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DEPARTMENT: Middlesex County Office of Arts & History, Division of Historic Sites and History Services
The Division of Historic Sites and History Services provides restoration, operation, and maintenance of County owned historic sites, establishes museum exhibits, programs, and archeological and genealogical research activities. A wide variety of art, history, and cultural programming is offered throughout the County, promoting cultural values, goals and traditions of local communities, the state and the nation.
REPORTS TO: Coordinator of Living History Programs and Visitor Services
JOB SUMMARY:The Middlesex County Office of Arts and History Division of Historic Sites and History Services seeks dynamic educators and visitor services staff to lead Living History programs and assist with additional programs at East Jersey Old Town Village and the Cornelius Low House. The schedule is Wednesdays through Sundays, April to November, including some holidays and special events.
Living Historians primarily lead educational experiences for school groups and the public while dressed in historical clothing. In addition to period garments, they use accessories, dialogue, and activities from the past to create impressions of individuals from certain periods in time. Impressions can be of specific and/or composite.
We are currently seeking Visitor Services staff who will primarily lead the informational experiences for school groups and the public. Visitor Services staff are not dressed in historical clothing. The duties include but are not limited to: guiding visitors, exhibit gallery data recording, gift shop management, light cleaning, etc.
We are currently seeking Living Historians to portray various eighteenth and nineteenth century trades and crafts. These trades and crafts include, but are not limited to: blacksmithing, revolutionary war, home & hearth, farming, tailoring, etc.
We are currently looking for docents to develop and give appropriate school tours associated with a 2019 exhibit on the 1950s in New Jersey at the Cornelius Low House.
Applicants must be comfortable interacting with visitors both ‘in-character’ and as educators, especially when portraying a specific individual. Composite individuals are usually portrayed by speaking about the past with present-day language, or in third-person.
COMPENSATION:Compensation is based on experience.
EXPERIENCE:Qualified candidates for living history will have:
o Experience working with children between the ages of 4 and 14.
o Paid or volunteer experience as a historical reenactor, costumed interpreter, living historian, or actor in period productions.
o Ability to provide your own historical garments preferred.
o Expertise in a historical skill, trade, or craft.
o Experience engaging visitors with disabilities a plus.
o Bilingual abilities a plus.
Qualified candidates for visitor services will have:
o Experience with retail sales.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
o Must maintain flexible schedule; availability to work weekdays, weekends, holidays, and occasional special programs as needed; and ability to commit to scheduled programs months in advance.
o Educate families with children of all ages through informal, interactive, drop-in activities.
o Wear and interpret historical and reproduction garments, accessories, and/or objects.
o Be outgoing and professionally represent Middlesex County with excellent visitor service.
o Professionally and promptly communicate with program coordinator(s) about scheduling, preparations, and other logistics related to all upcoming programs, trainings, and other meetings.
o Attend trainings and study and review resources as needed to maintain and build your impressions.
o Prepare program materials for all programs you lead or assist with.
o Additional duties as requested.
Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Work involves moving throughout the Village and Museum, lifting program materials (up to 30 lbs.) and wearing historical garments, and performing other similar actions while historically costumed for long periods of time.
Visitor Services work involves light lifting, cleaning, etc.
For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to Michael Boylan @ firstname.lastname@example.org Please reference the job title in the subject line.
The County of Middlesex, New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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