Historian I

$45,159.71 - $75,266.05 yr
May 07, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time

Position will report to Colvin Mill Historic site on a daily basis. Operates and maintains restored historic gristmill. Performs maintenance and repairs as needed to maintain the safety and efficiency of operational early 19th century gristmill technology. Adheres to and follows established professional guidelines and practices in the use, care, maintenance and preservation of historic structures. Oversees interpretation of the historic gristmill. Plans develops and conducts mill related programs and events. Assists in the overall interpretation of the site. Assists with the daily museum education programs for preschool and elementary students. Schedules and conducts program for special interest groups. Acts as resource person for questions about the mill and site history. Serves and assists as point of contact for site related maintenance projects. Oversees maintenance and restoration projects. Writes, reviews and follows up on site Trirega (Maintenance Software) requests. Helps to maintain site grounds and buildings. Responds to inquiries from the general public, media and supervisory authorities concerning program and site related information. Represents site, division and/or agency in outreach programs, promotions and conferences. Serves as site representative on division and interagency committees and work groups. In charge of the overall safety and risk management compliance of the site. Schedules and oversees all required safety training for site staff and volunteers. Monitors compliance with all applicable workplace safety rules, regulations and guidelines. Complies with and maintains required food safety standards. Oversees adherence to all relevant federal, state and local food safety laws, codes and standards. The regular work week schedule for this position will be Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

Please note that the following Illustrative Duties and Knowledge, Skill and Abilities apply specifically to the operation of the mill and Colvin Run Mill as a historic site.

Illustrative Duties
  • Researches, designs, promotes, schedules, conducts and evaluates historic site's interpretive programs in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings;
  • Tailors new and existing interpretive programs to specific audiences;
  • Designs and fabricates interpretive exhibits for display, and designs interpretive brochures, flyers, newsletters and other historic site publications;
  • Ensures the care and protection of historic artifacts or archeological collections exhibited at the site by monitoring environmental conditions to assure climate control appropriate to preservation and employing specialized techniques to clean and maintain collections;
  • Provides oversight, direction and support to exempt paid or volunteer interpretive staff;
  • Conducts associated public programs, as required;
  • Catalogs and maintains historical collections;
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of American and regional history;
  • Knowledge of the principles of historic education and interpretation;
  • Knowledge of historical park or museum management practices;
  • Ability to conduct historical research and prepare factual reports on historical issues;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to deal effectively with citizen inquiries and questions;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a variety of individuals including the general public.

For Interpretive Program Positions:
  • Knowledge of historical park management practices;
  • Ability to develop and present creative interpretive programs for both children and adults;
  • Ability to provide direction and support to exempt paid or volunteer interpretive staff.

For Resource Management Positions:
  • Ability to conduct research and provide technical services associated with preservation studies and activities.
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following:
graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in
American history, American studies, archeology, museum education, or a closely
related field.

  • Virginia Food Handler Certificate within 90 days of hire;
  • First Aid and CPR Certification within 90 days of hire.

  • Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background investigation and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • This position is an emergency personnel position and will require appointee to be on call and required to respond to the site to manage emergency situations.
  • Experience in the operations and maintenance of an early Oliver Evan's System automated gristmill.
  • Certified Interpretive Guide Milling certificate (SPOOM) or extensive apprenticeship in molinology.

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds; traverse uneven terrain and stairs, and perform repairs in cramped and tight spaces. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; will include hands-on exercise on milling that will be a critical component for identification and function.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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