Employment Opportunities at KHS

Museum Program Staff (Part Time)

Museum program staff provide visitor services and historical interpretation at Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Program staff help create meaningful and relevant connections between visitors and Kona coffee’s history and culture. This position requires a high level of interaction with the public, including local community members and visitors from the US and abroad. Typical responsibilities may include demonstrating and interpreting traditional farm chores such as food preparation and cottage industries, “talking story” about the daily life of Kona’s coffee pioneers, delivering brief historical presentations, and contributing to the tidiness and cleanliness of farm land and historic structures.

This position is part time and typically fills shifts on weekdays; however, staff may be asked to fill the occasional weekend shift. Hours range 10-15 hours per week. Individuals seeking fewer hours per week are still encouraged to apply.

Requirements:

• Ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically with visitors of various ages and backgrounds
• Ability to perform basic housekeeping
• Willingness to learn, demonstrate, and interpret farm chores such as cooking, gardening, sewing, and weaving (prior knowledge of these skills is a plus)
• Willingness to wear living history clothing
• Willingness to work outside and in low-light settings
• Knowledge of Kona, Hawaii history, local traditions, and coffee farming preferred
• Knowledge of interpretive techniques and/or the field of public history preferred
• Ability to speak Japanese is a huge plus


How to apply:

Please send resume and a brief description about why you are interested in the position to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include “Museum Program Staff-Historic Farmhouse Interpreter” in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are unable to respond to all phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and recruiting process.

 

Museum Program Staff - Visitor Services Retail Associate (Seasonal)

Museum program staff provide visitor services and historical interpretation at Kona Historical Society’s Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Program staff help create meaningful and relevant connections between visitors and Kona coffee’s history and culture. This position requires a high level of interaction with the public, including local community members and visitors from the US and abroad. Typical responsibilities include orienting visitors to the historic site, providing directions, conducting admission and retail sales, and contributing to the tidiness and cleanliness of the farm’s entry area.

This position is a casual/seasonal hire. The selected candidate can expect to fill 4 or 5 shifts per month (25-30 hours/month). During spring 2018, available shifts will increase and the candidate can expect to work 15-20 hours per week. A willingness to work weekends is a must.

Requirements

• Ability to communicate effectively and enthusiastically visitors of various ages and backgrounds
• Ability to provide high quality customer service
• Ability to speak passionately about Kona Historical Society and stimulate interest in its programs
• Ability to process sales using retail software and equipment (e.g. Square)
• Ability to perform basic housekeeping in the farm’s entry area and gift shop
• Willingness to work outside
• Willingness to work Saturdays and Sundays
• Ability to lift 25 lbs
• Knowledge of Kona, Hawaii history, Hawaii Island’s points-of-interest, local traditions, and coffee farming preferred
• Knowledge of interpretive techniques and/or the field of public history preferred
• Ability to speak Japanese is a huge plus


How to apply:

Please send resume and a brief description about why you are interested in the position to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) “Museum Program Staff- Visitor Services & Retail Associate” in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, we are unable to respond to all phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and recruiting process.

 

Baking Program Associate (Kealakekua)

The Kona Historical Society is looking for a part-time Baking Program Associate. A baking associate works in all capacities as needed in our non-profit outdoor museum at the Portuguese Stone Bread Oven on Thursdays including bread sales. Candidate will need to be able to talk about the background of the Oven and working with the Baker to mix dough in early morning and set up oven and sales areas; work with visitors and volunteers during panning of the dough; assist baking the bread and general cleanup. A baking associate will need to be comfortable taking direction and working unassisted.

Candidate should have flexibility, the ability to lift and carry stock up to 40lbs, the ability to work on feet for extended periods of time, positive outlook, and enthusiasm for outdoor museum environments. Other duties as directed.

The Kona Historical Society practices the traditional art of baking Portuguese bread in a large wood-fired forno, located in the pasture below the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, every Thursday from about 10:00am until 1:00pm you can see staff and people from the community getting together to talk story, roll dough, and bake it. This particular stone oven is a communal oven and can hold over 30 loaves of bread at a time.

For more information about this program, click here and here.

Areas of Responsibility

• Oversees customer relations during Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program.
• Oversees retail sales of bread during Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program.
• Oversees school group interaction during Portuguese Stone Oven Baking Program.
• Prepares bank at end of each bake day for next program.
• Co-sets up and breaks down sales tent area on sales days.
• Co-signs off with other employee on sales amount and bank amount at end of each sales day.
• Co-works with Baker in the morning to mix dough, roll dough, and put loaves in oven.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include “Baking Program Associate” in the subject line. Selected applicants will be contacted. We are regretfully unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process.