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Heritage Resources Specialist, Museum

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County, Colorado

Evergreen, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
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Open Space Division

Management Level

Individual Contributor

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for Standard Benefits which includes dental, medical, and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, and tuition reimbursement.


Jefferson County’s Heritage Stewardship Team is tasked with the protection and management of cultural and paleontological resources on Open Space properties including 365 cultural sites, 34 paleontological sites, and more than a hundred historic buildings and structures.

This division is seeking a Heritage Resource Specialist to join the team!

The Ideal Candidate

The Heritage Resources Specialist, Museum position is responsible for the operations of the Hiwan Museum at the Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Hiwan Heritage Park including but not limited to collections management, collections inventory, volunteer docent management and coordination, and museum house tours. This position is the liaison for the local non-profit partner, Evergreen Mountain Area Historical Society (EMAHS). The EMAHS liaison role includes collaboration with EMAHS on collections management, temporary exhibits in the Museum, and attending monthly Board meetings. This position will train JCOS staff and volunteers for museum tours and programs and provide public outreach and communication with other work units, departments, and agencies.

The ideal candidate will be someone who has experience in museum studies, art history, and collections management and curation; has proven prior experience working with docent management, non-profits, and handling multiple projects at once.


This position has a flexible work schedule that can be determined in coordination with their supervisor. The position can be a 4-day or 5-day workweek and will work at least one weekend day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). Due to the nature of the work, this position usually operates on-site at the Hiwan Heritage Park in Evergreen, CO.


Hiring Range: $35.00 - $40.00 USD Hourly

Compensation will be determined based on education, experience and skills.

Benefits: Jefferson County offers a generous benefits package that supports your personal and professional life. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, and more.

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Jeffco offers a work community that strives to promote the development, strategic vision, and scope for work and inclusion practices to strengthen and advance shared departmental goals and alignment with the county strategic plan.

Essential Duties

  • Manage the Hiwan Museum collections including conducting an inventory of collection items and inputting data into the PastPerfect data management system; manage the PastPerfect database; monitor the museum’s environmental and collections conditions; ensure the museum is compliant with museum standards; managing the accession and deaccession process of the collections; implementing and overseeing NAGPRA regulations and processes. Manage the part-time Collection Assistants who are currently working on these processes.
  • Oversee the Hiwan Museum operations including the coordination of paid tour guides and volunteers (recruitment, training, communication, and retention); provide museum tours to the public as needed; routine Museum cleaning/custodial duties including the Annual Deep Clean. Manage day-to-day aspects of projects and museum operations.
  • This position is the liaison for the local non-profit partner, Evergreen Mountain Area Historical Society (EMAHS), including attending monthly board meetings on-site at Hiwan; contribute to the EMAHS newsletter; collections management check-ins with EMAHS; EMAHS event and program liaison. This position will also oversee and collaborate with EMAHS on temporary exhibits in Hiwan.
  • Provide training for volunteer projects in collaboration with other Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) staff. Assist JCOS staff with museum and collection outreach information. Provide information and participate when requested for the advisory committee and various stakeholder groups. Participate in public meetings as needed. Interact with park neighbors and on-site park visitors concerning museum and collections management and accessibility.
  • Assist with interviewing and evaluating potential permanent and seasonal employees during the hiring process. Assist with managing time accounting records and providing reports for supervisors and managers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Research shows that women and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups tend to apply only when they check every box in the posting. If you are reading this and hesitating to click “apply” for that reason, we encourage you to go for it! A true passion and excitement for making an impact is just as important as work experience.

Minimal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Public History, History, Art History, Curation, Conservation or related field;
  • Plus, a minimum of two years of experience in museums, curation, conservation, or related experience;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills And Abilities

  • Experience with non-profits
  • Experience with museum and collections best practices and stewardship programs
  • Experience managing or conducting house tours and/or guided tours of heritage sites
  • Experience with NAGPRA regulations and best practices
  • Experience with volunteer, tour docent, and part-time staff management
  • Experience entering and tracking collections data, specifically using PastPerfect or similar collections management databases
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Experience with Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365/Workday
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated professionalism and diplomatic relationship building skillset.
  • Interest in community outreach and social engagement

Additional Job Information

  • Offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal history, motor vehicle report, education verification, and/or references.
  • Please note that supplemental questions requiring a written response will serve as a writing sample.
  • Candidates should be prepared to provide references upon request.
  • Current Jefferson County employees must apply through their employee profile in Workday.

About Jefferson County Open Space

If you are looking for a great opportunity for your career to take off, then this position welcomes you to work for a County that thrives on working collaboratively and overcoming challenges. We are seeking someone who has a strong work-ethic, is a self-starter, loves what they do and is motivated to share their knowledge and experience with those who they work with.

Jefferson County Open Space exists to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. For more information on Jeffco Open Space, visit About Us | Jefferson County, CO (jeffco.us)

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically at Jefferson County Colorado Career Opportunities .

Applicants complete an online form and have the option to provide a resume and detailed cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for the position. Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin, and applicants are contacted directly by the hiring team regarding next steps. To view the status of your application or direct communication from the hiring team, please log into your candidate portal .

For more details on the recruitment process, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/1860/FAQs


  • County Recruitment Team: 303-271-8400 or CareerTalent@Jeffco.us
  • Library Recruitment Team: 303.275.6168 or talent@jeffcolibrary.org
  • Sheriff Recruitment Team: 303.271.5332 or sheriff.recruiting@co.jefferson.co.us



Work Experience: Minimum two years




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