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About the Senator John Heinz History Center
From the pre-revolutionary drama of the French & Indian War to the legendary match-ups of the Super Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history at the Senator John Heinz History Center. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania with six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space. The History Center’s museum system includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park; Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County; and the History Center’s Museum Conservation Center. The History Center presents the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection, all in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of every age.
About Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village operates in association with the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania’s largest history museum. Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest site of human habitation in North America and features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter. Meadowcroft’s 19th century village features a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, and two log houses that create a charming country village setting. The 18th century frontier trading post emphasizes the period of European contact and the impact of the fur trade. The 16th century Indian Village includes wigwams, recreated prehistoric artifacts, and hands-on activities related to American Indian agriculture. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located in Avella, Pa., Washington County, within an hour’s drive of Pittsburgh, Wheeling, W.Va., and Steubenville, Ohio.
The Heinz History Center, is currently seeking a fulltime, Living History Program Coordinator to become part of the dynamic and growing Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
The Living History Program Coordinator will oversee the Museum’s living history programming and events. A successful candidate must have prior experience, or possess the aptitude and skills necessary to learn the demonstration of historic and prehistoric life skills. These include both trades (e.g. blacksmithing, flint knapping, woodworking, agriculture) and domestic skills (e.g. open hearth cooking, food preservation). The candidate must also possess skills to perform historical research, and to communicate carefully researched historical information for school children and the general public to make intellectual and personal connections with the anthropological history of Western Pennsylvania. The Living History Program Coordinator, in coordination with the Meadowcroft Education Manager, will train, supervise, and schedule the seasonal interpreters who conduct the programs of the Museum as well as interns and volunteers who assist with interpretations. The Living History Program Coordinator will also evaluate current programs and, in coordination with the Meadowcroft Education Manager, work to improve them. This position will also be responsible for assisting the Education Manager in the maintenance and development of the museum’s interpretive program areas.
This is a fulltime position that reports to Meadowcroft’s Education Manager.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree, in History, Museum Studies, Education or related field. Prior experience with living history, historic trade experience, as well as knowledge and experience interpreting prehistory is preferred. As a costumed interpreter, the successful candidate must be able to contribute to the museum’s mission by sharing the long history of Western Pennsylvania through accurate interpretation.
Must possess standard computer and office equipment efficiency. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and phone etiquette are required.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, including salary requirements and how you learned of this vacancy, and a resume to:
Renee Falbo, Director of Human Resources
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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