DEPARTMENT: Department of Research and Interpretation
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for sharing the history of the Oak Alley with visitors through meaningful and relevant interpretation. Site Interpreter works with the Curator and Interpretive Coordinator to research and design short talks which they then deliver at various locations on the Historic Grounds, with the goal of encouraging visitor/staff dialog and discussion.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Interpretive Coordinator, and subsequently to the Dir. of Interpretation
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Leading and facilitating interpretive experiences of the Oak Alley Historic Site for visitors of all ages.
• Studying Oak Alley History, particularly the history of sugarcane plantations, the enslaved, and landscape history; using study to craft 20 minute, Curator-approved presentations or “conversations” that serve as a point of interaction, interpretation and thematic storytelling for Oak Alley visitors.
• Welcomes and orients visitors to the Historic Site, 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.
Environmental Control/Monitoring; Security; Risk Management
• Follows policies established by the Dept. for Conflict Resolution, Crisis and Safety Management.
• Minimum: enrolled in M.A program; Preferred: M.A. in American History, Museum Studies, Public History, Anthropology, Archaeology, African American History or related field.
• Knowledge of Louisiana History, Plantation Slavery, Architecture or Landscape Design, Agriculture.
• Must be able to work harmoniously with others; must be able to communicate orally and in writing; must be able to work independently with limited supervision; must exhibit good judgment; must be able to balance visitor needs with staff support; must have a working knowledge of what constitutes good interpretation, including the sharing of difficult history; must be able to exhibit good conflict resolution.
• Preferred: one or more years of experience in a museum, preferably a history museum, including working with the public, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
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, talk, and hear; frequently required to use hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and to reach with hands and arms; occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch; occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. This position is an outdoor interpretive position, so accommodation of environmental variations is expected.
Interested applicants may email their resume to Laura Kilcer, Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org.