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Collections Assistant, Lincoln

Docent, Nebraska History Museum, Lincoln

Greeters Desk, Lincoln

Investigation Station Assistant, Lincoln

Landmark Store Assistant, Lincoln


Position: Collections Assistant

Division: Museum Collections

Description: Projects may include scanning, cataloging, and data entry in the museum's Past Perfect museum database.

Qualifications: Some computer experience, the ability to type accurately, good attention to detail, and good organizational skills.

Days Needed: Monday through Friday.

Hours: To be arranged, between the hours 9:00 am and 4:30 pm

Location: Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln

Assignment Length: Flexible.

Training: Individual training provided by Museum Collections staff.

 


Position: Docent, Nebraska History Museum

Division: Museum

Description: Docents conduct educational tours of the Nebraska State Historical Society's Nebraska History Museum. Tours are generally one to two hours in length. Docent guided tours are scheduled year round with the busiest months being March, April, and May. Students constitute ninety-percent of the museum tour audience. Our annual docent training starts in the fall. Upon completion of the training, volunteers become active docents and are able to give tours.

Qualifications: Interest in Nebraska history.
Ability to speak to tour groups at a comfortable level.
A commitment of no less than two years is recommended, with the first year for training, and the second to give tours.

Days Needed: Monday through Friday

Hours: Flexible, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Nebraska State Historical Society's Nebraska History Museum,
15th & P Streets, Lincoln

Assignment Length: Year round.
Busiest months have been March, April, and May.
A two-year minimum commitment.

Training: Docent group training is offered each year starting in the fall.
Six training sessions of three hours each are required.
Training for new exhibits and special topics are on-going.
Docent meetings are held bi-monthly.
Once trained, docents are called to assist with tour groups.

Parking: Parking is available at any of the downtown parking garage facilities.
Parking validation is provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society for its volunteers.


Position: Greeters Desk

Division: Administration

Description: Individuals will welcome and serve visitors' to the Nebraska State
Historical Society's (NSHS) Headquarters building by directing visitors and users to appropriate staff, providing directions to other NSHS locations, or attractions within the community or state, and answer any questions the visitor may have about the NSHS and its services and functions.

Qualifications: Must enjoy contact with the public.
Knowledge of the NSHS is beneficial but not required, as training will be
provided.

Days Needed: Monday through Friday

Hours: Flexible, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Nebraska State Historical Society Headquarters Building
1500 R Streets, Lincoln

Assignment Length: Year round. A 3 month commitment is requested, but not required.

Training: Training will be provided as needed.
.
Parking: Parking is available at any downtown parking garage facility. Parking
validation is provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society for its volunteers.



Position: Investigation Station Facilitator

Division: Museum

Description: Supervise visitors in the hands-on room of the Nebraska History Museum. Four permanent stations include: a Native American Tipi, a 1/4th scale prairie schooner, a Build a Town table, and a 1920s auto-touring campsite.

Qualifications: Ability to work with people of all ages, especially children. Knowledge of exhibit content (information provided by museum staff).

Days Needed: Tuesday through Sunday

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 1p.m. - 4p.m.

Location: Nebraska History Museum, 15th & P Streets, Lincoln

Assignment Length: indefinite

Training: Individual or group training provided.

Other Information: Responsibilities include assisting with questions, helping visitors as needed, and general supervision and organization of the exhibit area.

 


Position: Landmark Store Assistant

Description: Greeting and assisting store visitors/customers with sales and provide effective customer service. Ability to use a point of sale computer system and credit card machine. Assist store staff with merchandise display, checking in and receiving inventory, straightening and cleaning, and stocking shelves.

Qualifications: Necessary skills include customer service skills, telephone skills, and point of sale computer skills; knowledge of store merchandise; familiarity with the community to serve customer requests; ability to work with money and independently. Friendly and dependable.

Days Needed: Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon positions are available

Hours: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Nebraska State Historical Society's Landmark Store at the Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P Streets (131 Centennial Mall North), Lincoln

Assignment Length: One year minimum.

Training: Training by Landmark Store staff, 15th and P Streets, Lincoln

Parking: Parking is available at any of the downtown parking garage
facilities. Parking validation is provided by the Nebraska State Historical Society for its volunteers.


Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street, P.O. Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501-2554
contact: Deb McWilliams
e-mail: deb.mcwilliams@nebraska.gov
phone: 402/471-4955 or 1-800-833-6747
fax: 402/471-3100


 


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