Current Opportunities

Hale Farm & Village Garden Educator

RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the Farm & Horticulture Coordinator and Education Program Manager.
CLASSIFICATION: Part time seasonal, non-exempt from overtime
COORDINATION: The Gardener Educator works closely with the Farm & Horticulture Coordinator to apply & coordinate agricultural practices and techniques to enhance the quality of the museum’s farm & horticulture program and guest experiences for school, group and public programs.

The Gardener Educator:

  1. Assists with all aspects of horticulture & garden maintenance, including the demonstration of historic practices and techniques for school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village.
  2. Works directly with the public by planning and implementing interactive InHale Day to Day experiences, workshops and guided tours for guests –featuring horticulture, historic farm practices and livestock.
  3. Will participate in daily garden maintenance, property wide, while educating the public about gardening history. Also engage the public to participate in gardening tasks such as cultivating, planting and harvesting. This position will be cross trained with the basic knowledge of livestock husbandry and educational points.
  4. Assists with aspects of livestock husbandry and sustainability at the museum, including guest education and interaction. Livestock include: oxen, sheep, hogs and chickens.
  5. Prepares and maintains tools and materials used in the assigned areas, including site set-up, clean-up and general maintenance duties as determined by the Coordinator.
  6. Wear period appropriate clothing during as fits the nature of assigned duties.
  7. Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.
  8. Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm community events.
  9. Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Farm & Horticulture Coordinator or Education Program Manager.



  1. Have a desire to teach and work with young people, and be able to make instructions clear to guests, staff and volunteers.
  2. Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team.
  3. Exhibits tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior.
  4. Ability to prioritize and have flexibility in organizing tasks, especially during periods of visitor interaction.
  5. Dependable and reliable, and able to work to a time schedule.
  6. This position is physical in nature and candidates must be able to stand, kneel and bend for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects and work in a variety of conditions.
  7. Must either have experience with large farm animals or an appreciation of their size and care. Must have attention to detail and composure under pressure.
  8. Horticulture experience preferred or a passion and willingness to learn.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Cleveland History Center Museum Protection Services Officer – Temporary for Events Only

RESPONSIBILITY:    Responsible to the VP of Facilities for the monitoring and protection of the structures, collections, staff, and visitors of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
CLASSIFICATION:    This position is classified as operational and is non-exempt with regard to overtime compensation.  This is a temporary position for events in the evening and weekends only.
SUPERVISION:         Reports to the VP of Facilities for daily assignment.  No direct supervision of others within the department.
COORDINATION:      Through the VP of Facilities works with the Society’s departments and auxiliaries on a daily basis.

  1. Individual and group visitor assistance and control.
  2. Protect the collection, premises, employees and visitors against fire, theft, vandalism and other dangers that might result in injury, damage or loss.
  3. Conduct regular inspections of the premises as assigned.
  4. Remain alert while on duty and maintain awareness of the activities within the designated post.
  5. Maintain confidentiality within the department.
  6. Other tasks as assigned by the VP of Facilities and as necessary to assure the operational function of WRHS.

QUALIFICATIONS:    Pleasant manner, observant, tactful, tolerant, honest, alert, and neat.  Conscientious in following regulations and instructions from higher authority.  The candidate must not be convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving any crime of dishonesty, breach of trust, theft, violence, or substance abuse.

If interested please send your cover letter and resume to Janet Waterman, HR Associate at jwaterman@wrhs.org.

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Hale Farm & Village Sales Associate

RESPONSIBILITY:                    Responsible to the Sales Manager for assisting with the operations of the gift shop including front line sales and customer service, accuracy, and profitability.
CLASSIFICATION:                    Part-time; non-exempt from overtime compensation
SUPERVISION:                         N/A
COORDINATION:                      Coordinates with the Sales Manager and Visitor Services to carry out daily admission and retail operations.

  1. Maintains a flow of merchandise to support level of sales:
    • Works with Sales Manager to coordinate sales and merchandise receipts.
    • Assists the Sales Manager to manage the point of sale system for the store, keeping consistent with the guidelines of WRHS;
    • Accurately record all transactions on the point-of-sale system.
  2. Implements an effective visual presentation of merchandise including appropriate signage:
    • Maintains a clean, safe work environment, including store, café, and common areas.
    • Maintains fixtures and equipment.
    • Works with Sales Manager to maintain professional and attractive signage and promotional windows.
    • Works with Sales Manger to maintain effective merchandise presentation.
  3. Maintains a high level of customer service:
    • Develops personal relationships with customers.
    • Handles customer exchanges and returns.
    • Places special orders and notifies customers of their arrival.
    • Performs all admission functions.
  4. Maintain Core Performance Standards:
    • Commits to a regular schedule.
    • Follows dress code and other codes of conduct.
    • Provides additional assistance for key events
  5. Comply with the Society’s accounting systems and procedures:
    • Follows procedures for transfer of shop receipts to the business office on a timely basis.
    • Assists to controls operating expenses, including, but not limited to, supplies, merchandise, and equipment.
  6. Performs all aspects of Guest Services and Admissions:
    • Maintains communication with all departments regarding special events and programs.
    • Carries out all policies and procedures for guest services


  1. Supports income generation initiatives by identifying and recommending programs and activities based on the strengths of the department that will contribute to the financial success of WRHS.
  2. Other duties as assigned by the Hale Farm Sales Manager


  1. Job-related skills include, but are not limited to initiative, goal orientation, creativity, and communication. Ability to walk/stand for long periods of time is necessary.
  2. Essential personality traits include enthusiasm, dependability, flexibility, and integrity.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Hale Farm & Village Rental Event Staff

RESPONSIBILITY:        This position is responsible to the Sales Manager, the Rental Lead and Management at Hale Farm and Village.
CLASSIFICATION:        Part time, non-exempt from overtime
SUPERVISION:             N/A
COORDINATION:          This is a part time customer service/security/maintenance position.  Working in conjunction with Sales Manager, Rental Lead and HFV management, employee is responsible for ensuring the rental customer needs are met and the HFV property is protected.

  1. Security:
    • Protect the collection, animals, premises, employees and visitors against damages fire, theft, vandalism and other dangers that might result in injury, damage or loss
    • Conduct regular inspections of the premises and other duties as assigned
  2. Customer Service:
    • Serve as liaison for renting parties and attending vendors, assisting with location of fixtures, electricity, etc., the communication of HFV policies, and set-up/clean up needs and restrictions.
    • Answers phones in a pleasant and knowledgeable manner.
    • Maintains key knowledge about Hale Farm history, daily and special programming and special events.
  3. Basic Site Services:
    • Set-up and take down of tables and banquet furniture
    • Restroom and site maintenance, including trash as necessary, Communicating fixture and site maintenance issues and emergencies to Sales Manager or Site Manager immediately
    • Ensure closing checklist is completed by catering vendors and site is prepared for next day, including securing site for evening
  4. Ensure renting parties are following all required safety guidelines and all other HFV policies
    • Ensure renting parties and caterer/bartending service are complying with all state health codes and regulations regarding alcohol consumption
    • Ensure visitors remain in appropriate rented areas
  5. Remain alert while on duty and to be aware of the activities within the designated post
  6. Maintain confidentiality within the department
  7. May be assigned other tasks necessary to assure the operational function of Hale Farm & Village


  1. Experience with customer service
  2. Comfortable speaking publicly
  3. Ability to lift 25 pounds
  4. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  5. Must be able to do light duty cleaning
  6. Must not be convicted of any felony or misdemeanor involving any crime of dishonesty, breach of trust, theft, violence or substance abuse


March through December weekends and evenings, times depend on rental schedule; typically evening rentals are 4pm to 12am.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Hale Farm & Village Development Manager

RESPONSIBILITY:  The Hale Farm & Village (HFV) Development Manager is responsible to the Western Reserve Historical Society VP of Development for fundraising activities that directly support HFV operations and projects, including but not necessarily limited to annual support, special events and educational programming as well as capital and preservation projects.  The Development Manager will be headquartered at HFV, working closely with the Director of HFV to achieve fundraising objectives that support and advance the mission of HFV.
CLASSIFICATION:  This position is full-time professional position and is exempt from overtime compensation.
SUPERVISION:  Volunteers as assigned.
COORDINATION:   HFV is a site that is owned and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society, a nearly 150-year old institution with five sites across a four county area of northeast Ohio.  Although this position is responsible for fundraising at and for HFV, coordination with the WRHS Development Office is required.  Working with the team to create successful fundraising strategies that take into consideration and leverage WRHS dynamics, and that may involve not only the Director of HFV, but also the President and CEO and key Board members and stakeholders is essential to success in this new position.

  1. Work with the VP of Development, HFV Director, and President and CEO to create and implement fundraising strategies that directly benefit Hale Farm & Village.  This work involves managing the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors to Hale Farm & Village, including individual, foundation and corporate donors.
  2. Maintain an active and visible presence in the Great Akron/Summit County community of Funders. Represent HFV at community events as part of WRHS’s and HFV’s continuing efforts to raise the profile and visibility of HFV in the community.
  3. Work with the VP of Development and the HFV Director to develop a plan for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual donors.
  4. Maintain contact with key foundation and corporate personnel throughout the grant/sponsorship/giving/reporting/stewardship process. Prepare and submit grant proposals, corporate solicitations and acknowledgements. Monitors all grants to ensure that all deadlines are met – from application to final reports, including ongoing stewardship of funders.  Prepare all interim and final grant reports.
  5. Conducting research to identify prospects in the corporate and foundation communities to grow donor prospect database.
  6. Work with HFV Director and Sales Manager to plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events for HFV, in coordination with the WRHS Development Office.
  7. Perform additional tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The ideal candidate must have an undergraduate degree. Professional experience should include at least two years of development work with a nonprofit organization, preferably a museum or other cultural institution, knowledge of the Akron/Summit County funding community with proven experience in identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts. Must possess strong communication skills, both in speaking and writing, and demonstrate excellent organization skills with attention to detail. A good working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is preferred.  Must have the ability to problem-solve and multitask under tight deadlines. Maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, donors and staff. Must maintain donor confidentiality at all times. The ability to work in a positive team-oriented environment, but also function autonomously is essential. Nights/weekend hours will be required.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Cleveland History Center Archives & Special Collections Manager

RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the Director of the Library
CLASSIFICATION:  This position is classified as full-time, professional and is exempt from overtime compensation.
SUPERVISION: Supervises all staff, interns and volunteers of the Archives and Special Collections program, including archivists, processors, curators, and technicians.

  1. Provide leadership and supervision of day to day activities in Archives and Special Collections program – including cultivating, collecting, processing, organizing, preserving and making accessible collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, digital collections and other rare and special material in alignment with the WRHS strategic vision and goals.
  2. Work in cross-functional teams to support and strengthen all services of the Library and Institution. Lead cultivation and ongoing stewardship efforts with potential and current donors – including communication and coordination through all phases of the process with WRHS Development and Executive staff.
  3. Foster diverse professional and educational environment and workplace, including the ability to collaborate with a diverse donor base, WRHS staff, other museum professionals, researchers and students. Serves as staff liaison to ethnic community auxiliary and volunteer groups.
  4. Maintain professional standards for work environment and records of collections – including deed of gifts, stewardship, processing, storage, et cetera.
  5. Manages and oversees the recruitment and training of staff, volunteers and interns.
  6. Determine work priorities of staff in alignment with WRHS strategic vision and goals.
  7. Actively involved in fundraising, as well as grant writing, implementation, and reporting. Works to identify new sources of funding for projects that enhance use of special collections and the archival program.
  8. Serves as the institutional archivist, developing, implementing and managing WRHS’s program for preserving WRHS’s permanently valuable records and documents, in consultation with Human Resources and Senior Leadership Team, including document retention policies and procedures and born digital materials.
  9. Supports and contributes ideas, content, and other information to the WRHS website.
  10. Develops, implements, and manages the archives and special collections outreach activities.
  11. Collaborates with the Cataloging staff and WRHS IT systems manager to insure the accurate and timely entry of catalog data for archival collections in the Library’s online cataloging system and with OCLC.
  12. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be necessary to accommodate institutional events and needs.
  13. Undertakes other duties as assigned by direct supervisor.


  1. Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously
  2. Capacity to thrive in the face-paced, future-oriented environment and to respond effectively to strategic priorities and tactical needs
  3. Evidence of active membership, participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations –commitment to stewarding professional standards and involvement.
  4. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative in order to accomplish library and institutional goals.
  5. Demonstrated success in cultivating and stewarding community relationships
  6. Excellent written, verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  7. Two years minimum supervisory experience of full time employees.
  8. Successful completion of a background check and drug screening
  9. Public speaking is a customary duty of the position, and essential to outreach efforts.
  10. Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of a special collections library and archival program. Familiarity with digital collections and management platforms, document imaging and conversion systems, metadata standards, electronic records preservation activities, database management, and Internet access issues.
  11. Experience with legal and ethical standards associated with archival and manuscripts collections.
  12. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
  13. Requires prolonged sitting (chiefly at a computer terminal). Some bending, stooping, and stretching.  Occasionally may require lifting up to 50 pounds.
  14. Education – MLIS with an emphasis on archives, manuscripts and special collections libraries.
  15. Experience in an archival or manuscripts repository with senior supervisory experience

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Maintenance & Preservation Lead

RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible to the Director of Hale Farm & Village
CLASSIFICATION:  This position is classified as full time operational and exempt from overtime compensation.
SUPERVISION: This position supervises maintenance, custodial, grounds and tram driver positions.
COORDINATION:  Under the guidance of the Director, works with Hale Farm & Village’s department Managers and auxiliaries on a daily basis.

  • Performing general site and vehicle maintenance including, but not limited to buildings, systems, and equipment routine and scheduled maintenance.
  • Performing Historic Preservation cyclical and capital construction projects and management
  • Coordinates all maintenance contracts with subcontractors including but not limited to cyclical maintenance, capital projects and historic preservation projects.
  • Landscape maintenance including, but not limited to, trash pick-up, weeding, mowing, trimming and snow removal.
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Director and the operations manager of Hale Farm and Village

QUALIFICATIONS: Understanding of Historic Preservation philosophies and NPS practices. Experience in the construction field in a supervisory role with an understanding of electrical, plumbing and carpentry procedures preferred.  Physically fit to lift, bend, and carry 50 pounds. Ability to work in inclement weather and stand for long periods of time.  Pleasant, honest, reliable, self-motivated, team worker, punctual, neat, with an ability to follow policies and work details.

All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

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Western Reserve Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.