Interpreter - Harvard (seasonal, part-time)

Job Type

Part Time Temporary



Application Deadline:



United States


Position Summary:

Are you an engaging storyteller with a passion for history and art? 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 for Fruitlands Museum.

Fruitlands Museum is home to five collections on 210 acres of meadows and woods. The Museum was founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears and takes its name from an experimental utopian community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane which took place on this site in 1843. When you visit Fruitlands Museum you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of Transcendentalists and Shakers, explore the geographically diverse collections in the Native American Museum or be inspired by Hudson River School landscapes and contemporary exhibits in the Art Gallery. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits. Our Cultural Site Interpreters are key staff members in making connections between our visitors and collections.

Essential Functions:

  • Engage and educate the public with accurate and relevant information about each of the collections, working both as a stationed interpreter and tour guide.
  • Welcome and orient visitors, acting as an ambassador for the site and The Trustees
  • Facilitate education programs and manage group visits for school field trip programs.
  • Encourage membership sales by being well-versed in the various levels and benefits
  • Attend trainings and regular team meetings to learn about the interpretive philosophy and techniques used at the site
  • Follow best practices in historic site interpretation, collections management, and security
  • Drive gator shuttle between museum buildings to provide accessibility to guests
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation


Minimum Qualifications

  • Background in teaching, museums, customer service, and/or theater
  • Enjoy engaging with visitors using a variety of interpretive techniques including storytelling, hands-on activities, and interactive discussion
  • Ability to share a passion for history, art, and nature

Desirable Qualifications

  • A degree in history, literature, philosophy, theatre arts, education, museum studies, or a related field
  • Intellectually curious and open to learning and sharing new things
  • Flexible and willing to meet the needs and interests of visitors
  • Reliable and committed to their position, their site team, and the mission of the Trustees


  • Able to work at least 2 to 3 days a week during the full duration of the Main Season including at least one weekend day. Fruitlands Museum is open for public visitation six days a week mid-April – October, with limited winter hours weekends from November through mid-April.
  • This position starts at $11/hr

Working Conditions

  • Able to climb stairs and stand for periods of 2 hours or more at a 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.

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 plays 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.

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.

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

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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