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Historical Interpreter (On-call/weekends)

Interested applicants should send a completed application, résumé/CV, and contact information for three professional references. Submit all documents to the attention of Mary Nestor-Harper, Human Resources Director, at hr@telfair.org.

 

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Position: Historical Interpreter (On-call/weekends)- Owens-Thomas House
Date Written: 07/27/2017
Reports to: Lead Interpreter
Job Classification: Non-Exempt

 

Job Summary and Key Objectives:

The Historical Interpreter (On-Call) is responsible for giving 45-minute guided tours of the Owens-Thomas House, part of the Telfair Museum of Art, Inc.   The Historical Interpreter (On-Call) conducts educational and thought-provoking guided tours, answering questions about the architecture, furnishings, social history, and art. The museum is open seven days per week.

Candidates for the Historical Interpreter (On-Call) position must successfully complete up to 20 hours of training to become proficient in preferred tour techniques, all aspects of the history of the Owens-Thomas House, including 19th century social history, history of regency architecture, and fine and decorative arts. Candidates will be evaluated on their knowledge and ability to lead guided tours before being offered a regular part-time position within this organization.

 

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Understand and learn the history and tour techniques of the Owens-Thomas House and deliver accurate, interesting, and compelling tours for Telfair Museums’ visitors.
  • Abide by daily tour schedule and remain true to the facts of the history of the Museums.
  • Deliver excellent customer service.
  • Report and damages or safety issues to the Lead Interpreter and Security.
  • Act as a representative of The Telfair Museums of Art, Inc., to promote the museums and encourage visitors to visit the other Telfair Museum of Art locations.
  • Work as a team with other Interpreters, Front Desk Associates, Retail Shop Associates and Management to provide a warm, welcoming, and professional experience for visitors.
  • Work in other areas as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Education:

  • An interest in American History, fine and decorative arts, architectural history and/or public history.
  • High School diploma or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree in history or the arts a plus.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Experience in public speaking, lecturing, training, guided tours, or other related experience working with the public.
  • Friendly, helpful, and courteous; must be enthusiastic about the Owens-Thomas House and its history.
  • Ability to work with large groups independently and professionally.
  • Ability problem-solve
  • Ability to learn new software
  • Flexibility in scheduling and assignments
  • Promptness, reliability, and dependability are a MUST
  • Desire to educate visitors about the historical significance of Telfair Museums.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to climb stairs
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors in various types of weather year-round