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Curator of Exhibits, South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, Pierre, SD

  • 27 May 2022 12:54 PM
    Message # 12796428
    Justin Jakovac (Administrator)

    Curator of Exhibits

    South Dakota State Historical Society Museum

    Job ID: 19235
    Agency: Department of Education, Historical Society
    Location: Pierre
    Salary: $19.70 - $21.67 per hour, depending on experience
    Pay Grade: GH
    Closing Date: Open Until Filled

    This is a full-time, 40 hours weekly, position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit

    The museum, one of several programs of the South Dakota State Historical Society, a full-service state historical society, located at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, moves history forward with the rich heritage and complex history of South Dakota. The museum provides a regular program of exhibits, educational programming, and outreach programs, such as mobile education kits. The museum has a comprehensive collection of over 35,000 artifacts.

    Now is a great time to join South Dakota State Historical Society, as it revitalizes its 1989 Cultural Heritage Center! Duties may alter during the revitalization period. After the project completes the position’s focus will return to the following:

    The full-time Curator of Exhibits (CE) assists the Museum Director and collaborates with the Curator of Collections and Curator of Interpretation to plan, design, fabricate, and install visitor-oriented museum exhibitions. The CE is the team leader in the exhibit development process, including research, graphic design, creating models, and label writing. The CE works with the team, consultants, or other project partners. Job functions are not limited to:

    1. The Curator of Exhibits moves history forward by developing all exhibits through the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society. The CE will maintain current exhibits and shops; guide concept development; and conduct research and fabrication; while ensuring label writing, installation, copyright, licensing, and contracts are properly executed.
    2. The Curator of Exhibits will coordinate the museum’s various social media channels and update, maintain, recommend, and support technology.
    3. The Curator of Exhibits represents the South Dakota State Historical Society to other South Dakota history organizations, professional associations, and the public.

    This position does not have the option to work remotely. Start date is negotiable.

    The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
    A Bachelor’s Degree in History or a related field, with Master’s preferred, and three-five years of museum experience. Experience using various forms of technology and social media platforms.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • skill to collaborate and be an effective communicator;
    • problem-solving skills;
    • knowledge of design software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.);
    • ability to use Microsoft Office products;
    • ability to lift 25 pounds;
    • knowledge of basic carpentry practices;
    • familiarity with tools and other shop equipment.

    Additional Requirements: Please include a cover letter, resume, and three references with your application.


    NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

    The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

    The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

    Must apply online:
    You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
    South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
    Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:

    "An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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