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

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:, with “Museum Interpreter” in the subject line.


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