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Historical Interpreter - Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

  • 28 Sep 2016 5:07 PM
    Message # 4281017



    Under the direction of the museum supervisor and leadership of the education and interpretation coordinator, this position is responsible for interpreting history information to the visiting public in a variety of settings at Fort Nisqually enabling the public to make a connection with the historic resources of the past. 



    • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
    • Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
    • Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
    • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.


           Interact with individuals and groups touring Fort Nisqually.

           Provide historical information and answer questions about the original site and inhabitants.

           Demonstrate appropriate 19th century skills and crafts.

           Lead guided tours as part of the school tour program.

           Work collaboratively with other staff members on special event days.

           Open and close all historic buildings within the Fort.

           Care for all museum exhibits, whether indoors or outdoors, including crops and/or livestock.

           Continue to expand their knowledge of our history through independent reading and research.

           Acquire one or more 19th century skills/crafts for the purpose of demonstrating this to the public.

           Mentor and familiarize Fort volunteers with our history and operations.

           Adhere to period clothing guidelines.


          Education in the history, natural sciences, education or related field.

          Experience working with children required.

          Experience working in an education setting preferred.

          Excellent communication and interpretation skills. 

          Must have excellent communication and the ability to engage the public and be customer service oriented.

          Desire to work with large groups of children and adults.

          Customer service oriented.

          Positive, cheerful and professional attitude.

          Must be able to work outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions, and be able to stand for long periods.

    • Valid driver’s license with good driving record and reliable transportation.



    • Any combination equivalent to:  Bachelor’s degree in history or related field and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in interpretation, education, or presenting heritage crafts demonstrations. 
    • Experience with living history preferred.


          Valid Washington driver's license.

          Obtain a valid First Aid and CPR Card within the probationary period.



          High comfort level in dealing with the public and media.

          Emergency medical situations.

          Indoor and outdoor environment.

          Adverse weather conditions.

          Noise, dust, pollen and insects.


          Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate equipment, tools or a motor vehicle.

          Work flexible hours which will include weekends and holidays.

          Work outdoors in varying conditions and in buildings that lack climate controls.

          Stand for extended periods of time.

          Walking, lifting, kneeling, bending, crouching and seeing in varying light conditions.

          Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations.

          Seeing to read and develop materials, prepare records and reports.

          Walking over rough or uneven surfaces during field trips.

          Ability to lift at least 25 lbs. to shoulder height.

          Ability to assist individuals with mobility limitations including, but not limited, in and out of

          Vehicles and up and down stairs.

          Show flexibility to perform other duties as assigned.


          Contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

          May work in close contact with wild and dangerous animals.

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ALHFAM • P.O. Box 16, Rochdale, MA 01542 - info@alhfam.org

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