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NATIVE AMERICAN INTERPRETER (Male or Female)
Department: Programming Department
Location: Michigan’s Heritage Park, Hilts Landing in Whitehall
Start/End Date: April-October 2017
Pay Rate: $8.90/hour
About the Site: From a mastodon dig to the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Lakeshore Museum Center’s Heritage Park takes visitors on a stroll through 10,000 years of Michigan’s history. Through interactions with costumed interpreters, wayside panels, activities, programs, and events visitors will learn how technology, culture, and daily life changed through the years.
Duties: This position serves visitors to the Lakeshore Museum Center by working as an interpreter wearing historic regalia at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall. The purpose of this position is to provide accurate information about the early life of Great Lakes Indians in Michigan during the years 1650-1675.
Work Schedule: Native American Interpreters will be trained to work in the Wigwam Village site at the park, although the employee may be required to work at other locations within the park if needs arise. This position will begin with training in April and work through the end of October. A full-time seasonal position is scheduled 5 days per week and will generally work 32 hours per week. A part-time seasonal position is scheduled 2-3 days per week and will generally work 16 hours per week. Work schedule as follows: May work days are Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. June-September work days are Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Weekends are mandatory as scheduled. October work days are Monday-Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday with the exception of event weekend. Staff are required to work all mandatory event days (4 per season).
Responsibilities: Puts visitors first by treating them as respected guests and serving their needs. The interpreter is responsible for staffing the Wigwam Village and interpreting life during that time period. Duties will encompass daily interpretation of the recreated village, helping visitors understand life during the 1600s, present the history and traditions of the Ottawa Indians to guests of the village.
Must work well in a dynamic, changing environment and be able to be flexible and adaptable to using different interpretation styles to meet the needs of visitors. Physical Requirements: An employee must be able to work in all outdoor weather conditions, which includes the potential of biting and stinging insects and smoke from fires. Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds of site props and transport them to and from historic site buildings.
General Position Information: Historic regalia will be provided by the museum but maintained by the employee. This regalia will be made of deer hide using traditional construction techniques. Women will be wearing strap dresses and men will be wearing a breech clothe and leggings. Due to the unpredictability of Michigan weather interpreters will also be provided with museum logo shirts to wear in the event that weather is too hot or too cold. Those conditions will be determined by the supervisor.
Supervision: This position is supervised by the Historic Park Program Manager and Historic Park Assistant Program Manager.
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to Wendy VanWoerkom at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Michigan’s Heritage Park, Attn: Hilts Interpreter, 8637 N. Durham Road, Whitehall, MI by February 17, 2017.
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