Topic ID #36362 - posted 11/16/2015 9:37 AM

Costumed Historical Interpreter - Petersburg, VA


Interpretive Assistant (Hourly)

Application Period:  Open until filled

Hourly Wage Range:  $9.85-$10.10 commensurate with experience

Schedule:  Must be able to work flexible schedule including weekends and holidays


Principal Functions:

The Interpretive Assistant is responsible for providing direct interpretive services at the Park that include costumed demonstrations, informal costumed “encounters,” and guided tours.  Interpretive Assistants will be assigned to perform programs related to either the civilian or military themes of the Park as needed.



The Interpretive Assistant will:

  • Assist in the daily operations and interpretation of the Park’s Military Encampment or Tudor Hall Plantation.  This work will be performed in period clothing, outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Conduct scheduled demonstrations and guided tours following specific program outlines to large and varied audiences.
  • Assist with the implementation of living history related programs and activities.
  • Assist with the conduct of the Civil War Adventure Camp.
  • Conduct programming in support of the History, Interpretation, and Visitor Services section for large groups of students and adults.
  • Become certified in a variety of programs by attending training classes and demonstrating competence in public speaking, program delivery, and visitor management techniques.
  • Assist in the maintenance of areas used by the staff.
  • Assist other sections and participate in special events as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Interest in American social and Civil War history.
  • Knowledge of the principles of interpretation.
  • Effective verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to perform tasks that require moderate physical exertion as required (lifting, climbing, bending, pulling, standing for long periods).
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


To Apply:  Submit a complete Pamplin Historical Park application form, a resume, and a narrative statement of not more than two typewritten pages addressing the preferred qualifications for this position.  Additional materials may be included at the applicant's discretion; however, the Park does not guarantee the return of any application materials.  Highly qualified applicants will be interviewed by telephone.  The best candidates will be invited to participate in a personal interview at the Park at their own expense.  All applicants will be notified about the status of their application; therefore, we request that applicants do not call the Park for information about their candidacy.  Applicants wishing to withdraw their name from consideration should notify Pamplin Historical Park at their earliest convenience.

To obtain an application form, log on to, call (804) 861-2408, or request one at the Park.  Submit completed application packets to: Pamplin Historical Park, Attn: Diane Willard, Director of Administration, Marketing and Membership Services, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA  23803. Application packets may be mailed, faxed to (804) 861-2820, or hand-delivered.

About Pamplin Historical Park: Pamplin Historical Park is located on a 424-acre campus in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, six miles from Petersburg and 31 miles south of Richmond.  The Park contains three museums, features an extensive costumed interpretive program, and preserves the site of a major Civil War battlefield.  Pamplin Historical Park, a privately owned 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and is a major historical attraction with an ambitious expansion plan.  For more information, please visit our website at

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