Historic Site Guide (Interpreter I) – Historic Fort Snelling
JOB TITLE: #1096 Historic Site Guide (Interpreter I) – Historic Fort Snelling
OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.
LOCATION: Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111
SALARY: $14.07 hourly minimum
STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (520 annual hours) position. Weekly hours vary according to seasonal site needs. Hours average 26 per week May through August. Inconsistent hours March, April, September and October.
CLASSIFICATION: 55L Service
HIRING MANAGER: Program Manager I
POSTING DATE: January 31, 2018
DEADLINE DATE: February 14, 2018
TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.
DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Historic Site Guide (Interpreter I) to provide educational and recreational services to visitors, and to assist in the operation of Historic Fort Snelling.
SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) communicate historical information using multiple interpretive techniques; 2) receive, welcome and orient visitors to the historic site or assigned workstation; 3) conduct history workshops, tours, and programs for school groups; 4) study site-related historical materials to enhance the delivery of site’s interpretive program; 5) assist in the maintenance and protection of the historic site grounds, facility and collections; 6) perform sales and admission services accurately and according to procedures; and 7) comply with Guest Experience & Educational Services and MNHS personnel policies and procedures as applicable.
- High school diploma or equivalent (“equivalent”; GED or similar knowledge, skill sets, & abilities) experience.
- Strong oral communications and interpretive skills and ability to listen to the public and be responsive to inquires and comments, and ability to effectively facilitate dialogue programming.
- Ability and motivation to study historical reference materials, complete training programs and examination, and apply learned techniques to job related tasks.
- Public relations skill in working with a diverse public, including children, teachers, senior citizens, and professional staff.
- Capability and willingness, if assigned, to use various living history presentation methods, e.g. period costume, grooming, and mannerisms.
- Physical strength, stamina and coordination to perform maintenance tasks and program demonstrations. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, walk up to 5 miles a day and stand for long periods.
- Must be able to attend mandatory training days in March, April, and May. Plus, be able and willing to work rotating schedules or varying hours (0 – 35 per week) from April through October.
- College coursework in U.S. history, education, or a related field.
- Working knowledge of the history of Minnesota, Fort Snelling, Native Americans, African Americans, American Slavery, American Fur Trade, and American Expansionism/Imperialism.
- Ability to use a variety of historic tools and equipment including: musical instruments, sewing tools, firearms, cooking equipment, carpentry tools, shovels, axes, picks, & blacksmithing tools.
Should you have questions with the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call MNHS Job Line at 651-259-3181. Applicants offered employment are subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. EEO