1919 Historian II

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • St Paul MN
  • $57366.40 USD / Year

Website Minnesota Historical Society

history research archives field work - minnesota - preservation

JOB TITLE: Historian II

LOCATION: Kellogg Center, 328 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

COMPENSATION: $57,366.40 annual minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, project position (approximately 2,080 annual hours) through June 30, 2025.

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

DESIGNATION: Bargaining Unit AFSCME Local 3173

POSTING DATE: June 21, 2024

DEADLINE DATE: July 5, 2024

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 conduct historical research, develop historic contexts and evaluate historic resources protection for a public agency to ensure compliance with state and federal preservation law.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Conduct archival and field research directed towards preparation of historic context studies for specified project areas; 2) Conduct historical research to identify, evaluate and protect historical resources in areas of agency undertakings; 3) Document and prepare reports on all phases of research to satisfy contractual and professional obligations; 4) Manage historical research projects to ensure agency compliance with historic preservation law and agency policy; 5) Conduct analysis of archival and field data to document and understand the results of research; and 6) Provide professional expertise to others.


● Bachelor’s degree in history or a closely related field.

● Four years of experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity within an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; OR, substantial contribution to the field through research and publication.

● Must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for historians, published in 36 CRF 61.

● Knowledge of Minnesota history and geography.

● Knowledge of state and federal historic preservation law and regulation.

● Demonstrated ability to conduct research independently.

● Demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion in a timely manner.

● Experience conducting project reviews under state and/or federal historic preservation law and regulation.

● Familiarity with the development of transportation systems in Minnesota.

● Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a variety of representatives of public and private organizations; governmental officials and agencies, members of boards, foundations, commissions, and support groups; organizational managers; museum and historic site staff; and the general public.

● Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing situations.

● Computer skills necessary to develop quality project and program documentation.

● Demonstrated ability to work independently and take individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Demonstrated ability to multitask, work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritize and adapt to changing priorities.

● Demonstrated ability to think imaginatively and problem solve.

● Ability to spend extended periods of time outside in all weather conditions.

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

● Ability to travel extensively during the week.

● A valid Minnesota driver’s license.


● Graduate degree in history or closely related field.

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.