Historic RittenhouseTown, Inc. is in need of part-time Historic Tour Guides to share the rich history of Historic RittenhouseTown with neighbors and visitors near and far by facilitating summer tours. The tours include the 1707 Rittenhouse Homestead and ca. 1725 Bake House, the ca. 1845 Enoch Rittenhouse Home (parlor and gift shop) and a general walk through/overview of the village.
An Historic Tour Guide is needed each Saturday and Sunday from June through the end of Septem-ber from 12:45 PM – 5:15 PM (not including July 4th or Labor Day). Historic RittenhouseTown has open tour hours from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, so visitors will drop in for tours, making some days busier than others. Guides will need to open the site by putting out signs and flags and remove them at the end of the day. Guides needs to be able to manage small amounts of money from tour and gift shop sales.
Historic Tour Guides have flexibility in choosing as few or as many dates as they wish to work, though dates will need to be determined at the beginning of each month. Guides will be provided with training materials including site history and a tour guide manual. Guides can use this information as a template and tailor tours to what interests them the most (architecture, colonial America, early Industry, etc.).
Historic Tour Guides will ideally have some experience giving tours to public groups and will be interested in some aspect related to Historic RittenhouseTown (architecture, colonial America, the Rittenhouse Family, etc). Guides will need to be comfortable speaking to small groups of people and will be able to commit historic facts and stories to memory. Guides must also be capable of standing for up to 90 minutes and be able to easily maneuver historic staircases, uneven ground, and various types of terrain. As this job entails being outdoors for portions of each tour, the tour guide must be able to handle the varying summer weather of the Philadelphia area.
Historic Tour Guides are compensated $10-$15 an hour, commensurate with experience. Alternative-ly, this position can be used to fulfill volunteer requirements of approved, related coursework. If Historic Tour Guides work a minimum of six days, Guides, working more than a total of six days throughout the summer, will enjoy a free individual annual membership to Historic RittenhouseTown as well as two discounted tickets to the following year’s annual benefit.
Please forward resume and cover letter to:
Chris Owens, Executive Director
Friends of Historic RittenhouseTown was founded in 1984 to preserve and protect the 1690 site of British North America’s first paper mill. Our unique early industrial village includes six historic structures dating from 1707 and is located on 25 acres in the Wissahickon Valley section of Fairmount Park.