Topic ID #35367 - posted 3/19/2015 1:33 AM

Site Interpreter - Springfield, IL

Jennifer Palmer

Job Title:    Site Interpreter
Agency:    Historic Preservation
Closing Date/Time:    Thu. 04/02/15 11:59 PM Central Time
Job Type:    Full-Time
Location:    Sangamon County, Illinois
Number of Vacancies:    2
Plan/BU:    RC028
Bid ID#:    SHSS1501
Under direction of the Site Superintendent, performs a variety of tasks in the interpretation of the State Historic Sites @ Springfield which includes the Old State Capitol, Lincoln Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln's Tomb, Dana-Thomas House and Vachel Lindsay House; presents historic interpretative programs; participates in education programs; participates in and conducts research into the history of the sites, their people and the social, economic and political influences of the historical period in which the sites are maintained; assists with input in the planning and implementation of historic programming; assists with the care of site collections and inventory; performs curatorial duties to assure proper care of and accounting for sites' artifact collections; assists in housekeeping duties; prepares and maintains records and reports; assists with special events and program, and non-public evening functions.
Conducts guided tours of the SHSS sites and explains the significance and  historical aspects; presents historical interpretive programs to visitors and special groups during evening receptions and special programs; greets visiting public and informs visitors of the donation program; registers groups; directs the flow of traffic; informs visitors of rules and regulations for their safety and site security and informs groups of policies regarding group visitation and enforces security for large groups; records visitor attendance; wears reproductions of period costumes for living history programs, receptions, special events, and outreach programs in schools and civic organizations.
Participates in education programs for school children; presents educational programs to school children visiting the site; provides assistance with special programs that involve students; gives presentations to classrooms; suggests study material and provides guidance to groups of students in the area of 19th century history; answers student correspondence and sends out packets to students inquiring about Lincoln and site history.
Assists with the care of site collections and artifacts, dusts, cleans, stores, inventories, accessions and catalogues collections and artifacts; maintains surveillance over site artifacts to prevent theft and damage; catalogues collections and artifacts; maintains surveillance over site artifacts to prevent theft and damage; makes rounds daily to assure all artifacts are properly stored and secured during visiting hours; assures all movable artifacts are properly locked away at night; unlocks exterior gates at opening time and locks the exterior yard gates and polices the exterior grounds at closing time.
Reads, studies and researches historical sources regarding the sites, sites' facilities and related individuals; with direction and approval from management, uses information obtained to enhance the sites' historical significance and interpretive presentations and shares information with other staff; uses information obtained to answer questions and correspondence from the general public and students.
Assists site administrators in planning of yearly special events, celebrations, craft demonstrations and exhibits; prepares and maintains materials in both traditional and electronic formats for sites' special events; offers suggestions for programs; assembles and manufactures holiday decorations; rearranges furniture and other objects at the sites to accommodate large groups; assists with set up and break down before and after events; assists with the construction of exhibits by writing text, preparing labels and mounting exhibits; takes precautions against damage and theft; demonstrates period lifestyles; learns and performs period dances and displays proper 19th Century etiquette in mannerism and in dress; demonstrates a wide variety of period crafts such as quill pen writing, games, lifestyles, schools shelters and entertainment of the 1800s.
Prepares and maintains daily, monthly and annual attendance records and statistical reports for all visitors, including those visiting through web, social media or other electronic means; maintains records on contemporary photograph collections and events; maintains up-to-date inventory on historic sites' publications, maps, visitors' guides, pertinent information on upcoming events, and other information as directed.
Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonable enumerated in the duties listed above.
 Minimum Requirements:
Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of an Associate's Degree with coursework in history, archeology, anthropology, liberal arts or museum studies. Requires working knowledge of American and Illinois history. Requires elementary knowledge of historical research methods, educational display planning and construction, and restoration and maintenance functions. Requires ability to: 1) use audio-visual equipment; 2) perform simple construction projects; 3) prepare reports and keep records; 4) communicate effectively with groups and local organizations; 5) meet and greet the public courteously and answer questions in a tactful manner; 6) speak in a public forum and deliver both planned and impromptu informational presentations. Requires willingness to wear reproductions of historic costumes. Experience with social media preferred.

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