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Regular – PERM for State


$19.24 – $30.78 Hourly

$40,018 – $64,029 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 60

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Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services.

The New Mexico Historic Sites Department is the place where history and culture come alive. At Los Luceros, nearly 1000 years of history is represented and interpreted through artifacts, historic buildings, and landscapes.

Why does the job exist?

This position is integral to the customer service and educational missions of Los Luceros and New Mexico Historic Sites.

How does it get done?

1.Is actively present in visitor areas, providing information, and answering questions as groups and individuals tour the site. This will include scheduling and leading tours such as groups of adults or children, social clubs, college classes, private groups, and service organizations.
2.Staffing the Visitor Center including preparing daily admission reports, cash handling, answering phones, and maintaining proper security protocols.
3.Supports implementation of on-site and off-site events, such as festivals, academic conferences, workshops, working in coordination with the Site Manager and co-workers. Includes periodic staffing of after-hours private rentals.
4. Researches and reads books, articles, archival materials, websites and other sources for historical information pertinent to the Historic Site, in order to be knowledgeable, informed, and current when providing a high level of accurate information to the public.
5. Supports development and delivery of short-term exhibits and age-appropriate educational programs on topics ranging from natural history to Native American history, to 20th century LGBTQ+ history related to the historic site.
6. Supports facility maintenance and other custodial duties as needed to maintain a welcoming presence for visitors.
7. Occasional outdoor work will include care for the Historic Site’s sheep and goat flock: feeding, putting them up for the night, monitoring predators.
8. Monitors visitor activity to prevent improper behavior in historic or non-historic buildings, and other instances of vandalism.

Who are the customers?

This position serves the site of Los Luceros, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the visiting public.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is creative, curious, well organized, and has an aptitude for administrative management and financial operations. This is an opportunity to be an integral part of the New Mexico Historic Sites Division and the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
1. A passion for excellence in public service.
2. Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, anthropology, or geography preferred.
3. Confident communicator and presenter with strong research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
4. Excellent project and time management skills with the ability to work with diverse groups of clients.
5. Self-motivated with a positive, professional, and flexible approach to their role.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s degree as it pertains to the essential duties and responsibilities of this classification and one (1) year of experience working at historic sites, parks, museums, cultural centers, visitor centers as a tour guide, lecturer, educator, or interpretive/educational ranger to include experience in historic preservation and/or general maintenance. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience as it pertains to the essential duties and responsibilities of this classification totaling five (5) years may substitute for the required education and experience.

Employment Requirements

Employment is subject to a pre-employment background investigation and is conditional pending results. Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment.  Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting. Some travel within the state may be required. Work is also performed in an outdoor setting, including tours and talks presented in unheated historic structures or on the grounds and unpaved trails of the Historic Site, periodic livestock care, assisting in snow removal, outdoor decorating for Traditions event. There is exposure to livestock, sun, snow, mosquitoes.

Supplemental Information

Benefits: Health, vision, dental insurance. 401K. Overtime, flex time.

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Agency Contact Information: Michelle Zupan (505) 690-1393 or Email:

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

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