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Historic Interpreter

Location: Wisconsin Historical Society, Old World Wisconsin historic site, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle, Wisconsin

County: Waukesha

Classification Title: Assistant Guide LTE

Type of Employment: Part time (20-37 hours per week). Work hours are between 9 am and 5 pm, Sunday through Saturday.

Salary: Starting salary is $7.25 per hour.

Contact: Jennifer Van Haaften, Associate Director, Programs and Historical Resources, Old World Wisconsin, PO Box 69, Eagle, WI 53119.


Telephone: 262-594-6357
Email: Jennifer.VanHaaften@wisconsinhistory.org

Deadline to Apply: Applications materials will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Introduction

Old World Wisconsin is one of 12 museums and historic sites owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Old World Wisconsin is located near Eagle, Wisconsin, approximately 35 miles from Milwaukee. Old World Wisconsin is an outdoor museum devoted to the history of rural life in the upper Midwest. It is located on 576 acres and contains 69 historic structures and 38 non-historic structures. Old World Wisconsin has about 70,000 visitors per year. For additional information please see the Old World Wisconsin website.

Job Duties

Under the direction of the Associate Director, Programs and Historical Resources, at Old World Wisconsin, a 576-acre outdoor museum, individual performs and interprets appropriate 19th century farm, village and domestic life within all restored exhibits while attired in period clothing. This work is mainly outdoors and includes:

  • Interpret historic immigrant lifestyles
  • Interact with and instruct visiting public of agricultural, architectural, artistic, cultural, economic, ethnic and social history of the 19th century
  • Perform domestic and/or craft activities typical of rural 19th-century Wisconsin life
  • Maintain accurate approved level of historic interpretive content
  • Maintain accurate level of domestic/craft activity techniques
  • Maintain cleanliness, historic authenticity and security of exhibit elements

Special Notes

  1. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.
  2. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Customer service skills
  • Experience in working with a wide range of people, including children, adults, youth and school groups
  • Interest in learning historic methods and techniques
  • Interest in history
  • Able to communicate clearly and in an entertaining manner

How To Apply

Write to request an application and work availability skills form from Jennifer Van Haaften, Associate Director, Programs and Historical Resources, Old World Wisconsin, PO Box 69, Eagle, WI 53119. Telephone: 262-594-6357. Email: Jennifer VanHaaften. After receiving these documents, fill them in and return them to Jennifer Van Haaften.

Application materials will be accepted until the position has been filled.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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