193 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Date Posted: July 15, 2021
Region: Eastern Massachusetts
We are seeking a team of 6-8 people, who would each do between 40 and 55 interviews with randomly selected people approaching the Old North Church as well as some email capture, in the first 3 weeks of August. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for a smaller subgroup to do more interviews and email captures in late September to early October. Here are some of the logistics:
Each person would go out twice or three times a week, for a “shift” of 2- 3 hours; you would also come to a 3 hour orientation session (involving training, tips on interviewing, and practice) – so the total commitment for August is less than 30 hours.
For the September and October period, the commitment (2 or 3 shifts of 2 or 3 hours) would be the same but there would be no additional training.
You will choose your own hours for interviewing (the site is open from 10-4pm Tuesday thru Saturday), however, we need to get a variety of times to represent the range of visitors. Across the team, we need people to work a mix of times: mornings, afternoons; weekdays as well as weekends.
Pay rate is $18/hour
Comfortable meeting and talking with visitors
Dependable and punctual
Cheerful and enthusiastic: The visitors should feel that they are speaking to a friendly representative of the Old North Church who is sincerely interested in their opinions
People with reasonably strong voices who speak clearly: visitors need to hear and understand the questions you ask, and outdoors is potentially noisy
Willing to follow directions and be detail-oriented: Interview forms are more precise than they may seem to be and it’s important that you are concerned with accuracy in your work.
Can write reasonably quickly and legibly because someone will need to read the answers and information from your interview forms.
Stamina: interviewers will be on their feet for up to 3 hours: Interviews are conducted standing up, and we normally limit any one person’s shift to 2½ to 3 hours.
Prior experience is not necessary: Everyone who does interviewing will get training about how to approach people and how to conduct the interview in a professional and efficient manner (it’s an advantage that this is not the kind of commercial survey that many visitors might expect — in fact, once they get started with it, most visitors like giving their opinions and are willing to help; typically, it’s possible to get 80%-90% of visitors approached to agree to being interviewed).
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Old North Church & Historic Site is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and encourage all interested applicants to apply.
300 Years. Two Lanterns. One Revolution.
The enduring fame of Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when church sexton Robert Newman and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple of Old North Church and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution. Old North Church is Boston’s oldest surviving church building and welcomes 150,000 visitors each year as one of the Freedom Trail’s most visited historical sites.
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