Colonial Michilimackinac Interpreter (Women)

Department:  Museum Programs
Locations:  Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinaw City
Start/End Date:  early May-early June through August-mid October
Pay Rate:  starting at $9.25/hour
Now accepting applications for the 2018 season.

Scope of Duties:
This position serves visitors to Mackinac State Historic Parks by working as a historic interpreter at Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed 18th century fortified fur trading center in Mackinaw City, Michigan. This full-time seasonal position is responsible for interpreting the role of women at Michilimackinac during the 18th century.

— Put visitors to Michilimackinac and other MSHP sites first by treating them with respect, serving their needs, and providing an enjoyable and educational experience.

— Demonstrate 18th century foodways and domestic skills such as gardening, cooking, food preservation, baking, laundry, sewing and mending, livestock care, and other historically appropriate household tasks.

— Interpret the life of a French, British, or Métis woman through participation in regularly scheduled interpretive programs.

— Lead or participate in regularly scheduled foodways demonstrations, children’s tours, and food and garden tours.

— Present informal interpretive programs about gardening, cooking, sewing and mending, historic food culture, the role of women in the British military, domestic life for French-Canadian women, food preservation, laundry, and other appropriate topics at scheduled locations throughout the fort.

— Participate in other interpretive presentations and special events as required.

Position Requirements:
— Must be 18 years or older.

— Must have an interest in historical interpretation and be dedicated to public engagement and education.

— Must be outgoing, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have strong public speaking skills.

— Experience with or interest in historic interpretation, 18th century material culture and society, hearth cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and mending, historic costume construction, and other period-appropriate crafts and trades is strongly recommended.

— Must be able to follow verbal and written directions, and be able to verbally communicate with visitors and coworkers.

— Must be able to work assigned position length. Positions work 12 to 23 weeks, will start in early May or June, and will work to Labor Day or through October; length of employment will vary depending on the position.

Work Location and Schedule:
This is a full-time seasonal position, which typically works 40 hours per week for 23 weeks from early May through mid-October (shorter-term full time positions are also available; see position requirements). The workstation for this position is Colonial Michilimackinac, although the employee may be required to work at other MSHP park sites. The position is primarily based indoors in a reconstructed historic building at Michilimackinac, but outdoor work is required on a regular basis. Work schedules are posted in advance and are subject to change depending on park operational needs. The employee may be asked to work evenings, holidays, and/or weekends as park needs dictate.

Physical Requirements:
Stretching and bending are moves commonly made throughout the day by employees in this position. The employee must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without, reasonable accommodation: Frequent lifting, carrying, transporting, loading and unloading of supplies, walking long distances and on rough terrain, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, and ability to utilize ferry boat transportation to and from Mackinac Island. The employee will be required to wear a historic costume at all times while working indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions. This position will be exposed to extreme heat conditions working near an open hearth within historic buildings and outdoors around the site; individual must be able to work in this type of environment.

Dress Code:
The park maintains a dress code for employees in the public service to promote a productive and safe work environment and to maintain MSHP’s public image. This means no inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry, clothing or fashion statements are allowed. Employees are required to be in approved park costume at all times while on duty, which includes the wearing of proper footwear. The park will furnish the employee with the required costume items which must be returned at the end of seasonal employment. Violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

The employee works under the direction of the museum historian and the Colonial Michilimackinac lead interpreter.

General Position Information:
This is a temporary seasonal at-will position which serves at the will of the employer and does not include recall rights or benefits (other than those mandated by governmental laws). This position will expire at the time employment is ended for the season and the employee does not have recall rights to this or any other MSHP position in the future. Specifically, the park is under no obligation to hire the individual in subsequent seasons. The number of weeks and hours worked may vary as park needs dictate. Additional information will be provided upon employment.

Download Application:
Click here to download the application.
All completed applications should be mailed to:
Mackinac State Historic Parks
Attn: Seasonal Employment
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Questions or cannot print application?
Please contact:

P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231-436-4100 x111 
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