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Military Interpreter

Posted: 12/07/2023

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: In support of Fort Ticonderoga’s commitment to preserve and educate, Military Interpreters engage visitors with musket demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, and interpretive living history programming about the daily life of the soldiers who served at Fort Ticonderoga.  Military Interpreters are full-time seasonal interpreters who present the daily life of the many peoples in the various armies of the Seven Years War and American Revolution, as they relate to the history of Fort Ticonderoga. They use and learn the practical and functional aspects of 18th-century material culture as recreated for visitors. Military Interpreters have many opportunities for creativity and learning while educating visitors at Fort Ticonderoga.  These historically-clothed interpreters are the public face and voice to visitors at this historic site and act with corresponding respect and professionalism. Military Interpreters are vigilant sentinels of site stewardship and visitor safety while educating a wide variety of visitors through interpretive programming.   

INTERPRETIVE SKILLS:  Required to act and dress accurately out of respect of the historical individuals they portray.  Able to learn and apply a variety of 18th-century mechanical skills.  Able to cope with a variety of weather conditions using 18th-century clothing and skills. 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:  Able to talk to an audience of diverse age and backgrounds.  Clearly communicate with large groups and individuals.  Communicate effectively in verbal and written form.  Presents a professional image with regards to Fort Ticonderoga in all media.  Able to communicate culturally or politically sensitive information, with respect and tact.  Work with other members of the interpretive staff.  Understand and follow the directions of the Director of Interpretation and all supervising staff. 

RESEARCH SKILLS:  Able to read and comprehend both primary and secondary historical sources.  Able to learn and utilize research techniques including transcription and artifact annotation.  Able to apply research skills to public interpretation.  PHYSICAL EFFORT  Able to lift fifty pounds.  Able to stand and walk for an extended period (up to four hours).  Able to be outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.  Manual dexterity appropriate to the interpretive requirements.

SAFETY FOR OTHERS:  Required to safely demonstrate, use, and maintain a variety of 18th-century firearms.  Required to safely demonstrate, use, and maintain 18th-century cannons.  Required to safely demonstrate, use, and maintain 18th-century tools.  Uphold the highest standards of black powder safety. 

SCHEDULE: The normal working hours for this position will be determined with weekend, evening, holiday and overnight work required on a scheduled basis.   

SALARY: Pay ranges from $15-$20 per hour, with compensation based on skill and experience. Fort Ticonderoga is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

To apply send letter of interest, resume, three references, and one letter of recommendation to Cameron Green, Director of Interpretation, Fort Ticonderoga Association at 30 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 or e-mail CGreen@fort-ticonderoga.org. Faxed applications can be sent to 518-585-2210. For more information call 518-585-6190.  For additional information on Fort Ticonderoga visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org.  

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Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
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Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Phone: 518­-585-6619

Fax: 518­-585-9184

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