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Full Time Interpreter – Horticulture – Herb Garden

  • 30 Sep 2021 3:08 PM
    Message # 11131203

    Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is seeking a full-time interpreter to join our horticulture team, starting in spring 2021. As a living history site dedicated to 19th century rural New England, gardens and their produce provide an invaluable tool to engage and educate our guests. This position will manage the daily operation of the program, plants, and exhibits related to the Herb Garden.

    Reporting to the Coordinator of Horticulture, this position will serve as the frontline manager & mentor of staff, volunteers, interns, and fellows regarding the horticulture programs.

    Education and/or Experience: 

    ·         High school diploma or equivalent

    ·         One to two years horticultural related experience

    ·         One year experience working with the public in a museum, educational institution or public garden

    ·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:include the following:

    ·         Provide support to Coordinator for the day-to-day operation of the Herb Garden. Duties includes a wide variety of gardening tasks such as planting, managing pests, watering gardens, removing weeds, harvesting, and over-wintering tender plants.

    ·         Overall maintenance and care of the Herb Garden to preserve our living collection of plants. This position will also manage and assist with garden planning, seed saving, and other horticultural tasks in the museums gardens throughout the year.

    ·         Mentor staff, volunteers, and junior & college interns by providing content training, hand-skills development, and guidance on costume historical appropriateness. Individual will also provide input to staff reviews.

    ·         Develop engaging interpretive/educational programs to suit a wide variety of visitors.

    ·         Act as a main point of contact for questions or issues pertaining to the Herb Garden.

    ·         Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to foster and maintain a strong crew of Herb Garden Volunteers.

    • ·         In collaboration with the Educational Department plan and deliver educational programing for Old Sturbridge Academy, Discovery Adventures, Home School and Scout groups. 

    ·         Make connections between the Herb Garden and the interpretative mission of the museum. Work closely with household staff to support this relationship, the use of plant material in household demonstrations, and interpretation of each space.

    ·         Communicate garden needs to other gardens staff, volunteers, and interns.

    • Maintain safety, good order, and cleanliness of all workspace spaces, share responsibility with all staff for the clean and neat appearance of the entire museum
    • Understand, identify and appropriately respond to the multiple learning styles of a diverse audience that includes students, families, and other life-long learners. Actively engage these audiences using a range of interpretation techniques including hands-on, participation, tours, immersion, demonstration, recreation, orientation, role-playing, performance, lecture and other techniques.
    • Work towards Mastery the information and skills necessary to teach specific aspects of the museum to visitors.
    • Work with colleagues (staff, volunteer, interns, and fellows) in the development, training, implementation and review of programs and experiences that meet the diverse needs of OSV audiences.
    • Preserve the artifacts, reproductions, and buildings in the Village by caring for them properly
    • The full-time benefited position requires five days per week unrestricted availability with weekend & holiday work
    • Working evening programs such as Dinner in a Country Village, Christmas by Candlelight, Illuminations or other evening shifts as needed
    • Participate in special event programs and other special activities; work with Marketing to promote all museum activities. Where appropriate, take a major role in special programs requiring specialized skills in teaching, facilitation, interpretation, or performance
    • Participate in various projects or tasks assigned by directors, and coordinators
    • Safeguard visitors and staff by being alert to foreseeable health and safety hazards
    • Understand and observe all Village policies

    Skills & Abilities 

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Individuals in this position are subject to a Criminal Conviction Record check upon hire and every other year thereafter.

    • ·         Excellent face-to-face communication skills, with the ability to communicate ideas and information clearly both verbally and in written format
    • Ability to establish own work plan and priorities, using established procedures to assure timely completion of assigned work in conformance with departmental policies and practices; problems lacking clear precedent are reviewed with supervisor prior to taking action 
    • Be honest, reliable, and demonstrate a passionate commitment to the interpretation/education field
    • Attention to detail, organization, quality of guest experience and customer service
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions and working in front of a fire in a kitchen.
    • The employee may frequently be required to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or team lift up to 75 pounds
    • Strive to build and maintain productive and respectful relationships with all team members and guests
    • Must be a team player and flexible to assist in other divisions when the need arises.
    • Effective problem solver – anticipating, preventing and managing issues as they arise.
    • Must be an effective listener and be able to understand and clarify concerns and issues
    • Must be able to work varied shifts and hours including weekends, nights, early mornings and holidays

    Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to jobs@osv.org.


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