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Community Historian, Billings, MT. Deadline: July 3, 2018

  • 07 Jun 2018 12:02 PM
    Message # 6293577

    Community Historian - Position Summary

    Western Heritage Center, Billings, Montana

    Organization: The Western Heritage Center, located in Billings, Montana, is seeking a full-time museum professional for historical research, public programming, exhibit planning, and collection management. The position of “Community Historian” is a salaried position with some supervisory duties. The Community Historian provides research of the Yellowstone River Valley for exhibits, education and collections. The position requires a talent for public speaking and guiding tours. The work is under the general direction and supervision of the Executive Director, but independent judgement and initiative is often necessary. The Western Heritage Center is one of six museums in Montana accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) – the museum has three full-time paid staff and three-part time paid staff.

    Community:  Billings is the largest urban area in Montana with 110,000 people. The Yellowstone River flows along the edge of town. Towering sandstone cliffs encircle the city. Billings has a semi-arid climate (cold winters, warm summers). The city is an hour drive from the Beartooth Mountains and three-hours from Yellowstone National Park.

    Essential Responsibilities - The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to those stated below:

    • ·         Bachelor’s degree, at a minimum, in American History, Museums Studies, Historic Preservation, Anthropology, etc.  A Master’s Degree or advanced degree is preferred.
    • ·         Comprehensive knowledge of historical research techniques and public programming for museums.
    • ·         Ability to research, design, and create educational exhibits.
    • ·         A talent for public speaking and guiding tours.
    • ·         Knowledge of the history and cultures of the Northern Great Plains and the American West.
    • ·         Knowledge of the practices and principles of museum science and the maintenance and acquisition of artifacts.
    • ·         Valid driver license and good driving record.

    Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • ·         Ability to plan and carry out effective community projects.
    • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, and often under tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
    • Effective communication skills (verbal and written).
    • ·         Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
    • ·         Ability to operate a personal computer using word processing, spreadsheet and database applications appropriate to assigned duties.

    Compensation and Benefits

    Salary range is $30,000-$36,000, depending on education and experience. The Western Heritage Center provides health care coverage and vacation time.

    Applications and Inquiries

    Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 03, 2018.  We are looking at filling the position in late August 2018.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references (electronic submissions preferred) to:

    Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director

    Western Heritage Center

    2822 Montana Avenue

    Billings, Montana 59101



    Please contact Kevin Kooistra at   Cell 406-647-5337

    Last modified: 08 Jun 2018 10:27 AM | Peggy Schaller (Administrator)
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