Belle Meade Plantation: Full-Time historic Interpreter:
General Definition of Work:
The interpreter conducts tours of Belle Meade Plantation for the visiting public, interpreting the site’s buildings, landscape, and collections in an informative and engaging manner to help the visitor gain an understanding of the site’s history and significance. Period appropriate clothing will be provided by Belle Meade Plantation and is required for all onsite interpretation. Interpretive position is a full time position.
Duties of the Interpretive Staff at Belle Meade Plantation:
1. Interpreters conduct tours through the house for visitors of all ages in a personable and knowledgeable manner and provide accurate information relevant to the major themes in the site’s history.
2. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
3. Interpreters represent Belle Meade Plantation to visitors. They inform them of the site’s goals and programs.
4. Interpreters assist in providing security for the site, buildings, and collections. They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies. They follow institutional procedures.
5. Interpreters participate actively in training programs and other opportunities in order to expand knowledge of the site and strengthen interpretive skills. Guides are required to update or modify their tours as new or relevant information becomes available and for changing exhibitions.
6. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
7. Interpreters lead guided educational tours and programs for school-age groups as well as special needs and mentally challenged groups.
8. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours.
9. Interpreters attend scheduled staff meetings as requested as well as complete continued education training and requirements.
The interpreter must have excellent oral communication skills and demonstrated experience working with people. The interpreter must be articulate, reliable, and have a neat appearance. The interpreter must be able to assimilate information and impart it in a factual, coherent, and engaging manner, and must demonstrate initiative, leadership qualities, and flexibility. Degree in History or related field is a plus. Public speaking or teaching experience with an interest in history is ideal. Interpreters must be available as scheduled; including weekends and holidays.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.