Living History Educator (Wampanoag)
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.