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Take the next step in your career with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, an 12-location system offering career opportunities all around Indiana. Want to learn something new every day and spread your love for the Hoosier state? Find a list of our open positions on the State of Indiana careers web page.

  • Celebration Crossing Specialist - General

    Indiana State Museum

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to:
    Megan Mance, Daily Engagement and Program Manager at mmance@indianamuseum.org

    As a Celebration Crossing Specialist, you will serve within the Celebration Crossing experience at the Indiana State Museum working within the galleries and public spaces of the museum to engage and interact with visitors, assist with facilitation of Celebration Crossing programming, respond to visitor questions and concerns, and monitor exhibit components.

    Responsibilities Include:
    Museum operations

    • Facilitate Celebration Crossing experiences and monitor interactive components and manipulatives.
    • Communicate visitor issues and concerns to security and other staff as appropriate
    • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming and festive environment for all museum visitors
    • Sanitize exhibit and public spaces daily

    Visitor Engagement

    • Enhance the visitor experience in Celebration Crossing by engaging and interacting with visitors, assisting with visitor questions and concerns, and facilitating daily programs
    • Implement scheduled and spontaneous activities and programs within Celebration Crossing for diverse audiences including children, families, and adults
    • Provide excellent customer service
    • Work with and assist museum volunteers as needed
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • High school diploma or GED required.
    • Must have experience in customer service or hospitality industries
    • Must be comfortable working independently and exhibit initiative
    • Good communication skills, enthusiasm and collaborative work ethic required
    • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and attitude.

    Schedule Requirements:

    • Daily schedule is 8:30/9:30AM – 5:30PM with shifts rotating between positions, some early and late hours required for special events. Weekends required.
    • Position begins in November and ends on January 2nd. This is a seasonal, temporary contract position.
    • $13.21 per hour, up to 37.5 hours a week depending on availability; flexible schedules

     

    Possible Position/Posts Within Celebration Crossing

    Santa’s Front Yard Facilitator

    • Facilitate visitor experience in the front yard and reindeer barn
    • Maintain and facilitate front yard activities

    Santa’s House Assistant

    • Assist in visitor experience within Santa’s house and queue line
    • Assist in facilitating photography experience

    Santa’s House Photographer

    • Operate photography station
    • Assist with posing and set up of family’s photo with Santa
    • Assist with flow of traffic and crowd control for Santa’s house
    • Produce quality photographs of children and families visiting Santa

    Snowfall Express Line Facilitator

    • Support fun visitor experience within the Snowfall express exhibit
    • Maintain line, activities, and atmosphere
    • Assist with wayfinding and crowd control
  • Celebration Crossing Specialist - Engineer/Conductor

    Indiana State Museum

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to:
    Megan Mance, Daily Engagement and Program Manager at mmance@indianamuseum.org

    As a Celebration Crossing Specialist, you will serve within the Celebration Crossing experience at the Indiana State Museum working within the galleries and public spaces of the museum to engage and interact with visitors, assist with facilitation of Celebration Crossing programming, respond to visitor questions and concerns, and monitor exhibit components.

    Responsibilities Include:
    Museum operations

    • Drive the Snowfall Express train and ensure visitor safety during train ride
    • Conduct daily inspections of train and train ride components
    • Assist visitors in loading and unloading the train including ADA accessible train car
    • Facilitate Celebration Crossing experiences and monitor interactive components and manipulatives.
    • Communicate visitor issues and concerns to security and other staff as appropriate
    • Support Visitor Services in providing a welcoming and festive environment for all museum visitors
    • Clean and sanitize exhibit and public spaces daily

    Visitor Engagement

    • Enhance the visitor experience in Celebration Crossing by engaging and interacting with visitors, assisting with visitor questions and concerns
    • Provide excellent customer service
    • Work with and assist museum volunteers as needed

     

    Requirements:

    • High school diploma or GED required.
    • Must have experience in customer service or hospitality industries
    • Must be comfortable working independently and exhibit initiative
    • Good communication skills, enthusiasm and collaborative work ethic required
    • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and attitude.

     

    Schedule Requirements:

    • Daily schedule is 8:30/9:30AM – 5:30PM with half-day shifts rotating between engineer/conductor, some early and late hours required for special events. Weekends required.
    • Position begins in November and ends on January 2nd. This is a seasonal, temporary contract position.
    • $13.21 per hour, up to 37.5 hours a week depending on availability; flexible schedules
  • Curator of Paleobiology

    About the Job:

    As the Curator of Paleobiology at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites you will be in a professional curatorial position with substantial research responsibility. You will oversee vertebrate paleontology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites with an emphasis on the Ice Age. You will be responsible for strategically using field and laboratory research programs to develop relevant paleobiological collections and associated data from which to interpret the life and environments of Indiana’s Ice Age. Indiana’s changing biodiversity over time and how it relates to the landscape, climate and other environmental factors are also key components of this position. You will conduct public outreach and support education and programmatic efforts as well as exhibitions. You will collaborate with other curators and researchers and ensure that that this research is published in both peer reviewed and popular publications. You will report to Senior Curator of Science and Technology.

     

    A Day in the Life:

    • Vision and Leadership
      • Serves as the ISMHS expert in Paleobiology
      • Oversees the paleontology field program with strategically planned recoveries
      • Responsible for logistics, recruits, trains, and supports volunteers
      • Responsible for resource-practical, financially feasible when launching of a field project or focus of study is resource-practical and financially feasible
      • Develops site reports and analyses of materials from field recoveries
      • Maintains a network of peer colleagues for specialized research and scholarly collaboration
      • Manages projects, monitoring schedules and budgets while keeping stakeholders informed of progress
      • Provides expertise and support for educational programs and exhibitions
      • Participates in strategic planning for the Science and Technology section
      • Prepares budgets for fieldwork collecting and interpretation projects and assists with grant proposals
      • Publishes new and relevant information into the scientific literature or appropriate meidum as caretaker of objects and resulting knowledge

     

    • Community Outreach and Partnerships
      • Represents the museum in the broader community and collaborates with outside organizations that share a common interest in paleobiology
      • Establishes and maintains relationships with governmental and private agencies and individuals to build collaboration related to paleobiology
      • Assists with public programming and identifies specimens for the public

     

    • Operations and Supervision
      • Leads field work to conduct research and collect specimens
      • Plans and directs the collection and research strategy for the Paleobiology collections
      • Works closely with museum preparator to ensure accuracy of reconstructions and an optimal long-term preservation strategy for paleobiology collections
      • Mentors volunteers and field associates
      • Supervises section volunteers and field associates
      • Catalogs the paleontology collections and assists with managing the collection.
      • Writes for scholarly and popular publications and lectures for specialized and general audiences within the area of natural history

     

    What You’ll Need for Success:

    • Master of Arts or Master of Science in Biology, Zoology or Earth Sciences  or relevant field
    • PhD in Biology, Zoology or Earth Sciences  or relevant field a plus
    •  3-5 years of museum experience or relevant field experience
    • Experience directing the systematic excavation and recovery of specimens
    • Working knowledge of the geological and paleontological history of Indiana, and of the distribution and abundance of the modern biota
    • Detailed understanding of the Midwest/Great Lakes paleontology of vertebrates, and the recovery and identification of their remains
    • Ability to identify specimens and conduct faunal analysis and strong foundation ability and willingness to develop excellence in this area
    • Must have strong organizational and time management skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
    • Ability to work with a wide variety of audiences, including the general public, school groups, donors and museum peers
    • Must have strong ethical standards and understand that their work is carried out in the public trust
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