid.
16. Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time, climb stairs, reach objects overhead on shelving, regularly lift objects up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift objects up to 80 pounds, work outdoors and in non-climate controlled buildings, as well as indoors performing CHF related office functions.
17. Performs other duties as assigned by the program coordinator or director that are deemed appropriate and necessary for the position.
A bachelor’s degree in Interpretation, History, Education or related field is preferred, however applicants with at least 3 years related experience including providing public programs for all ages and backgrounds will be considered. Preferred applicant to have working knowledge of interactive educational museum operations, historical farming practices and operations, agricultural experience/knowledge, and history of northwest Ohio.
Must be able to work as part of a team and independently. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and computer competency. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
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