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We are still in need of one Senior Historical Interpreter and three Character Interpreters for 2019 and beyond. The job descriptions are posted below. If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@tallshipprovidence.org.



HISTORICAL INTERPRETER

Job Description

The Tall Ship Providence is a dockside visitor attraction based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Our focus is living history – we will provide a window into life aboard Providence between 1776 and 1780 and the people who were connected to it, both aboard and ashore. Our programs will provide a link to our country’s rich maritime and naval history and the American Revolution. The Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF) owns and manages Providence. 


Historical Interpreters are the public face of the Tall Ship Providence Foundation. Their words and actions should make our guests feel welcome at all times while conveying enthusiasm for colonial, naval, and maritime history. This is a contracted position; up to 25 hours may be guaranteed per week based on schedules. Contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes. 


Historical Interpreters will be expected to:

· Memorize scripted information as well as background material

· Present information in a way that is engaging and upbeat

· Be polite and helpful to all visitors at all times

· Ensure visitor safety and well-being at all times

· Entertain waiting visitors with songs, games, stories, or other relevant skills

· Work outside regardless of weather conditions for shifts ranging from five to nine hours per day

· Arrive at their designated location at least ten minutes before their shift begins

· Find a substitute for their assigned shift if a conflict arises

· Assist visitors with retail and ticket purchases when the sales assistant is busy or temporarily unavailable

· Wear a colonial-style costume provided by TSPF in all weather and maintain the costume with care 


Requirements:

· At least 16 years of age

· Able to memorize large amounts of information and present it in an engaging way

· Able to repeat the same information numerous times without letting it become rote

· Patience with visitors who are hot, tired, or irritable

· Reliable transportation

· Able to arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. and/or leave as late as 9:30 p.m.


Other desirable attributes:

· Enthusiasm for colonial, revolutionary, naval, and maritime history

· Acting or improv experience

· Foreign language skills

· Other performance skills, such as juggling, singing, sword fighting, or storytelling


Additional information:

Providence will be moored in a temporary location for the 2019 season, giving our staff limited access to restroom facilities. Interpreters will be expected to adapt to these circumstances with good humor and the understanding that the situation is temporary. Interpreters will probably need to bring a packed lunch every day, as there are no fast food restaurants nearby. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply/audition for additional positions, including Character Interpreters and Senior Historical Interpreters.


This is a contract position; applicants must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week. The ship will be open to the public seven days a week during the summer and will require full staffing through Labor Day. Please indicate how many hours per week you are able to work in your cover letter.


Pay is $16/hour for each Character Interpreter. Contractors are responsible for recording their hours and submitting invoices to the Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF). TSPF issues checks on the 15th and the last work day of the month; checks will be issued electronically and will lag by one pay cycle.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@tallshipprovidence.org by May 8th.  Successful applicants will be provided with a script to present and asked to come prepared to sing a verse or two of a sea chantey or eighteenth-century song. What’s important is not how well you sing, but your comfort with perfoming. Additional skills that could be used to entertain visitors also welcome. Interviews/auditions will be held May 10th and 11th in Old Town Alexandria.


Paid, mandatory training will take place May 16th – 18th and resume in late June, probably the 20th and/or 21st. Attendance is required at all training days. Regular work will start in June or early July, depending on several variables. Hours are expected to be heavy through August, drop in September, then increase in October. Occasional evening hours will be available, particularly in the fall. Details will be provided at the interview/audition.


The Tall Ship Providence Foundation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. However, the ship can only be accessed via a multi-step gangway and additional access to the ship is through ladders and very narrow stairs. Applicants must have the physical mobility necessary to board and move about the ship without difficulty multiple times throughout the workday.



  

SENIOR HISTORICAL INTERPRETER

Job Description

The Tall Ship Providence is a dockside visitor attraction based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Our focus is living history – we will provide a window into life aboard Providence between 1776 and 1780 and the people who were connected to it, both aboard and ashore. Our programs will provide a link to our country’s rich maritime and naval history and the American Revolution. The Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF) owns and manages Providence.


Historical Interpreters are the public face of the Tall Ship Providence Foundation. Their words and actions should convey enthusiasm for colonial, naval, and maritime history to our visitors and make them feel welcome at all times. This is a contracted position; up to 25 hours may be guaranteed per week based on schedules. Contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes. 


Senior Historical Interpreters have additional management responsibilities, arriving at the beginning of the work day and/or leaving at the end, making sure that all opening/closing/security requirements have been met and that all other contractors are in their places when expected. Sr. HI’s will also assume some or all scheduling responsibilities using employee scheduling software. Should any difficulties arise over the course the day, the Sr. HI on duty will be expected to find a solution as quickly as possible and also notify the office staff as soon as practicable.


Senior Historical Interpreters will be expected to:

· Manage small teams of employees and ensure that all scheduling requirements are met

· Use standard employee scheduling software

· Assume a leadership position and resolve any issues that might arise during a shift

· Call upon other TSPF staff for assistance when needed

· Memorize scripted information as well as background material

· Present information in a way that is engaging and upbeat

· Be polite and helpful to all visitors at all times

· Ensure visitor safety and well-being at all times

· Entertain waiting visitors with songs, games, stories, or other relevant skills

· Work outside regardless of weather conditions for shifts ranging from five to nine hours

· Arrive at their designated location at least fifteen minutes before their shift begins

· Find a substitute for their assigned shift if a conflict arises

· Assist visitors with retail and ticket purchases when the sales assistant is busy or temporarily unavailable

· Wear a colonial-style costume provided by TSPF in all weather and maintain the costume with care


Requirements:

· At least 21 years of age

· Previous management or leadership roles

· Able to memorize large amounts of information and present it in an engaging way

· Able to repeat the same information numerous times without letting it become rote

· Patience with visitors who are hot, tired, or irritable

· Reliable transportation

· Able to arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. and/or leave as late as 9:30 p.m.


Other desirable attributes:

· Enthusiasm for colonial, revolutionary, naval, and maritime history

· Acting or improv experience

· Foreign language skills

· Other performance skills, such as juggling, singing, sword fighting, or storytelling


Additional information:

Providence will be moored in a temporary location for the 2019 season, giving our staff limited access to restroom facilities. Interpreters will be expected to adapt to these circumstances with good humor and the understanding that the situation is temporary. Interpreters will probably need to bring a packed lunch every day as there are no fast food restaurants nearby. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply/audition for additional positions, including Character Interpreters and Historical Interpreters.


This is a contract position; applicants must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week. The ship will be open to the public seven days a week during the summer and will require full staffing through Labor Day. Please indicate how many hours per week you are able to work in your cover letter.


Pay is $18/hour for each contractor. Senior HI’s will be responsible for verifying hours worked by each contractor at the end of each day. Contractors are responsible for recording their hours and submitting invoices to the Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF). TSPF issues checks on the 15th and the last work day of the month; checks will be issued electronically and will lag by one pay cycle.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@tallshipprovidence.org by May 8th. Successful applicants will be provided with a script to present and asked to come prepared to sing a verse or two of a sea chantey or eighteenth-century song. What’s important is not how well you sing, but your comfort with performing. Additional skills that could be used to entertain visitors also welcome. Interviews/auditions will be held May 10th and 11th in Old Town Alexandria. 


Paid, mandatory training will take place May 16th -- 18th and resume in late June, probably the 20th and/or 21st. Regular work will start in June or early July, depending on several variables. Hours are expected to be heavy through August, drop in September, then increase in October. Occasional evening hours will be available, particularly in the fall. Details will be provided at the interview/audition.


The Tall Ship Providence Foundation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. However, the ship can only be accessed via a multi-step gangway and additional access to the ship is through ladders and very narrow stairs. Applicants must have the physical mobility necessary to board and move about the ship without difficulty multiple times throughout the workday.



  

CHARACTER INTERPRETER

Job Description

Tall Ship Providence Foundation

The Tall Ship Providence is a dockside visitor attraction based in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Our focus is living history – we will provide a window into life aboard Providence between 1776 and 1780 and the people who were connected to it, both aboard and ashore. Our programs will provide a link to our country’s rich maritime and naval history and the American Revolution. The Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF) owns and manages Providence. 


Character Interpreters portray real historical figures to the visiting public. They are the special something that takes the visitor experience from “good” to “great.”


In addition to memorizing scripted information, Character Interpreters will be expected to read extensively about their character’s life and be prepared to answer questions from the public about their character and the time period without ever breaking character.


Physical resemblance to the character is a plus, but not required.


For the 2019 season, the Tall Ship Providence Foundation requires two Character Interpreters for each role: 


Captain John Paul Jones

· Approximately 30 years old

· Approximately 5’ 6”

· Brown hair tied back in a queue

· Scottish accent


Second Lieutenant John Peck Rathbun

· Approximately 30 years old

· Raised in New England

· More sailing experience than Capt. Jones


For the 2019 season, Captain Jones will be located in the captain’s quarters of the ship, where he will regale visitors with a short story about one of his adventures aboard Providence and answer any questions they might have. Jones was captain of the ship for six months, from May to November 1776. When visitors board the ship, they will be told that the captain knows nothing that occurred after his time aboard the ship.


The same is true for Second Lieutenant John Peck Rathbun, who will show the visitors around the hold of the ship with the assistance of the HI. He will tell visitors about life aboard the ship for the officers and common sailors and answer any questions they may have.


Groups will be scheduled thirty minutes apart and split into two groups upon boarding the ship due to space limitations. After eight minutes the groups will switch places.


Character Interpreters will be expected to:

· Memorize scripted information as well as background material about their character and the time period

· Engage visitors in a polite and appropriate manner while remaining in character

· Pose for pictures if requested (we will refer to cameras and cell phones as “portrait boxes”)

· Arrive for work 15 minutes before opening and leave 15 minutes after closing, having completed any tasks they may have to secure the ship for the night

· Understand that “the show must go on,” and make arrangements for a substitute in case of illness or a scheduling conflict

· Provide his own, authentic costume, subject to approval by TSPF. Note that Captain Jones’s uniform will require a substantial investment.


Requirements:

· At least 21 years of age

· Acting or improv experience

· Able to memorize scripts and large amounts of background information to be used when necessary

· Able to repeat the same script numerous times without letting it become rote

· Patience with visitors

· Able to arrive as early as 8:30 a.m. and/or leave as late as 9:30 p.m.

· Reliable transportation


Additional information:

Providence will be moored in a temporary location for the 2019 season, giving our staff limited access to restroom facilities. Interpreters will be expected to adapt to these circumstances with good humor and the understanding that the situation is temporary. Interpreters will probably need to bring a packed lunch every day, as there are no fast food restaurants nearby. A thirty-minute break will be provided mid-day. There may also be times in which few visitors are scheduled, allowing for a brief respite.


Applicants are encouraged to apply/audition for additional positions, including Historical Interpreters and Senior Historical Interpreters.


This is a contract position; applicants must commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week. The ship will be open to the public seven days a week during the summer and will require full staffing through Labor Day. Please indicate how many hours per week you are able to work in your cover letter.


Pay is $20/hour for each Character Interpreter. Contractors are responsible for recording their hours and submitting invoices to the Tall Ship Providence Foundation (TSPF). TSPF issues checks on the 15th and the last work day of the month; checks will be issued electronically and will lag by one pay cycle.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to careers@tallshipprovidence.org by May 8th. Successful applicants will be provided with a script to present. Interviews/auditions will be held May 10th and 11th in Old Town Alexandria.


Paid, mandatory training will take place May 16th – 18th and resume in late June, probably the 20th or 21st. Regular work will start in late June or early July, depending on when the ship arrives. Hours are expected to be heavy through July and August, drop in September, then increase in October. Occasional evening hours will be available, particularly in the fall. Details will be provided at the interview/audition.


The Tall Ship Providence Foundation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. However, the ship can only be accessed via a multi-step gangway and additional access to the ship is through ladders and very narrow stairs. Applicants must have the physical mobility necessary to board and move about the ship without difficulty.



TRANSPORT CREW


All positions have been filled. Thank you for your interest.


VOLUNTEERS


Volunteer opportunities on ship and shore will be available as well. If you are interested in working or volunteering as crew in Alexandria, please email  careers@tallshipprovidence.org. Those who wish to support us in other ways should email diana.west@TallShipProvidence.