EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Collections Manager

Overview

Responsible for collections interpretation within the historic village and recordkeeping concerning all artifacts, including digitization, filing system, and collections software. The Collections Manager will continue the digitization of our museum’s approximately 3,000 objects and supervise digitization interns.

Assists the Curator with monitoring museum policies and procedures encompassing artifact acquisitions, loans, exhibitions, deaccessions, and storage. The Collections Manager will supervise packing and shipping, security of collections both on property and in transit, insurance administration, and risk management in collaboration with or as assigned by the Curator.

Work hours are 8 to 5pm Monday through Friday, but some weekend and after-hours work will be required. Salary starting range is dependent on experience and education with the minimum starting salary being $36,000 and the maximum starting salary being $39,000. Benefits include employer contributions to health insurance, dental, and automatic deductions to Public Employees’ Retirement System of Louisiana which is matched after 7 years of employment.

Some duties include:

  • Responsible for keeping an up-to-date and complete inventory of collections and continuing to migrate information to PastPerfect Museum Software.
  • Responsible for collecting, organizing, and maintaining control over records deemed important enough for safe keeping, in accordance with the accepted standards and practices that ensure the long-term preservation and easy retrieval of the documents including BVD and Vermilionville’s history as well as institutional collaboration involving funding and care for the collections.
  • Responsible for the exhibition, care, preservation, conservation, storage, and documentation of collections.
  • Assists the Curator with collections interpretation, which requires substantial historic, scientific, and anthropological research. Responsible for keeping interpretative information on artifacts up to date.
  • Responsible for directing all aspects of acquisitions including: negotiating and authorizing the purchase, sale, exchange, loan, accession, deaccession, and acquisition of items and/or research required to authenticate and accept or reject prospective donations all in accordance with current ethical practices and laws.
  • Assists the Curator with exhibit installations and village displays.
  • Responsible for conducting research and implementing changes to artifact interpretation and acquisition based on collaboration with the Curator and Curatorial Committee.
  • Responsible for identifying professional development opportunities and attending meetings, conferences, and civic events to promote and network with other professionals in the industry as well as current or potential partners or collaborators.
  • Responsible for assisting the Curator with planning, implementing, and overseeing the curatorial department’s internship program to provide students and young professionals an opportunity to learn about artifact collections management and interpretation.

What we are looking for:

  • Minimum 4 year degree from an accredited university in relevant field such as history, anthropology, museum studies, cultural resources management, etc.
  • Ability to work with electronic records and databases and be familiar with digital imaging, scanning technology, and copyright law
  • Ability to organize large amounts of information and write clear instructions for its retrieval and use.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple large projects simultaneously
  • Excellent research and analytical ability
  • Excellent creative and business writing skills (interpretative documents, contracts, policies and procedures, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of museum industry and best practices/standards
  • Experience with applications such as Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook, PastPerfect, as well as design applications such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  • Professionalism, dependability, and ethics.

 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s or additional technical degree from an accredited university in a relevant field such as museum studies, library science, archival science, historic preservation, conservation, etc.
  • 1 year of work or experience in a related field is preferred
  • A background in preservation management, archives, or records management is preferred
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written (negotiating potential acquisitions, answering guest and interpreter inquiries, delegating tasks to volunteers and interns, project management within/between departments, public presentations, etc.)
  • Photography skills preferred for detailed artifact documentation
  • French speaking is preferred, must be able to conduct research in French

Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Candidate shows respect for cultural differences and promotes a harassment- free environment.

Please send your resume, references, and cover letter to [email protected]

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Book a Tour

The Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife park provide a wonderful educational experience for adults and children alike. Book a tour today.

Weddings

Weddings can feature a variety of appetizer items, banquet style meals, a barbecue or crawfish boil offered through our on-site catering department. 

Rentals

Canoe and Kayak Rentals allow paddlers and adventurers  an opportunity to enjoy the timeless beauty of Bayou Vermilion at their leisure

Experience

Experience some of the main attractions at Vermilionville such as Historic Homes, and immerse yourself in the rich history of Acadiana

Shop

Vermilionville’s gift shop, La Boutique, offers a unique selection of Cajun, Creole and Native American arts and crafts, as well as literature and music CD’s from the area.

Dine

Be honest : you’re here because you’re craving something authentic, right? And by the grace of good taste, you’ve found yourself at our kitchen.

Educate

Education is a main focus at Vermilionville.  We strive to offer an educational and entertaining outing for students referred to as Cultural Excursions.

Photography

Thank you for your interest in using Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park as a backdrop for your photo sessions.

 

HOURS

Vermilionville is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please keep in mind that we stop taking admission at 3:00 p.m. daily as it takes approximately an hour to an hour and thirty minutes to tour our historic village.

Our historic village is closed on Mondays and for major holidays including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

 

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REGULAR ADMISSION

Adults (ages 19 – 65): $10.00 per person

Senior Citizens (age 65+): $8.00 per person

Students (ages 5 – 18): $6.00 per person

Children (under 5): No Charge

GROUP ADMISSION (MINIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE)

*Adults (ages 19 – 65+): $8.00 per person

Students (ages 5 – 18): $5.00 per person

Children (under 5): No Charge

* Disclaimer: In order to receive the reduced admission rate, groups must be booked in advance and one payment made upon arrival.

DISCOUNTS

AAA: Adult $9.00, Senior $7.00, Student $5.00

Active Military plus Dependants: $5.00; $7.00 Senior & Retired

Le Guide Routard: $6.00

ULL’s Alumni Association (must present current member ID): $6.00

Louisiana Public Broadcasting: $2.00 Off Admission

National Preservation for Historic Trust: $2.00 off Admission

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ACCESSIBILITY

Vermilionville is completely handicap-accessible. Our attractions are outfitted with a wide ramp for wheelchair and walker access. If you require a wheelchair, please inquire in the gift shop and we will be happy to provide you with one to utilize during your visit.

DIRECTIONS

Vermilionville is located in the heart of Lafayette, Louisiana, right across from the Lafayette Regional Airport off of Surrey St.

300 Fisher Road Lafayette, Louisiana 70508