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General Interpreter at Michigan's Heritage Park

  • 22 Jan 2018 10:47 AM
    Message # 5695748


    Employment Information

    Full-Time Seasonal Positions

    Part-Time Seasonal Positions








    Department:  Programming Department

    Location:  Michigan’s Heritage Park, Hilt’s Landing in Whitehall, Michigan

    Start/End Date: April through November 6, 2018

    Pay Rate:  $9.25


    About the Site:  From a mastodon dig to the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Lakeshore Museum Center’s Heritage Park takes visitors on a stroll through 10,000 years of Michigan’s history.  Through interactions with costumed interpreters, wayside panels, activities, programs, and events visitors will learn how technology, culture, and daily life changed through the years. 

    Duties:  These positions engage visitors of Michigan’s Heritage Park by working as a costumed historic interpreter of a specific time period.  The purpose of these positions is to provide accurate information about early life in Michigan in engaging and hands-on ways.

    Work Schedule:  Interpreters will be trained for a specific site (s), although the employee may be required to work at other locations within the park as needed.  This position will begin with training in April and work through the end beginning of November.  A full-time seasonal position is scheduled 4-5 days per week and will generally work up 32 hours per week.  A part-time seasonal position is scheduled 2-3 days per week and will generally work up to 23 hours per week.  Work schedule as follows:  May work days are Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.  June-September work days are Thursday through Saturday and Monday, closed Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Weekends are mandatory as scheduled. October work days are Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday with the exception of our event weekend.  Staff are required to work all mandatory event days (5 per season).  Some events do include Sunday hours.

    Responsibilities:  Puts visitors first by treating them as respected guests and serving their needs.  The interpreter is responsible for staffing one of the period sites and interpreting life during that time period.

    1.        Greet each visitor as they enter your historic site and interpret the structure and the people associated with it. 

    2.       Work with other historic site interpreters and staff to create a welcoming and positive experience for visitors.

    3.       Participate in special events as needed.

    4.       Perform opening and closing duties, which include set-up, cleaning, and securing the site at the end of day.

    5.       Demonstrate historic trades appropriate to your site, with visitors when possible,.

    6.       Complete maintenance tasks and during down time between visitors.


    1.       Must be 16 or older at start date of employment.

    2.       Must have an interest in historical interpretation and willingness to learn historic domestic/trade skills.

    3.       Must be enthusiastic, have strong public speaking skills, and have a “visitor first” attitude.

    Must work well in a dynamic, changing environment and be able to be flexible and adaptable to using different interpretation styles to meet the needs of visitors. Physical Requirements: An employee must be able to work in all outdoor weather conditions, which includes the potential of biting and stinging insects and smoke from fires. Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds of site props and transport them to and from historic site buildings. 

    General Position Information:  Historic Costumes will be provided by the museum but maintained by the employee. 

    Supervision:  This position is supervised by the Heritage Park Program Manager and Heritage Park Assistant Program Manager.

    To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume to Wendy VanWoerkom at wendy@lakeshoremuseum.org or via mail to Lakeshore Museum Center, Attn: Hilt’s Interpreter, 430 W. Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440. Resumes due by February 16, 2018.





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