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Interpretation Coordinator - Mackinac State Historic Parks

  • 06 Aug 2018 11:19 AM
    Message # 6417680

    Interpretation Coordinator

    Mackinac Island State Park Commission

    Mackinac State Historic Parks

    Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Mackinac Island State Park Commission is now accepting applications for the position listed above.  Interested applicants should visit our website at www.mackinacparks.com and complete the application and send along a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references or contact Ken Fegan at 906-847-3328 or fegank@michigan.gov with questions.  Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.  Requirements listed below are not conclusive.

    Application must be received by August 31, 2018

    The interpretation coordinator works in the Museum Programs and Marketing unit of Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP), reporting to the deputy director. This position oversees interpretive programs at Fort Mackinac and the Historic Downtown Buildings, conducting research to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the programs. This position recruits, hires, trains and supervises Mackinac Island seasonal interpretation staff and interns. This position coordinates visitor evaluation, serves on MSHP project teams, researches and develops new exhibits and programs, and develops and manages special events. This position has general oversight of Mackinac State Historic Parks educational programs and serves as liaison between MSHP and educators. 

    Mackinac State Historic Parks is managed by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission (MISPC), an agency of the State of Michigan. This position is based in Mackinaw City.  This is not a Civil Service position; it is an annually renewable 12 – month contractual position.  This position includes benefits as stated in the MISPC Economic Benefits Guide for revenue bond employees.  This position reports to the deputy director.

    SALARY RANGE FOR THIS POSITION:  $20.87 to $28.16

    Full Benefit Package


    Interpretation Programs:

    1. Work with Human Resources to recruit Mackinac Island seasonal interpretation staff.  Participate in staff interviews and selection. Hire staff and coordinate paperwork with Human Resources and Accounting staff.
    2. Supervise Mackinac Island seasonal interpretation staff. Train interpreters in all aspects of live interpretation. Write schedules. Provide daily supervision of staff and conduct season-end evaluations. Schedule, coordinate and mange interpreters for evening programs and other special events and programs as assigned. Research, order and maintain costumes.
    3. Plan and implement in-season staff training sessions for all MSHP interpreters on Mackinac Island. Assist with general training for all interpreters.
    4. In coordination with collections staff, train interpreters to care for and protect the downtown buildings.

    Program Research and Exhibit Development

    1. Contribute to exhibit research and planning, working closely with other Museum Program staff, including the exhibit designer and curator of history.  Conduct ongoing research for interpretive programs.
    2. Conduct research for publications, website and other media as assigned.

    Visitor Evaluation:

    1. Annually evaluate visitor response to exhibits and live interpretation programs as assigned. Make recommendations for changing/upgrading exhibits and programs to more effectively serve our audience.
    2. Annually evaluate the educational benefits and cost effectiveness of the educational materials and programs. Make recommendations for creating new products and changing or eliminating existing ones.

    Education Programs

    1. Coordinate education outreach programs, serving as chair of Outreach Team. Recruit schools, coordinate visits, hire and train staff and keep records.
    2. Assist with all educational programs (Michilimackinac History Nights program, Fort Mackinac Musters, etc.), providing general oversight for training and development, directly supervising island programs.
    3. Research and apply Michigan K-12 GLCEs (Grade Level Content Expectations) social studies curriculum guidelines to MSHP history and natural history education and interpretive programs.
    4. Design, produce, update and maintain educational materials that help teachers meet the GLCE standards and communicate the interpretive story lines of MSHP historic sites. Materials include online lesson plans, curriculum guides, artifact boxes and audiovisual programs.
    5. Design, produce and distribute education brochures and flyers to Michigan schools on an annual basis.

    Program Support:

    1.      Serve on MSHP committees, teams and task forces and other duties as assigned.


    Prefer a master’s degree in Museum Studies, History or American Studies

    may substitute

    A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field with substantial additional interpretation/education experience in a museum may be considered.


    §  Minimum two years of experience working as an interpretation supervisor, museum educator or interpreter.

    § Minimum of one year of supervision of not less than five seasonal full-time staff and/or FT volunteers.

    §  Experience in historic site interpretation.

    § Knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, processes and techniques of historic site interpretation. Experience in research and writing. Knowledge of Great Lakes regional history.

    §  Knowledge and experience in live interpretation techniques.

    §  Knowledge of visitor service standards and practices in a large park or museum.


    §  Creative and flexible

    §  Strong interpersonal skills & team participation skills

    §  Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    §  Positive “visitor first” attitude

    §  Creative and talented approach to teaching and interpreting history to a wide variety of audiences

    § Ability to utilize management skills in the purchase of goods and services using State of Michigan procedures including soliciting bids and awarding contracts

    §  Ability to schedule, conduct, and keep records.

    APPLICATION PROCESS (Applications must be RECEIVED by August 31, 2018)

    Interested candidates should visit our website at www.mackinacparks.com where you can view the positions job description and print an application to complete and send in with your material.  You should also send: a cover letter, resume and list 3 professional references.  If you have questions or to receive an application, please:

    Call Ken Fegan at 906-847-3328 or E-mail your request to fegank@michigan.gov

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