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Posted: 03/11/2016

Texas Historical Commission
Starr Family Home State Historic Site

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. THC employees consult with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’ architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Agency employees work in various fields, including archeology, architecture, history, economic development, heritage tourism, public administration, and urban planning. We employ dedicated and professional people who are committed to the utilization of the latest best practices and technology in delivering statewide services to our customers. Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures that map the 150-year history of the Starr family in Texas. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family.

Program Specialist II (Educator/Interpreter)
Professional Opportunity
Marshall, TX
$1,976.40 - $2,091.00 (Monthly)

(PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION at http://www.thc.state.tx.us/job-openings)

Under the supervision of the Site Manager, this position performs moderately complex consultative services and technical assistance work for the Starr Family Home State Historic Site of the Texas Historical Commission (THC).  Work involves planning, developing, and implementing a full range of interpretive, educational, and outreach programs and events based on the interpretive master plan intended to promote the sites history, increase visitation, and encourage stakeholder participation. Work under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  1. Implement interpretive programs at the site.
  2. Improve and modify existing programs, events, and exhibits as required.
  3. Research, develop and deliver new interpretive programs.
  4. Perform research related to the sites collections, exhibits, and cultural/natural resources as needed.
  5. Monitor and review programs for policy compliance and adherence to site goals.
  6. Participate in volunteer recruitment, training, and scheduling.
  7. Prepare reports and maintain records, particularly in regard to site programming.
  8. Conduct outreach programs both on and off site for diverse audiences.
  9. Write articles for newspapers, newsletters and publications, print or electronic, for all audiences.
  10. Speak to public and private groups to promote interest in the site and museum.
  11. Use social media and new media as interpretive tools.
  12. Assist with supervision of interns and volunteers from time to time, particularly in the absence of the Site Manager.
  13. Assist in site marketing efforts by creating advertisements, print materials, and website/social media posts to promote programs and special events.
  14. Assist with front counter duties including revenue handling, museum retail sales, phone calls, and visitor interactions as needed.
  15. Assist with light maintenance and housekeeping, as needed.
  16. May train others.
  17. Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  18. Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.


  1.  Perform other duties as assigned.

 QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met):

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in history, public history, museum studies or closely related field.
  • Minimum one year work experience in at least two of the following areas:  (1) cultural resource interpretation at a historic site, museum, or similar facility; (2) researching, developing, and implementing public interpretive programs or events; (3) researching and writing for publication in a related field listed above.
  • Valid drivers license, acceptable driving record and ability to drive a state vehicle; and
  • Required to travel up to 5% of the work period.


  • Masters degree in history, public history, museum studies or closely related field.


  • Knowledge of American and Texas history;
  • Knowledge of State and local regional history;
  • Knowledge of current methods and strategies of interpretation;
  • Knowledge of fundamentals of cultural resource management;
  • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
  • Effective critical thinking skills;
  • Skill in conducting and documenting historical research;
  • Skill in public speaking, planned or extemporaneous, in front of diverse audiences;
  • Skill in the use of hand and power tools and equipment operation and maintenance;
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;
  • Skill in operating a personal c
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How to apply
State of Texas application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in Texas office. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application.
Egina Siddall
Phone: 5123056729
P O Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711

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