Curator/Manatee Village Historical Park

Job Summary
Manatee Village Historical Park (MVHP) is a living museum that tells the history of our community’s settlers. Through its collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and educational programming, MVHP offers visitors the ability to experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. The Curator position is a full-time, non-supervisory position reporting to the Supervisor of Manatee Village Historical Park. This position serves a critical role in collections management, preserving the historical buildings on property, and creating and installing exhibits.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, History, Historic Preservation, or related field
One year of recent and relevant experience that demonstrates the ability to apply acute attention to detail in maintenance of detailed data, preferably in an automated systems environment
Basic mathematical aptitude, as well as alpha and numeric filing skills are required
Computer literacy which includes, but is not limited to, proficiency in Microsoft Windows suite and Adobe suite
At least one year of experience working with museum collections, archives, or a related setting
Knowledge of and ability to actively implement historical research techniques, conservation treatments, and preservation methods
Knowledge of best practices for collections management and exhibit development
Experience writing, designing, and installing museum exhibits
Proficient in Past Perfect or related museum/archival software
Organizational Values
Along with the satisfactory performance of this job’s essential functions, the employee in this position is expected to actively and consistently demonstrate the core values of the Clerk’s Office.

Service to All
Everyone is my customer. From our customers to my coworkers and colleagues, excellent service is my primary goal. I will provide courteous, patient and knowledgeable service to everyone.

I will foster the highest level of ethical conduct and promote an atmosphere of transparency, accountability and confidentiality in my actions and behavior. I will comply with all the Clerk’s policies.

I will treat the office, everyone I come in contact with and myself with respect. From punctuality to dress code, I will be mindful of what my actions and my appearance communicate to others.

I will present ideas and information in a thoughtful and courteous manner and be open minded to the ideas and suggestions of others. I take responsibility to keep others fully informed of situations and information at all levels whether in writing or verbally.

I accept responsibility for the quality, quantity and timeliness of my work. I will seek answers to issues I do not understand and I will own my behavior.

I hold myself and others accountable for the success of the team. I support a culture that finds solutions, rather than make excuses or place blame. I will be flexible and cooperative when faced with change.

I will foster an environment of continuous improvement. I am encouraged to research, study and learn the vast workings of the Clerk’s office so I can be of the most service to our customers.

Essential Functions
It is understood that every incidental duty connected with operations listed in the job description is not always specifically described, and that employees, at the discretion of management, may be required to perform duties not within their job descriptions. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Provides excellent customer service to all in person, in email and over the phone; is approachable, helpful and personable; and answers questions knowledgeably and with patience
Maintains custody of, properly handles, and stores collections
Enters data and organizes collections information in Past Perfect
Develops interpretive museum exhibits by researching, sourcing artifacts, writing labels, and fabricating displays
Prepares collections paperwork including loan and donation documents, condition reports, deaccession files, and finding aids
Communicates with potential donors, private lenders, and lending institutions
Performs routine exhibit and collections maintenance, including artifact, furniture and building cleaning and treatment where appropriate
Provides research services to the public and other museum staff, including reference, web-based and off-site research
Collects, organizes, and analyzes environmental monitoring data, including integrated pest management
Assists with all operations of the historic site
Assists with all aspects of educational programming and special events
Assists with all aspects of volunteer recruitment and retention
Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of this job, including occasional nights and weekends
The essential mental and physical functions listed below are required in order for an employee to be able to perform the essential functions of this position.
Thinking critically; defined as reading, understanding and taking appropriate action on detailed and complex information
Sitting for prolonged periods of time
Standing for prolonged periods of time
Repetitive actions/motion of one or both hands
Hearing ordinary conversation and office sounds
Verbal communication in person and on the phone
Written communication by hand and on PC

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