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1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Interpreter Lead--Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa

  • 25 Mar 2019 3:59 PM
    Message # 7243934

    1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Interpreter Lead--Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa

    Position Title: 1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Lead Interpreter Status: Full time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

    Job Summary:   The 1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Lead Interpreter ensures fulfillment of the daily domestic interpretive programs at the 1850 Pioneer Farm including children’s specialty programs, winter season enrichments and adult education programs.  The 1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Lead maintains proper daily care of gardens, poultry, and log house interior spaces.  He or she trains and monitors domestic skills of 1850 Seasonal Domestic Program Interpreters. He or she plans daily historic foodways and other domestic activities and expends budgeted 1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic resources in coordination with the 1850 Farm Manager*/Director of Interpretation.    He or she is cross trained for basic program competency in 1850 Pioneer Farm Agricultural interpretation and other Living History Farms historic sites as assigned.  

    Position Responsibilities:

    1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Program Interpretation: 

    • Provides excellent customer service to museum visitors, whenever interacting with the public, especially children.
    • Manages, demonstrates and interprets the daily domestic interpretive program at the 1850 Pioneer Farm for museum visitors.
    •  Develops and conducts demonstrations, hands-on activities and special events (such as the Pioneer Wedding) for museum guests, during both the general season and for special programs (such as Home School Day and Ag Day),  in the areas of foodways, gardening, textiles, livestock, family and social culture, and household material culture as assigned by the 1850 Farm Manager/Director of Interpretation.
    • Leads seasonal education programming at assigned sites, for adults and children, including enrichments, adult education classes, day camp, tour groups and other programs. 
    • Develops skill in demonstrating processes and equipment related to 19th century foodways (hearth cooking/wood stove cooking/food preservation/poultry butchering), domestic house-keeping (candle making, soap making, etc.), textiles (including spinning and wool processing), gardening and livestock handling skills appropriate to the 1850 Pioneer farm. 
    • Becomes certified under Living History Farms internal procedures to safely handle 1850 Pioneer Farm livestock, including leading cattle and sheep and milking cows.
    • Maintains and monitors strict safety guidelines for equipment, activities and programs, ensuring safe practices by all site interpreters.
    • Manages use of on-site artifacts according to museum guidelines, conducts assigned site inventories, and notifies and notifies 1850 Farm Manager when repairs are needed.
    • Participates in Winter Historic Foodways programs as a cook, host, or other positions as assigned at any of the foodways program sites (1900 farm, Tangen House, Flynn Mansion).
    • Reads and understands historical and agricultural source material as provided. Conducts historical and agricultural research when assigned.
    • Cross trained to work at all three working farms (1900, 1850 and 1700) as well as Walnut hill sites as assigned.

     1850 Pioneer Farm Domestic Resource Management:

    • Maintains approved food and materials handling keeping safety records and program plans (such as menu plans), as assigned by 1850 Pioneer Farm Manager.
    • Completes ServSafe Food handling training course, at LHF expense.
    • Purchases approved supplies and materials for demonstrations, activities and classes within the parameters of the site/program budget, as approved by 1850 Pioneer Farm Manager.
    • Conducts routine site upkeep and maintenance including household interiors and equipment, gardening, livestock care and site cleaning, according to museum guidelines. Alerts the 1850 Farm Manager when further repairs beyond site staff skill/equipment usage abilities are needed.
    • Becomes comfortable performing routine agricultural site tasks and livestock chores, including working with poultry and cattle, including completion of written daily chore report sheets.


    • Trains to safely operate modern kitchen and maintenance equipment, including but not limited to pressure canners, commercial food mixers, convection ovens, garden tillers, wet/dry vacuums, small tractors, and ATVs.
    • Plans and executes research and behind the scenes preparations for domestic foodways and household project plans including daily foodways, house-keeping, textile, garden programs as well as specialty Foodways Friday programs, Member Monday Activities, History Snapshots (such as Pioneer Wedding and Independence Day).  Maintains supply areas and stock for these programs.
    • Trains seasonal domestic staff in proper foodways, domestic skills and small livestock handling.   Monitors and evaluates domestic skill levels in seasonal staff, providing feedback to the 1850 Farm Manager.
    • Serves as a member of the LHF Livestock/Fields Committee. May be assigned as committee chairperson, on a rotating basis.
    • Collaborates with other team members to ensure 1850 Farm Domestic/Agricultural programs, including livestock care and garden plantings are conducted under museum best practices, budget parameters and museum’s agriculture master plan.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  College degree in history, education, Museum Science, American studies or related field OR equivalent combination of education, experience and training.  Previous living history museum experience preferred, with 2-3 years’ experience in domestic programming, preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required; along with strong supervisory, management and program planning skills.  Experience working with volunteers, preferred.  Must be able to master historical information and techniques with ability to train others. Must possess enthusiasm for working with the general public (especially children), including superior customer service skills. Must excel in working with groups of children. Ability to perform physical tasks needed to authentically re-create the activities of an 1850 log house and working farm required.  Work environment requires standing for long periods of time, working in heat, and contact with livestock. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekend days.

    Open until filled. Submit Cover letter, resume and application through https://www.lhf.org/employment/

    Salary range dependent upon experience:  $21,000 -$25,000

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