Museum/Welcome Center/Gift Shop Manager

Monastery of St. Gertrude seeks a Museum/Welcome Center/Gift Shop Manager to provide leadership and management at the Monastery in north central Idaho. 

Position includes:

  • Staffing front desk of the Monastery’s Welcome Center and Gift Shop.
  • Liaison with staff and volunteers for daily operations of Museum, Welcome Center and Gift Shop.
  • Provide leadership to museum operations, programs, exhibits, and staff.
  • Maintain point-of-sale program; submit reports about yearly inventory. Provide oversight for ordering and restocking inventory. Provide cleaning when necessary.
  • Maintain/use the database for artifact management, membership, and educational programs.
  • Educational background in History or Communications is welcome. Leadership and grant-writing skills are desirable.
  • Maintain relationship with Monastery Communications Department to assure that consistent public relations programs are in place.
  • Candidates must be flexible, able to work in a collaborative, team-oriented atmosphere, and must be comfortable working in a faith-based, values-centered organization.  The successful candidate will possess people skills, have technological skills, be forward thinking and able to vision the future, and be able and willing to network and partner with others.
  • Salary is negotiable; based on experience

Qualities Needed:

  • Computer, clerical and communication skills
  • Learn QuickBooks point of sale program and and Past Perfect Artifacts Program
  • Store and exhibit Artifacts
  • Plan and execute exhibits
  • Understand the Monastery’s history and the history of the Camas Prairie
  • Train and direct volunteers

Working Conditions

  • Full-time position, some weekend work, some evenings
  • Ability to do sedentary tasks and operate for extended periods of standing and walking. 
  • Shared office work area with semi-privacy


  • The Monastery of St. Gertrude is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  We are a progressive, Catholic community of 32 Benedictine sisters as well as 80 oblates (lay members), 29 employees, and many active friends and benefactors. We are a part of the Diocese of Boise. Our primary focus is common prayer and community and out of that focus we minister in a variety of areas throughout the Northwest and beyond.  We operate a spirituality/retreat center that hosts over 3,000 guests a year.  We have a museum that focuses on the history of north-central Idaho and the Monastery.  We operate a four-unit bed and breakfast.  We own over 1,000 acres of timber and farmland which we actively steward for sustainability.  Our monastic community includes sisters working as social workers, in health care, in parish ministry, and other areas.  We are creative, pioneering, grounded in faith, and committed to moving into the future.
  • Our employees are extremely dedicated to our mission and find the monastery an excellent place to work. We consider our employees an integral part of our broader monastic community and have very low turnover. 
  • Cottonwood, Idaho, is located on the scenic Camas Prairie in north-central Idaho.  It is a peaceful, quiet, small town with mountains, rolling hills, prairie, and an atmosphere that is a welcome relief from the noise, traffic, and busyness of the big city.  It is an area with many opportunities for outdoor recreation with nearby rivers and reservoirs for fishing, rafting, and boating, two ski hills within 25 miles, and trails for cross-country skiing and for ATV and snowmobile use.  For the hunter there are deer, elk, moose, bear, cougar, and migratory bird hunting.  The cost of living is low.  There is an award-winning hospital in town.  The weather is temperate with mild, dry summers and limited snow in the winter.

TO APPLY:  To apply, mail your application packet via USPS to:

Sister Kim Jordan, Director of Operations
Monastery of St. Gertrude 
465 Keuterville Road 
Cottonwood, ID 83522
Telephone – 208.962.5056

Your application must include:

  • Cover letter, including salary expectation
  • Resume
  • At least two letters of reference
  • Brief answers to the supplemental questions

Supplemental Questions

Please provide a short paragraph responding to each of the following:

What is your experience and possible enthusiasm for living in a very rural community?

Please describe your experience with non-profits, faith-based organizations, and/or progressive Catholic organizations.

Please describe one experience where your work empowered an organization to new levels of efficacy.

How might fellow employees describe you as a co-worker?