Museum Education Program Specialist/Living History...
Posted: Jun 11, 2018
Mission San Luis
Museum Education Program Specialist/Living History
OPS/28-hour per week
Primary Job Description
The primary responsibilities for this position are to inform the public of the history of Mission San Luis through tours, programs, and daily “living history” interpretation. Such costumed “living history’” interpretation will include demonstrations of period crafts, skills, and chores while attired in 17th-century clothing. Training is available to all staff. This includes the history of Mission San Luis, interpretive techniques, working with people of all ages and abilities, etc.
Additional responsibilities of this position will include assisting with day to day historic maintenance tasks, including program preparation and clean up, animal husbandry, cleaning of exhibit areas, gardening, carpentry, opening and closing of reconstructed buildings, and other related tasks. As needed, incumbent will be prepared to conduct outreach programs and assist with visitor services.
This position reports to the Museum Program Supervisor. The incumbent will follow the directions of the Museum Program Supervisor regarding duty stations, event related interpretive scenarios, etc. Requests to research, initiate, or work on other tasks and projects are welcomed, but need to be approved by one of the management team members.
Additional, Incumbent-Specific Duties/Cross Training Roles
Depending on staffing, tour schedules, and seasonal tasks, the incumbent will be detailed to various sites in the historic village to interpret the story and history of Mission San Luis. Seventeenth-century gender roles dictate which areas and which tasks are done by men and women during the daily interpretation of the site. However, Mission San Luis does allow training of all staff in blackpowder firing and primitive weapons.
Ability to learn complex historical concepts and communicate this knowledge through interpretive techniques and skills
Able to work outdoors in cold, hot, and inclement weather and to stand for long periods of time
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs, in particular Word and Excel
Excellent communications skills, both oral [including telephone] and written
Ability to problem-solve and pay attention to detail
Must be outgoing and enjoy working with people and have good customer service skills
Maintain a collegial relationship with other living history team members and staff in general
Ability to converse in Spanish and/or learn Spanish would be helpful.
Must be comfortable with public speaking
Enjoys working as a team to accomplish goals
Can relate to people of all ages and abilities
Must wear historical costume while interpreting to the public. Modern jewelry [except for medical alert items], tattoos, hairstyles, etc. are okay if they are covered in the course of the interpretive day.
As an outdoor site, we expect our staff to be available to the public in hot and cold weather, as well as rain, unless conditions are unfavorable for our staff, volunteers, and the public.
If you have any questions, please be sure to address them at the interview.
If you have any special skills and talents, please let us know what they are.
This position is classified OPS (Other Personnel Services). Part-time OPS personnel ARE NOT eligible for enrollment in the State of Florida employee insurance program, and cannot participate in a Social Security alternative plan.