Living History Manager
Museum of the Rockies
Compensation: $45,000 - $50,000, based on experience, education, and qualifications.
Duration: Full time
Museum of the Rockies seeks a full-time Living History Manager. The Living History Manager is responsible for the operation and management of the museum’s Living History Farm that includes the 1860s sod blacksmith shop, 1889 Tinsley homestead, barn, outbuildings, and historic landscape. He/she/they supervises, manages, and trains seasonal staff, volunteers, and interns. The Manager works with the museum’s Education team and administration to develop innovative and educational programs with an eye towards entrepreneurial and inclusive programing that engages the museum’s visitors and the region’s diverse heritage. The position helps to maintain and will be instrumental in future plans for the 12-acre Jenni Property site (an historic farm owned by MOR Inc.). The Manager must understand traditional 19th- and early 20th-century agricultural practices and skills, have an in-depth knowledge of interpretation, experience with managing living history programs, appreciation of historic preservation, and familiarity with overseeing a budget.
During the off season, the Living History Manager will help maintain historic structures, collaborate with the museum’s administration to plan for short-term and long-term maintenance, support and/or lead seasonal public programs, support the museum’s Exhibits Department as needed with instillations and deinstallations of exhibits, and assist with the planning and maintenance of outdoor exhibits and MOR, Inc. properties.
Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is Montana’s most visited museum. In 2019, the museum received over 220,000 general visitors and served an additional 87,000 visitors through school, youth, and public programs. During COVID, the museum has remained active and open except for a 2.5-month period in the spring of 2020. Despite understandable capacity and safety limitations, MOR has been able to serve the visiting public and significantly expand its virtual programs. MOR is a college-level division of Montana State University, an independent 501©(3) organization, a Smithsonian Affiliate, an accredited AAM museum, and a repository for state and federal fossils. The interdisciplinary museum has one of the finest collections of paleontology in the world and a significant cultural collection from the Northern Rocky region. Located on a 22-acre museum site, it includes a 120,000-square-foot-facility, the state-of-the-art Taylor Planetarium, the 220 seat Hager Auditorium, Martin Children’s Discovery Center, and Living History Farm, along with an off-site 553-acre paleontology preserve.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Be responsible for the overall operation and management of the museum’s Living History Program (including the 1889 Tinsley House, blacksmith shop, outbuildings, gardens and landscape, Jenni Property, etc.)
· Manage and track Living History Program budgets
· Support the museum’s strategic plan and the administration’s vision by researching, developing, and implementing innovative and inclusive Living-History-based programs that explore the region’s diverse cultures
· Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate seasonal Living History staff, including: interpreters, volunteers, and interns
· Maintain or exhibit heritage animal breeds as appropriate and ensure their safety and health
· Work with Montana State University to prepare plans and schedules for planting and harvesting that are appropriate to the museum’s educational mission and add to the public’s understanding and appreciation of Montana agricultural history
· Oversee and schedule repairs, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and infrastructure
· Assess Living History programs including program evaluation, preparing reports documenting programs and attendance, and evaluating financial feasibility and sustainability of programs
· Manage and develop creative participatory experiences and inclusive visitor engagement
· Serve as liaison with applicable project partners
· Help ensure that the museum continues to strive for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion with its programs, staff, and public interactions by serving the cognitive, physical, and social/emotional needs of diverse audiences
· In collaboration with the museum’s Department of Philanthropy, some fundraising, including grant writing, events, and other support is required
· In collaboration with cultural history collections staff, help source, maintain, track, and safeguard the Living History “for use” collection
· Flexibility to assume duties as assigned related to educational, public programs, and exhibit support
· BA in agriculture, animal science, American history, or equivalent
· Extensive experience with farming, outdoor history, and/or animal husbandry (cows, sheep, horses, chickens, etc.)
· Experience in blacksmithing and carpentry
· Interpretation skills and experience (such as first-person, third-person, and museum theater) from which to train and coach staff and volunteers in frontline positions and to fill in as needed in interpretive areas
Screening of applications will begin on April 13, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. To be considered, applications must be submitted online via Montana State University's job posting site (https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/23652).
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