Historical Interpreter at Brattonsville

May 19, 2023
York, SC
Job Type



York County is located in the Piedmont region, between the Broad River and the Catawba River. Its diverse landscape is home to family-friendly towns/cities, a progressive urban region and lakefront communities. We are excited that you want to join our team and recognize that our employees are the foundation for our success.

The Culture & Heritage Museums, York County's system of Museums, is comprised of four sites - the Museum of York County, the Main Street Children's Museum, Historic Brattonsville, and the McCelvey Campus.

Historic Brattonsville features more than 30 colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The 800-acre plantation includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site with interpretive trail, and a nature preserve with walking trails. Seasonal events, re-enactments, and living history programs interpret life in the Carolina Backcountry from the 1750s to the 1850s. Historic Brattonsville's award-winning African-American programs are an essential part of telling the story of the Carolina Piedmont.


We are excited to hire a part-time Interpreter to join our team and deliver engaging and enlightening interpretive experiences at Historic Brattonsville. The Interpreter may specialize in one or more content areas including, but not limited to, History, Historic Artisan Handcrafts (18th and/or 19th century), and African American History. Interpreters do not supervise any other employees, only volunteers and volunteer interns.

Work Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday with hours varying weekly. Regular weekday and weekend shifts, Saturdays required. Part-time position working 16 hours per week. Occasional evening and Sunday work required, but rare.

Perks: Culture & Heritage Museum family level membership that includes reciprocal membership benefits nationwide.

Benefits: participation in SCRS: South Carolina Retirement System through PEBA ( scrs_handbook.pdf ).



  • Delivers interpretive experiences and programs including, but not limited to, living history presentations, school and public tours, programs, special educational events, and marketing/development events.
  • Applies best practices to program delivery and strives to discover and apply new strategies and techniques to keep interpretative experiences fresh and exciting. Interpretive experiences include, but are not limited to, costumed living history and cultural history.
  • Researches, plans, and implements interpretive projects including, but not limited to, tours, programs, living history interpretation, and events.
  • Assists, coaches, supervises, and serves as a resource for volunteers to improve the overall effectiveness and impact of the interpretive programs.
  • Maintains active content knowledge in local and national history plus other applicable content areas, as well as knowledge of best practices and current concepts in interpretation and education.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Completion of Bachelor's degree or five years of related experience.

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Valid state driver's license is preferred. Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) preferred but not mandatory. A teaching certificate is preferred if experience requirement is not met. First Aid/CPR is preferred.

Applicants with equivalent experience and/or education may be considered.


  • Knowledge of general office procedures and protocols.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must have teaching and classroom skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Must stay current in both interpretive and teaching trends. Historic Brattonsville-based interpreters maintain an awareness of current 18th and/or 19th century historiography and artisan handcrafts.
  • Must have knowledge and practice of basic research skills, both online and documentary.


PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS: Requires work involving: standing, sitting, climbing or balancing, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling, tasting or smelling under 1/3 of the time; gripping or feeling with hands 1/3 to 2/3 of the time; walking, talking or hearing, over 2/3 of the time; and lifting up to 50 pounds under 1/3 of the time.

VISION REQUIREMENTS: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS/HAZARDS: The job may risk exposure to indoor environment, outdoor environment, extreme temperatures, moisture and/or humidity, smoke, dust, explosive hazards, burn hazards, and animal husbandry.


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York County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The County seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

Closing Date/Time: 2023-05-30

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