Site Supervisor – Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, MN

DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Site Supervisor to provide daily supervision to site interpretive staff and volunteers and to coordinate the daily operations of the site.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: 1) provide direct supervision of museum interpretive staff on a day-to-day basis; 2) coordinate daily operations at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site; 3) assist with the training of guides in interpretive techniques, including third person guided, first person living history, and school programs for various ages/learning levels, in coordination with the Site Manager I, Charles Lindbergh House; 4) oversee site resale program; 5) coordinate volunteer program; 6) ensure site security and visitor safety in daily historic site operations; 7) serve as a liaison between all MNHS departments that work at the site; and 8) participate in the annual and long-range planning of the historic site.


Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available, cover letter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:
Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Attn: [Fill in Job Title]
Fax: 651-297-3343
Incomplete application materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, you must provide MNHS Application for Employment, cover letter, and resume for each position.
Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment.
Applications will be acknowledged
No phone calls please
(Posted 4/9/14)

Educator – Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, IL

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.
About Cantigny Park
Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny Park is the former home of Colonel Robert McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Cantigny Park is home of the McCormick Museum, First Division Museum, spectacular gardens, picnic grounds, nature trails, a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities, educational and recreational programs, a championship golf course, and much more. Explore Cantigny at
About the Robert R. McCormick Museum
The McCormick Museum is a historic house museum interpreting the life and legacy of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is located at Cantigny, the Colonel’s 500-acre Wheaton (Illinois) estate that he left as a gift to the public.
To Apply
By April 28, 2014, send cover letter, resume and one description or example of an in-museum program developed for a school audience to:
Diane Gutenkauf, Director
Robert R. McCormick Museum
1s151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton IL 60189
(Posted 3/26/14)

Curator – Minnesota Discovery Center

The Minnesota Discovery Center is accepting applications forMUSEUM CURATOR. The Minnesota Discovery Center is a private, non-profit museum that shares the history of the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Discovery Center has a Research Center, Repository, Museum, interpretive mining location town, trolley system, and is situated on a beautiful mining pit on 660 acres. The Curator is responsible for the administration of the Curatorial department to include managing a budget, managing staff, and managing grants. This position will also care for the collection, manage the policies and procedures for the collection, determine new accessions, process donations, conduct environmental readings, coordinate traveling exhibitions, and continue the STEPS program in reaching and maintaining museum standards. This position will also develop and oversee long-range planning and implementation of the permanent exhibit renovation. Develop and implement goals for education, develop programming for target audiences, oversee educational events and programming. This position requires a leader who possesses great organizational and communication skills and is a good team player. Qualifications to include a Bachelor’s Degree in history, public history, anthropology, or related field. A Museum Studies certificate is strongly preferred. Experience working with a non-profit organization is strongly preferred. Experience with grant writing is also preferred. This position is full-time, salary, with a benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance, Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and a 401(K) plan.
Applicants shall send resume and application to: Donna Johnson — Human Resources, MN Discovery Center, 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719 or email Applications can be downloaded from our website at:
(Posted 4/1/14)

Workshop – Past Perfect Museum Software Training – Webster City, IA

Past Perfect Museum Software trainin

The IMA Collections Committee will sponsor a day of basic to intermediate training in Past Perfect Museum Sofware.

PastPerfect is an affordable and comprehensive collections software system used by more than 8,000 customers world-wide.  Since its development in 1996, it has become the leader in the field, and is especially accessible for small to mid-sized museums and collections.  This session will provide an overview of the capabilities of PastPerfect and a more in-depth look at how to catalog a collection using this software.  Participants are encouraged, but not required, to download the free trial version of PastPerfect 5.0 ( onto their laptops and bring them along to the session for a hands-on learning approach.

Workshop – Human Resource Management 101 – Cedar Rapids, IA

Description:  How does a museum manage its most valuable asset – the people – staff and/or volunteers – who fulfill the museum’s mission and provide its programs?  What is the difference between hiring a staff person vs an independent contractor? What is the Board’s role in staff management?  Who hires and evaluates the executive director and other staff members?  What needs to be considered if a small organization is thinking of hiring its first paid staff person?  What policies and procedures should every museum have in place?  Attorney David J. Bright will cover some of the basic information you need to know to manage a staff, sources for more information, and allow time for questions.

Workshop – Collections Care for Beginners – Perry, IA


Collections Care for Beginners

Monday, May 5, 2014, 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

Description:  Participants will learn how to provide basic collection care and what resources are available to help you as you process new donations, find homes on exhibit or in storage for artifacts and even reconcile old records.  Learn what publications are affordable and most helpful, and where to find them.  Find out what procedures, policies, and forms are necessary and obtain examples of these.  Also included in this workshop is a demonstration of the Past Perfect Museum collection software.