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Historical Interpreter (Part Time) / Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

02/13/2018 2:03 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

Job Title: Historical Interpreter (Part Time)

Reports To: Assistant to Director of Education Programs



The mission of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is to collect for preservation, operation, interpretation and display, railroad artifacts in an authentic setting to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region.


The Interpreter will:

  • Be a Front line customer service presence to our public
  • Seek to educate the public concerning the role of railroads in the history and development of our region
  • Be interactive with customers and create a clear interpretation of the impact of trains throughout history
  • Be responsible for planning, preparing and presenting talks, promoting public interest and notice of our history


  • Reports to and works under the direction of the Education Director. Position works independently and requires a measure of judgment and discretion in completion of duties
  • Research, develop and present thematic original tours and special programs for groups and individuals
  • Provides interpretive knowledge by answering questions, creating and implementing talks and a variety of interpretive opportunities
  • Ensures visitors have an engaging experience
  • Learns about the area history locomotives, passenger cars, other equipment on the property and the experiences that took place on trains to help visitors imagine and understand as they interact with the trains
  • Facilitates with customer feedback regarding customer needs and concerns, museum challenges, and generates ideas and solutions to meet identified needs

Dress Code

The museum keeps to a dress code for employees in the public service to foster a productive and safe work environment and to preserve TVRM’s public image. This means no inappropriate hairstyles, tattoos, jewelry, clothing or fashion statements are allowed. Employees are required to be in appropriate, approved museum attire at all times while on duty.


The interpreter may preform additional functions as assigned. The position will require work on weekends, nights and holidays to accommodate facility programming and train activities.


  • Loading and unloading of customers from train in a pleasant manner
  • Ability to lift equipment to load and unload passengers (ie. step box and ramp) weighing up to 25 lbs
  • Able to stand for long periods of time, climb stairs, work outside and in un-air-conditioned buildings in various weather conditions
  • Able to deal with tour groups, guiding them to their seats and other locations under time constraints


  • Post-secondary education (Associates degree or courses towards a Bachelor degree) American history/studies, American History Communications, Social Science, Humanities, Mechanical Engineering or any related field.
  • One (1) year of related experience or acquired knowledge of Museum functions and/or trains, through community involvement or any combination of education and training that demonstrates candidates to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Ability to engage in a positive and harmonious work relationship with Volunteers and other Museum Staff
  • Able to communicate verbally, be attentive and engage with customers and make sound judgments
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Exemplary customer service skills with diverse audiences


Send resume and references to Shana Haynes, Assistant to the Education Programs Director at shaynes@tvrail.com or 2200 N Chamberlain Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37406

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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