Interpreter / Tour Guide, Seasonal
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Avella, PA
About Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village operates in association with the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania’s largest history museum. Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark, is the oldest site of human habitation in North America and features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter. Meadowcroft’s 19th century village features a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, and two log houses that create a charming country village setting. The 18th century frontier trading post emphasizes the period of European contact and the impact of the fur trade. The 16th century Indian Village includes wigwams, recreated prehistoric artifacts, and hands-on activities related to American Indian agriculture. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located in Avella, Pa., Washington County, within an hour’s drive of Pittsburgh, Wheeling, W.Va., and Steubenville, Ohio.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is seeking seasonal, Interpreter / Tour Guides for the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village located in Avella, PA.
The Interpreter / Tour Guide leads tours of the museum exhibits, demonstrates historic (and/or prehistoric) skills, and communicates carefully researched historical information to effectively provide valuable information to facilitate successful instruction for a variety of audiences. This position assists with educational programs, living history programs and (in peak periods) Visitor Center duties including gift shop sales and maintaining the cleanliness of the site.
Successful candidate must be able to work as part of a team while maintaining a high level of hospitality, courtesy, and professionalism with all guests and fellow employees. Must have the ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions, and a willingness to wear appropriate period clothing.
This is a Seasonal position available from April through October 31st.
In addition to a weekday schedule, successful candidates must be available on weekends.
Daily work hours vary according to the season, but on average, will fall between 9:30 a.m. and
1:30 p.m. on weekdays when schools are in session and 11:30-5:00 on weekdays and weekends
during the summer season. Hours per week will vary depending upon tour schedule.
This position reports to the Education and Program Manager at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
High school diploma or equivalent with an interest in history is required. Selected candidate
must possess demonstrated excellent verbal communication skills and extraordinary customer
Pennsylvania Act 33/34/114 clearances.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability
Minorities encouraged to apply.
Qualified applicants should apply https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/about/work-with-us or submit a cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to:
Renee Falbo, Director of Human Resources
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Location/Region: Avella, PA