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Visitor Experience Specialist (2 positions available)
The Ruth Mott Foundation
Flint, MI

Job Purpose: Helps to coordinate all aspects of the Visitor Experience at Applewood including, but not limited to, house and garden tours, exhibits, book sales, information requests, field trips, programs and events. Provides exceptional customer service to all visitors, volunteers and staff.

Primary Duties: 

  • Help coordinate Ruth Mott Foundation’s participatory educational programs, tours, exhibits and events that make use of the Mott family’s legacy and support the Foundation’s mission, vision, and values at Applewood.
  • Support Foundation and community needs and engage the public in meaningful ways.
  • Help maintain visitor experience related resources and supplies.
  • Learn and employ new and existing visitor experience and educational models in facilitating tours, programs and events for all visitors including students, teachers, groups, children and families.
  • Facilitate tours of Applewood and educational programs based on provided trainings and research of the collections and Mott family legacy to ensure accurate and inspiring interpretive programming.
  • Assist in trainings for volunteers in visitor experience related procedures.
  • Assist in trainings on interpretation of the collections and Mott family legacy to staff, volunteers and teachers/community group leaders.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma required. Preferred college degree programs include: Museum Studies, Education, Anthropology, History, Art History, Arts Administration and Library Science.
  • Prior museum or teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals from all sectors of the community and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to respect, cooperate and work well with management, staff, Mott family members and public and to be appropriately discreet about the Mott family collection.
  • Ability to be flexible, accurate and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and to climb stairs. Tolerance of working outdoors the majority of the time. Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.

Ruth Mott Foundation recruits team members that are as economically, culturally and ethnicallydiverse as the community we serve. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all its forms, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply:  Email resume to Resumes@ruthmott.org or mail to Sheryl Johnston, Ruth Mott Foundation, 111 E. Court Street, Suite 3C, Flint, MI, 48502, by December 4th. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Ruth Mott Foundation based in Flint, Michigan, is a non-profit philanthropic organization offering grants and programs that serve the Greater Flint community.  The Foundation operates Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate, to demonstrate and support its mission.

Posted 11/24/15


Kitchen Program Manager
Camlann Medieval Village
Carnation,  WA 
 

Paid, part–time, weekends: managing a kitchen program in the Bors Hede Inne, at Camlann Medieval Village, a living history museum project. 

You love and are passionate about cooking all manner of foods. 
You have a real interest in historical food preparation and hearth cooking.
You will enjoy interpreting a historical person for in-character presentations. 
Your duties will include food preparation, dinner cooking, and feast supervision.
Your professional food service or kitchen management experience is a plus (but this is not a 'chef' position - we supply historical recipes).
We will train a person with some experience, career interest, and enthusiasm.

Transportation required.

Salary is negotiable. 
 
Send your résumé to:
Roger Shell
10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation,  WA   98014
(King County, Washington State - www.camlann.org)
or Call: 425-788-1945

Posted 11/16/15


Historic Crafts & Trades Generalist / Museum Educator
Hale Farm & Village
Bath, OH


Responsibility: Responsible to the Crafts & Trades Coordinator and Education Program Manager.
Classification: Part time, non-exempt from overtime
Coordination: Works closely with the Crafts & Trades Coordinator and Education Program Manager to facilitate and enhance educational programming, including school, group and public programs. Activities contribute to the museum’s retail, facility rental, group tour, agricultural, craft and trade and preservation programs.

Duties:

  • Works directly with school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at Hale Farm & Village and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools.
  • Demonstrates the process and contributes to production of a variety of historic crafts & trades specific to early- to mid-19th century rural life, which may include candle making, broom making, spinning, weaving and pottery.
  • Meets, greets, and checks in groups before the assigned time for their education program.
  • Reads and researches, as assigned, in preparation for teaching all of the programs offered through the Education Department.
  • Prepares and maintains the materials used in the in the demonstration and production of assigned craft & trade areas, as well as for educational programs, including site set-up, clean-up and general assigned maintenance duties.
  • Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.
  • May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.
  • Demonstrates additional rural life activities and chores as appropriate to advancing public understanding about farm life in the 19th century Western Reserve, and its relevance today.
  • Participates in special events sponsored by or at Hale Farm & Village, including mandatory attendance for select Hale Farm community events.
  • Accountable to the Crafts & Trades Coordinator and Education Program Manager for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.
  • Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Crafts & Trades Coordinator and Education Program Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Have experience in a historic craft & trade area, or arts training and experience in a related area and the willingness to be trained in new skills as needed;
  • Have a desire to teach and work with young people;
  • Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team;
  • Be able to prioritize, but also have extreme flexibility;
  • Must exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior;
  • Be dependable and reliable; be able to work to a time schedule;
  • Be physically able to accomplish routine crafts & trades production and demonstration tasks throughout seasonal conditions;
  • Possess knowledge of American and Western Reserve history, and training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.


To Apply: All interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Janet Waterman at jwaterman@wrhs.org. No phone calls please.

Posted 9/15/15


Program Staff (Part-Time)
Historic Wagner Farm
Glenview, IL


Job Summary:
Combine your love of history, life on the farm, and the outdoors! This position will be responsible for
providing historical programming and interpretation to school groups, tours, events, site programming and
general visitors at Wagner Farm. This person may also assist with administrative duties, farm fieldwork and
choring.

Qualifications - The best applicants will have:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years experience working with school age children in or out of the classroom.
  • Excellent customer service skills and enthusiasm.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn historical material and period activities, including dressing in period clothing.
  • Readiness to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Working knowledge of agricultural and/or museum practices desired.
  • Ability to lift 10+ pounds is preferred.

Hours & Pay
This is a year-round position working a varied part-time schedule. Schedule will include week days,
evenings, and weekends as required. Number of hours / week will vary based on season and business
need.

Apply Online!:
Visit us at www.GlenviewParks.org – click on “Careers” in the upper right corner

For More Information:
Sarah Schoeneberg (847) 657-1506
Sarah.Hagye@GlenviewParks.org

If interested, please apply early. Recruiting and interviewing will begin immediately.
The Glenview Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 8/17/15


Museum Interpreter/Actor
The Accokeek Foundation
Accokeek, MD


The Accokeek Foundation seeks a Museum Interpreter whose best asset is an outgoing personality and the ability to engage audiences and learners. We love actors, teachers, and class clowns who get a charge out of being able to get audience reactions and to trigger genuine “ah-hah” moments. You enjoy pretending to be other people and wearing funny costumes in the name of education. You’ve also got a brain and an insatiable curiosity about the world, especially nature. Your social conscience will make you a perfect fit here, because we’ve got a serious side and we deal with serious issues. We aim to provoke thoughts and even transform lives by teaching people about the environment through a historical lens. You think that’s exciting and want to be a part of it.

Hours, Pay, and Job Focus:
Hours worked per week depend on the season. From September to December interpreters will work between 10-20 hours per week.  The pay is $10/hour.  This is a part-time position that requires availability on weekdays from 9 am – 1 pm and weekends from 9 am – 4 pm. Weekday responsibilities revolve around performing for school tours. Weekend responsibilities revolve around first-person improvised performance for family visitors.

Job requirements include:

  • Lively, outgoing personality and/or experience in theatre/drama
  • Ability to master interactive tours and activities; this includes memorizing and performing scripts, improvising with visitors
  • Interpersonal skills and diplomacy necessary to facilitate discussion around sensitive topics
  • Willing and able to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Willing to wear various costumes depending on program
  • Works well in a sometimes unpredictable environment where last minute changes may be necessary
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Historic gardening/farm chores performed when not interacting with visitors (we train). This requires moderate physical activity and willingness to get dirty.
  • Comfortable around large and small animals
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn
  • Experience working with children
  • Applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to employment.

Highly desired qualities include:

  • Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship
  • (earth-friendly eating and living)
  • Strong interest in teaching, drama, history, agriculture, and the environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience as an actor, teacher, or interpreter is a plus, but not required

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and headshot (if you have one) to: info@accokeek.org, with “Museum Interpreter” in the subject line.

This position is open until filled.

About the Accokeek Foundation: The Accokeek Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to connect people to history, agriculture, and nature through innovative educational programs and engaging visitor experiences. Founded over fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation through a public/private partnership that led to the creation of Piscataway Park, a nearly 5000-acre national park. Through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the Foundation cares for two hundred acres of the park, while fulfilling its mission. This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (demonstrates life of a tobacco planter on the eve of the American Revolution) the Ecosystem Farm (demonstrates sustainable agriculture on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm), heritage breed livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people, and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site on several national trails. The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors.

The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 8/12/15




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