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Historical Interpreter

U13

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the development of educational programs on Oklahoma history and specific museums and historic sites and the presentation of these programs to the public.  This includes conducting tours at a museum or historic site and providing information about the history associated with the historical collection or the site and performing other related activities such as recruiting and supervising volunteers and staff, greeting visitors, and assisting in the operation of the gift shop.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Conducts tours of museums and historic sites for visitors; schedules programs and group tours.
  • Conducts historical research to develop programs; writes scripts for interpretative brochures and videos.
  • Develops curriculum units for public school use.
  • Portrays historical characters including developing appropriate costuming and dialogue; coordinates the presentation of special events portraying people and events of the past.
  • Recruits, trains, schedules and supervises staff and volunteers; responds to requests for information.
  • Greets the public and assists in the gift shop operation; assists in the selection of appropriate educational merchandise for the gift shops.

Level Descriptors

This job family consists of three levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of work assigned, the experience required to perform assigned work, and the responsibility for the supervision of others.

Level I: Code: U13A Salary Band: F

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing work to build their skills in public presentations and research and program development.  Typically incumbents at this level will spend a large amount of their time learning prepared presentations, scheduling programs, assisting in the gift shop and developing proficiencies in conducting educational tours and presentations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing; in scheduling groups; and in conducting educational tours and programs.  Ability is required to memorize tour materials.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of two years of public contact work or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting 30 semester hours of college course work for each year of the required experience.

Level II: Code: U13B Salary Band: H

This is the career level of this job family where employees perform a full range of education assignments.  They meet with curators and directors to identify program needs, research and develop programs and perform the full range of duties associated with the position.  Responsibilities may also be assigned to provide training or assistance to others in developing and conducting educational programs and tours.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the preparation of informational material; of Oklahoma history; of principles of living history; of appropriate costuming styles.  Ability is required to train; to establish and maintain working relationships with others; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and to perform historical research.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, elementary education or a closely related field and one year of experience as an interpreter/educator or curator in a museum or historic site or teaching in the fields of history, anthropology, archaeology or elementary education; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Level III: Code: U13C Salary Band: J

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees perform the full range of work associated with the presentation of educational programs at a historic site or museum and provide supervision to other staff in the performance of assigned work.  Strong emphasis is placed on the development of programs, brochures and videos.  Employees will be responsible for coordinating large scale reenactments and will develop and implement multi-phased projects often involving several divisions and outside groups.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of education theories and applications; of survey development; ability to managing multiple projects; of supervisory principles and practices; to coordinate and supervise the production of large scale living history events; and to manage program funds.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in history, anthropology, archaeology, education, museum studies or a closely related field and three years of experience as an interpreter/educator or curator in a museum or historic site; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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