The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
July 12, 2019

Central Massachusetts



Cultural Site Interpreter - Concord (seasonal, part-time)


About the Old Manse:

The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, is the birthplace of American literature and philosophy. Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse became the center of Concord’s political, literary, and philosophical revolutions over the next century. The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired within earshot of The Old Manse. Decades later, The Old Manse was home to Ralph Waldo Emerson when he wrote this famous essay “Nature” and to Nathaniel Hawthorne when he wrote “Mosses from an Old Manse.” Leading Transcendentalists were frequent visitors, including Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, and Margaret Fuller. The tours, programs, and special events hosted at The Old Manse bring the intellectual ferment of early Concord to life.

Summary of Position

Are you an engaging storyteller with a passion for history and literature? Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people? Are you open to learning new things and participating in a dynamic work environment?

If so, we want you to join our dedicated and lively team of cultural site interpreters! Our interpreters bring the stories of our special places to life for our visitors in meaningful, fun, and relevant ways. We believe that by engaging and exciting our visitors they will feel more connected to our cultural heritage and be inspired to help preserve and protect it for future generations. Currently we are looking for historic interpreters for The Old Manse in Concord, one of the nation’s most significant historic houses.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and facilitate interactive tour experiences and participatory activities for visitors of all ages

  • Welcome and orient visitors, acting as an ambassador for the site and The Trustees

  • Encourage membership sales by being well-versed in the various levels and benefits

  • Attend trainings and regular team meetings to learn about the interpretive philosophy and techniques used at the site

  • Follow best practices in historic site interpretation, collections management, and security

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation


Minimum qualifications:

  • Background in teaching, museums, customer service, and/or theater
  • Enjoy engaging with visitors using a variety of interpretive techniques including storytelling, hands-on activities, and interactive discussion

  • Ability to share a passion for history, literature, and/or philosophy

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Understanding of the complex web of Concord’s history

  • A degree in history, literature, philosophy, theatre arts, education, museum studies, or a related field

  • Intellectually curious and open to learning and sharing new things

  • Flexible and willing to meet the needs and interests of visitors

  • Reliable and committed to their position, their site team, and the mission of the Trustees


  • Able to work at least 2 to 3 days a week in season including at least one weekend day. The Old Manse is open to the public for tours on weekends from November through mid-April, and six days a week mid-April – October.

  • Preference given to Concord area residents.

Working Conditions

  • Able to climb stairs and stand for periods of 2 hours or more at a time

  • Comfortable with variable outdoor weather conditions

Benefits and Salary

This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an end date in October 2019. This position is based in Concord, MA.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

About The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

Our seasonal staff plays an integral role in ensuring that our visitors enjoy our extraordinary places. With the change to warmer temperatures, we experience an influx of visitors of all ages and backgrounds who want to explore and be inspired by our properties. Sandy beaches, wooded trails, cultural gardens, historic homes, community supported agriculture—there are many ways for visitors to discover and explore The Trustees, and just as many opportunities for seasonal employees to make each visitor’s experience special.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply via the Trustees website, linked here
Apply by:
August 10, 2019
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.