Historic House Interpreter (Women)

HHI 2

Department:  Museum Programs
Location:  Mackinac Island
Start/End Date:  early May-early June through August
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 the Biddle House, American Fur Company Store/Dr. Beaumont Museum, and Fort Mackinac on a daily basis and the McGulpin House and Benjamin Blacksmith Shop on a weekly basis. All original 19th and early 20th century sites are located on Mackinac Island (Mackinac Island State Park), Michigan. This full-time seasonal position is responsible for interpreting these sites with various themes connected to the 1820s and 1830s fur trade and 1880s fort life.

Responsibilities:
— Put visitors to our sites on Mackinac Island and other MSHP sites first by treating them with respect, serving their needs, and providing an enjoyable and educational experience.

— Present informal interpretive programs about gardening, foodways, sewing, quilting and mending, historic food culture, and other appropriate topics at the Biddle House. Present informal interpretive programs about the fur trade, architecture, medical history, local tribal and metis culture, and crafts at all sites.

— Demonstrate 19th century foodways and domestic skills such as gardening, cooking, food preservation, baking, laundry, sewing and mending, and other historically appropriate household tasks.

— Interpret the life of an Officers’ Wife and family at Fort Mackinac.

— Lead or participate in regularly scheduled music programs, children’s tours, and People of Mackinac tours at Fort Mackinac.

— 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 learning historic interpretation,19th century material culture and society, hearth cooking, gardening, sewing and mending, 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 approximately 12 weeks and will start in early June, and will work to late August. Some

Work Location and Schedule:
This is a full-time seasonal position, which typically works 40 hours per week for approximately 12 
weeks. The workstation for this position is Fort Mackinac and the historic buildings downtown on Mackinac Island, although the employee may be required to work at other MSHP park sites. The position is based both indoors in historic structures and outdoors on site. 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.

Supervision:
The employee works under the direction of the curator of education and the Historic House 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:
Employment

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

 

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