Fort Robinson State Historical Site near Crawford, Nebraska, is one of the most significant places of the American West. It saw creation of the Red Cloud agency, the death of Crazy Horse, the deployment of Buffalo Soldiers, a German POW camp, a WWII dog training program, and much more. The grounds include 14 historic structures inside a visually stunning state park and National Historic Landmark.
History Nebraska is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative Historic Site Manager to oversee the daily operations of the Fort Robinson site. Site operations involves the coordination of exhibits, special events and activities, management of the gift shop, supervision of employees and volunteers, and overall maintenance and care of the historic buildings.
The Site Manager will work closely with our partners, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, that oversees the larger state park to ensure a quality visitor experience, and will work to improve all aspects of site interpretation.
History Nebraska is a statewide educational institution that connects people to the past through our library and research center, conservation facility, interpretive sites, such as Fort Robinson, and the state archeology and historic preservation offices. History Nebraska preserves and interprets our state’s past, contributes to the education of its citizens, and uses the tools of history to shape a better future for all Nebraskans.
On site housing is available but not mandatory.
· Welcomes visitors and responds to questions about the history of the fort and its programming.
· Provides tours of the museum, buildings, and grounds to school and bus groups and engages the public with the Native American, military, material, and cultural histories of Fort Robinson.
· Schedules work of regular and seasonal staff, and volunteers, to meet business needs.
· Trains and evaluates regular and seasonal staff.
· Conducts daily checks of property and identifies building maintenance needs.
· Develops, plans, and organizes promotional activities and events in conjunction with local community organizations, the media, and tourism organizations.
· Assists visitors with gift shop purchases and maintains inventory levels.
· Balances cash register receipts and makes daily deposit.
· Compiles data on attendance and visitor experience and submits reports to leadership team.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
· Knowledge in (or enthusiasm to learn) Nebraska history
· Topnotch customer service skills
· Ability to plan and carry out events to make learning history fun
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills
· Ability to engage with the public and surrounding community
· Ability to train new and seasonal staff and monitor performance
· Ability to work independently, and on weekends, evenings, or holidays as needed during tourism season
Coursework/Training or experience in customer assistance, public relations, event planning, sales, recreation, Nebraska history, supervision, or working directly with the public. Ability to drive state vehicle or provide independent transportation.
Degree in American History, Western History, Public History, Hospitality, Tourism, or related field.