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Costumed Living History Interpreter (Part-time 28 hours a week)

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Costumed Living History Interpreter (Part-time 28 hours a week)




Positions # 45945095, # 45945098, # 45945237, # 45945222, # 45945236, & # 45945247

OPS Museum Education Program Specialist: (Working Title: Living History Interpreter)

Division of Historical Resources, Mission San Luis

Tallahassee, Florida

$13.50 per hour, 28 hours per week

Mission San Luis announces the availability of six part-time positions to provide costumed interpretation and assist with daily Education Department operations.

Primary duties:

  • Assisting with day-to-day museum operations, including:
    • Performing site opening/closing procedures, light housekeeping, and light maintenance assistance
    • Informing the public of all ages and abilities about the history of Mission San Luis through giving guided tours, programs, and daily interpretation
    • Such costumed “living history’” interpretation will include demonstrations of period crafts, skills, and chores while attired in 17th century clothing attire.
    • Assisting with day to day historic maintenance tasks, including program preparation and clean up, animal husbandry, cleaning of exhibit areas, gardening, proper fire techniques, carpentry, opening and closing of reconstructed buildings, daily upkeep of costumes and cleaning shoes, consistently conducting historical conversation, and other related tasks.
    • The incumbent will maintain neatness and cleanliness in all areas [historic and non-historic] including shared office, kitchen, and living spaces.
    • Contributing to educational programs, outreach, and special events
    • Performing collections care and assisting in collections management
    • Performing research on the site’s history and its museum collections
    • Record-keeping and administrative tasks as needed
    • As needed, incumbent will be prepared to conduct outreach programs, docent historic site tours, maintain and order supplies for workshops and historical activities, complete reports on programming activities, and assist with visitor services [ticket and shop sales and orientation], and other duties as required.
  • Assisting with other Department of State activities or initiatives as needed

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Resume and cover letter detailing education and job related experience
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, and some nights


  • Bachelor's degree in history, museum studies, archeology, anthropology, education, theater, liberal arts, humanities, art history, communications, hospitality, or other related field
  • Experience working or volunteering in a museum
  • Ability to converse in Spanish or other languages and/or learn Spanish

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to learn complex historical concepts and communicate this knowledge through interpretive techniques and skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills [including telephone and radio]
  • Ability to take a given historical figure and use research skills and character development techniques to create a persona
  • Ability to 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.
  • Public speaking skills and able and willing to give tours to large groups of people
  • Ability to be outgoing and engaging, and have excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain a collegial relationship with other living history team members, volunteers, and staff.
  • Ability to relate to people of all ages and abilities
  • Ability to work with people and being a team player to accomplish goals
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to problem-solve, multitask, and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions including cold, hot, and inclement weather.
  • Ability to work in spaces and with objects that might be dirty or dusty
  • Ability to stand, walk, or sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to bend, stoop, squat, reach, stretch, and/or twist
  • Ability to perform light housekeeping duties, such as dusting, sweeping, mopping and cleaning restrooms
  • Ability to lift, move, carry, and/or push items weighing up to 30
  • Ability to understand and follow established regulations, procedures, and policies
  • Proficiency in standard office software, including Microsoft Word

If you have any special skills and talents, please share in your cover letter. Please submit a resume showing your qualifications for this position; a cover letter explaining your interest in working for Mission San Luis; and three references to .

Criminal Background Checks:

A level 2 criminal background check is a condition of employment. If selected for this position, you must provide your fingerprints. We will send your fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal background check.

Important Notices:

We are committed to enhancing our workforce through the employment of veterans, individuals with disabilities, and seek qualified candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds, abilities, skills, and talents to join our inclusive workforce.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

This position is classified OPS (Other Personnel Services).  OPS employees are required to participate in the Social Security alternative retirement plan.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority. Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Application or resume must include all previous employment.


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