• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Description of Duties:
Studio Docent will:
• Make safety of yourself, other volunteers, staff, and visitors the first priority. Use situational awareness. Use 2-way radios to communicate safety hazards or incidents to staff. See something, say something!
• Staff studios a minimum of 12 studio shifts per season (average of 2 per month). Shifts are from 9:45 am to 1:15 pm or 12:45 pm to 4:15 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, May through October.
• Assume dual role as docent AND museum guard.
• Ensure the protection of studios and security of museum collections by preventing touching, handling, or defacing of interior surfaces, artwork, furnishings, or objects.
• Welcome and orient every visitor to the Weir Studio and/or Young Studio. Properly orient visitors using park maps and brochures. Provide basic information about the current Weir House Tour schedule and other park programs such as Take Part in Art, Junior Ranger, and Impressionist Painting Workshops. Articulate the full range of opportunities visitors have to explore and experience the park from guided to self-guiding.
• Keep informed on current park happenings and upcoming events. Read all weekly ‘What’s New?’ editions, press releases, and other informational emails or bulletins.
• Provide consistent, high-quality interpretation to all visitors following the Studio Interpretation Plan.
• Follow Standard Operating Procedures outlined in the Weir House & Studios Operations Plan.
• Regularly stand, walk, and monitor surroundings.
Studio Docent must:
• Be reliable, punctual, and represent the National Park Service in a professional manner.
• Be able to work independently as well as the member of a team.
• Treat all visitors, other volunteers, and staff with dignity and respect. Be friendly, polite, and welcoming. Provide exceptional visitor service. Communicate effectively orally and have excellent interpersonal skills.
Studio Docent must:
• Properly wear Volunteer Uniform and nametag during all volunteer shifts (provided).
• Complete volunteer agreement forms and log volunteer hours for each fiscal year (October through September) to be turned in to Volunteer Coordinator in early October.
• Staff studios a minimum of 12 studio shifts per season (average of 2 per month). • Attend ALL required trainings. • Complete ALL assigned readings and other requirements before first shift.
• While performing the duties of this job, volunteer is regularly required to stand, walk, and monitor surroundings.
• Complete a basic federal background check required of all National Park Service Volunteers.
Benefits/Training: Opportunity to work with a friendly, fun, and motivated group of people with whom you share a passion for preserving and promoting the National Park System and specifically, the only national park in the country dedicated to American painting
Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.
NOTE: THERE IS NO HOUSING AVAILABLE AT WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
NOTE: Weir Farm National Historic Site will contact applicants in the spring, as this opportunity runs spring through autumn each year. The park does not recruit and train volunteers in the winter season. If applying after November 1st you may not be contacted until March when seasonal training begins. Thank you!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: NOTE: THERE IS NO HOUSING AVAILABLE AT WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE