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Farmer and Historical Interpreter - Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village - Amherst, NY

  • 08 Apr 2016 11:54 AM
    Message # 3936089
    ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Farmer and Historical Interpreter
    Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
    Amherst, NY

    Starting Rate: $10.00 (no benefits)
    Type of Position: Part-Time
    Work Hours: 20-25 hours weekly including weekends and holidays May - September
    Driver’s License: Yes
    Minimum Age: 18
    Training: One on one training days/weekends in May

    As an employee of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you will be on the front lines providing historic 19th century living history programs to the public. You will be making a positive impact on the quality of life in the Buffalo-Niagara community while helping to grow and preserve a 35-acre historic village, with 11 historic buildings, a large museum with 10 major exhibits, and over 40,000 artifacts. We are currently seeking Historic Interpreters to help fulfill our mission: “To preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara for the people of today and the community of tomorrow.”

    Job Description:
    Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is seeking costumed historical interpreters for its summer season. Must have an interest in 19th century history and be comfortable speaking in front of large groups of people. Interpreters will be responsible for interpreting 19th century buildings, researching related topics, and taking visitors on tours of the village.

    The Farm Agricultural employee will be responsible for maintaining the farmstead operations of the historic village. You will interpret 19th century people, events, and ideas to make relevant connections with our modern audiences. Interpreters will interact with guests from all walks of life, and must be able to adjust to the needs of the audience. Your objective will be to instill an understanding of why our history matters and why it is relevant to guests today.

    Farm Agricultural Requirements:

    • Relate 19th century Farm and Garden practices to modern audiences though discussion, demonstration, hands-on, and role-playing.
    • Perform farming and gardening activities such as: plowing, planting, mowing, weeding and harvesting
    • Plantings to include: Field of barley (prepare, plant, harvest), Hops (poles, prepare, plant), Two vegetable gardens (prepare, plant, maintain, harvest)
    • Assist with hay fields
    • Farm Animals: assist with livestock, work with oxen, sheep, and chickens
    • Assist in timber frame building projects
    • Assist in historic building maintenance, cleanliness, and security of the buildings and grounds
    • Set up and take down for special events

    Job Requirements:

    • Ability to take direction and be a contributing member of a team
    • Improvisation skills and adaptability to variable performance environments and styles
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with coworkers and guests
    • Willingness and ability to serve and assist guests and enhance their experience whenever and wherever encountered.
    • Ability to work independently and take initiative within a set of guidelines and procedures
    • Ability to take on 19th -century personae and remain in character in interactions.
    • Ability to research and synthesize information and create meaningful and relevant interpretations
    • Knowledge and understanding of American history, and interest in ongoing and in-depth study
    • Work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays
    • Work outdoors in varying weather conditions and come in daily contact with pollen, dust and mold
    • Wear historically accurate and complete 19th century clothing for an entire workday
    • Perform various functions such as standing, walking, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions and participating in strenuous physical activities

    Highly Desired:

    • Knowledge and understanding of 19th century America and the Buffalo-Niagara region
    • Experience in research and portrayal of a person of the past
    • Museum and/or interpretation experience, or demonstrated scholarly pursuits
    • Customer or guest relations experience

    To apply please submit:

    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • 2-3 references

    Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
    3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
    Amherst, NY 14228

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