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Job Listing: History Interpreter (Part Time)

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George Washington's Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon, VA

Closes - Open until filled

Position Title – History Interpreter (Part Time)

Salary - $11.00/hour

Job Type - Part-time

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History Interpreter
(Part-Time - must work 2 weekdays and alternating weekends)
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 guests' understanding of, and appreciation for, our nation’s Founding Father.
The Department of History Interpretation, one of Guest Experience’s seven operating units, manages interpretive operations at the Mansion and Washington’s Tomb, provides specialty tours around the historic area, and supports a variety of special student and guest programs.
The starting salary for this position is $11.00/hour.
Guest Services 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.
Position-specific Responsibilities:
  • Create a positive learning environment for guests of all ages and backgrounds by being hospitable, approachable, and professional in appearance and demeanor
  • Provide guests with accurate, interesting, and pertinent historical information about George Washington and Mount Vernon in an engaging, timely, and articulate manner
  • Follow departmental interpretive strategies in order to effectively integrate your interpretation into the total guest learning experience
  • Assist the Interpretive Supervisors with the daily opening, closing, and security of the Mansion and Tomb. Actively monitor and protect assigned positions in and around the Mansion and report any incidents and/or concerns related to historic structures and the collections held within
  • Assist the Interpretive Supervisors with the implementation of emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety for our guests, colleagues, historic structures, and collections
  • Assist with special tours, 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, and able to work well under pressure
  • 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: comprehensive dress code for uniformed staff; departmental standard operating procedures
  • Must work frequent weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Must maintain internal Guest Experience Accreditation: 1 meeting credit; 1 field trip credit; 2 content credits
Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.