Historic Site Guide & Educator (Interpreter I) – Oliver Kelley Farm

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society

, MN

Job Details

Open Until
Elk River
Employment Type
Part Time
$14.42 - / Hour

Job Description

JOB TITLE:#1273 Historic Site Guide & Educator (Interpreter I) – Oliver Kelley Farm

OPEN TO:This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION:Oliver H. Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN 55330

SALARY:$14.42 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (1300 annual hours) position.

Hours average 30-40 weekly hours, typically from March to November.

Weekly hours vary according to seasonal site needs.

BENEFITS:Eligible to participate in State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) and retirement program with employer contribution.


HIRING MANAGER:Program Manager I

POSTING DATE:May 9, 2019

DEADLINE DATE:May 23, 2019

TO APPLY:Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume, cover letter and the supplemental application, by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION:The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants to engage, educate, and entertain visitors through interpretive programming, to provide customer service, and to assist in the daily operations of the Oliver Kelley Farm.

This position has the opportunity to interpret 19th century farm life in costume on the Historic Farmstead, and/or interpret 20th and 21st century farming in service clothing at the Farm Lab including cultivating heritage and contemporary crops. The position provides the opportunity to work indoors and outdoors throughout the site.

SUMMARY OF WORK:1) provide interpretive services for the 19th century historic site, modern day farm lab, and/or learning kitchen using a variety of interpretive and teaching techniques; 2) receive, welcome, and orient visitors to the historic site grounds, farm lab, and facility as well as teach visitors about food and animal safety and care; 3) assist in the daily operations of the farm site and its programs; 4) study site related materials to enhance the delivery of the site’s interpretive program; 5) utilize skill sets to effectively engage visitors and complete domestic activities; and 6) assist with the maintenance and protection of the site buildings, grounds, animals, collections and clothing.

Requirements & Qualifications


High school diploma or equivalent.

Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.

Ability to perform heavy manual tasks related to gardening, agriculture and horticulture in outdoor programming areas in all types of weather conditions.

Ability and flexibility to work a varied schedule of three - five consecutive days/week, including weekdays, weekends (Saturday/Sunday) and holidays.


Experience with retail sales, phone, and receptionist work.

Knowledge of the history of the Oliver Kelley Family, the Grange, and Minnesota rural life 1850-1876.

Knowledge of and experience with vegetable gardening.

Knowledge of and experience with farm animals such as hogs, cattle and sheep.

Knowledge of and experience with natural history interpretation.

Experience working with a diverse audience of varying cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities.

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