Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description

The City of Littleton's Littleton Museum has an exciting opportunity for 2 seasonal Summer Camp Coordinators. The Summer Camp Coordinator oversees and coordinates the museum's summer camps. Recreates daily life activities using the museum's resources of buildings, livestock, land area, and historic artifacts and objects. Works under the general supervision of the Curator of Education and Interpretation.

This position is a seasonal summer position from May 20th to August 10th. 

College Students and Teachers encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties & Reponsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversees museum's summer camp programs. This requires working with children ages four through twelve. Must be able to provide structure and discipline to children while performing educational activities which may include but is not limited to crafts, games, and outdoor recreational activities.
  • Educates museum visitors through interpretation of events and activities of the past. This interaction includes continual conversation (interpretation) with visitors while recreating events and performing activities of the farm era of the 1850's through 1910.
  • Operates equipment and uses tools of the 1850's-1910 to perform physically demanding work in the household, farm, field, and blacksmith shop. This work includes, but is not limited to: teaching school lessons and recreating school activities; performing open hearth and wood stove cooking; performing domestic chores such as chopping wood, hauling water, and processing food and wool; trades and crafts work; farming; and animal management.
  • Performs a range of moderate to strenuous physical work using equipment and tools to plant, cultivate, irrigate, and harvest crops, and perform other seasonal activities using nineteenth century methods and materials.
  • Assists and cares for the museum livestock by supplying food and water as instructed; cleaning animal pens; removing livestock waste from farm areas; and disposing of waste according to established procedures.
  • Observes visitors' activities to help maintain visitors' safety and comfort while on the historic sites. In accordance with established procedures and approaches visitors to inform them of proper treatment of livestock, buildings, and their contents, as necessary.
  • Observes and follows established city and department policies and procedures in the daily conduct of the job.
  • Plans daily work schedule and establishes priorities to complete scheduled, assigned work with supervisor's guidance based on overall site and visitation needs.
  • Delivers services to customers within assigned work schedule consisting of 32 hours per week including weekend hours. Work schedule may occasionally require work beyond 5:00 p.m. for museum special events.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.

SECONDARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • May occasionally operate a city vehicle to pick up and transport equipment and supplies from stores for use at the museum.
  • May occasionally be required to supervise museum volunteers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS & SUPERVISORY DUTIES:
This Position Reports To: Curator of Education and Interpretation
This Position Has Supervisory Responsibilities For: None

Education, Formal Training & Experience

EDUCATION, FORMAL TRAINING & EXPERIENCE:

  • Requires standard high school diploma or equivalent. Some college preferred.
  • Requires a minimum of one year previous training or work experience in: teaching or working in a public setting for educational and special recreational needs; handwork, trade, or craft work of the late nineteenth or early twentieth century; or
  • Requires an equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience which produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of the position; and
  • Requires a willingness to continually train in the skills necessary to perform essential job functions.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITY:

  • Requires basic knowledge of the principles, techniques, and practices of teaching and/or interpretation, and the skill and ability to apply those principles, techniques and practices to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Requires solid knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public speaking and public presentations and the skill and ability to apply that knowledge to perform the essential duties and activities of the position while wearing a costume historically appropriate for the period; the ability to effectively work as a member of a team or as an independent interpreter; the ability to effectively relate to large groups of people from different backgrounds and age groups on a repetitive basis.
  • Requires basic knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of animal husbandry, gardening, farm trades and crafts and the skill and ability to apply that knowledge to perform essential job functions.
  • Requires solid skill with computers and keyboarding including Internet capabilities.
  • Requires excellent interpersonal, customer service, and verbal communication skills; the ability to effectively communicate and interact with customers of varying ages, social, cultural, economic, professional, and educational backgrounds; the ability to effectively interact with individuals who may be angry, argumentative or disagreeable; the ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion.
  • Requires the skill and ability to perform physical work activities considered to be moderate to strenuous in nature. (See Working Environment/Physical Activities for more detailed description.)
  • The following mental abilities are needed to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position: alertness, precision, ingenuity, problem-solving, analytic ability, spatial perception, persuasiveness, auditory discrimination, tactile discrimination, speaking ability, memory, creativity, concentration, judgment, aesthetic sense, olfactory discrimination, writing ability, reasoning, imagination, initiative, patience, and visual discrimination.
  • Delivers work products and services to customers within assigned part- time work schedule consisting of 32 hours per week including weekend hours. Work schedule may occasionally require work beyond 5:00 p.m. for museum special events.
  • Requires the skill and ability to perform work safely in close proximity to museum visitors and livestock.
  • Requires the ability to understand verbal information and instruction and the ability to exchange information with others and to develop and present recommendations.
  • Reads and understands written information; ability to compose information and instruction in written form.
  • Ability to speak one or more foreign languages is helpful, particularly Spanish.

MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED:
  • Nineteenth Century farm equipment ranging from hand held tools such as hammers, shovels, axes, and hoes, to animal-powered machinery and transport; historic food preparation equipment; wood and coal-burning stoves; clothing and domestic goods equipment, including fine needles, pins, and treadle sewing machine. Nineteenth century equipment and artifacts, including school slates, pens, and McGuffy readers; home furnishings and accessories; firearms, including a rifle and pistol; a blacksmith forge and tools; occasional use of modern office equipment, including a personal computer and telephones; occasional use of a city vehicle.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
  • This position includes physical activities that range from moderate to strenuous. Long periods of sitting, standing or walking may be required. Physical activities include: lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects weighing up to 75 pounds; climbing, balancing and crawling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching; constant handling, fingering, and feeling; ordinary talking; hearing voices and farm sounds; constant seeing with near and far acuity, depth perception, accommodation, color vision, and field of vision to see people, livestock, and work objects.
  • This work is performed indoors in historic buildings; outdoors on historic farm sites; and indoors in a standard office environment or museum public visitation (exhibit) areas.
  • Outdoor work is performed on the museum grounds while performing interpretive work, includes exposure to: extreme heat or cold, with or without temperature changes; wind, sun, rain, hail or snow; vibration from riding on farm machinery; noise from ordinary farm activities, including occasional noise exposure from the discharge of black powder firearms and trip hammer (use of protective hearing devices while discharging firearms and operating trip hammer is required); odors from livestock, farm environment, use of solvents and fuels; molds; farm livestock, insects and rodents; smoke and possible burns from cooking and blacksmithing; occasional poor ventilation; mechanical hazards from farm equipment; occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals; and occasional work from high exposed work sites. Use of eye protection is mandatory for all work involving the use of equipment and other work activities presenting eye injury hazards such as hammering, chopping and chipping wood.

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