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Posted: 06/08/2016

Texas Historical Commission
Magoffin 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.

Curator II (Collections Manager)
Professional Opportunity
El Paso, TX

Under the direction of the Site Manager, this position performs moderately complex consultative services and technical assistance work for the Magoffin Home State Historic Site of the Texas Historical Commission (THC).  Work involves implementing a comprehensive plan for artifact collection management, preservation techniques, exhibit development and related programming. Work also involves (physically and digitally) curating a large and important archives collection including the arrangement, description, conservation and development of finding aids for this collection.  The position assists with daily operations of the historic house museum and visitor center to include tours, revenue collections, and cash register and credit card transactions for admission fees and the gift shop. Work under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.



Collections Management

  • Clean historic house, and train and supervise cleaning staff.
  • Maintain and monitor the integrated pest management and environmental control program.
  • Maintain and care for artifacts on display and in storage.
  • Arrange, describe, rehouse and develop finding aids for archival collections.
  • Update Magoffin Home State Historic Site historic site collections plans and policies.
  • Update and maintain collections database and related files.
  • Complete required curatorial paperwork and reports.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Curator and Site Manager to review all proposed acquisitions, de-accessions, gifts and donations.
  • Perform research connected to site collections, exhibits and the historic site.











  • Assist in implementing the sites master interpretive plan.
  • Provide guided tours on a regular basis to diverse audiences.
  • Assist in the presentation of educational programs and interpretive activities.
  • Assist in the development of exhibits.
  • Assist with volunteer training.
  • May assist in facilitating programs and special events on and off-site.








  • Train and supervise collections interns and volunteers.
  • Assist in budget planning for collections and exhibits.
  • May write articles for local media and THC blog regarding collections.
  • Assist in updating the sites social media pages.
  • Collect fees and prepare related reports.
  • Serve as back-up to the administrative assistant and tour guide as needed.
  • Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
  • Follow all THC safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.










  • 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, library science, archaeology or closely related field;
  • Minimum two years work experience in archival work, museum collections management, and historic site interpretation;
  • 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 museum studies, library science, conservation, cultural resource management or closely related field.



  • Knowledge of professional museum and archival practices in preservation and management;
  • Knowledge of arrangement and description of archival materials;
  • Knowledge of decorative arts history;
  • Knowledge of current museum interpretation methods and strategies;
  • Knowledge of exhibit development;
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws related to collections and program areas;
  • Knowledge of program planning and implementation;
  • Knowledge of American History;
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques for historical research;
  • Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
  • Skill in use of various social media outlets;
  • Skill in providing customer service excellence to both internal and external customers;
  • Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database, spreadsheet and collections management software;
  • Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.





















  • Must have or obtain a valid Drivers License and Defensive Driving Course to be able to operate state vehicles.
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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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