Historical Interpreter Full-time, Seasonal (April - October)
Fort Meigs Association, Perrysburg, Ohio
Responsible position conducting interpretive and educational programs and activities for the site. Involves the performance of a variety of tasks which contribute to the interpretive and educational objectives of the site.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts tours, educational programs, and interpretive programs both on- and off-site.
- Leads guided tours and develops and participates in special events, interpretive programs, and other activities of an educational or interpretive nature.
- Wears period clothing and maintains period appearance during tours, educational or interpretive programming, as appropriate.
- Learns to fire period black powder weapons and becomes efficient to train volunteers in the use of safety procedures of those weapons.
- Works in admission, store sales, or other interpretive or curatorial areas of the site, as needed.
- May patrol and perform light security work and maintenance work involving the guests' safety and the protection of site property.
- Works closely with historical interpreter volunteer staff and establishes good rapport with volunteer association.
- Other duties as assigned.
No direct reports.
With direction, oversees job assignments of Historical Interpreter Volunteers.
Education and/or Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred. Prior work experience of six (6) months or more in a related museum or living history position. A general knowledge of Ohio history and of interpretive practice is preferred. Knowledge of and experience with black powder weapons is preferred.
A demonstrated ability to absorb factual information and to communicate effectively with the public in a rational and understandable manner.
Requires mathematical skills needed to operate a cash register, point of sale system, and/or make change.
Some knowledge of routine clerical work such as cash receipts and basic computer skills, including Windows OS, Internet, email, and Microsoft Office.
Ability to work both independently and on teams and carry out assigned duties with a minimum of supervision.
Normal range of hearing, speech and sight to communicate with a varied audience. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, other office equipment, and black powder weapons. Requires prolonged standing, sitting, stooping, bending or twisting. Requires ability to lift up to 50 lbs on occasion.
Work is performed indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. Frequent exposure to dust, dirt, water and wet working conditions. Frequent exposure to black powder, loud noises, and smoke from black powder. Work involves walking, speaking, and frequent contact with the guests, school and tour groups, staff, and volunteers. Involves frequent evening and regular weekend and holiday work. Requires a willingness to wear period appropriate (costumes) clothing and ability to work within the site's period clothing guidelines.
About Fort Meigs
This National Historic Landmark sits on its original location along the historic Maumee River. The seven blockhouses, five artillery batteries and numerous earthworks appear much as they did during the spring of 1813. The Ohio History Connection (OHC) reconstructed the fort in the 1970s and most recently in 2003. The Fort Meigs Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, manages the site on behalf of the OHC and the State of Ohio.
Historical interpreters dressed in 1812 clothing present demonstrations of camp life, weapons, and other activities throughout the summer. Reenactments and special events further highlight America's rich military history. Exhibits in the fort's blockhouses describe the life of a soldier, the building of the fort, and dramatic accounts of the two sieges against the fort in 1813.
A modern visitor center houses classrooms, a museum store, and a museum. The museum exhibits tell fascinating stories about early Ohio, the War of 1812, the impact of the war in Ohio, and how historians and archaeologists learned what happened at the fort. Important artifact collections are featured in the museum exhibits, including War of 1812 weapons, accouterments, uniforms and personal items of soldiers.
The museum and visitor center is open year around. The fort itself is open for touring from April through the end of October.
Submit a resume, cover letter, and list of three references via email to email@example.com. Documents can also be mailed to:
Dan Woodward, Programs Manager
P.O. Box 3
Perrysburg, OH 43552
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The Fort Meigs Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based upon race, sex, creed, nationality, or orientation.