Interpretive Staff Member - Lakeshore Museum Center (7/31/2020)

Multiple Positions

Employment Information

Interpretive Staff Member (docent/tour guide)

Full-Time Season Positions (5 days a week)

Part-Time Seasonal Positions (3 days a week)

Department: Historic Sites

Location: Downtown Muskegon

Start/End Date: April-December 2020

Pay Rate:  $9.65/hour

Lakeshore Museum Center Historic Sites: Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Scolnik House of the Depression Era, and Fire Barn Museum

Duties: This position engages visitors by working as an interpreter (docent or guide) at all the Historic Sites. Provides guided thematic tours and leads experiential programming at all of our sites to a variety of groups including schools, families, and group tours.

Work Schedule:  Interpretive Staff Members will be trained to work at the Historic Sites at the Lakeshore Museum Center (LMC). This is a SEASONAL position and will begin with training in April and work through the end of December with limited hours in November and December. A part-time seasonal position is scheduled 3 days per week and will generally work 15-20 hours per week. A full-time seasonal is schedule 5 days per week and will generally work 25-30 hours per week.  Weekends and Holiday Tours  are mandatory as scheduled.

Responsibilities: Puts visitors first by treating them as respected guests and serving their needs.

1.       Become familiar with the historic sites of the LMC and materials presented in trainings as well as present tours and programs at all sites.
2.        Assist with special programming and events.
3.       Monitor  the safety of the sites and their visitors
4.       Unlock buildings and prepare Sites for visitors.  Secure windows, doors, utilities, operate the security system, and close Sites down.


1.       Must be 18 or older at start date of employment.
2.       Must have an interest in historical interpretation.
3.       Must have strong public speaking skills, a “visitor first” attitude, flexibility and be enthusiastic.
4.       Must have demonstrated experience working with the public.
5.       Must be able to walk up and down stairs.
6.       Must work well in a dynamic, changing environment and be able to be flexible and adaptable to using different interpretation styles to meet the needs of visitors.

Physical Requirements:  An employee must be able to climb many stair cases each day and be able to stand for long periods of time.

General Position Information:  This is a SEASONAL, at-will position. This is a non-costumed interpretation position.

About the Hackley and Hume Historic Site:

This site preserves the homes of Muskegon's most famous lumber baron, Charles H. Hackley, and his business partner, Thomas Hume.  Along with representing the elite of the lumbering era, these Victorian homes are some of the best examples of Queen Anne residential style architecture.

About the Fire Barn Museum:

The Fire Barn Museum is a replica 1880s Hose Company that features a collection of historic fire fighting apparatus.  The Fire Barn also serves as a living memorial to the brave men and women who have served as Muskegon County firefighters.

About the Scolnik House of the Depression Era:

This house is staged as a hands-on home where visitors can experience the hard times that families went through during the Great Depression. 

To Apply:  Please submit cover letter and resume by July 31, 2020 to Erin Schmitz at or via mail to Lakeshore Museum Center, Attn: Historic Sites Interpretive Staff Member, 430 W. Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440.

Posted on 6/25/2020


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