• Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Port Oneida Interpreter Program
Location Description: This 71,000-acre park features sand dunes, beech/maple and pine/oak forests, rivers, inland lakes, miles of Lake Michigan beach, two offshore islands, 366 historic structures and cultural landscapes including a significant historic farming district, a lighthouse, two campgrounds and 105 miles of hiking trails.
Position Description: This position is with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear (PHSB), an official non-profit partner of the National Park, assisting in the stewardship of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic resources. The interpreter will serve as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farm interpretive exhibit in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District, and Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. They will be PHSB’s lead exhibit greeter and tour interpreter of historic farmsteads in the Port Oneida District and other historic sites in the park; provide visitor use information; be in charge of the sales system and inventory; take registration for tours; assist with all programs and events, and keep the Farmhouse exhibit area clean.
Qualifications: Interpreters must be comfortable interacting with the public in a professional and courteous manner; have good oral communications and research skills; able to easily climb stairs, lift 25 pounds, and be in excellent health. Show initiative and poise with an outgoing disposition. This position will require memorizing interpretive information.
Opportunity for couples: Preference may be given to a couple with additional qualifications for other experiences and skills involving business, carpentry, historic preservation or other areas that would be helpful. Excellent health and mobility required.
Suitability: Adults, Seniors, College Students particularly majoring in historic preservation, museum studies, nonprofit management, cultural resource interpretation.
Opportunity Timeframe: Serving a minimum of one month between the end of May and Labor Day, and 2 week minimum between Labor Day and mid-October. Preference may be given to volunteers who can serve two months.
Hours: 32 hours of work/week. This may include some weekend or evening hours. The schedule will vary and the candidate must have some flexibility. Work and play in a beautiful National Park!
Housing: Provided in the National Park. Campgrounds are available in the area as well.
Open: Until filled
To apply: Send cover letter confirming availability dates, housing needs, and explaining interest and qualifications with a resume; and titles/phones of three references.