The Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization involved in land stewardship, historical preservation and sustainable agriculture, seeks a Museum Interpreter to perform both scripted and unscripted live interpretation during school tours and weekend programs.
Fall season includes September – early December. Spring season includes March – May. Reduced hours during the summer.
This is a part-time position that includes most weekends and some holidays. We are looking for a team player with interests in teaching, drama, history, agriculture, and the environment. Although well-rounded candidates are preferred, candidates with an ability to engage visitors will be preferred over those with strong content knowledge.
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
- Light gardening may be required when not interacting with visitors (we train)
- 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 social sciences, Maryland history, food systems, nature
- 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: By blending history, ecology, economics and conservation, the Accokeek Foundation strives to teach land stewardship and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as interpret the natural and cultural heritage of the Tidewater Potomac. The National Colonial Farm, the Ecosystem Farm, and other Foundation activities exemplify the agricultural, preservation and conservation goals that are at the core of the Foundation’s mission and serve as an outdoor classroom to further the educational programs that are key to its success. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation stewards a 200-acre portion of Piscataway Park and both organizations seek to preserve the view directly across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon.
The Accokeek Foundation conducts background checks in order to insure 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.