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Position Open:  Maintenance Lead  Western Museum of Mining & Industry

1. Essential Functions

The Maintenance Lead has the responsibility of maintaining the property in such a way to support operations, promote the museum’s mission and to improve the museum as a whole.  As the daily grounds keeper, the Maintenance Lead carries the primary role of creating and improving the visual image of WMMI, the museum’s “curb appeal”!

2. Qualifications

·         High School Diploma or equivalent

·         Basic Handyman skills

·         Experience with cleaning and organizing

·         Experience in minor maintenance, lawn care and landscaping


3. Supervision Structure

            Maintenance Lead reports to the Operations Manager (or ED or MC)

4. Responsibilities – Maintenance Lead

·         General grounds upkeep and landscape maintenance

·         Ensure the museum in clean and ready for visitors each day

·         Repair of buildings and other museum assets

·         Condition and rotation of signage

·         Work with volunteers to accomplish these responsibilities

·         Strive for safety for yourself and others on WMMI property


5. Expectations of all staff members, we shall be able to:

·         Enthusiastically explain the mission and vision of the Museum WMMI

·         Contribute to a respectful, constructive work environment

·         Positively advocate for the museum in public

·         Present at least 2 sections of our school tour or in-reach programs

·         Answer the phone, take messages, check phone messages, place call on hold

·         Operate the cash register; open, input and close the front desk and museum building

·         Be available for most special events

·         Willingly clean and organize museum spaces and materials

·         Use our best judgment in all situations

Additional duties as assigned


Application Process: 

Please email your resume and cover letter to Grant Dewey at or mail to 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Meet Our Team

  • Grant Dewey
    Grant Dewey

    Executive Director

    Grant has lived in El Paso County since 1969, when his father retired from the Air Force and his family moved here. After graduating from Lewis Palmer High School, Grant earned his first Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He was a production manager and process engineer for American Strategic Metals in Monument then moved to Italy where he set up a carbide recycling operation for Aldap SPA.

    Grant returned to the States to get married and earn a second degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Since then, Grant has taught science and mathematics in public, private and international schools. While raising three boys with his wife Rachel, he has also been involved in small business development, corporate training and real estate/property management in the Colorado Springs area.

    We are excited to have Grant build on the Western Museum of Mining & Industry’s legacy as we expand into a Cultural Exploration Campus.

    Fun Fact: Grant has been an educator and mountaineer on 6 of the 7 continents.

  • Dr. Richard Sauers
    Dr. Richard Sauers


    A native of Lewisburg, PA, Richard A. Sauers received his B.A. of History from Susquehanna University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Sauers is the author of more than two dozen books, including A Caspian Sea of Ink: The Meade-Sickles Controversy (1989), the highly-acclaimed two-volume Advance the Colors! Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags (1987-1991), A Succession of Honorable Victories: The Burnside Expedition in North Carolina (1996), Meade: Victor of Gettysburg (2004), America's Battlegrounds (2005),The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance (2013), and his latest, a 3-volume guide-index to Civil War material in the National Tribune newspaper (1877-1943).

    Current research projects include a detailed study of the Cripple Creek Mining District and ongoing work on his hometown. Sauers has been in the public history arena since 1984, serving currently as Curator of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry in Colorado Springs.

    Fun fact: Rick is an expert in Civil War history and loves nothing more than entertaining guests and visitors at special events as a talented Civil War soldier reenactor!

  • Loretta Howden
    Loretta Howden

    Operations Manager

    Loretta has moved and traveled extensively due to her father’s and husband’s military careers. She started her education at the University of California, Berkeley, and later transferred and earned a B.A. in Communications from Gonzaga University and a Graduate Certificate in Publications from George Washington University. She spent her junior year abroad studying in Florence, Italy.

    She has worked in a variety of marketing and historical venues to include working as a teacher in Germany and teaching at a federal prison; a writer for the U.S. Army Marketing in Hawaii, writer for Berlin Health Services Club and a San Antonio HOA; marketing coordinator for WMMI; a guide and historical interpreter on the ships at Jamestown, Virginia; a costumed guide/interpreter at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma Washington: and a floor docent at the Washington State History Museum. She has worked off and on at WMMI for 12 years and is excited to enrich and expand the museum’s volunteer program.

    Fun Fact: Loretta has lived in Tokyo, Japan, Florence, Italy, Mannheim and Berlin, Germany.

  • Andrew Davis
    Andrew Davis

    Grounds & Maintenance Lead

    Andrew joined the WMMI team in 2018 and currently serves as the museum’s Grounds and Maintenance Lead, ensuring the optimal care and maintenance of our museum and its beautiful, historic property.

    In addition, Andrew assists at the front desk, helps with machinery demonstrations, leads several of our educational in-reach programs, acts as a liaison during offsite events, assists with needs pertaining to audiovisual and sound for our educational lectures, and helps with guided tours through our main hall.

    Andrew just graduated with his degree in filmography at University of Colorado and intends to put his education to work for WMMI with development of new education-based videos and content designed to expand knowledge about the museum, its history, and the impact of mining and industry in Colorado.

    Fun fact: Andrew has a great passion for the outdoors and frequently spends his time exploring around Colorado on backpacking hikes and excursions.

  • Jackie Walls
    Jackie Walls

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    Jackie arrived in Colorado Springs in the late 1990’s and knew the Front Range was the perfect place to call home and raise their family. A graduate of the University of Maryland, (BA in Communications) and University of Oklahoma (MA of Human Relations) she worked in Advertising Sales for Newspaper, Radio and Direct Mail before becoming the Marketing and Public Affairs Director for MWR at NSA Naples, Italy. As a Navy spouse for 20 years, she was fortunate to live in 9 different duty stations and loved the opportunities and experiences at every single one. Ending up in Colorado’s “Rocky Mountain Navy” was a highlight and enabled Jackie to work as the Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A, volunteer at Academy D20 schools, and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

    At WMMI, Jackie looks forward to being part of the legacy of quality programming, creative community events and a strong commitment to education. As the north side of town continues to grow, there is room to introduce more people to the incredible collections and amazing stories available at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

  • Jaime

    Rentals & Gift Shop Coordinator

    Jaime is a Colorado Springs native and loves living near the mountains. After graduating from St. Mary’s high school, she received her B.A. in Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from UCCS. She was an intern at the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities and now looks forward to being part of the WMMI community.

    Fun Fact about Jaime: Jaime competed in Irish dancing throughout grade school and middle school. Now she enjoys painting landscapes and baking.

  • Jeff Mielke
    Jeff Mielke

    Memberships & Donations Coordinator

    Jeff joins the WMMI after working for Fundraising and Membership for the US Olympic/Para Olympic Committee and The USAFA Associate of Graduates. Jeff graduated from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO with a BS degree in Geography/General Engineering, and received his MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. During his tenure with the US Air Force, Jeff served as the Director or Public Affairs with the HQ Ballistic Missile Organization at Norton AFB in California. He also served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs with the Tactical Fighter Weapons Center, and was the Thunderbirds Public Affairs Officer with USAFADS, both at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada.

    Jeff donates his time and energy to many local organizations. He is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Former Executive Board Member, Nevada Council on Economic Education, Former Board Member and Vice-Chairman, USAF Thunderbird Alumni Association, a former member of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, and past president of the Southern Colorado Association of Fundraising Professionals. He lives with his wife and five cats in Peyton, Colorado.

    Fun Fact: In his spare time, he likes to ride his Harley-Davidson and as time permits, he travels to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota every year.