Job Ads: Building Conservator, Interpretive Specialist, and JSPP Researcher

By July 20, 2013

The Historic Sites Division within the Church History Department seeks qualified applicants for the following positions:

Building Conservator 

Position: Historic Sites Curator – Building Conservator

Purposes:  The Church History Department seeks a full-time Historic Sites curator with responsibility for the preservation and conservation of restored and replica buildings and monuments. This individual will assist in identifying, researching, preserving, restoring, conserving, and interpreting historic sites significant to the history of the LDS Church.

Responsibilities:

  • Researching, documenting, and assessing more than 100 historic buildings, structures, and monuments owned by the LDS Church.
  • Providing structural evaluation, materials analysis, and condition assessments.
  • Recommending and providing hands-on treatments.
  • Consulting on maintenance issues and helping draft management plans.
  • Preparing Historic Structure Reports.
  • Working closely with colleagues in other departments to review and recommend renovation and restoration plans for historic meetinghouses, including primary historical research and documentation.
  • Assisting in historic site master planning and site development projects.
  • Assisting in the interpretation of historic buildings in historic markers, brochures, exhibits, and web pages.

Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, conservation, or a closely related field, with preference given to applicants with a terminal degree.
  • Three to five years experience in preserving or maintaining historic buildings or a related conservation field, with preference given to candidates with both conservation and historic building experience.
  • Demonstrates expertise in historic architecture, preservation, structural evaluation, and conservation, with technical training in material analysis, assessment, and treatment.
  • Extensive familiarity with LDS history is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently in a rigorous, goal-driven setting, and also work effectively as a collaborator in a team environment is essential.
  • Excellent writing skills.

Worthiness Qualification:

Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.

Posting Notice/How to Apply

Please send letter of application, vita, writing sample, illustrations of building conservation work product, and three letters of recommendation to Building Conservator, c/o Kiersten Olson, Church History Library, 15 E. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-1600. Or email to her at OlsonKL@ldschurch.org. Applicants must also complete on-line application found at www.ldschurch.jobs, posting 105407. Applications due by Sept. 1.

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Interpretive Specialist  

Position:  Historic Sites Curator — Interpretive Specialist

Purposes: The Church History Department seeks a full-time Historic Sites Curator with responsibility for research, interpretive planning, exhibit messaging and design, and curriculum development. This individual will assist in identifying, researching, preserving, developing, and interpreting historic sites significant to the history of the LDS Church.

Responsibilities:

  • Representing educational aims and interpretive perspectives on inter-departmental exhibit and historic site development teams. Includes defining messages, developing themes and exhibit story lines, researching artifacts, graphics, photos, and moving images, developing object and media lists, and writing and editing text, AV components, and tour outlines.
  • Providing high quality curriculum for volunteer docents, including writing historic site guides and creating online training modules.
  • Advocating for the visitor in master planning and site development projects.
  • Assisting with the research, messaging, writing, and editing for a wide variety of historic sites projects, such as, historic markers, brochures, web pages, and exhibits around the world.
  • Developing cooperative working relationships with colleagues and assisting in building strategic relationships with other Church departments.

Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in history, museum studies, public history, historic interpretation, or a related field, with preference given to applicants with a PhD or ABD status.
  • Five to seven years experience in interpretive planning, exhibit design, historic interpretation, or related fields, museum or historic sites settings preferred.
  • Demonstrates expertise in historic interpretation, message design, or instructional design through examples of work product.
  • Extensive familiarity with LDS history is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently in a rigorous, goal-driven setting, and also work effectively as a collaborator in a team environment is essential.
  • Excellent writing skills.

Worthiness Qualification:

Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.

Posting Notice/How to Apply

Please send letter of application, vita, writing sample, samples of interpretive work products, and three letters of recommendation to Interpretive Specialist, c/o Kiersten Olson, Church History Library, 15 E. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-1600. Or email to her at OlsonKL@ldschurch.org. Applicants must also complete on-line application found at www.ldschurch.jobs, posting 105408. Applications due by Sept. 1.

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The Publications Division within the Church History Department seeks qualified applicants for the following position:

Research Assistant–Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Church History Department announces an opening for a research assistant with the Joseph Smith Papers project. This will be a full-time position lasting one to two years, beginning in September 2013. Compensation competitive with other internships; benefits included.

Responsibilities:

Duties will include research related to document analysis (textual and documentary intention, production, transmission, and reception) and to contextual annotation of documents (identifications and explanations). Research will involve work in primary and secondary sources for early nineteenth-century America and early Mormonism. Work will include general assistance to volume editors.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in history, religious studies, or related discipline, with preference given to those with master’s degrees and/or in doctoral programs.

• Excellent research and writing skills.

• Ability to work in a scholarly and professional environment.

• Personal initiative and collaborative competence.

Please attach a vita, short writing sample demonstrating ability in using primary sources to form a cogent argument, and a list of three references to your application.

Worthiness Qualification:

Must be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently temple worthy.

Posting Notice:

Please Note: All positions are subject to close without notice.

Apply at http://ldschurch.jobs. Click on the “Advanced Search” link and enter the job reference id in the “Job Opening ID” field after signing in.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Just an FYI–the job reference ID for the Joseph Smith Papers research assistant is 105410.

    Comment by Matt Godfrey — July 21, 2013 @ 7:03 pm


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