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Friday, February 15, 2013

JOB: Museum Curator - Historic Wheeler Farm

A rare opportunity has opened up at historic Wheeler Farm for a Museum Curator. The successful applicant will have a vast knowledge of period buildings. They will then apply this knowledge to the care and maintenance of them. Their advice will be sought after as well as their professional contacts as they participate in capital campaigning.
One of the many challenging parts of the job will be accession and deaccession, which is, recording the addition of a new item to the museum, and determining those items that are no longer needed.
The ideal candidate will manage and develop Wheeler Historic Farm's Museum collection. Knowledge and experience in exhibit development, preservation and historic educational interpretation is essential. Experience in school tour curriculum and outreach educational programming is preferred. There is a opportunity for Capital Campaign development and implementation. Grant writing, grant implementation and reporting will be a priority.
If you are not afraid of fund raising, and have proven curator organizational and analytical skills, then you we are looking for you! Apply today!
To learn more about Wheeler Farm, please visit our website.
Under the general guidance of the Facility Manager of Wheeler Historic Farm, oversees the planning, research, collection and exhibit management associated with Wheeler Historic Farm and its interpretive period (1890-1920) and extened interpretive period (1890-1950). Acquires historic artifacts, replicas and supplies; supervises the restoration of structures, equipment and related items; preserves artifacts and manages and maintains professional records in regards to the museums collection(s). Plans for exhibits by using standard museum techniques and Salt Lake County policies and procedures. Supports and assists staff with historical and educational public programming associated with the farm. Works in conjunction with Parks and Recreation administration under County and Board guidelines. Supports a comprehensive plan of operation for both the museum side and park side of South Cottonwood Regional Park/Wheeler Historic Farm.
Grade 23
Bachelors Degree minimum, Masters Degree preferred, in museum related field with 5 years of combined museum management, collection management; exhibit development and educational program experience. Work with Capital Campains preffered. Must have an appropriate body of special knowledge and the ability to reach museum related decisions consonant with the experience of his or her peers. Must be someone who has access to and acquaintance with the literature and professional associations recognized in the museum field.
Must possess a valid driver's license to drive a County vehicle.
  • Will directly oversee curatorial duties and will carryout duties pertaining to the care, management and development of Wheeler Historic Farm's Museum collections.
  • The position will be responsible for securing and developing sound policies and procedures in support of collection management; exhibit development, preservation and historic educational interpretation.
  • Will lead the way in the maintaining and rotating existing exhibit platforms and in executing new ones (permanent and temporary).
  • Will be a key member of the full time Wheeler Historic Farm administrative staff with the oversight of the history side of the farm.
  • Will be responsible for securing and developing sound policies and procedures in support of collection management; exhibit development; preservation and historic educational interpretation.
  • Will work in conjunction with park programming staff as needed and support history related programs and events.
  • Serve as a conduit between the Parks and Recreation staff and the farm's Museum Advisory Board.
  • Serve as a spokes person for Wheeler Historic Farm and the County in representing Wheeler Historic Farm's museum side at conferences and cultural associations within the museum community.
  • Provides effective customer service in dealing with patrons and participants.
  • Complete assigned reports in a timely manner and by report deadline.
  • Ability to maintain multiple programs concurrently.
  • Attend and participate in job related committees, sub-committees, and professional development.
  • Develop school tour curriculum and outreach educational programming.
  • Become a point of contact in the development of a new museum facility, developing programming and exhibits for facility.
  • Capital Campaigning development and implementation
  • Grant writing, grant implementation and reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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