Job Opportunity – Seasonal Living History Interpreter

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Seasonal Living History Interpreter

Title:   Seasonal Living History Interpreter
Division:   Living History
Classification:   Seasonal Hourly, 25-40 hours/week Part time nonexempt June 2022 – September 2022  
Reports To:   Curator of Education and Engagement
Supervises:   N/A
Salary Range:   $20.00 per hour

High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary

The Living History Interpreter is responsible for the interpretation of the 1904 High Desert Ranch and Sawmill and its associated programs. The main duties will include interpreting the site for visitors, demonstrating historical activities and assisting in daily operations in period clothing. The Living History Interpreter will also assist in program maintenance and other duties as assigned.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

This position will last approximately to the beginning of September 2022. During this time, the Living History interpreter will work on a schedule designed by the Living History staff.


  • Excellent interpretation and communication skills including the ability to engage a wide variety of visitors and connect them to historical content
  • Academic related coursework in Theater, History or Education
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ability to work successfully with a diverse group of volunteers
  • Ability to work unsupervised and work in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and days, including weekends
  • Ability to conduct physical work in a ranch setting
  • Have an understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices
  • Certification from the National Association of Interpretation (CIG, CIH, or CHI) preferred
  • CPR certified preferred

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Interpret various aspects of the 1904 High Desert Ranch and Sawmill such as crafting, gardening and cooking in period costume. Provide demonstrations, station interpretation, and hands-on activities for all ages, demographics and learning abilities. This includes school groups, the general public and families.
  2. Assist with the daily operation of Living History programming including set-up and site maintenance.
  3. Serve as the frontline Living History interpreter in the absence of other Living History staff, which may include managing volunteers.
  4. Assist with after-hours programming.
  5. Set up and take down the assigned work area for each program prior to and after use.
  6. Read through the entire Living History Interpreter Guide and meet periodically with full time living history staff to assess and evaluate performance.
  7. Assist with special event set-up and take-down, and work during the event.
  8. Comply with all Museum policies, procedures, and safety regulations.
  9. Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.
  10. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  11. In coordination with the Communications Team, represent the Museum as needed in a variety of mediums, including social media, print, photography and video, in materials produced by both the Museum and by journalists sharing the story of the Museum’s work.
  12. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

Please send resume & cover letter to the High Desert Museum,