Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site
This is a full-time, temporary position and work will be performed from approximately mid-September 2018 through June 2019.
Hiring and Supervision: Successful candidates for the position of Museum Educator will be hired as members of the Baltimore National Heritage Area under the direction of the Chief of Interpretation of Fort McHenry NM&HS.
Location: Employees will work at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site.
Days and Hours: Generally, employees will work five (5) days a week for a total of 40 paid hours. There may be an opportunity for part-time weekend positions at 14 hours per week if schedules and staffing allow. Employees should expect to work weekends for the duration of the program. Hours will be 8:15 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.
Educator will be in charge of managing the Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) grant-funded program at both Fort McHenry and Hampton National Historic Site during the 2018-19 school year. This program will bring the majority of 4th-grade students in Baltimore City Public Schools to visit one of the NPS sites. Tasks will include managing the visit schedule, coordinating with teachers prior to visiting, tracking the EKIP 4th Grade Park Pass program and working with students when in the park. The educator may also be asked to assist with interpretive ranger duties throughout the park, ex: providing tours, living history programs, operating visitor center. These positions serve to assist the Interpretation and Education Division and perform a wide variety of duties that include; responds to visitor requests, provide information, protect resources, conducting formal and informal interpretive programming, ensure compliance, regulatory and administrative requirements, and other duties as assigned. This position is intended to support intermediate and journeyman level park rangers with the EKIP and also program interpretive programming and collateral duty assignments.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Rigorous field work requires average physical performance, endurance, and conditioning. This includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 lbs and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties often involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Programming is conducted on foot in front county settings. A wide range of interpretive items are required to be used and work, some of which may be uncomfortable, hot or inconvenient to wear. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required.
Primary duties include:
Occasionally wearing living history clothing made from wool, linen or cotton. All equipment will be provided by the park.
Heavy lifting and long hours standing may be required.
Employees will be expected to talk to students and visitors and share their knowledge with the visiting public. Strong public speaking skills are needed. Candidates will talk to diverse audiences and have to be able to effectively communicate orally with visitors of various ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Employees must become knowledgeable about the War of 1812 and other wars in the Fort's history; daily life of a soldier, sailor or civilian of the early 19th Century. The park will provide reading materials and training in this subject matter.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.