Employment Opportunities at KHS

Education Program Specialist (Temporary)

The Kona Historical Society (KHS) is seeking an experienced, innovative, and engaging individual to update and expand education programs at its historic sites and museum facilities in Kealakekua and Captain Cook, Hawai’i Island. This position is supported through a partnership between KHS and a generous private foundation. Both organizations are deeply committed to education experiences that enrich, inspire, and connect Hawai’i students to the diverse traditions and rich history of the place they call home. The education program specialist will work closely with KHS’s Programs Director (PD) and Director of Interpretation (DI) on several of the Society’s public programs including the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, HN Greenwell Store Museum, Portuguese Bread Oven, and special exhibits.
Primary Duties and Expectations:
• Supporting and presenting established interpretive programs, particularly for school groups and family-oriented programs
• Developing innovative, age-appropriate, and curriculum-based museum education programs at KHS sites (primarily for students in PreK – 8th grade) that are inspired by and consistent with the KHS mission and existing cultural programs
• Helping update and develop a general education program model to complement KHS’s other museum programs and initiatives
• Creating a “KHS Education Program Staff Handbook” that describes the revised KHS education program model, introduces relevant pedagogy as it applies to youth learning opportunities at museums, and outlines delivery methods for specific educational activities
• Developing and implementing staff training workshops in coordination with the DI
• Developing additional education products such as off-site lesson plans for teachers, program marketing materials, digital learning resources, and other products as time allows and as directed by the DI
• Completing relevant projects that may be required for course credit
Ideal Candidate
• Graduate-level student in education, public history, museum studies, or related field seeking applied internship
• Current Hawai’i school teacher seeking education-related experience during summer break
• Recently retired educators
• Junior or senior undergraduate student in education, public history, or related field (undergraduate applicants should have previous experience in education program development)
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Advanced technical proficiency
o Ability to use Microsoft Office
o Ability to use the internet to conduct research
• Advanced knowledge of interpretive methods and practices
o Skill in communicating knowledge in a meaningful and effective manner
o Ability to foster meaningful connections between heritage resources and visitor interests
• Advanced knowledge of youth education techniques and practices at museums and historic sites, particularly for youth under 12 years old
• Advanced knowledge of Hawai’i curriculum requirements and state standards
o Ability to incorporate these requirements into lesson plans and education programs
• Knowledge of cultural resource management
• Advanced knowledge of Hawai’i and Kona history and culture, particularly as it relates to agriculture and the Kona coffee industry
• General knowledge of farm operations, procedures, practices, and precedents
• Advanced knowledge of KHS established themes, interpretive subject matter, living history activities, and structures/facilities
• Ability to work effectively under pressure
• Ability to change and adapt as necessary to job roles and new priorities
• Ability and skill to provide high quality customer service
• Ability to use tools and equipment to conduct a variety of basic farm maintenance tasks
• Ability to foster positivity in coworkers and motivate coworkers to complete tasks
• Ability to devote full attention to farm and related tasks during work hours
Time Commitment
• This is a grant-supported, temporary position. The primary expectations and deliverables must be completed within a preestablished time-frame set by KHS.
• The selected candidate could expect to begin immediately and work up to 19 hours per week through September 2018. The position may be extended, contingent upon funding availability.
• KHS is committed to hiring the best candidate to fulfill the duties and expectations described above, thus the time commitment is somewhat flexible. A full-time, summer internship may be considered for the ideal candidate.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Selected applicants will be contacted.

About the Kona Historical Society
The Kona Historical Society (KHS) is a community based, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, Smithsonian Museum affiliate, with the only permanent National Endowment for the Humanities exhibits in the State of Hawai‘i. KHS is the recipient of dozens of awards and commendations for its museums, National and State registered historic structures, and its historic public programs. Kona Historical Society was founded in 1976 on Hawai‘i Island for the purpose of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage in Hawai‘i.
Over three decades, these local contributions, so integral to the larger tapestry of Hawai’i’s history, have been disseminated by KHS locally and statewide to provide resources for all of Hawaii Island and the State through multiple living history programs, extensive museum and archival collections, publications, academic collaboration, lecture series, and community outreach efforts. Local, state, national, and international Society member support and engagement with these award-winning programs and collections are a key component of KHS’s long-standing sustainability.

Stone Oven Baker

The Kona Historical Society, a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum and Non-Profit, is seeking qualified individuals for Stone Oven Baker (Lead for this program). This important museum program staff position provides the highest level of customer service to our patrons in an engaging and friendly manner, and execute proper procedures and culinary skills. Duties may include sustained work outdoors, and learning and teaching patrons about history and culture under the direction of the Program Director. Baking experience is required for the Stone Oven Baker’s position. KHS is an equal opportunity employer. These positions are part-time casual hire positions averaging 10-15 hours a week.

—Working in a beautiful outdoor environment at a Historic Site on the National and State Register of Historic Places

—Free membership with Kona Historical Society

—A Floating Holiday

—Experience leading educational programs and working with engaged community members and volunteers

—Opportunity to work with artisanal culinary traditions, hands on activity to develop new skills and knowledge

Please submit resume and a brief description of why you are interested in this position via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include “Lead Baker” 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.