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Seasonal Interpreter, Schoenbrunn Village (New Philadelphia, OH)

20 Mar 2024 5:22 PM | Lauren Barber

Status:                  SEASONAL - May through October

Schedule:              Various Hours Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 5pm, up to 40 hours per week

Compensation:    $19.00 per hour


Schoenbrunn Village is the site of several Ohio firsts-settlement, church, schoolhouse and code of laws. The village, restored to appear as it did more than two centuries ago, includes the original cemetery and 16 reconstructed log structures, as well as the church and gardens.

Interpreters are the primary storytellers and historians of Ohio History Connection museums and sites. Interpreters share their knowledge with visitors, enhancing the guests' knowledge and understanding of the unique history and significance of our sites. They engage in special programming, lead tours, and answer visitor questions.

Interpreters assist in the coordination of daily visitation and other educational programming at Schoenbrunn Village and assists the Site Manager with volunteer scheduling, training, and supervision.

Essential Functions:

·        Assist with virtual and onsite public programs, daily interpretation and other museum events, including staffing museum interpretive tables and programs and monitoring museum galleries.

·        Assist with school group orientations and logistics

·        Help maintain and care for museum interactives and displays; start up museum interactives in the mornings.

·        Manage assigned projects independently with minimal supervision; assist in the implementation of larger scale programming as assigned by manager.

·        Collaborate on the planning of interpretive programs with larger OHCOV Division.

·        Assist in the training of new interpretive team members and floor volunteers.

·        Create a positive and fun environment for visitor of all ages and backgrounds by being hospitable, approachable and engaging, encouraging participation in impromptu and planned interactions that promote curiosity and relevance.

·        Assist with the implementation of emergency procedures when necessary to ensure safety of visitors, colleagues, and the site.

·        Champion and promote mission and values of the organization.

Required Education & Experience

High School Diploma or GED and 0-3 years experience working with members of the public in a service, retail, or educational capacity

Desired Skills & Experience

·        Foreign language fluency a plus

·        Experience with handicrafts or traditional craft skills such as sewing, paper crafting, painting, drawing a plus.

Required Competencies:

·        Demonstrated ability to communicate to colleagues and the general public, both orally and in writing; demonstrated ability to research and retain information;

·        Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite; email proficiency required; some knowledge of routine clerical work required

·        Ability to carry out assigned duties with a minimum of supervision; ability pay attention to detail and meet deadlines

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team; skilled at working with a variety of professions and personalities

·        Intuitive and proactive in meeting the needs of visitors and fellow staff; ability to organize and orchestrate multiple activities simultaneously

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