Benefits Eligible
No
Starting Rate
$11.00
Additional Benefits
Costumes
Type of Position
Summer
Work Hours
Variable hours (typically 40 per week) with days, weekends, and holidays included
Requires Valid Virginia Drivers License
No
Minimum Age
City Williamsburg
Zip Code 23185

Axe Throwing Interpreter

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Job Description:

The primary function of the Axe Throwing Range casual interpreter is to practice and instruct the skill of the 18th-century axe throwing in the safest environment possible in an engaging, participatory, public program. The instructor must become proficient in the skill of axe throwing so that he/she can recreate and instruct participants in this activity.  In addition, during times when the Axe Throwing Range is not functioning, the Axe Throwing Range casual interpreter will work as part of Military Programs to rediscover, learn, practice and preserve the varied skills of the 18th-century soldier and to actively present those skills in a lively, participatory public program.

WORK TO BE PERFORMED:

  • Provides an interpretation of axe throwing and it's history, separating history from myth for participants.
  • Accurately provides practical safety information to participants to help ensure their safety and enjoyment.
  • Provides instruction in the safe throwing of axes, and can firmly offer necessary correction in a friendly and courteous manner.  The Axe Throwing Range casual interpreter will also acquire axe throwing proficiency through on-site training, and use this proficiency to ensure proper instruction and safe operation of the Axe Throwing Range.
  • Follows safety and security procedures established for the site, tools, materials, and equipment. Ensures that the safety and security procedures are followed in the absence of a supervisor or senior staff member.
  • Maintains a knowledge of safety and first aid and will respond immediately to any accident on site.
  • Helps to maintain the site, through site maintenance, and replacement of various pieces of equipment including netting, targets, axes, and landscape elements.
  • Provides in-depth interpretations on the Art of Soldiering, its history, and its services in the community, region, and the world; the technology, processes, skills organization and working environment of the Military; the lives and times of those who pursued the trade of a professional soldier; the evolution of Military Science; relationships between trades, etc. to a variety of audiences in a variety of settings.
  • When working with Military Programs for military demonstration and programming, may be trained to operate black powder firearms and use associated equipment.  
  • Safely fire various black powder weapons and cannon for Colonial Williamsburg programming as trained.
  • Maintain and adhere to safe black powder procedures in accordance with current ATF standards.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team.
  • Maintain a high level of hospitality and courtesy and professionalism while dealing with all guest and fellow employees.   
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Candidate must have the ability to clearly interpret historical information to the public; ability to instruct students in a clear, patient and friendly manner; ability to maintain a vigilant eye for safety; ability to conduct in-depth research into the trade and present results in an effective manner, oral and written – generally gained through a high school degree/G.E.D., plus three years progressive experience working in a job with public contact experience (similar to that gained working in a living history museum). Candidate must be able to perform repetitive work safely with traditional 18th century tools and Black powder. Candidate must be able to handle multiple priorities while working within a set of guidelines and procedures with general supervision and be able to adapt to a changing work environment and work a flexible schedule; including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Candidate must be able to do strenuous physical work in all weather conditions.

  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the trade which may include supporting the weight of 18th century firearms and tools, lifting and moving up to 600 pound artillery pieces, constructing and erecting targets and security fences, and other physical requirements as assigned.
  • Ability to perform repetitive work safely with traditional 18th-century tools.
  • Ability to work under extreme weather conditions from freezing cold to temperatures well over 100 degrees and heavy pollen.
  • Must perform physical activities such as repeated standing, kneeling/squatting, lifting, stooping, and moving up to 75 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:   

  • Some post High school education with a focus on History or a four-year degree in American History or on subject matter relating to18th century Military History.
  • Friendly, open disposition with demonstrated ability to initiate conversation with guests and effectively provide valuable information to facilitate successful instruction.
  • Ability to provide correction and critique in a friendly and firm manner.
  • Basic knowledge of the history of British, American colonies and of Virginia and Williamsburg. More in depth knowledge to be taught through Colonial Williamsburg training programs, publications, or other sources.

Demonstrated competency in:

Communication

  • Ability to organize and present information in verbal and written form to diverse groups.
  • Ability to present information on sensitive issues.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to gather information through research, study, and staff training.
  • Ability to use a variety of interpretive techniques, especially those appropriate to in the moment interpretation.

Guest Relations

  • Ability to present and maintain a warm and enthusiastic demeanor with guests and co-workers.
  • Ability to deal with the public in one-on-one and large group situations.
  • Ability to handle a variety of guest interactions.
  • Ability to balance needs of our guests and the needs of the organization.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cordial and productive relationships with co-workers across the organization and with guests.

Decision Making

  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work within a set of guidelines and procedures with direct supervision.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to read and assimilate information.
  • Knowledge of the Williamsburg area and Colonial Williamsburg in particular.
  • Ability to demonstrate job related technical skills.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical principals.

Leadership

  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively as a contributing member of a team.
  • Ability to learn from mistakes and successes and to apply that learning to the job.
  • Ability to be calm and think clearly in stressful situations.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to work flexible schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and to come in daily contact with pollen, dust, and mold.
  • Ability to perform various functions such as standing, walking which can include uneven surfaces, lifting, climbing stairs repeatedly, seeing in varying light conditions and to participate in physical activities.
  • Ability and willingness to wear appropriate period clothing.

Preferred Qualifications:   

  • Some post High school education with a focus on History or a four-year degree in American History or on subject matter relating to18th century history.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to do or learn to do strenuous physical work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift up to 100 lbs. at a time
  • Must be able to work out-of-doors
  • Must be able to work in extreme heat (heat index 116)
  • Must be able to work in extreme cold (temps as low as 25)