Interpreter- Ipswich (seasonal, part-time)

Job Type

Part Time



Application Deadline



United States


Are you an engaging storyteller with a passion for history?

Do you have a flair for the theatrical?

Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people?

Are you open to learning new things and participating in a dynamic work environment?

If so, we want you to join our dedicated and lively team of cultural site interpreters! Our interpreters bring the stories of our special places to life for our visitors in meaningful, fun, and relevant ways. We believe that by engaging and exciting our visitors they will feel more connected to our cultural heritage and be inspired to help preserve and protect it for future generations. Currently we are looking for historic interpreters/actors for Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich who are comfortable with costumed, first-person interpretation.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead and facilitate five interactive tour experiences and participatory activities on site for visitors of all ages, often as costumed characters associated with Castle Hill
  • Welcome and orient visitors, acting as an ambassador for the site and The Trustees
  • Encourage membership sales by being well-versed in the various levels and benefits
  • Manage costumes and props used in experiences
  • Drive a 7-passenger golf cart around the estate grounds (not required for all)
  • Open and close the Great House and any additional out buildings for daily tours
  • Attend a series of trainings and regular team meetings to learn about the interpretive philosophy and techniques used at the site
  • Participate in training, guided research and ongoing study about the history and cultural context of the site as well as the Trustees
  • Participate in ongoing peer and supervisor evaluations
  • Follow best practices in collections management, security, and care
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation
  • Assist with keeping the facility clean and orderly


Education and Experience:

  • Have a proven background in teaching, museums, customer service, and/or theater
  • Preferably possess a degree in history, theatre arts, education, museum studies, or a related field


  • Friendly, active listeners with excellent conversational and public speaking skills
  • Enjoy engaging visitors through multi-sensory interpretive techniques including storytelling, hands-on activities, and interactive discussion
  • Willing to take on costumed, first person characters for some visitor experiences
  • Intellectually curious and open to learning and sharing new things
  • Professional and team-oriented
  • Respectful of all visitors and able to provide exceptional customer service
  • Flexible and willing to meet the needs and interests of visitors
  • Self-reflective and eager to continuously improve their skills
  • Able to climb stairs and stand for periods of 2 hours or more at a time
  • Reliable and committed to their position, their site team, and the mission of the Trustees


  • Expect to work 3 days a week including some weekend days. (The Great House at Castle Hill is open to the public for tours on weekends mid-April, May, November & December, and six days a week late May – October)

Working Conditions:

  • Able to climb stairs and stand for periods of time
  • Comfortable with variable outdoor weather conditions

Please Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position

Benefits and Salary:

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About the Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

Our seasonal staff play an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School