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 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: Send a resume and cover letter describing how your experience, skills, and interests make you uniquely qualified for this position by email with the subject line “Seasonal Part-Time Museum Interpreter” to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to: Accokeek Foundation c/o Seasonal Museum Interpreter, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607.
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.