Heritage Village Demonstrator

(Grey Roots Museum & Archives)

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Position ID: V-GRE0058 Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 Last Full Update: 16 Mar 2017
Opportunity Details
ContactStephanie McMullen, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, Grey Roots Museum & Archives; Phone: 519-376-3690; Email: stephanie.mcmullen@greyroots.com
DutiesSpend the summer months and various times throughout the year in period costume while sharing the stories and history of the area with all visitors young and old. Can volunteer in one or two of the six period buildings on site - Log Cabin, Log House, Farm House, School House, Blacksmith, and Garage.  
Duties include: 
*Daily demonstrations of historically authentic skills, tasks and activities for visitors - volunteers are encouraged to live the life of the time period they are portraying while in each designated building 
*Respond to questions from the public and tour groups in an informed and friendly manner  
*Provide interpretation and commentary on time period and building/location  
*Protect building(s) and the collections therein  
*Clean and dust the buildings and collections as assigned
More Info Linkwww.greyroots.com
BenefitsInterpreters will enjoy learning and sharing the art of heritage skills, as well as interpreting interesting details about daily life in the past. They will make and work with new friends and contribute substantially to the community’s interest in its heritage. They will have the satisfaction of knowing that the information they share might otherwise be lost to the visitors without their participation. Upon completion of 20 hours of service annually, they and a guest may visit Grey Roots free of charge. They will receive a quarterly volunteer newsletter, discounts in the gift shop, insurance coverage while on duty and an annual recognition event. Training and orientation is provided.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Couples ; Families ; Individuals
Areas of InterestArts & Crafts ; Carpentry & Woodwork ; Community Outreach ; Culture & Heritage ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction) ; Event Coordination & Support ; Fashion / Needlecraft ; General Trade-Related ; Guide / Greeter ; Historical / Archival Activities ; Information & Referral Services ; Mentorship / Leadership ; Music & Performing Arts
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Mentoring & Training ; Public Speaking ; Skilled Labour ; *Being friendly and comfortable talking to a wide variety of individuals and groups  
*Demonstrating skills such as weaving, spinning, sewing, blacksmithing, mechanical work. acting and/or cooking 
*Be reliable, responsible and work well with minimal supervision  
*Enjoy learning and sharing knowledge and information  
*Some experience teaching, presenting or public-speaking is also an advantage  
*Knowledge of heritage craft is an asset  
*Willingness to wear a period-appropriate costume and maintain a period-appropriate presentation is essential  
*Knowledge of local and Canadian history is an asset 
*Bilingualism is an asset
Commitment LengthShort Term (3 months or less) ; One 3 hour shift per week
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; Large Group ; There is high interaction required as village volunteers are expected to engage with all visitors who visit Moreston Village and Grey Roots.
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon 
Shifts are from 11 - 2 and 2 - 5
SeasonsSummer ; July and August
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationMoreston Village and Grey Roots
Number of PositionsGrey County: 20 individual(s) 
20 individual(s) needed in total. 
Each building is different so we are looking for 20 or more new volunteers to help populate the village.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Training on the job
TransportationCar required ; Volunteers are responsible for own transportation
Police CheckRequired
Liability InsuranceAvailable
End Date04 Sep 2017
Agency Details
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Organization NameGrey Roots Museum & Archives
Office Phone519-376-3690
Toll Free Phone1-877-473-9766
Address & Map
102599 Grey Rd 18, RR 4
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6
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