Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

PO Box 1620
Plymouth, MA 02362
www.plimoth.org
shaverstock@plimoth.org

Date Posted:
August 09, 2018

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Seasonal

Living History Educator (Wampanoag)

Description:

Joining our Museum Experience Group you will play your part in helping museum guests experience Plimoth’s unique outdoor history exhibits. Creating a friendly atmosphere while welcoming diverse audiences, you will be ensuring a museum quality, exceptional guest experience. Flexibility is essential as priorities change due to staffing and visitation on any given day.

Working in the gardens, houses and in other sites, you will be instrumental in keeping the Museum’s sites looking their best to help ensure a positive experience for our guests.

You’ll enjoy being a part of a busy team, engaging guests with the Museum’s mission. As a confident communicator, you will be comfortable talking with a variety of people of all ages.

As a natural problem solver you will seek to use your initiative to overcome practical issues that come up as part of working at a historical site. With the ability to follow processes and procedures you will also be able to handle the unexpected when it arises.

You will enjoy the rewards of a great team environment and an inspiring location, helping to make Plimoth a wonderful place to visit and work.

POSITION SUMMARY

Living History Educators provide a positive, friendly and welcoming environment throughout the Museum by facilitating engaging and informative interactions in which Museum guests of all ages can explore history according to their own interests. Accurately interpret 17th-century life using both 1st- and 3rd-person techniques on the Museum’s living history sites, elsewhere on Museum grounds, and offsite as assigned. Ensure the safety of all guests, staff and animals. Foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in working with all Museum colleagues including volunteers, Museum Guides and tour guides. Living History Educators work to maintain an optimal programmatic environment for Museum guests to experience Plimoth Plantation’s mission.

The Living History Educator will perform with attention to professionalism at all times and is personally accountable for ensuring the continued success of Plimoth Plantation’s programs. Living History Educators should have a passion for conveying the multicultural history, politics, arts, culture and science of Plimoth Plantation's programs to diverse audiences and communities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Through conversation and the exhibition of traditional crafts and domestic skills, interpret the daily life, history and culture of the communities presented by Plimoth Plantation.

  • Proactively initiate engaging and informative interactions.

  • Represent the past through the accurate, gender-specific re-creations of 17th-century agricultural, martial, domestic, leisure and maritime activities.

  • Learn and demonstrate mastery of all the entry-level primary and secondary sources and audio files provided as training materials for varied types of interpretation and performance.

  • Practice proper care and use of all artifacts and tools (including fire, training materials and equipment as well as assigned uniforms and traditional clothing).

  • Demonstrate an understanding of varied learning styles and the methods that the Museum uses to share information in an effective way for each of these learning styles.

  • At all times, ensure the safety and comfort of all staff, guests, animals and Museum property.

  • Attend the all-MEG 9:00 am morning meeting. Each employee should be dressed appropriately for the day’s assigned location and duties.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Museum Experience Group to create experiences for guests that are welcoming and individualized to that person’s interest and abilities. Ensure a relevant, inclusive experience for all.

  • Provide a friendly and welcoming presence for all guests and coworkers throughout the Museum.

  • At all times, support the Museum's mission, vision, core values and customer service philosophy.

  • Model and help to sustain a culture of philanthropy within the Museum Experience Group.

  • Adhere to the policies of Plimoth Plantation as outlined in the Museum Employee manual and current job description.


Qualifications:

REQUIRED SKILLS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Reliability, dependability and punctuality.

  • Patience and imperturbability.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. A good sense of humor will help to keep everything in perspective.

  • Ability to follow directions.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Personal accountability.

  • Being courteous.

  • Honesty.

  • Ability to work safely.

  • Some degree of dexterity.

  • Ability to communicate skillfully with a wide range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds.

  • Ability to communicate skillfully with people of varying ages, language skills and physical abilities.

  • Ability to interpret and apply the information you learn.

  • Fluency in English, strong verbal skills, and ability to communicate clearly and engagingly with guests and colleagues.

  • Capacity to analyze, synthesize and accurately discuss varied primary and secondary historical sources, both documentary and material.

  • Have an engaging and creative personality for sharing the Museum’s comprehensive themes and content in ways that inform and entertain guests.

  • Ability to work independently, without direct supervision.

  • Maintain a professional work attitude and act with the highest standards of respect and courtesy.

  • Serve as a role model for all museum staff.

    EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

  • A high school diploma or equivalent; experience in a related field preferred but not required.

  • Interest and experience working with the public is essential.

  • Must be able to read and interpret a variety of historical and educational sources. Within a reasonable period, the incumbent must demonstrate understanding of 17th-century English, American, Native American and European history and the spectrum of learning styles and be able to apply this knowledge in interactions with Museum guests.

    COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Ability to effectively engage museum guests, present information and respond to questions from like-age and mixed-age groups of all ages.


How To Apply:
Please email cover letter and resume to: Human Resources  for either Wampanoag (3rd person)  Homesite, please indicate affiliation with Native Nation and/or Colonial Village (1st-person) at hr@Plimoth.org




Apply by:
August 31, 2018
About this Organization:
One of America’s foremost living history museums and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Plimoth Plantation hosts more than 350,000 visitors from around the world each year. Plimoth offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Indigenous People of southeastern Massachusetts and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. In addition to its most famous exhibits, historically accurate recreations of a 1627 English Village, the Mayflower II, and a Wampanoag Homesite, Plimoth Grist Mill, the museum offers an array of year-round educational programs.