The Newport Restoration Foundation is looking for Tour Guides for the 2022 season! Tour Guides are integral members of NRF’s museum team and are ambassadors for the institution. They are enthusiastic storytellers who interpret the history and collections at our three museum properties (Rough Point, Whitehorne House Museum, and Prescott Farm) to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Successful guides will possess strong interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, adaptability, and, above all, enthusiasm for making history accessible to the public. They will facilitate self-guided tours, lead guided tours, and assist with special programs and events at each museum.
Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:
- Under the direction of NRF administrative staff, develop a thorough working knowledge of the collections, stories, and themes relevant to each site.
- Provide engaging experiences for audiences of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. Draw on a variety of interpretive techniques to tailor content and delivery for diverse audiences.
- Make a commitment to professional development by actively participating in all mandatory trainings. This includes, but is not limited to, completing assigned readings and assessments and attending sessions on interpretation, operations, health and safety, customer service, and other NRF needs.
- Support NRF’s public programming and other mission-related activities, including program and event preparation, set-up/take-down, and staffing.
- Provide visitor services support at NRF Museums as needed, including friendly orientation for visitors, accurate information to inquiring public, and other needs as directed by NRF’s administrative staff.
- Remain up-to-date with NRF initiatives, programs, policies, and procedures.
- Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Educational background in history, education, liberal arts, art history, communications, museum studies, or related field preferred but not required.
- Experience working with the public, preferably in museum, educational, or customer service roles; ability to manage large groups of children and adults.
- Strong interest in relevant areas of history, art history, museum education, and enthusiasm for ongoing learning in these areas.
- Must be friendly, outgoing, a team player, and adaptable to changing scenarios. Comfortable speaking to groups of diverse backgrounds, interests, and with diverse needs.
- Must participate in all mandatory trainings - including trainings for each museum property, special groups, and self-evaluation assessments and evaluation by NRF administrative staff.
- Maintain an active email account and respond to all business emails within 1 business day
- Some of NRF’s museum properties were built before the advent of elevators and other tools that enhance physical accessibility. The ideal candidates must be able to climb stairs, walk, and stand for at least 60 minutes. Must be able to work outside for extended periods of time.
- Must be willing to work evenings, and must have the ability to work three days per week, including two Saturdays and two Sundays per month.
- Must abide by and help enforce all ongoing Covid-19 rules.
- Anticipated Start: August 2022
Interested candidates should a cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted until Monday, August 1st, 2022. EOE.