Job Opportunity – Seasonal Living History Interpreter

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Seasonal Living History Interpreter

Title: Seasonal Living History Interpreter
Division:  Education & Engagement    
Classification: Seasonal, hourly, full-time, non-exempt
Directly supported by: Associate Curator of Living History
Directly supports: N/A
Salary Range: $20/hour

About us

Since opening in 1982, the HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, history, art and natural resources to promote an understanding 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 2023 calendar year, over 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 eastern 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.

About this job and what you’ll do

The seasonal 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 seasonal living history interpreter will also assist in program maintenance and other duties as assigned. The timeline for this position is June 3rd – September 15th.

The museum also provides employees with access to two robust Employee Assistance programs which include free counseling, legal consultation, financial coaching, and other resources. All employees receive discounts in the Silver Sage Trading Post and the Rimrock Café.

About who you are

The seasonal living history interpreter is generally outgoing and loves connecting with diverse audiences. You demonstrate a passion for sharing diverse histories with families, school groups, and the general public through hands-on activities all while in period costume.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

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. In the job description 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 at times 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.

Want to apply?

Please email PDFs of your resume & cover letter to:

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.