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Full time, Entry Level, Agricultural Interpreter Position

  • 22 Aug 2017 10:50 AM
    Message # 5041796

     Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa is seeking a Full time Agricultural Programs Interpreter. This is an entry level agricultural position reporting to the Farm Managers at our 1850 Pioneer and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm. Winter Foodways assignments report to Historic Dinners coordinator. This position  is Full time (32-40 hours weekly), hourly, non-exempt.  Job Summary: Entry level Agricultural Interpretive position focused on daily hands-on activities and agricultural demonstrations at the working farms sites. Duties will include interacting with museum guests, providing excellent public programming and customer service, supporting the working farm site supervisors with chores and site upkeep, working with livestock and agricultural fields, as well as supervising other seasonal staff on supervisor’s days off. Cross-training to other LHF historic sites including Walnut Hill 1875 town will be expected, as assigned. Will be required to drive horse draft teams, work with oxen and cattle. 

    Qualifications: College degree in history, agriculture, American studies or related field OR equivalent combination of education, experience or training—with previous experience in historical farming methods and living history interpretation, preferred. Previous experience with farm livestock (horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, etc.), plus the ability to successfully complete LHF’s Oxen and Horse Driving Certification Programs, required. Ability to perform physical tasks (minimum strength requirement 50 pounds) needed to authentically re-create a 1900 farm with the ability to work successfully in an outdoor environment.  Work environment requires standing for long period of time, working in heat, and contact with livestock.  Willingness to learn historical information and demonstrate it to museum guests and school groups.  Must have strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and assimilate detailed information quickly.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.  Must excel in working with groups of children.  Previous experience working with volunteers preferred. Must be willing to a flexible schedule, including at least one weekend day. Winter hours will include night and weekend programming hours.  Must complete a criminal background check.

    A full job description can be seen at www.lhf.org/employment/

    Accepting applications until position filled. Applications may be sent electronically (preferred) or by ground post.   Please send an LHF application (found at http://www.lhf.org/en/about_us/employment/), resume and cover letter to:

     Janet Dennis, Director of Interpretation

     jdennis@lhf.org  2600 111th Street  Urbandale, IA 50322

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