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Job Listing: Historic Trades Interpreter

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George Washington's Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – Historic Trades Interpreter

Salary - $11.00/hour

Job Type - Part-Time

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The Guest Experience group provides meaningful learning opportunities for Mount Vernon’s one million annual guests. Through a diverse portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging public programs, services and events, we expand each guest’s understanding of our nation’s Founding Father.
The Department of Historic Trades, one of Guest Experience’s operating units, manages interpretive operations at the Pioneer Farm, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, and the Blacksmith Shop. The Department also supports several special student and guest programs. This position is paid $11.00/hour.
Guest Experience Principles:
  • Exceed audience learning expectations and ensure a level of access in which everyone is welcome – be friendly, respectful, engaging, and flexible. Always remember that this visit may be their first and only.
  • Encourage a meaningful appreciation of George Washington and the world in which he lived. Ensure that his legacy connects to the world our audiences live in today.
  • Engage yourself in the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association – take responsibility for your continued development and commit to collaboration. Care for your colleagues and be proud of what we accomplish together.
Ready to learn a trade at Mount Vernon?

Responsibilities:
  • Create a positive learning environment for guests of all ages and backgrounds by being hospitable, approachable, and professional in all guest interactions
  • Provide guests with accurate, interesting, and pertinent historical information about George Washington and Mount Vernon in an engaging, timely, and articulate manner. Answer guest questions and tailor delivery techniques to maximize impact whenever possible. Follow departmental interpretive strategies in order to effectively integrate your interpretation into the total guest learning experience
  • Develop and perform demonstrations of 18th-century trades and crafts as requested (including milling, distilling, blacksmithing, farming, cooking, spinning and weaving, among others; only those with proven proficiency), in order to produce an immersive experience and effectively exhibit Washington’s entrepreneurship, innovation, and self-sufficiency
  • Assist the daily manager/lead interpreter with the opening, closing, cleaning, and maintenance of relevant sites. Operate machinery and handle tools and equipment in a safe and appropriate manner. Assist with the implementation of emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety for guests and staff
    Actively grow your knowledge of Washington’s plantation and 18th-century trades and crafts in order to continually enhance your interpretive ability
  • Assist with special tours, student programs, and other projects as needed
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Must work well with a diverse audience and have a sincere interest in history
  • Must be responsible, flexible, punctual, able to lift 50lbs., and perform all manner of physical labor
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team is mandatory
Special Requirements:
  • Must be able to stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside and outside, and in a variety of conditions
  • Must comply with: departmental dress code (period dress); departmental standard operating procedures
  • Must work frequent weekends, evenings, and holidays