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

Employment

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 (360) 407-8210 or email jobs@des.wa.gov.  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
 
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.
If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, go to careers.wa.gov.
 

Washington State Historical Society is recruiting for the following positions:

Security Guard (On Call) - 

Salary:  $17.11 - $22.25 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On call
Job Number: 2019-11144
Closing: 11/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The security department is a vital component to the success of WSHS by providing superior front-line customer service to visitors, safety and security of the buildings, its contents and occupants. Security officers will ensure that a detailed account of safety and security tasks are recorded accurately, timely, and concise, as well as ensure that the building is free from safety hazards and correct and/or report any deficiencies for action.
 
NOTE: 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.  Please do not apply unless you are available to work these shifts. These positions will remain on-call and will not become permanent.


Duties

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

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED
  • One (1) year prior experience in security

Note: CPR/First Aid and AED certification is required within 6 months of employment.
 

Supplemental Information

Please carefully follow the below instructions:
We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. 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. 

Please provide the following documents:

  1. letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  2. A current resume, detailing experience, and education

To apply, complete the application at this link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2625485/security-guard-on-call?keywords=historical&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Visitor Services Representative (On Call) - 

Salary: $14.00 - $17.94 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On call
Job Number: 2019-11150
Closing: 11/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The Visitor Services Representative is the first point of contact for visitors, therefore responsible for the initial museum experience.  This position is the point-of-sale for admission, membership, some parking collection, and some sales.  This position also supports the organization by answering questions of visitors and informing/selling memberships and other program offerings to visitors.

NOTE: These positions are on-call (as needed) to cover shifts primarily for planned absences of day shift staff and/or to work evening programs or events.  Please do not apply if you are looking for full-time or scheduled part-time work.

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, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High school graduate or equivalent and one (1) year of clerical experience
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to handle cash
  • Ability to multi-task such as engaging visitors in friendly conversation while processing point of sale transaction
  • Ability to provide accurate information about museum exhibits, events and programs, admissions and parking rates, etc
  • Ability to compose, send, and respond to electronic email

Desired Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and experience working with Altru point-of-sale system
  • Experience working in a museum (clerical, fiscal or admission counter capacity) for one (1) year or mor

Supplemental Information

Please carefully follow the below instructions:
We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. 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. 

Please provide the following documents:

  1. letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  2. A current resume, detailing experience, and education
  3. Include three (3) professional references in the "references" section of the application or include them in your resume

To apply, complete the application at this
|link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2625619/visitor-services-representative-on-call?keywords=historical&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

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.

Founded in 1896, the Washington State Historical Society is a trustee agency of the State of Washington. Our mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all.  The collections of the Society are housed in the original 1911 museum building and are comprised of approximately 83,000 artifacts, 600,000 photographs, 65,000 pieces of ephemera, and over 8 million documents. These collections span over 13,000 years of Washington state history and range from Clovis points found in a Wenatchee orchard, to Governor Isaac Stevens' buckskin coat, to pussy hats knitted for the Women's March in 2017.
 
The Head of Collections will provide strategic vision for the department, leadership of the five person departmental team, and collaborative partnership with the Society's volunteers, stakeholders, and customers.
 
A top priority for the Society moving forward is increased public access to its vast collections through digitization, exhibition, publication, and community outreach. The Head of Collections will need to develop strategies for supporting this public access mission. Other opportunities include expanding the diversity of communities represented in the collection, development of an active collecting strategy, and fully transitioning the Society's collections to the digital age.