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Smith’s Fort Interpreter 

The position of Smith’s Fort Museum Interpreter is a part time, hourly position without benefits.  Located in Surry, VA, Smith’s Fort site contains both an 18th century manor house and the earthworks of a 1609 fort site. Smith’s Fort is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

The duties of the position are as follows: 

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  2. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  3. Interpreters represent Smith’s Fort and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  4. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  5. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  6. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  7. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Interpreters assist with keeping Smith’s Fort clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the house, porch and steps daily, etc.
  9. Interpreters open and close the house, if trained and required to do so.
  10.  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.

 Smith’s Fort Interpreters report to Smith’s Fort Site Coordinator and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

 The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 5-30 hours per month.  

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to tforehand@preservationvirginia.org  Position is open until filled. EOE.

Summer Maintenance Assistant at Historic Jamestowne

Historic Jamestowne (Preservation Virginia) seeks a part-time summer Maintenance Assistant to provide support to the building and grounds crew.   Responsibilities will include custodial work, grounds maintenance and landscaping, and some minor projects such as painting.  The Maintenance Assistant can be scheduled from 16 - 30 hours per week for a period of 10-12 weeks. Hours will vary weekly. Weekend and holiday work is required.  Candidates should have flexibility to accommodate this schedule. The position is located at Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island. 

The position requires significant outdoor work in hot weather, requires energy and physical stamina, and the ability to lift 50 pounds. The qualified candidate should be honest, reliable and a team player. This is a part-time, hourly position without benefits. 

To apply for this position, email sshortt@preservationvirginia.org or call (757)229-4997, x 100. 

Interpreter at Patrick Henry's Scotchtown

Through programs and tours of the site, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown’ historic interpreters promote dialogue and historical perspective about the American Revolution, liberty and human rights by examining the Henry’s experiences at Scotchtown.

This position is part-time, hourly and provides no benefits.  Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.  The interpreter is directly supervised by the Site Coordinator.

 Requirements: Must be over 18, able to lift 30 lbs, be able to climb up and down stairs repeatedly. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

 All Interpreters must be able to fulfill all duties of the position as follows:

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well-organized tours of the site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups using the provided tour manual as their primary resource and guide for authority.
  1. All interpreters must read the tour manual and assigned compendium of approved resources prior to conducting tours for the public.
  1. Interpreters serve as primary customer service contacts and will welcome the public, collect admission fees or tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  1. Interpreters represent the site and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  They promote the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  1. The interpreter is to be fully aware of the advantages and benefits of visitors becoming members and supporters of Preservation Virginia and be able to articulate the mission of the organization and how the Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown fits into the mission of the organization.
  1. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the house or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  1. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  1. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  1. Interpreters assist in the office as needed when not giving tours, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  1. Interpreters assist with keeping the site clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas (kitchen and desk area) clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the porch and steps, etc.                                  
  2. Interpreters assist visitors to the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.                                
  3. Interpreters are responsible for handling the financial transactions at the site according to the established operating procedures, are to be accurate and precise when processing the transactions and should disclose any discrepancies to the site coordinator.
  1. Interpreters will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Site Coordinator to provide guidance and support in the full carrying out of their responsibilities.
  1. Interpreters perform other duties as assigned in furtherance of the mission of Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown and Preservation Virginia.

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to Patrick Henry's Scocthtown Site Coordinator, Ann Reid at areid@preservationvirginia.org  Position is open until filled. EOE.

Cape Henry Lighthouse Interpreter

The position of Cape Henry Lighthouse Museum Interpreter is a part time, hourly position without benefits.  Located inside of the Fort Story military base, in Virginia Beach, VA, Cape Henry Lighthouse is the first public works project to be authorized by the newly formed U.S. Congress in 1792. Cape Henry Lighthouse is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia, the oldest statewide preservation organization in the nation.

Requirements:

Interpreters must enjoy people, science and history.  Some college preferred. Position requires significant outside work in both hot and cold weather, requires energy and physical stamina, ability to walk and climb substantial quantity of stairs and ability to lift 50 pounds. Must like working with and speaking to the public for several hours at a time. Prior knowledge of American History and or giving public tours preferred.

 Position is part time and does require working weekends. A valid ID is required to gain access to the active Fort Story Base in Virginia Beach.

The duties of the position are as follows: 

  1. Interpreters will provide accurate and well organized tours of the house and site to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.
  2. Interpreters welcome the public, collect tickets, and direct visitors to facilities, exhibits, and interesting aspects of the site.
  3. Interpreters represent Cape Henry Lighthouse and Preservation Virginia to visitors and shall conduct themselves at all times in a courteous and professional manner.  Interpreters will inform visitors of the organization’s goals and programs, the need for financial support, and the advantages of becoming a member.
  4. Interpreters assist in providing security and care for the site, building, and collections.  They help ensure the safety of the visiting public and must respond calmly and professionally to emergencies.  They follow institutional procedures and will report any changes in the condition of the lighthouse or collection promptly to the Site Coordinator.
  5. Interpreters assist with special programs, including but not limited to site rentals and special events, often held on evenings and weekends.
  6. Interpreters participate actively in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training opportunities.  Interpreters are required to update or modify their tours as new and relevant information becomes available.
  7. Interpreters assist in the office as needed, for example by answering the telephone or doing clerical work.
  8. Interpreters assist with keeping Cape Henry Lighthouse clean, including but not limited to keeping the staff areas clean and tidy, cleaning the bathrooms, taking out trash, sweeping the museum store and steps daily, etc.
  9. Interpreters open and close the site, if trained and required to do so.
  10.  Interpreters welcome visitors into the museum store, encourage sales and answer questions, operate the cash register and keep accurate sales records as directed, and keep the shop tidy and well stocked.

 Cape Henry Lighthouse Interpreters report to Cape Henry Lighthouse Site Coordinator(s) and are responsible for other duties, as assigned.

 The position is as-scheduled but interpreters can expect to work 8-29 hours per week.  

To apply, click here to print out an application. Please complete the application and email a scanned copy along with your resume to lstickles@preservationvirginia.org  Position is open until filled. EOE.