TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.
DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants to oversee repairs on-site buildings and equipment, monitor the safety and preservation of the site, and coordinate contract work by vendors or other MNHS staff charged with work at all Historic Properties* in the metro area, ensuring that the buildings, a total of forty-two, are maintained at a high level of quality and safety for the visiting public. This position will be physically located at the Historic Fort Snelling.
*Historic Properties in the metro area include, but are not limited to: Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House, Kellogg Center, Mississippi Warehouse, Alexander Ramsey House, Sibley Historic Site.
SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) maintain and perform repairs on all site buildings, hardware, and equipment to keep items in proper working order; 2) assess, perform, coordinate, monitor, and track historic sites’ building safety, preservation, and monitoring issues; 3) initiate, coordinate, and follow up on contracted work by vendors or other MNHS staff charged with work at Historic Properties in the metro area.
● High school diploma or equivalent with demonstrated experience in facilities maintenance and repair.
● Demonstrated ability to operate a wide variety of hand and power tools, including scaffolding and rigging equipment.
● Demonstrated ability in historic and modern methods and practices of carpentry tasks.
● Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently, and be self-motivated.
● Demonstrated ability to repair and maintain historic and modern building structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
● Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
● Demonstrated ability to coordinate work and manage time.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing, by phone and in person with team members, contractors, and vendors.
● Demonstrated knowledge in historic and modern methods and practices of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and painting tasks.
● Ability to properly use tools, equipment and chemicals necessary to perform the duties of the position.
● Ability to use Microsoft Office and Google software and email.
● Ability and willingness to climb ladders and enter enclosed spaces.
● Ability to maintain electronic and written records and to complete assigned reports.
● Ability to occasionally work 10-hour days, and to infrequently respond to security or fire alarms at all hours.
● Ability to lift 75 pounds rarely, 50 pounds occasionally, and 30 pounds regularly.
● Ability to stand for extended periods of time, to walk long distances regularly, and to perform exterior duties in all Minnesota climate extremes.
● Ability, flexibility and willingness to work a varied schedule of three to five consecutive days per week, including weekdays, weekends (Saturday/Sunday) and holidays.
● Ability to readily and easily commute to and from various and multiple work locations throughout the Metro Area.
● Awareness of the need to maintain and repair to prolong the life of the facilities while protecting the historic integrity of the buildings and sites.
● Valid driver’s license.
● Ability and motivation to study reference materials related to the preservation of historic buildings and sites.
● Ability to review and approve project proposals, to evaluate and critically appraise work in progress, to identify the need for corrective actions and to recommend acceptance of contract work.
● Experience repairing and maintaining historic and modern building structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
● Experience operating and maintaining commercial security and fire alarm systems.
● Experience working at a museum, historic site, or comparable setting.
● Experience working with historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
● Knowledge of historic and modern building components, related mechanical systems, construction methods, architectural and engineering principles.
● Knowledge and understanding of MNHS policies & procedures.
● Knowledge of the Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction of Historic Properties.
● Knowledge of standards in the care of historic collections.
● Master Carpenter or Master Craftsman certification.
At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer. Should you have questions with the application process, email email@example.com or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181.
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