Historic Farm Operations Assistant (full-time)

Schaumburg Park District - Schaumburg, IL


ABOUT US: The Schaumburg Park District is an award-winning public agency that provides its 75,000 residents with a wide variety of recreational facilities, programs, events, parks and open spaces. Spring Valley’s Volkening Heritage Farm is a living history museum where visitors can experience life on an authentic 1880s German farm, complete with horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and much more!

JOB SUMMARY: The Farm Operations Assistant is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operation of the Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, including care of the site’s livestock, buildings, and farm equipment, as well as the regular maintenance and upkeep of the site. The individual will also be responsible for providing public interpretation as well as training and supervision of both volunteers and part-time staff. Museum structures include a farm house, harness shop, smokehouse, spring house, equipment shed/blacksmith shop, livestock barns (horses, cows, pigs), and a chicken coop. Program areas include general visitation, school field trip programs, thematic family programs, special events, retail operations, and summer camps.

QUALIFICATIONS: The best applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, History, Animal Science, Museum Studies, Historical Administration or related field, along with at least three (3) years’ experience in living history operations along with managing livestock and dairy operations, use of draft horses in traditional farming and public conveyance (wagon rides). Certification(s) and/or active membership(s) in professional museum and history associations desirable. CPR, AED, and First Aid certification required within six (6) months of employment. Valid Illinois driver’s license required; Class A CDL acquired within one (1) year of employment.

SCHEDULING & PAY: This as a full-time year-round non-exempt position. Core hours are typically 8am – 4pm with additional night and weekend work required. Target hiring range is $23.19 / hour and up (depending on qualifications).

BENEFITS WE OFFER: In exchange for your time and talent, we offer a generous benefit package, including:

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • FSA Healthcare
  • Employee Wellness Programs and Incentives
  • Life Insurance (Basic and Additional Voluntary)
  • AFLAC Indemnity Plans
  • Participation in IMRF (Retirement, Disability, Life)
  • Nationwide Retirement Solutions 457 Plan
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation Time
  • Personal Days and Sick Time
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • A Variety of Park District Memberships and Privileges

INTERESTED? PLEASE visit us at www.parkfun.com – go to “About” then “Employment” to complete our online job application.

If interested, please apply early. This position will be open until filled.

The Schaumburg Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $23.19 /hour


  • related: 3 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Other types of insurance
  • Retirement benefits or accounts
  • Gym memberships or discounts
  • Employee discounts
  • Others