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  • 06/18/2018 8:16 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Historic Non-Profit/Natural Area Seeks Site Assistant

    Internships Welcome

    Flexible Work Schedule, Including Evenings, Weekends and Holidays

    Seasonal Position - Open Until Filled

    Position Located at Historic Rugby, Inc., Rugby, Tennessee

    Salary: $240/week

    Housing Provided

    Are looking to build your resume, for an internship or a lifestyle change? Does the idea of living in a quiet, rural setting appeal to you? Are you an enthusiast, customer-focused person with a sense of adventure? We have a fun seasonal position for a passionate person, and you will live in an historic Victorian village bordering a national park.

    Historic Rugby, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to restore, preserve, protect and interpret the Rugby Colony National Register Historic District. We provide site tours, events, retail, event venue, lodging and cafe services.

    Learn more at historicrugby.org.

    We greet guests with joy, love and happiness, and have an organizational philosophy that every guest is a potential major donor to the non-profit.

    Located adjacent to a national park and state natural area, you will find clear trout streams and cool swimming holes in the nearby hemlock forest. If you are looking to make your fortune, this is not the place for you but if your fortune is measured in scenic beauty, quiet walks, deep conversations and sharing a unique historic treasure, we really should talk.

    Purpose of Job

    The Site Assistant is responsible for providing housekeeping, lodging guest services, kitchen help, tours, grounds and general maintenance assistance.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide a high level of customer service to foster strong relationship with members, guests, sponsors and other audiences on the phone, in person and via email.
    • Coordinate with other staff to provide housekeeping, assist with events, tours and other guest services
    • Maintain relationships and collaborate with current community volunteers, partners and staff to promote awareness of Historic Rugby and increase membership, donations and site visitation.

    Required Skills

    • Hard working, flexible and versatile
    • Personable with good communication skills both on the phone and in person
    • Outstanding customer service skills
    • Well organized and creative
    • Clear and accurate verbal communication skills
    • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
    • Ability to work productively in an unstructured environment with frequent interruptions

    Job Type: Seasonal

    Required education:

    • High school or equivalent, prefer some college

    Please send your resume to Teresa Bowman at: tbowman@historicrugby.org or call 423-628-2441 for more information.

  • 06/13/2018 10:05 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Nashville Zoo Position Description


    Education Assistant – Interpretive Programs (Part time, Temporary)

    Position/Title: Education Assistant – Interpretive Programs (Part Time, Temporary)

    Department: Education

    Supervisor: Program Managers

    Nashville Zoo is seeking upbeat, positive individuals to serve as educators for various types of programming.  

    We are currently hiring Education Assistants for Interpretive Programs:

    Interpretive Programs

    Interpretive programs are focused on two areas of the zoo, our Grassmere Historic Farm and Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant will lead guided tours of the Grassmere Historic Home and Farm, as well as interact with guests at our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. The Education Assistant educates guests on the history of our property, and how Grassmere ties into the story of Nashville Zoo. This position also provides basic rules and etiquette, as well as interpreting animal knowledge, for the residents of our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit. Interpretive programs are offered from March through October, with some tours offered in November. This is a seasonal, part- to full-time position. The Education Assistant is responsible for:

    ·        Educating zoo guests about the historic farm, families that lived there, the land, and how it relates to Nashville Zoo, through both guided and open house tours.

    ·        Educating zoo guests about animals at our Kangaroo Kickabout exhibit, including basic exhibit rules and animal information. The Education Assistant position does not perform any animal handling or husbandry duties; this is strictly an interpretive position.

    ·        Performing daily light cleaning of the furnishings and artifacts in the historic home and outbuildings, as well as light grounds work.

    ·        Assisting in special events as needed

    ·        Other duties as assigned



    • Excellent communication, leadership, and time management skills; and the ability to work as part of a team
    • Must work well without direct supervision
    • Must have the ability to follow written and oral instructions
    • Must work well with audiences of varying ages
    • Knowledge of basic teaching methods as well as non-traditional techniques for early childhood development

    ·        Computer experience, including use of Microsoft Office and digital media

    • Ability to respond to emergency situations calmly and follow protocols
    • Experience interacting with the public is required
    • Previous experience teaching or working in a camp setting is strongly desired


    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
    • Strong interest or background in education, history, museums, or interpretation desired
    • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Biology, Zoology, or other environmentally related major desired

    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
    • Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Ability to walk zoo grounds for long periods of time, up and down stairs, bend down, and ambulate quickly

    Employee Requirements:

    Prior to hire, the successful candidate must:

    • Provide proof of a negative TB test as a pre-requisite to handling animals

    ·        Provide proof of a valid driver’s license

    Background Check:

    Applicants for this position are required to submit to a criminal background check and pass a drug test.

    Please email resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word or PDF format to careers@nashvillezoo.org

  • 05/15/2018 9:52 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The President James K. Polk Home and Museum in Columbia, TN is seeking a Curator.  The position’s role, responsibilities, and key performance areas include but are not limited to the following:


    1)    care and management of the museum’s collections of approximately 1,300 original artifacts and documents that belonged to or relate to President and Mrs. Polk;

    2)    general upkeep of the properties including the 1816 Polk Home, the detached kitchen, the 1818 Sisters’ House museum/visitor center, and Polk Presidential Hall exhibit gallery;

    3)    all aspects of exhibit work including research, design, artifact loans, and fabrication for the museum’s changing exhibits on James K. Polk, the U.S. presidency, and American society and culture during Polk’s lifetime;

    4)    collections recordkeeping and other registrarial duties;

    5)    coordinating conservation and preservation projects;

    6)    monitoring environmental conditions including light levels, temperature, and relative humidity;

    7)    serving as assistant site manager and helping with educational, administrative, clerical, and maintenance tasks at the discretion of the Executive Director;

    8)    serving as the Executive Director’s representative when needed;

    9)    preparing monthly reports for the board of directors.



    Applicants must have at least five years of work experience with museum collections and exhibits.  A bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or a related field is required; a graduate degree is preferred.  Also preferred are experience with PastPerfect software and a knowledge of early 19th century American political history and material culture.


    Qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest along with a resume including names, mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Search Committee, President James K. Polk Home and Museum, P.O. Box 741, Columbia, TN  38402.  The letter must be postmarked by June 16, 2018.


    A competitive salary and benefits are provided.

  • 05/14/2018 12:25 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Part-Time Historic Interpreters

    Do you have a passion for American history and an interest in sharing stories with the public? Then apply for the position of Historic Interpreter! Interpreters spend their days engaging our visitors with stories, information, and conversation about the people, places, and events of Andrew Jackson’s home, family, and times.

    Interpreters guide visitors through Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for about 24 hours per week, with occasional nights, weekends, and holidays. Qualifications: Excellent speaking and presentation skills, an engaging manner with the public, a willingness to serve visitors of all sorts, and a commitment to historical accuracy. Interpreters wear historical costumes and must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time in all sorts of weather. 

    To apply, please send a resume to Erin Adams, Director of Education & Interpretation at eadams@thehermitage.com.

  • 05/08/2018 12:44 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Communications Specialist - Mcclung Museum - 18000000NE

    Regular Part-time, 28 hours per week, Pay Grade 36


    The McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee is looking for an enthusiastic part-time (28-hour a week) Communications Specialist II to assist museum staff in maintaining the museum’s social media presence, while also supporting internal and external communications. The ideal candidate must be able to professionally communicate with museum and University staff and faculty, as well as community partners to promote the museum’s mission and public programming.


    Apply online: https://ut.taleo.net/careersection/ut_system/jobdetail.ftl?job=18000000NE&tz=GMT-04%3A00

  • 05/03/2018 12:10 PM | Ken Mayes (Administrator)

    Job Description

    The Museum Director is responsible for supervising and managing the Museum. The essential functions are: direct and oversee museum functions; develop, implement, and evaluate specific fund-raising plans; supervise ten or more employees; manage the recruitment, training, assignment, and recognition of volunteers; and perform administrative functions. The Director coordinates with the Director, trustees, department heads and volunteer committees to achieve long- and short-range objectives of the Museum. The Director administers policies adopted by the AMSE Foundation Board of Directors (Board).

    This position is contingent upon the award of a contract.

    Essential Functions

    Directs and oversees museum functions to include administration, curatorial, education, public relations, and auxiliary services following departmental guidelines to ensure a professional standard of operations with regard to museum programs and services.

    Coordinates the work of all organizational elements within the department.

    Advises division heads regarding services, projects, programs, and financial and resource management.

    Reviews organization patterns, work relationships, staff responsibilities, and organizational structures to ensure effective functioning of the divisions.

    Meets with executive, supervisory, and administrative employees to discuss and resolve budgetary issues, review projects and programs, establish or redirect priorities, review policies and procedures and implement improvements.

    Prepares and present studies, plans, reports and recommendations to the Museum Board.

    Oversees the records keeping operations for the museum to ensure that records are comprehensive, up-to-date and useful to the management of the museum.

    Develops, implements, and evaluates specific fund raising plans to carry out the goals and objectives approved by the Museum Trustees.

    Plans and implements appropriate donor recognition programs.

    Writes or edits grant applications to public, private or corporate funding sources. .

    Serves as a spokesperson for the Museum.

    Coordinates or participates in capital or endowments campaigns as assigned.

    Writes, edits or reviews committee reports, promotional materials and correspondence.

    Supervises ten or more employees including professional and support staff in order to ensure that goals and objectives are carried out according to organizational standards and procedures.

    Oversees the recruitment, training, assignment and recognition of volunteers and staff.

    Performs administrative functions such as preparing and administering the budget, developing policies and procedures for Museum operations.

    Serve as a non-voting member of the Board which includes attending scheduled Board meetings and providing a written report on Museum activities.

    Participates with the Board in long range planning and prepares reports as needed or requested.

    Provides information and assistance to members, staff or public concerning museum operations.

    Oversees the operations and staff of the museum

    Required Skills

    Excellent planning, organization and administrative skills

    Strong leadership skills and vision

    Excellent interpersonal skills

    Public speaking and presentation skills

    Required Experience

    At least five (2-3) years' museum or non-profit managerial experience to include at least two years of managerial fund-raising, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Knowledge of and experience with budgeting and managing finances

    Job Location

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

    Position Type


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  • 04/24/2018 12:03 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Historic Travellers Rest is looking for an Education Assistant  -

    30 hours a week @ $10 an hour. 

    Please contact Tonya if interested: tonya@historictravellersrest.org

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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