Museum of the Rockies seeks a full-time Living History Manager. The Living History Manager is responsible for the operation and management of the museum’s Living History Farm that includes the 1860s sod blacksmith shop, 1889 Tinsley homestead, barn, outbuildings, and historic landscape. He/she/they supervises, manages, and trains seasonal staff, volunteers, and interns. The Manager works with the museum’s Education team and administration to develop innovative and educational programs with an eye towards entrepreneurial and inclusive programming that engages the museum’s visitors and the region’s diverse heritage. The position helps to maintain and will be instrumental in future plans for the 12-acre Jenni Property site (a historic farm owned by MOR Inc.). The Manager must understand traditional 19th- and early 20th-century agricultural practices and skills, have an in-depth knowledge of interpretation, experience with managing living history programs, appreciation of historic preservation, and familiarity with overseeing a budget.
During the offseason, the Living History Manager will help maintain historic structures, collaborate with the museum’s administration to plan for short-term and long-term maintenance, support and/or lead seasonal public programs, support the museum’s Exhibits Department as needed with instillations and deinstallations of exhibits, and assist with the planning and maintenance of outdoor exhibits and MOR, Inc. properties.
Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is Montana’s most visited museum. In 2019, the museum received over 220,000 general visitors and served an additional 87,000 visitors through school, youth, and public programs. During COVID, the museum has remained active and open except for a 2.5-month period in the spring of 2020. Despite understandable capacity and safety limitations, MOR has been able to serve the visiting public and significantly expand its virtual programs. MOR is a college-level division of Montana State University, an independent 501©(3) organization, a Smithsonian Affiliate, an accredited AAM museum, and a repository for state and federal fossils. The interdisciplinary museum has one of the finest collections of paleontology in the world and a significant cultural collection from the Northern Rocky region. Located on a 22-acre museum site, it includes a 120,000-square-foot-facility, state-of-the-art Taylor Planetarium, the 220 seat Hager Auditorium, Martin Children’s Discovery Center, and Living History Farm, along with an off-site 553-acre paleontology preserve.
Salary range of $45,000 to $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.