Historical Fort Blacksmith

Recruitment #013120-MXGC06-400308




Fort Delaware is a Civil War era river defense site that served as a prisoner-of-war facility during the American Civil War. The fort reveals remarkable stories of human achievement, tenacity, and endurance. 


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Summary Statement

The seasonal Fort Blacksmith position is responsible for conducting interpretive programs and tours which will include a hands-on program for blacksmithing. This position will provide costumed interpretation of life at Fort Delaware. Work is performed outdoors under various weather conditions. Applicants must be available to work weekends and holidays as scheduled, and must be willing to work around boats and water.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Lead school environmental education or historical education programs to increase awareness of the environment.
  • Safely operate appropriate blacksmithing equipment and periodically instruct others in such use.
  • Develop and maintain exhibits, park bulletin boards and educational material.
  • Provide excellent customer service and park information to visitors.
  • Plan, organize and conduct interpretive walks and tours.
  • Must demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Willing and able to work in period costume. 
  • Maintain a positive attitude and have fun.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for  Historical Fort Blacksmith

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas: 

  1. Experience working with children and young adults such as academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant or education teacher.
  2. Experience with 19th Century blacksmithing. 
  3. Knowledge of public speaking.
  4. Knowledge of natural, cultural, historical resources or parks and recreation.
  5. Possession of a valid drivers license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).  

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 03/01/2020 upon filling the vacant position.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.    

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at www.delawarestatejobs.com.