Historic Site Guide (Interpreter I) – Historic Fort Snelling

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Jan 31, 2018
Feb 14, 2018
Job Type
Employment Status
Part Time

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  • Ability and motivation to study historical reference materials, complete training programs and examination, and apply learned techniques to job related tasks.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 humanresources@mnhs.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

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