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Description

History Nebraska is seeking a proactive and knowledgeable project manager to serve as the agency’s Director of Facilities. As leader of the facilities team, this position is accountable for historic building maintenance at 27 buildings throughout the state and coordinating with the 309 Task Force on project proposal and funding requests. The Director of Facilities will make independent decisions and must be willing to take initiative. This position ensures that our buildings are well maintained, historically preserved, safe, and enjoyed by the public for years to come. 

Salary range is $51,667-$77,500 commensurate with education and experience, if approved. 

History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska’s objective is to become the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation. 

Our four core values are: 
• We do it Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it. 
• We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization. 
• We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done. 
• We Are Curious. We never stop learning, and we encourage curiosity in others. 

Job location is 1500 R Street, Downtown

Examples of Work

• Maintains preventative maintenance program for all facilities statewide 
• Serves as agency liaison with 309 Task Force to secure funding for maintenance and restoration projects 
• Provides supervision and leadership in maintenance and custodial departments 
• Works directly with the formal bid process in relation to contract workers and services 
• Identifies, prioritizes and recommends time frame for maintenance projects at all buildings statewide 
• Oversees capital construction projects 
• Manages and provides recommendations for building maintenance and construction project budgets. 

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Three years of experience in the building maintenance trades, including one year of experience supervising others engaged in trades work.

PREFERRED:   Experience or background in historic building maintenance. 

OTHER:  Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to provide independent authorized transportation as necessary. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of building practices, construction, and carpentry. 
• Excellent project management skills; ability to oversee projects performed by HN staff and contractors. 
• Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and keep projects within budget. 
• Excellent communication skills; effective presentation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills. 
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with History Nebraska management and staff, contractors, and the public. 
• Ability to effectively supervise, direct, and evaluate staff. 

History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. 

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Description

History Nebraska is seeking an innovative and creative leader to serve as the agency’s Director of the Ford Conservation Center. This position will also specialize in painting conservation. Funded by a mix of state funds, endowments, and earned income, the Ford Center undertakes object, paper, and paintings conservation for both History Nebraska and private clients. More information about the Ford Center can be found at: https://history.nebraska.gov/conservation-center.

Omaha, Nebraska is a top rated city on Liveability.com’s 2021 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America. This position is accountable for painting conservation and managing a team of conservators and conservation technicians including hiring, performance management, staff development and support. The role sets and manages the budget and is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the laboratories and related equipment. A successful candidate will savor the challenge of soliciting projects and potential clients. This leadership position is committed to advancing the organization’s mission and is actively engaged in fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.

Salary is up to $119,000/year, commensurate with education and experience.

History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state’s past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans. History Nebraska’s goal is to be the most engaging and relevant state historical society in the nation.

Our four core values are:
• We Do It Better Every Time. We are always looking to improve. When we fail, we know why and learn from it.
• We Have Each Other’s Back. We work in groups. We candidly support one another for the betterment of the organization.
• We Own It. If we say we are going to do something, we do our best to get it done.
• We Are Curious. We never stop learning and we encourage curiosity in others. 

Examples of Work

• Administer the daily operations of the Ford Center, which functions as both the conservation division of History Nebraska and as a regional conservation facility serving institutions and individuals in the Midwest region.
• Provide supervision for Ford Center staff. Plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work of professional conservators, conservation technicians, students, and interns in the Objects, Paintings, and Paper Conservation Laboratories.
• Work with both History Nebraska and Regional Center clients to develop and execute conservation assessment, survey, and treatment projects; provide guidance to conservators and technicians on conservation projects; review and approve proposals, estimates, and reports; ensure provision of conservation services that follow the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
• Solicit projects and clients through outreach, marketing, and potentially seeking funding through grants and other private funding for long-term support.
• Prepare and administer the Ford Center budget. Assess and plan for both short and long-range supply, equipment, and building needs; hire and manage contracted staff for building maintenance and repair projects.
• Perform detailed examination, treatment, and preventative care of paintings for both HN collections and private clients; complete condition reports, treatment proposals, and treatment reports.
• Advocate for the conservation and preservation of art, historic, and cultural artifacts. Provide guidance, recommendations, presentations, and publications on current best practice in preventive care subjects including environmental conditions, storage, housing, artifact handling, exhibits, integrated pest management, and emergency preparedness/response to agency management, staff, other state agencies, community organizations, and the general public.
• Develop and implement long-range conservation and preservation priorities for the artifact collections held in trust by History Nebraska.
• Maintain current knowledge of best practices within the field of conservation and cultural heritage preservation; represent the Ford Center at professional conferences, events, and meetings; support the continuing education and professional development of Ford Center staff.
• Support History Nebraska in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution; treats colleagues and visitors fairly and respectfully, recognizing the value that diverse backgrounds and perspectives bring to our organization. 

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:   Master of Arts or Science degree in art conservation; or Master of Arts or Science degree in library science, art, or art history plus a certificate of advanced study in conservation; or equivalent combination of education and training.  At least five years of experience working in the field of conservation in museum and/or regional conservation center settings.  Five or more years of supervisory management experience.  Demonstrated ability to build cross-departmental relationships and communicate effectively.  Fellow or Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong organizational abilities, expertise in budget preparation and management, analysis, decision-making, and reporting, and experience with a fee-for-service business model.
• Ability to effectively supervise, direct, evaluate, and mentor departmental staff, students, interns, and volunteers.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with History Nebraska staff, individual and institutional clients, professional colleagues, and community members.
• Advanced knowledge and experience with complex conservation treatment of three-dimensional objects, paintings, and paper artifacts; ability to carry out technical analysis of objects using a range of tools and techniques.
• Knowledge of chemical and physical properties of art, historical, and cultural artifact materials, their deterioration processes, and the materials used for conservation in a manner that meets current best practice standards.
• Excellent communication skills; effective presentation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
• Flexibility, creativity, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to meet multiple competing priorities in a collaborative work environment.
• Experience with the use of software for administration, project management, database management, image processing, and condition reporting.

**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better. 

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Description

History Nebraska and Chimney Rock are seeking three friendly and enthusiastic tourism guides for work our summer 2022 season. The guides will share information with visitors and give tours, answering questions about the site and its historical significance. They will assist with retail sales and stocking of the gift shop.

Schedule will ideally be May through Labor Day based on candidate availability. Two positions will be full-time, either a Friday-Tuesday workweek or a Wednesday-Sunday workweek. One position will be Thursday-Saturday only. Some scheduling flexibility will be required to accommodate holidays and days off.

Chimney Rock is a national historic site and one of the most famous landmarks on the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. The museum has recently undergone a major renovation and includes new and interactive exhibits. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state's past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans.

Examples of Work

  • Greets all museum visitors in person or by phone and provides information on exhibits and events.  
  • Collects admissions and sells merchandise in the gift shop, providing excellent customer service.  
  • Presents informative talks to visiting groups and answers tourist inquiries and provides area and historical information.  
  • Maintains records, and conducts surveys of visitors' opinions, interests, and needs for use in developing future programs.  
  • Stocks and maintains merchandise on the sales floor and communicates when products are low.
  • Balances and prepares daily sales reports and other essential reports using POS system.
  • Assists with light housekeeping/maintenance/custodial projects at the site.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Experience in public contact OR coursework/training or experience in history, art history, recreation, event planning or areas related to Nebraska History, geography or culture.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interest in Nebraska's history and culture
  • Ability to interact with the public professionally, work well with people of all ages and abilities
  • Excellent customer service skills, outgoing and friendly personality
  • Dependable; reliable attendance
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to operate a cash register and make change.

**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

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Description

History Nebraska and Fort Robinson are seeking two friendly and enthusiastic tourism guides for our summer 2022 season. The guides will share their love and interest in Nebraska history with visitors from near and far, give tours, and answer questions about the fort and its historical significance. The guides will assist with retail sales and stocking of the gift shop, and perform other duties as assigned.

Schedule will ideally be May through Labor Day based on candidate availability. One position will be full-time, with a schedule of Mondays and Wednesday-Saturday. The other position will be part-time with a schedule of Mondays and Thursday-Saturday. Some scheduling flexibility will be required to accommodate holidays and days off.

Fort Robinson State Historical Site near Crawford, Nebraska, is one of the most significant places of the American West. It saw creation of the Red Cloud agency, the death of Crazy Horse, the deployment of Buffalo Soldiers, a German POW camp, a WWII dog training program, and much more. The grounds include 14 historic structures inside a visually stunning state park and National Historic Landmark. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state's past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans.

Examples of Work

  • Greets all site visitors in person or by phone and provides information on exhibits and events.
  • Walks site and frequents all buildings to ensure all visitors have an engaging experience.
  • Provides tours to visiting groups and answers tourist inquiries, sharing historical information and local tourism.
  • Collects admissions and sells merchandise in the gift shop, providing excellent customer service.
  • Stocks and maintains merchandise on the sales floor and communicates when products are low.
  • Balances and prepares daily sales reports and other essential reports using POS system.
  • Assists with light housekeeping functions such as dusting, sweeping, and garbage removal.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Experience in public contact OR coursework/training or experience in history, art history, recreation, event planning or areas related to Nebraska History, geography or culture.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Interest in Nebraska's history and culture
  • Ability to interact with the public professionally, work well with people of all ages and abilities
  • Excellent customer service skills, outgoing and friendly personality
  • Dependable; reliable attendance
  • Attention to detail.

**History Nebraska collects, preserves, and opens to all, the histories we share. We believe a diverse and inclusive workforce is an essential element in making Nebraska’s rich history available to everyone. History Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. Our work is meaningful and challenging, and we believe diverse perspectives will make it better.

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