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 worked per week depend on the season. Late spring and summer, hours worked per week could range from 7-20. The pay is $10/hour.
Hours and Job Focus: This is a part-time position that will include one weekend day (Fri, Sat, or Sun) from 9am- 4pm per week, and occasional weekdays 9am- 1pm. During the late spring and summer months, this position will focus on first-person living history interpretation on the weekends. Starting in late summer, the position will perform in an acting/teaching role in our unique school tour program, Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Museum Interpreter” in the subject line.
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