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Museum Interpreter

Are you intrigued by local history? Do you enjoy sharing stories with others? Consider becoming a Museum Interpreter at one of Connecticut Landmarks’ historic properties: Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden in Bethlehem; Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry; Butler-McCook House & Garden and Isham-Terry House in Hartford; Hempsted Houses in New London; and Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden in Suffield. Interpreters greet visitors, share CTL’s historic properties and their stories, facilitate the visitor experience, give guided tours, conduct school programs, and assist with public programs and special events. Houses are open seasonally. $8.70/hour; 10-20 hours per month (including weekends). A greater number of hours is possible at Hale during spring/fall school programs. Training begins in March. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning. Send resume and cover letter – including the properties at which you’d like to work – to Lillian Toller at 255 Main St., 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 or lillian.toller@ctlandmarks.org.

Job Description

Interpreters greet visitors, share CTL’s historic properties and their stories, facilitate the visitor experience, give guided tours, conduct school programs, and assist with public programs and special events. They also assist with management of properties by helping with record-keeping, cleaning and conservation. Strong candidates are good storytellers, like to meet and engage with new people, and enjoy learning. Pay for new interpreters in 2014 is $8.70/hour for regular hours, $9.70 for school groups and $10 for cleaning. Pay for returning interpreters in 2014 is $8.95/hour for regular hours, $9.95 for school groups and $10 for cleaning.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the visitor experience for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. This includes storytelling, providing historic information and context, engaging in hands-on activities and giving tours. Interpreters must be able to ascertain visitor interests and deliver a tour that appeals to them.
  • Work with students from kindergarten through college; deliver school programs.
  • Help deliver public programs. Support special events, including weddings, fundraisers and other functions.
  • Safeguard collections, secure the property and ensure the safety and well-being of visitors.
  • Promote CTL sites and tourism throughout the state. Provide additional information as necessary regarding attractions and amenities, especially in the local community(ies).
  • Develop and continue to expand a detailed knowledge of the site(s) and its place in state and local history and in the community. Develop and expand interpretive skills in order to continually improve the visitor experience.
  • Answer visitors’ questions and follow up promptly when additional information is required.
  • Manage admission and museum store sales. Answer the phone with a courteous, welcoming, informative and helpful manner. Dust and do other minor cleaning and grounds upkeep.
  • Perform other tasks as needed to ensure the smooth running of the site.

Qualifications

  • Excellent storytelling, public speaking and customer service skills.
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, flexible, courteous.
  • Must have an interest in history; an interest in architecture, gardening, cooking, arts/crafts, landscape history, historic houses, domestic spaces or a related field a plus. Must be willing to work in period clothing when asked to do so.
  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages; able to listen to and engage with visitors, to learn about their interests and to respond accordingly.
  • Love of learning. Must be open to new ideas, able to work independently as well as with others, and willing to take direction. Able to work in a cooperative manner with other interpreters and all CTL staff.
  • Sense of responsibility and appreciation for a historic site. Appreciation for local history, the community and diversity.
  • Professional and punctual; solid time-management skills. Able to work weekends and to commit to a minimum number of weekly or monthly site hours.
  • Previous museum experience a plus. Qualified high school and college students will be considered.


Physical Qualifications

The position entails walking up and down stairs, standing for extended periods of time (up to several hours), working in an environment that is not air-conditioned, helping to move chairs and other objects, stooping and bending to help with cleaning and other tasks.

 

Connecticut Landmarks Internship Program
Connecticut Landmarks welcomes applications for Internships and invites Academic Advisors to encourage student interest. Interns choose a concentration and join one of the organization's departments: Archives, Gardens & Grounds, Curatorial, Education, or Marketing & Development. Interns are placed both in CTL's Hartford office and at each of CTL's historic house museums.

Structure: Internships are part-time, volunteer positions with the potential for academic credit. Student interns enjoy benefits such as free parking, unlimited free admission to the Connecticut Landmark sites and selected programs. Work will be organized around specific functional areas, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities and operations of specific museum departments. Upon request, an Internship may be structured to give the student more than one aspect of operations.

Requirements: Preferably, candidates will have computer and basic office skills, and will be enrolled as undergraduate or graduate college students. Museum assignments require the use of telephones, PCs, copiers and other office equipment.

Goals: Internships at Connecticut Landmarks give undergraduate and graduate students experience in areas related to their fields of study and/or career plans.

Placement Opportunities
Archives & Collections Management: Intern will assist part-time Archivist to sort, organize and rehouse documents and photographs; and transcribe documents. The Archives Intern will be shared with the Curatorial Department and will assist in the on-going registration of CTL's large collection of the fine & decorative arts.

Curatorial: Intern will assist the Curator and Site Administrators with research on and documentation of CTL collections including, the history of the site and connections to local and regional history, the original families, decorative and fine arts, and historic building and landscape. Assist with care and organization of the collection and contribute to program and exhibition planning and execution.

Gardens & Grounds: Intern will work with the Director of Historic Sites and Site Administrators on select projects that enhance the interpretation of the site and deepen the visitor experience. For those who are interested, hands on gardening and landscape work, as well as research.

Education: Intern will help Education Coordinator and Site Administrators develop, deliver, and evaluate programs that serve adults, students, families, and other target audiences circulate curriculum materials.

Marketing & Development:
Interns work with the Marketing & Development Associate to draft and prepare press releases, maintain mailing lists, make calls to media, process and prepare mailings, get duplicates of photographs and slides, and place feature stories. Interns will assist in database management, membership outreach, event coordination, grant research and more. This department promotes CTL's properties, publicizes programs, fundraising events and more.

Connecticut Landmarks' mission is to inspire interest and encourage learning about the American past by preserving selected historic properties, collections and stories and presenting programs that meaningfully engage the public and our communities.

To apply for an internship, or for additional information, please call or fax:
Jamie-Lynn Fontaine
Marketing & Development Associate
255 Main Street, 4th Fl
Hartford, CT 06106

jamie.fontaine@ctlandmarks.org

phone: 860.247.8996 x 23
fax: 860.249.4907

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