Employment: Department of Research & Interpretation

Historical Interpreters
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for sharing the history of the Oak Alley mansion or “Big
House” with visitors through meaningful and relevant interpretation.
 
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Interpretive and Operations Coordinators.
Operation Coordinator has direct supervisory authority; Interpretive Coordinator oversees
the content and historical accuracy of the Interpreter’s tours.
 
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Leading and facilitating interpretive experiences, or tours, of the Oak Alley mansion for visitors of all ages.
  • Welcomes and orients visitors to the Mansion and surrounding grounds, acting as ambassador for Oak Alley Foundation by providing excellent customer service and attentive interaction.
  • Participates in training exercises that provide professional skill development, inform
  • staff of interpretive philosophies and methods to improve visitor experiences.
  • Participates in ongoing study through team meetings hosted by the Department, which deepen staff understanding of Oak Alley’s 200+ year history.
  • Follows the direction of the Day Managers or Mansion Coordinator in opening,preparing and closing the mansion.
  • Conducts themselves at all times with professionalism and courtesy, fulfilling schedule commitments and responsibilities detailed above.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • An outgoing personality with good public speaking skills and ability to work well with people of all ages.
  • Familiarity and interest in Louisiana History, Slavery, Architecture or Landscape Design, Plantation History, River Parishes Agriculture  
  • Theatre and teaching experience an asset.
  • Poised, professional and possessing excellent communication skills.
  •  * Preference will be given to those with a B.A in History, Anthropology, or Public History. Students in these areas pursuing a degree are strongly encouraged

 

TRAINING AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Successful candidates will:

  • Gain practical experience and training in the areas of education and teaching in a museum setting, public program delivery and historical research.
  • Expand their knowledge and understanding of Louisiana History, African-American History, Plantation History (ante and post bellum).
  • Refine and develop their public speaking skills and presentation techniques.
  • Receive training and experience in interpreting Difficult History.
  • Work within a supportive and encouraging team environment with an enthusiastic and professional staff.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, speak and listen
  • Frequently required to use hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and to reach with hands and arm
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds.

Interested applicants may email their resume to Laura Kilcer, Curator at lkilcer@oakalleyplantation.org