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Tour and Retail Assistant
French Lick and West Baden Springs
Indiana Landmarks seeks a person to conduct tours of the historic French Lick and West Baden Springs hotels in Orange County (about 75 mins south of Bloomington) and work in our Landmarks Emporium shops. The position—29 hours/week—is available immediately.
Indiana Landmarks, a private, nonprofit organization with nine offices around the state, is the exclusive provider of guided tours of the historic West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs Hotels in southern Indiana. The organization also operates a retail shop, Landmarks Emporium, in each hotel, from which the tours depart. The Tour & Retail Assistant will receive training before leading one-hour tours of each hotel at the regularly scheduled times as well as group tours by appointment. The tours offer both historical and architectural background as well as information on the restoration (and, in the case of West Baden Springs, its rescue from a ruinous state) to reveal both as premier examples of historic preservation in action. The person also will work in the shop—at the check-out counter, helping to maintain the appearance of the space, and restocking merchandise as assigned.
- Firm command of English language and grammar and strong presentation skills
- Ability to memorize basic tour script and mine background information to deliver accurate and entertaining tours of French Lick and West Baden as premier examples of preservation in action
- Ability to engage myriad visitors—business guests, families with children, seniors, international and leisure travelers—with hospitality and tact
- Basic level computer skills, with point-of-sale experience a plus
- Capacity to stand and walk for long periods as you guide tour groups through large historic properties.
- High school diploma required; college courses or degree a plus.
- Experience in hospitality and/or retail a plus.
The tour assistant typically works 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., up to five days a week (which may include Saturdays and Sundays and holidays), 29 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is desired to accommodate the occasional evening or early morning tour. Reliability is paramount.
Hourly pay rate is $10-$12 per hour, commensurate with experience and education.
Email letter of interest and resume to:
French Lick/West Baden Program Manager
Central Regional Office – Indianapolis
Indiana Landmarks, the country’s largest statewide historic preservation non-profit organization, offers two full-time summer internship opportunities. The positions will conduct an annual assessment of historic properties within the organization’s covenant and easement program. The internships will last a period of 12-16 weeks beginning in May 2019. The positions will be based in our Central Regional Office in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indiana Landmarks has one of the most extensive easement and covenant programs for historic structures of any similar not-for-profit organization in the country. The work of the interns will build on monitoring work that has been done in past years, but will aim to complete a statewide, comprehensive analysis. After an initial training period, work will begin in the field. An easement or covenant monitoring form will need to be completed for each protected property. An intern may need to interact with property owners, and may travel to other parts of central Indiana. Additional projects and duties for both interns will be assigned by the intern’s supervisor.
Applicants should have a working knowledge of 19th and 20th century architectural styles, with an emphasis on vernacular building types. The interns must have a reliable vehicle and be familiar with digital photography. Previous photography experience is helpful. Graduate students studying historic preservation or a related field preferred, although students pursuing a degree in law may also find the internship of particular interest.
The survey project begins officially in May 2019 and is expected to end in August. Dates are somewhat flexible, but the intern is expected to complete the project before returning to school or another job. The hourly rate of pay is $11-12 per hour, and reimbursement for mileage is $.50 cents per mile. Pay will be commensurate with experience. Digital camera and computer are supplied. The intern is responsible for their own food and lodging, though assistance in finding housing is available.
Please send letter of interest and resume to:
Vice President of Preservation Services
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-800-450-4534
Indiana Landmarks offers regular unpaid internships to students in historic preservation, architectural or public history, journalism, public relations, and event and retail management in many of our offices.
See a complete list of unpaid internship opportunities or send internship inquiries to:
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202