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Career Opportunities

There are several ways in which you can join the Washington State Historical Society's team.

Employment

If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, go to careers.wa.gov.

Open positions:

Visitor Services Representative

Description
The Washington State Historical Society is hiring part time, on-call visitor services representatives for the History Museum in Tacoma. These positions are on-call and do not have a set schedule; available hours are variable, and up to 19 hours per week. 
These positions are the first point of contact of visitors, therefore responsible for the initial museum experience.  These positions are the point-of-sale for admission, membership, some parking collection, and some store sales.  These positions also support the organization by answering questions of visitors, selling admissions and informing/selling memberships and other program offerings to visitors.
Duties

Admission and Membership Sales
Greet visitors with a positive customer service attitude.  Transact admission and membership sales utilizing the Altru point-of-sale system.  Provide overview of rules while visiting the museum and answer questions.

Clerical Functions
Perform clerical functions in the absence of other work or other staff, such as answering phones or preparing information packets and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent and one year of clerical experience
  • Able to sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Able to handle cash
  • Able to multi-task such as engaging visitors in friendly conversation while processing point of sale transaction.
  • Able to provide accurate information about museum exhibits, events and programs, admissions and parking rates, etc.
  • Able to compose, send and respond to electronic mail.


Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience working with Altru point-of-sale system
  • Experience working in a museum - clerical, fiscal or admission counter capacity for one year or more.
Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website and complete the online application according to instructions. Attach to your application a letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications of this position, and a resume.  If you are unable to attach your resume and/or letter of interest, you may inset them into the "resume text" section of the application.
 
Include three professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume.
 
Please carefully follow the above instructions.  We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting, so be sure to attach or insert your letter of interest and resume.  The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process.  An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.
 
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Read more and apply here.   

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Washington State Employment

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Agency Information

The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Historical Society is also recongnized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the State of Washington with enumerated powers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (253) 798-5901. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

For more information, contact Misty Reese, Chief Administrative Officer, at 253-798-5901 or misty.reese@wshs.wa.gov.