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Historical Farmer Interpretive Aide
Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm
Provides interpretation regarding historical, natural, and cultural aspects of living historical farm intended to depict the time period 1880-1890.
Example of Duties-
Performs a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry, grounds and facility maintenance and domestic tasks to ensure efficient operation of farm (e.g., works in gardens and fields, cares for farm animals, chops and hauls firewood).
Plans, develops, and presents a variety of natural and cultural history programs to school groups, organizations, and the general public.
Wears period style clothing while providing interpretation and performing work.
Assists with the research and development of interpretive programs and living history demonstrations.
Perform basic routine preventative maintenance on equipment.
Perform manual labor, duties related to construction, and development of farm projects as assigned.
Uses historical and modern farm equipment and tools. Handles, cleans and stores all tools safely and properly.
Provides instruction and guidance to student interns and volunteers.
Performs special projects and related duties as required or assigned.
Education/Experience: Baccalaureate degree in education, American history, natural resources, agricultural or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of nineteenth century agricultural and social history, customs, and historical interpretation. Excellent presentation, communications and interpersonal skills. Living history experience preferred.
Works on a team. Outstanding customer service, communications and interpersonal skills.
Being present at work is an essential function of the position.
Language Skills: Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, professionally and courteously with visitors and members of the public, vendors, co-workers and staff. Ability to explain technical park information in everyday language with customers. Ability to recognize and understand non-verbal symbols and cues. Communication occurs daily. Ability to use two-way radio.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to deal with symbols in formulas, equations or graphs; ability to prepare meaningful, concise, and accurate reports; ability to calculate fractions, decimals, percentages; ability to recognize errors and make corrections. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to deal with problems involving few variables within a familiar context; carry out instructions. Ability to understand broad organizational objectives. Ability to read and understand manuals.
Licenses, Registrations: Possession of valid standard first aid and CPR cards within six (6) months of employment.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, hear, lift, etc. Employee regularly works in gardens and fields, and may be involved in caring for farm animals, plowing, planting, shearing, butchering, cultivating, harvesting, chopping and hauling of firewood, etc. Employee uses hand tools, operates various types of equipment used on an 1880s farm, and perform a variety of agricultural, animal husbandry, maintenance on farm. Employee is required to type, write, complete reports, file paperwork, use computer, etc.
Work Environment: While performing the regular duties of this job, the employee regularly works in the barn and in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The noise level is usually moderate. The employee works dressed in period costume.
Additional Information: Ability to maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, vendors, other professionals, and the general public. Ability to use personal computers. Candidate must satisfactorily complete a background investigation. Required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Slate Run Living Historical Farm is part of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks system and is located in rural Pickaway County about 20 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
The farm portrays an 1880s central Ohio farm tied to a market economy. The farm raises period appropriate livestock, vegetable and crop varieties. The Interpretive Aide position requires working as part of a small team of 8 staff and fifty volunteers. Many of the agricultural skills require physical effort in inclement weather. The person must be able to adapt to the ever-changing work needs and conditions of a working farm. The staff and volunteers strive to create an authentic experience where visitors can compare their lifestyle to that of a farm's in the 1880s. The interpretive emphasis encourages hands-on programming for the public. Annual visitation to the farm is 65,000 per year.
Benefits include medical and dental with OPERS pension system.
The above description represents the essential and most significant duties of this position. It is not intended to exclude other work duties, assignments and responsibilities not mentioned herein.
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