1636 Site Manager I, Forest History Center

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JOB TITLE: #1636 Site Manager II, Forest History Center

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: Forest History Center, 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

SALARY: $4,925.00 monthly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 2,088 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DEPARTMENT: Greater Minnesota Sites



HIRING MANAGER: Director, Greater Minnesota Sites

POSTING DATE: June 30, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: Updated: Open until filled

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: This position exists to provide strategic leadership in the professional administration and management of the Forest History Center, a historic site within the Minnesota Historical Society network. The Site Manager II, Forest History Center (FHC) will develop and implement long-range and annual business and work plans; provide fiscal, business, retail sales, and facility operations management; oversee the delivery of public and schools program operations; direct the hiring, training, supervision, and motivation of site staff, interns, and volunteers; demonstrate entrepreneurial initiatives in programming and business management; manage the site’s public relations and outreach community development efforts.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Develop and direct the implementation of site public education and interpretive programs so that the visiting public is educated and engaged in the learning process; 2) Oversee the site fiscal resources and budget so that the site operates effectively, efficiently and according to MNHS policies and procedures; 3) Provide overall direction for hiring, training, supervision, and motivation of staff, interns, and volunteers. Ensure compliance with MNHS policies and procedures; 4) Manage the daily operations of the Forest History Center; 5) Lead site outreach efforts through strategic marketing plans and programs and by developing relationships with surrounding communities and constituencies; and 6) Act as a steward of the site.


● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

● Five years of experience in professional administration and management.

● Ability to work a flexible schedule when needed, including evenings and weekends and being on-call.

● Ability to work in an environment where the air quality may contain dust or other airborne particles.

● Ability to work in an environment with unregulated temperatures (historic buildings that have no air conditioning throughout) and outside.

● Required to lift and carry files and objects weighing up to 30 pounds; up to 50 pounds in a team lift; or up to 100 pounds in a group lift.

● Ability to stand for extended periods of time.

● Ability to bend, crouch, kneel, reach, push, and pull.

● Valid driver’s license.

● Ability and willingness to travel.


● Creating, fostering, and leading a collaborative team environment that values individuals’ diversity of expertise, experience, and perspective while working towards common goals.

● Planning, organizing and managing complex budgets and multi-faceted projects/programs within a large institution.

● Coordinating a partnership in an area with properties owned by many entities other than MNHS, in an environment of political sensitivity.

● Retail sales, operations, event management.

● Program development, implementation and evaluation.

● Customer service and interpersonal communications skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

● Human resources and personnel management related to hiring, training, coaching, and appraising performance

● Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing and adapting to changing priorities.

● Creating work plans and setting objectives, and prioritizing to meet evolving department and institutional goals.

● Working independently and taking individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.

● Communication, both orally and written, including preparing and delivering reports and presentations.

● Creating positive partnerships and relationships within an organization and with external partners.

● Gathering data, analyzing, and organizing information into action plans.

● Computer skills, specifically Google applications.


● Minnesota history, with specific knowledge of environmental history (particularly MN & US forests) and Native American culture and communities.

● Knowledge of and ability in historical interpretation methodology and techniques sufficient to develop and implement interpretive programs.

● MNHS programming.


● Master’s degree in History, Museum Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Business Administration, Non-Profit Management, or related field.

● Knowledge of preservation, maintenance, and security methods for historic structures, grounds, and cultural landscapes.

● Knowledge of curatorial practices as they apply to both two- and three-dimensional objects.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

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 museum, 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.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.