Current opportunities at Ellis County Historical Society
The ECHS is currently taking applications for the position of Custodian. Please, Download an application.
Custodian job description and duties
- Regularly scheduled cleaning of all museum buildings, including trash pickup, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and glass cleaning.
- Providing a list of needed custodial supplies to the executive director.
- Maintaining safe work areas and public areas.
- Doing light maintenance of grounds (cleaning outside stairs and landings, picking up litter, pulling unwanted starter trees and weeds) and applying ice melt when necessary.
- Moving furniture, equipment, showcases, and artifacts as needed.
- Assisting with preparation for meetings and special events.
- Performing light maintenance and repair projects as needed, according to the abilities of the custodian (changing light bulbs, fixing toilets, etc.), and reporting more complex needs, as perceived, to the executive director.
- Keep shopping list for cleaning items and supplies; communicate to director
- Other duties as assigned by the executive director.
- Be able to safely lift fifty pounds.
- Be able to walk stairs several times per day.
- Be able to manage the physical effects of dust and mildew.
- Interact effectively with the public and staff.
- Work with minimal supervision and be able to follow directions.
- Be willing to learn new skills.
- Be able to handle multiple tasks or projects concurrently.
The ECHS is currently taking applications for the position of Assistant Curator. Please, Download an application.
Assistant Curator Job Description
The Curator’s task list may include but is not limited to:
- Responsible for the safety, preservation, and proper storage/exhibition of all non-archival artifacts.
- Overseeing the proper procedures for accessions paperwork (Temporary Custody Receipts, Deeds of Gifts, and loan forms).
- Overseeing the artifacts database and/or personally entering accession information.
- Make informed decisions about new donations and acquisitions.
- Describing, marking, and storing artifacts, or overseeing the work thereof.
- Developing temporary and permanent exhibit themes and schedules with the director’s input and approval; incorporating mission goals into exhibit design.
- Initiating and overseeing exhibit development (taking photographs, researching, editing or writing text, mounting text, physically assisting with exhibit setup, etc.)
- Overseeing the cleaning of artifacts as needed.
- Developing, printing, and/or mounting brochures, programs, signs, etc.
- Taking humidity and temperature readings/tending dehumidifiers as needed.
- Opening/closing the museum as needed.
- Greeting visitors and answering visitor questions.
- Giving tours.
- Assisting with special events.
- Assisting customers and operating the cash register in the Museum Store, as needed.
- Answering the phone and taking messages as needed.
- Other duties as assigned
Some college preferred, Bachelor’s Degree in a related area preferred.
Should be able to work with minimal supervision, and be able to follow directions.
Should be able to handle several different projects at once.
Should be able to lift 25 pounds.
Must be able to climb stairs, possibly several times per day.
Must be able to physically handle working in moldy and dusty spaces.