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1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural Interpreter Lead--Living History Farms--Urbandale, Iowa

  • 06 Aug 2019 12:20 PM
    Message # 7814442

       1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural Lead Interpreter--Living History Farms--Urbandale, Iowa

    Reports to:  1850 Pioneer Farm Manager* (or Director of Interpretation)

    Status:  Full time, Hourly, Non-exempt.

    Salary Range: $10/hr-$15/hr, commensurate with experience.

    Supervises:     1850 Pioneer Farm Full time and Seasonal Agricultural Interpreters,

    1850 Pioneer Farm Interns (paid) and Volunteers (unpaid).

    Job Summary:   The 1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural Lead Interpreter ensures fulfillment of the daily agricultural interpretive programs at the 1850 Pioneer Farm including children’s specialty programs, winter season enrichments and adult education programs.  The 1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural Lead Interpreter maintains proper care of livestock, agricultural buildings, and fields at the 1850 Pioneer Farm.  He or she trains and monitors agricultural skills of 1850 Seasonal Agricultural Program Interpreters. He or she plans agricultural programs and expends budgeted 1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultures resources.    He or she is cross trained for basic program competency in 1850 Pioneer Farm domestic interpretation and other Living History Farms historic sites as assigned.  The 1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural lead will also be cross-trained and certified to drive draft horses for programming at our 1900 horse-power farm and other events.

    Application Process: Please send resume and completed job application form (found at https://www.lhf.org/employment/) to Janet Dennis, Director of Interpretation, Living History Farms.  either by hard copy at 2600 111th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322 or electronically at jdennis@lhf.org 

    Position Responsibilities:

    1850 Pioneer Farm Agriculture Program Interpretation: 

    • ·       Provides excellent customer service to museum visitors, whenever interacting with the public, especially children.
    • ·       Manages, demonstrates and interprets the daily agricultural activities and routines of the 1850 Farm, including barnyard chores, field work with draft animals, livestock care, use of period appropriate implements to groups and general museum visitors during the museum general season.
    • ·       Develops and conducts agricultural and livestock oriented hands-on activities and special events (such as Grain Harvest) for museum guests during both the general season and for special programs (such as Homes School Day and Ag Day), as assigned. 
    • ·       Leads education programming for adults and children, including enrichments, adult education classes, day camp, Barn Yard Readers, tour groups and other programs.
    • ·       Becomes certified under Living History Farms internal procedures to safely handle 1850 Pioneer Farm livestock, including driving horse and ox draft teams.
    • ·       Trains to demonstrate in view of the public both 1850 era and 1900 era farm equipment  including but not limited to plows, harrows, forks and rakes, scythes, flails,  and various other hand and oxen/horse-powered equipment.
    • ·       Maintains and monitors strict safety guidelines for equipment, activities and programs, ensuring safe practices by all site interpreters.
    • ·       Manages use of on-site agricultural artifacts according to museum guidelines, conducts assigned site inventories, and notifies appropriate staff when repairs are needed.
    • ·       Drives horse teams for horse-related special programming.
    • ·       Participates in Winter Historic Foodways programs as host, horse driver, or other positions as assigned at any of the foodways program sites (1900 farm, Tangen House, Flynn Mansion).
    • ·       Reads and understands historical and agricultural source material as provided. Conducts historical and agricultural research when assigned.
    • ·       Cross trained to work at all three working farms (1900, 1850 and 1700) as well as Walnut hill sites as assigned.

    1850 Agriculture Resource Management:

    • ·       Completes daily livestock care (both behind the scenes and in public view) for 1850 Pioneer farm and other livestock areas such as the 1900 horse-powered farm, as scheduled, including completion of written daily report sheets.  
    • ·       Implements 1850 Pioneer Farm livestock care procedures and policy.  Monitors that all 1850 Pioneer Farm staffers are following animal handling procedures and completing chore sheets daily.  Turns in documentation sheets on a regular basis.
    • ·       On call for after-hours livestock emergencies as scheduled.
    • ·       Trains to safely operate modern farming and maintenance equipment, including but not limited to modern and vintage tractors, skid steers, Gators and ATVS, log splitters, garden tillers, planters, mowers, and other construction equipment.
    • ·       Completes field preparation, planting, cultivation, and harvesting of 1850 Farm crops in designated fields.  Maintains designated fences and pasture areas.
    • ·       Trains seasonal agriculture staff in proper livestock and agricultural implement handling.   Monitors and evaluates agricultural skill levels in seasonal staff.
    • ·       Conducts routine site upkeep and maintenance of the barn, outbuildings, and 1850 Pioneer farm specific field equipment and fences/animal enclosures according to museum guidelines.  Alerts appropriate staff when further repairs beyond site staff skill/equipment usage abilities are needed.
    • ·       Makes agricultural supply purchases as approved within approved budget parameters.
    • ·       Serves as a member of the LHF Livestock/Fields Committee.
    • ·       Collaborates with other team members to ensure 1850 Farm Domestic/Agricultural programs, including livestock care and field plantings are conducted under museum best practices, budget parameters and museum’s agriculture master plan.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  College degree in history, agriculture, education, American studies or related field OR equivalent combination of education, experience and training.  Previous living history museum experience required, with 2-3 years’ experience in agricultural programming, preferred. Must have an aptitude for working with livestock, including draft horses and cattle—previous experience required. Mechanical aptitudes for making adjustments and routine repairs to machinery preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required; along with strong supervisory, management and program planning skills.  Experience working with volunteers, preferred.  Must be able to master historical information and techniques with ability to train others. Must possess enthusiasm for working with the general public, including superior customer service skills. Must excel in working with groups of children.  Ability to perform physical tasks needed to authentically re-create the activities of a 1850 Farm working household required.  Work environment requires standing for long periods of time, working in heat, cold and wet weather, and contact with livestock.  Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekend days.

    Application Process: Please send resume and completed job application form (found at https://www.lhf.org/employment/) to Janet Dennis, Director of Interpretation, Living History Farms.  either by hard copy at 2600 111th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322 or electronically at jdennis@lhf.org

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