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Ensures that Colonial Garden programs operate efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis, meeting the expectations and educational mission of the Foundation.
Practices appropriate eighteenth-century trades before the public at the program work sites, demonstrating appropriate trade technologies and skills and interpreting them specifically and within the broader context of eighteenth-century culture.
Provides leadership for historic gardening programs and activities and supervision, training, and support for site/program staff.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of historical research and resources related to eighteenth-century garden maintenance and design.
Monitors unit resources effectively.
Provides exceptional customer service.
Works with colleagues in products and landscape to provide a coordinated guest experience.
Final candidates are to present in person to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Employment Office a valid driver's license and an original MotorVehicle Record transcript (MVR). The MVR is to be no older than 30 days, issued by the same state as the driver’s license, and must cover the past seven years. New residents must obtain a Virginia drivers license by date of hire.
Ability to perform the eighteenth-century skills of the trade at a high level
A thorough knowledge of the plant material and tools of the eighteenth-century trade
A thorough knowledge of the history of the eighteenth-century trade
Ability to interpret the trade to the public effectively and through a variety of media (visual, oral, written)
Ability to conduct research into the trade and its history and apply the results to the day-to-day operation of the trade
Ability to teach others the skills and history of the trade
Ability to teach and lead others in a variety of interpretive techniques
Ability to foster collaboration and lead teams
Ability to supervise personnel
Ability to develop and execute new programs
Excellent interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills
Above skills are gained through completion of Colonial Williamsburg Garden Apprentice program or comparable experience in a museum or academic institution.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings; and also must be able to meet the physical requirements for the position, including, but not limited to, the ability to perform the physical tasks of the trade and to do so within the shop/site conditions established at Colonial Williamsburg.
Highly desired: Four-year degree in a Biological Science or in American history; previous supervisory experience; familiarity with the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades program.
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