Part Time Greenfield Village Historic Presenter - The Henry Ford

Posted on 1/19/2023

Think you have got what it takes to bring the past to life? Does the idea of engaging guests from all over the world excite you? Do you believe you can inspire people with the stories of America’s past so they will go make the history of tomorrow? Not everyone can do this - we are looking for those who can.

The Henry Ford is a nonprofit organization, an internationally recognized cultural destination, and a one-of-a-kind workplace. Our team is inspired daily by one another as well as the authentic stories of innovation that we share across our four venues. We want you to be part of this legacy and take it forward.

We are seeking enthusiastic and passionate Greenfield Village Presenters to deliver presentations and programs, representing The Henry Ford in a positive manner and providing the highest level of customer service to all guests, fellow employees, and volunteers. Presenters conduct presentations that inform, educate, and entertain based on guidelines and training set by The Henry Ford. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the successful operation of the Venue Operations Unit as a member of the Greenfield Village work team.

We have several unique Presenter positions available across Greenfield Village and hope you will consider joining us in representing The Henry Ford, its stories, and mission. All roles earn $14/hour.

Current Presenter openings include:

  • Town Life Presenters
  • Games on the Green Presenters
  • Living Histories Presenters
  • Firestone Farm Presenters
  • Inspiring Histories
  • Model T Drivers
  • Ride Operations
  • Liberty Craftworks Presenters

Essential Responsibilities

  • Engages guests with dynamic presentations and facilitates interactive experiences daily.
  • Demonstrates historical equipment and processes, which could include cooking, gardening, textile production, housework, crafts and trades production, and other activities.
  • Provides world-class hospitality and service for all guests and staff.
  • Ensures appropriate appearance and operation of the daily work site.
  • Helps protect artifacts, structures and landscapes from damage.
  • Communicates regularly with coworkers and team leaders about operational problems.
  • May contribute to the review and evaluation of department programs.
  • Contributes to the effective team management of all problems, issues and opportunities.
  • Specific job may require the wearing of historical/period clothing, working with or around animals, operating historic machinery, working around stoves and open flames, or facilitating guest activities.

Your Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older for most presenter jobs; some may allow persons aged 16 or older to fulfill certain functions.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (unless enrolled in high school or GED coursework)
  • Weekday, weekend, holiday, and evening availability.

Special Skills

  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Friendly disposition, approachable with great interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to connect with a diverse audience and workgroup
  • Must be able to read, retain, and communicate complex ideas

These positions requires the ability to work outdoors in all seasons, including sunny and inclement weather as necessary, as well as non-air-conditioned historical buildings.

Specific Requirements

Living Histories

Special Skills

  • Basic skills in cooking, gardening, textile production, and fire building/safety. 
  • Willingness to take on any necessary task even those that mean getting dirty.

Physical Requirements

  • Constant standing and walking, and very occasionally lifting more than 30 lbs if able

Model T Drivers (Ride Operations/Movers Work Team)

Special Skills

  • Must have or be able to obtain a State of Michigan Chauffer's License.
  • Must have a good driving record

Physical Requirements

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • Must have good night vision.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle for long periods of time without a break.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.

The Henry Ford is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Henry Ford prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, genetic information, pregnancy, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical/mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, military and veteran status, height, weight or any other such characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. This Policy applies to any employment, donor or volunteering opportunity (including but not limited to recruitment, hire, employment, program participation, promotion, salary, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment or service as a volunteer).

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

Thank you to our Partners!

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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