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This full-time position reports to the Director of Interpretation. Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. Fort Ticonderoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
I. A. Primary Purpose of Organization:
Fort Ticonderoga is one of North America’s most significant and oldest historic sites. Its mission is to ensure that present and future generations understand the struggles, sacrifices and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.
We serve this mission by:
● preserving and enhancing our historic structures, collections, gardens, and landscapes;
● educating and inspiring the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga and the diverse peoples who met here in war and in peace.
Fort Ticonderoga is comprised of 2,000 acres and includes the reconstructed Fort, the Carillon Battlefield, the Pavilion and the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, Mount Independence, Native American historic sites and numerous other historic features that span the property’s history.
Current staffing includes 12 full-time employees and approximately 80 temporary employees. Fort Ticonderoga annually serves more than 70,000 visitors.
Fort Ticonderoga is a non-profit institution open to the public since 1909.
B. Primary Purpose of Position:
The artificer tailor’s primary duty is practicing the eighteenth century trade of tailoring, both to interpret the trade to visitors and to equip the interpretive staff of Fort Ticonderoga with handmade impression specific clothing. The artificer tailor is responsible for researching original artifact garments and tools. This position is responsible for patterning and advising in materials and reproduction tools. The artificer tailor will be called upon to assist in the reproduction of period accouterments needed for each visitor season’s specific military portrayal. This position is also responsible for working with the Director of Interpretation and department supervisors to help organize, support, and execute Living History events. The artificer tailor will be tasked with independent tasks and responsibilities during special events.
C. Knowledge, Skills and Ability
Applicant must bring extensive mechanical skills in the trade of tailoring. They must be able to execute with excellence all aspects of clothing construction; patterning, cutting, interfacing, lining, seaming, buttonholing, alterations and repairs. They must be able to measure staff for clothing and adjust patterns accordingly. They should have a working knowledge of sourcing fabrics, notions, and tools. Applicants must have experience working in archive, antique, and archaeological collections. They must be able to examine original garments and draft patterns accordingly. Applicants must possess a broad enough background with sewing techniques to work on a diverse potential range of other necessary items. They should possess working knowledge of military and social history and related material culture of the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War periods; ability to demonstrate the tailoring trades and translate research to living history programs; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and volunteers; contribute significantly to the Fort’s strong and enthusiastic senior team; and have the ability to give directions/instructions. Candidates must possess the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously and must exercise tact and judgment in all situations. Initiative is required and the candidate must work independently as well as be an effective team member. Excellent written and public communication skills are essential. Accuracy is extremely important. Skill in using a personal computer (including Word, Publisher, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) is necessary. They must present a professional image with regards to Fort Ticonderoga in all media. Candidate must be enthusiastic and energetic with strong background and passion for interpretation and education. High standards of authenticity and commitment to excellence are expected. Outstanding professional demeanor, energy level, and work ethic are necessary.
D. Work Schedule:
The normal working hours for this position will be determined with weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required on a scheduled basis. Some overnight travel and supervisory responsibilities will be required.
Qualified candidate should have a minimum of a BA/BS with preferably 2 to 3 years of tailoring or applicable hand sewing experience. Minimum of 4 years experience in interpretive program development and living history required.
To apply send letter of interest, resume, five references, and one pertinent example of projects or articles to Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation, Fort Ticonderoga Association at 30 Fort Ti Rd., Ticonderoga, NY 12883 or e-mail SLilie@fort-ticonderoga.org. Faxed applications can be sent to 518-585-2210. For more information call 518-585-2821. For additional information on Fort Ticonderoga visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org. Application deadline is December 31st, 2016
Fort Ticonderoga Artificer Tailor
October 26th, 2016
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