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Sublette County Historical Society / Museum of the Mountain Man

Description:The Sublette County Historical Society (SCHS) seeks applicants for the full-time year-round position of Curator. The Curator manages, processes, catalogues, stores and cares for the Historical Society’s objects, as well as its archival and library collections in accordance with professional standards to preserve them for education, outreach, exhibition and research. Curator is also responsible for developing, installing, and maintaining permanent and temporary exhibits at the museum. Additional duties include research, interpretation, digitization, educational programming, and assisting staff with special events and visitor services.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume and three professional references by e-mail to Include your name and Curator Job in the subject line of the e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2019 or until filled.

Duties may include but are not limited to:
• Maintain collections database, collections records & correspondence, and research library.
• Coordinate the work of the Collections Committee, and train/supervise any collections volunteers or interns.
• Assist in developing, reviewing and implementing collections and conservation policies, plans, procedures, and priorities.
• Assist in planning and implementing safe storage and preservation of the collection.
• Supervise access to collections for study, exhibition, publications, and research.
• Conduct and assists with research, interpretation, special projects, education, and special events.
• Conduct and interpret regular environmental monitoring for RH, temperature, and light levels. Monitor historic buildings, clean exhibits & artifacts, and address immediate cleaning needs when required.
• Develop, curate and implement temporary and permanent museum displays and exhibits.
• Assist staff with publicity and promotion of the Sublette County Historical Society/Museum of the Mountain Man, including social media, writing content, press releases, and other promotional materials.

The position requires the candidate to:
• Work to support the mission of the Sublette County Historical Society, Museum of the Mountain Man, and Sommers Homestead Living History Museum.
• Work within a historic site/museum setting according to museum professional standards.
• Work independently under the direction of the Executive Director and in cooperation with staff and volunteers while managing multiple tasks within established deadlines.
• Be energetic, personable, courteous, and professional in serving visitors and the community and have a professional appearance.
• Pay attention to detail and be flexible, organized, prompt, and productive.
• On special occasions and events work some after hours or weekend hours.
• Have valid driver’s license.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience:
• Undergraduate college degree within museum studies, history, anthropology, library science, and/or related field, with at least one year of work experience in a museum setting.
• Experience and training in collections care and preservation.
• Excellent administrative and organizational skills and effective written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to be team and visitor service-oriented, productive, flexible, and sensitive.
• Experience with library, archive, photograph, and object cataloging.
• Proficient with computers including collection database, office, and desktop publishing.
• Ability to do some lifting and climbing of stairs.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience:
• Master’s degree in museum studies, history, anthropology, library science, or related field, with three to five years of work/volunteer experience in a museum setting.
• Previous paid and/or volunteer experience working in a museum or non-profit with a small staff, requiring the ability to be flexible and balance a number of projects and responsibilities.
• Experience in developing, planning, and conducting educational and interpretive programs for children and adults.
• Demonstrated experience in exhibit design, including conceptualization, fabrication, mount-making, visualizations, and interactive and hands-on components.
• Proficient in Past Perfect Collections Management software.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Experience in large-scale digitization projects.
• Experience in grant-writing and fundraising.
• Experience in training and supervising volunteers and student interns.
• Experience using social media and writing promotional materials for a museum or non-profit institution.
• Experience in local history and genealogical research, handling research requests, and assisting patrons doing research.
• Experience in historic preservation and/or cultural resource management.
• Ability to build professional connections with other museums and non-profit institutions for funding, partnerships, and collaboration.
• Knowledge of American History, especially fur trade era history.

About Sublette County Historical Society
SCHS is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) which owns and operates the Museum of the Mountain Man (MMM) in Pinedale, Wyoming, Sommers Homestead Living History Museum 12 miles southwest of Pinedale, and manages three historic sites: Trappers Point Overlook (10 acres), Lander Trail New Fork River Crossing Historical Park (100 acres), and Green River Rendezvous Grounds (6 acres).

SCHS was established in 1935 and has a mission to preserve and interpret the history of the area that is now Sublette County, Wyoming. The organization is managed by a 9 member Board of Directors, has 2 full time, 2 part time, and 8 seasonal employees. A $500,000 annual budget is funded with half private and half public funds. Object, archive and library collections consist of over 20,000 records.

Located in the heart of rendezvous country, SCHS opened the Museum of the Mountain Man in 1990. The mission of MMM is to preserve and interpret the history of the Rocky Mountain fur trade era. The 15,000 square feet facility is located on a 9 acre campus and welcomes 10,000 visitors each year from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. It is open every day from May through October, and by appointment in the off season.

Located adjacent to a working cattle ranch, the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum was opened in 2011. The mission is to preserve and interpret the homestead era (1880 – 1950) of the upper Green River valley. The facility is open on Friday and Saturday June through August and is operated by volunteers and one seasonal employee. With more than 1,000 educational artifacts visitors are encouraged to have a hands-on experience.

Sublette County, with about 10,000 residents and 80% public land ownership, is located in the upper Green River valley of western Wyoming surrounded by three mountain ranges adjacent to millions of acres of National Forest, wilderness and the Continental Divide. Pinedale, the county seat, sits at an elevation of 7200 feet and has about 2000 residents.

Company:Sublette County Historical Society / Museum of the Mountain Man
Salary:$35k – $40k, depending on experience
Post Date:1/10/19
Close Date:2/18/19
Location:Pinedale, Wyoming
Contact:Clint Gilchrist, Executive Director

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