Job Listing: Historic Interpreter
George Washington Foundation - Fredericksburg, VA
Closes - Open until closed
Position Title – Historic Interpreter
Salary - $12/hr
Job Type - Part-Time
George Washington Foundation Interpreters are responsible for giving tours of
George Washington’s Ferry Farm and/or Historic Kenmore and for providing top-quality
customer service at the site’s Visitor Center. As the direct line of contact with visitors, our
Historic Interpreters play an important role in the overall visitor experience at both locations.
Interpreters can choose to work at one or both of our historic sites, but will train for one site
first. Interpreters work approximately 8-20 hours per week depending on staffing needs and
availability and may occasionally be scheduled to work shifts at the Visitor Center front desk.
Currently, we are looking for a candidate with weekend availability.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead guided tours at Historic Kenmore and/or George Washington’s Ferry Farm for
guests of all ages. Comfort discussing difficult topics with a wide range of audiences is
Attend regularly scheduled staff meeting and trainings.
Commitment to continuing to expand your knowledge, skills and abilities through
professional development, provided resources, and independent research.
Accurately and efficiently process admission and merchandise sales at the front desk
using our point of sale system.
Answer and direct all telephone inquiries.
Remain informed of upcoming programs and events.
Complete daily cleaning tasks and keep Visitor Center spaces tidy.
Greet and check in school and group tours.
Interest in history and in working with the public
Comfortable with public speaking
Commitment to telling stories from multiple perspectives and to talking about difficult
Ability to operate a cash register
Good attitude and ability to work in a team environment
Highly motivated with an ability to adapt to change
Occasional weekend and holiday availability required
The Education Director provides new interpreters with a training
packet. After reviewing the training material, interpreters shadow experienced guides on their
tours and begin crafting their own “practice tour.” Before being cleared to give tours to the
public, the new interpreters give their practice tour to their supervisor and/or another
education staff member. Training is on-going and supplemental reading and activities will be
provided or recommended to further interpreter’s knowledge.
Historic interpreters must be physically able to stand and walk with a group
for 45 minutes or longer and be able to climb stairs. Interpreters frequently must walk between
the visitor center and historic site during hot or inclement weather. While performing the
duties of this position, interpreters are regularly required to reach with hands and arms, speak
for extended periods of time to an audience, and listen. Interpreters may need to lift and carry
objects such as a small water cooler, walkie-talkie, printed material, or cleaning supplies.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
Application Materials: In addition to filling out the GWF Employment Form, please attach a