Museum/Historic Site Interpreter

Recruitment #110923-MEAZ07-200600


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Summary Statement

Interpreters are responsible for interacting with the public, programming and social media support, research, and daily museum operations. The Museum/Historic Site Interpreter will participate in interpretive and educational programming related to individuals, groups, and schools. This position will work to raise awareness of the programs offered that highlight the inclusive history of the site in regional and national topics. For more information on the museum, please visit

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.
  • Conducts thematic tours, lectures, seminars and consultations of museums and historic sites. 
  • Assesses visitor level of knowledge and interests prior to and during tours and makes adjustments to tailor subject matter to the audience. 
  • Engages visitors in participatory activities or historic demonstrations. 
  • Assists with the development and implementation of programmatic activities by conducting research within established guidelines, proposing ideas for site activities, serving as mentors for casual/seasonal staff, participating in brainstorming sessions for developing and implementing research projects, exhibit and interpretive programs and designing and marketing special public events.
  • Performs a variety of support functions such as maintaining surveillance of visitors/buildings/contents for security purposes; scheduling tours; collecting revenues, and preparing records of visitation, sales, donations, inventory.
  • Maintains operations during absence of Site Supervisor.
  • Attends training sessions, workshops, conferences and seminars.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Museum/Historic Site Interpreter

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

  1. Six months experience in record keeping.
  2. Knowledge of museum practices such as collection management, research, exhibit design, management and handling of collections, preservation or maintenance of historic buildings, conducting museum educational programs or tours.
  3. Knowledge of public relations, media relations or communications such as establishing and promoting a positive image with the public, informing or influencing specific audiences through the use of internal and external communications such as public forums, journalism, writing, marketing, advertising, promotions, or special events.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire 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 the supplemental questionnaire 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.

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Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.