• Title

  • Historical Roleplayer

    Strawbery Banke Museum
    Job Description

    Using Strawbery Banke’s buildings, collections, and landscapes, a Historical Roleplayer helps museum visitors connect their experiences and memories to the past through the portrayal of an individual living during a particular period in Portsmouth history. She/he uses a variety of approaches to communicate historical information, with a focus on providing an outstanding visitor experience.
    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Conduct conversations with visitors of all ages, interests, abilities, and backgrounds to bring about new understandings of history and themselves
    • Develop in-depth knowledge of historical periods and individuals interpreted on site
    • Assist in protecting the safety of visitors and the security of museum collections
    • Maintain a professional demeanor; cultivate good relations with colleagues; and represent the Museum in a positive light
    • Work punctually on a tightly timed schedule
    • Participate in annual and ongoing training to build professional knowledge in historical content, interpretive techniques, and educational theory
    • Bachelor of Arts degree; coursework in history, art history, museum studies, anthropology, or education preferred;  - or -  Combination of education, training, and  experience that demonstrates equivalent proficiency
    • Knowledge of and interest in American history, especially New England culture and history
    • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work enthusiastically with audiences of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds
    • Experience in acting, theatre, or improvisation
    • Ability to read, remember, and transmit accurate content according to interpretive goals
    • Sound judgment in response to challenging situations

    This is a seasonal position (May – October) and weekend work is required. Must be willing to work indoors and out, in all weather conditions, while dressed in accurate historical garments. The rate of pay is $8.25/hour.
    To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
    Jonathan Brown

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