The Accokeek Foundation seeks a Museum Interpreter whose best asset is an outgoing personality and the ability to engage audiences and learners. We love actors, teachers, and class clowns who get a charge out of being able to get audience reactions and to trigger genuine “ah-hah” moments. You enjoy pretending to be other people and wearing funny costumes in the name of education. You’ve also got a brain and an insatiable curiosity about the world, especially nature. Your social conscience will make you a perfect fit here, because we’ve got a serious side and we deal with serious issues. We aim to provoke thoughts and even transform lives by teaching people about the environment through a historical lens. You think that’s exciting and want to be a part of it.
Hours, Pay, and Job Focus:
Hours worked per week depend on the season. From September to December interpreters will work between 10-20 hours per week. The pay is $10/hour. This is a part-time position that requires availability on weekdays from 9 am – 1 pm and weekends from 9 am – 4 pm. Weekday responsibilities revolve around performing for school tours. Weekend responsibilities revolve around first-person improvised performance for family visitors.
Job requirements include:
- Lively, outgoing personality and/or experience in theatre/drama
- Ability to master interactive tours and activities; this includes memorizing and performing scripts, improvising with visitors
- Interpersonal skills and diplomacy necessary to facilitate discussion around sensitive topics
- Willing and able to work outside in various weather conditions
- Willing to wear various costumes depending on program
- Works well in a sometimes unpredictable environment where last minute changes may be necessary
- Able to lift 50 pounds
- Historic gardening/farm chores performed when not interacting with visitors (we train). This requires moderate physical activity and willingness to get dirty.
- Comfortable around large and small animals
- Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn
- Experience working with children
- Applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to employment.
Highly desired qualities include:
- Personal commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship
(earth-friendly eating and living)
- Strong interest in teaching, drama, history, agriculture, and the environment.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Prior experience as an actor, teacher, or interpreter is a plus, but not required
To apply, email: cover letter, resume, and headshot (if you have one) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Museum Interpreter” in the subject line.
About the Accokeek Foundation The Accokeek Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to connect people to history, agriculture, and nature through innovative educational programs and engaging visitor experiences. Founded over fifty years ago to “preserve the view” from George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Foundation was one of the first land trusts, blazing new trails in preservation through a public/private partnership that led to the creation of Piscataway Park, a nearly 5000-acre national park. Through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the Foundation cares for two hundred acres of the park, while fulfilling its mission. This working landscape includes the National Colonial Farm (demonstrates life of a tobacco planter on the eve of the American Revolution) the Ecosystem Farm (demonstrates sustainable agriculture on an 8-acre organic vegetable farm), heritage breed livestock, nature trails, gardens, a fishing pier, and boat dock (with kayak launch). In addition, this is the sacred homeland of the Piscataway people, and its significance as an indigenous cultural landscape makes it a key site on several national trails. The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the organization’s staff and visitors. This position is open until filled. The Accokeek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.