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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:

HERITAGE FIELD SERVICES MANAGER - PRESERVATION AND MUSEUM SPECIALIST 4

Description

The Heritage Field Services manager develops programming with a focus on increasing WSHS presence in, and service to, heritage organizations in the State of Washington. The position directly supports the Society's strategic goals of creating meaningful impact in each region of the state, as well as building new audiences and growing existing audiences, locally and statewide. The position overseas outreach efforts with regards to this statewide profile such as (but not limited to) workshops and conferences reaching a statewide heritage audience, Heritage Caucus, the Women's History Consortium and the Capital Furnishings committee. 
Access the full online description and application instructions here (search term "heritage").
 

Duties

Develops and implements programming statewide that advances the field of public history, and builds capacity for regional history organizations dedicated to public history.

  • Develops and presents 2-4 technical workshops annually designed to build the capacity of local and regional heritage organizations statewide
  • In collaboration with statewide partners, coordinates the development of the biennial Pacific Northwest History Conference
  • Plans for and conducts celebrations and commemorations of significant events in the history of the state of Washington in collaboration other WSHS departments, state agencies, local governments, and local historical organizations
  • Manages the activities and programs of the Women's History Consortium
  • Coordinates services to local and regional heritage organizations statewide, including traveling exhibitions, emergency preparedness training, speaker's bureau's, etc.
Serves as the primary WSHS staff liaison (in addition to the Director) with heritage organizations statewide
  • Serves on the Capital Furnishings Committee as the official WSHS representative
  • Manages Heritage Caucus meetings during the legislative session, including developing agendas, identifying speakers, and collaborating with the State Arts Commission to present bill reports and other pertinent presentations.
  • Actively develops relationships with local and regional heritage organizations statewide in an effort to improve collaboration among heritage organizations and identify community needs
  • Serves as the liaison to the Fort Vancouver National Park and ensures proper allocation of Castles endowment funds to activities at the Fort and in the surrounding area.
  • In collaboration with the Director, actively develops partnerships and positive relationships with Washington State Tribes.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in museum studies, education, history, anthropology, or related field of study and four or more years of experience in providing heritage field services or a closely-related field.
  • Professional knowledge of pedagogical best practices with regards to outreach to diverse communities and a broad audience base
  • Professional knowledge of state and local history as well as an understanding of diverse cultures, particularly Native American cultures.
  • Proven ability to manage volunteers, monitor budgets, develop programs, conduct evaluation and utilize resources effectively to meet programmatic goals.
  • Knowledge of historical society, museum, or cultural organization best practices.
  • Excellent formal and informal oral communication skills including the ability to deliver professional presentations, participate regularly in public speaking, and be comfortable facilitating meetings.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating outreach programs and events of all scales that bring together diverse individuals and communities such as conferences, symposia, and workshops.
  • Proven project management experience that includes setting goals, coordinating multiple external and internal resources, organizing multiple assignments with schedule timelines, managing associated budgets and working with others (staff, elected officials, WSHS board, stakeholders, and the public) to ensure a positive outcome.
  • Attention to detail, follow-through, and excellent communication skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a related/complementary field (museum studies, education, history, anthropology, or related field of study)
  • Specialized knowledge of history as it relates to the Pacific Northwest

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website (search term "heritage") 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.
 
Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of February 25, 2019.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment
Ability to lift 30 pounds
Must pass background check
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. 
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Security Guard

Description

THESE POSITIONS ARE ON-CALL (AS NEEDED) TO COVER SHIFTS PRIMARILY FOR PLANNED ABSENCES OF DAY SHIFT STAFF AND/OR TO PROVIDE SECURITY DURING PROGRAMS OR RENTAL EVENTS.
 
DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO WORK THESE SHIFTS.

THESE POSITIONS WILL ALWAYS BE ON-CALL NOT PERMANENT.



The security department is a vital component to the success of the organization by providing superior front-line customer service to visitors, safety and security of the buildings, its contents and occupants.  Ensure that a detailed account of safety and security tasks are recorded accurately, timely, and concise.  Ensure that the building is free from safety hazards and correct and/or report any deficiencies for action.
Access the full online description and application instructions here (search term "history museum").
 

Duties

  • Observe and report safety and security matter.
  • Monitor and control access to museum premises.
  • Assist with marketing parking database, rental event logistics, and facility rental tours.
  • Performs custodial & grounds work when necessary,

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • 1 year prior experience in security.

Supplemental Information

CPR/First Aid and AED certification within 6 months of employment..
Must pass background check prior to employment.
Application Process:

Read the full description at the State of Washington's Job Opportunities website (search term "history museum") and complete the online application according to instructions. 
 
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.
 
Interviews are anticipated to occur the week of February 11, 2019.

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.
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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.   

Internships

Students interested in obtaining an internship must complete the Internship Inquiry.  

Washington State Employment

For other Washington State employment opportunities, go to careers.wa.gov. 

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.