1861 Interpreter I, Jeffers Petroglyphs

  • Part Time
  • Comfrey, MN
  • $18.54 hourly minimum USD / Hour

Website Minnesota Historical Society

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JOB TITLE: Interpreter I, Jeffers Petroglyphs

LOCATION: Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019

COMPENSATION: $18.54 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Part-time, regular (approximately 468 annual hours) position.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in a retirement program with employer contribution. Vacation and sick time accruals.

DESIGNATION: Bargaining Unit AFSCME Local 3173

POSTING DATE: January 16, 2024

DEADLINE DATE: Open Until Filled

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to conduct various interpretive programs, provide high quality customer service, and assist in the daily operations of Jeffers Petroglyphs.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Conduct tours, and programs, communicating historical information using interpretive techniques; 2) Receive, welcome and orient visitors to the historic site; 3) Assist in retail operations; 4) Assist in the daily operations of the historic site; 5) Study program and exhibit related historical materials; and 6) Conduct directed research to help improve program know and interpretive techniques.


● Demonstrate customer service skills in working with a diverse public, including children, teachers, senior citizens, people with disabilities, persons of different ethnic or cultural background, people of color, and professionals

● Ability to stand for extended periods of time while giving tours and selling tickets or merchandise.

● Ability to bend, crouch, kneel to move furniture or merchandise and perform light cleaning duties.


● Communicating with different audiences both verbally and in writing.

● Listening to members of the public and being responsive to inquiries and comments.

● Multitasking in a dynamic and demanding environment.

● Developing and maintaining excellent relations with individuals and groups specific and not specific to the site’s history.

● Speaking in public and responding to questions in a knowledgeable manner.

● Understanding and carrying out written and oral instructions.


● Jeffers Petroglyphs site history.

● Native American history and culture within the region.

● Jeffers Petroglyphs Ceremonial use protocols.

● MNHS culture and policies.


● High school diploma or GED or equivalent.

● Demonstrated understanding of Jeffers Petroglyphs interpretive programming.

● Experience in K-12 education.

● Experience in basic program research, development, and writing.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.