The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is currently accepting applications for interested individuals to join our museum interpreter team. Training occurs in late October and early November at our home at Union Terminal. Those who complete the application, interview, and are accepted into the program must commit to all mandatory training sessions to be certified to work in the museum. Applications for this coming season will close October 4, 2019.
Contribute to our community by helping us ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today!
Being an exhibit interpreter for the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center allows you to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action for today. Our interpreters work with students and teachers of varying grades as well as diverse groups and individuals to share the history and local narratives of the Holocaust, highlighting contemporary moments in which individuals exemplified upstander behavior to tackle issues that affect us all.
What Is an Interpreter?
Interpreters are volunteers who conduct tours for visitors of all ages from diverse backgrounds. Using the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, interpreters encourage exploration of the galleries of the museum. Tours are normally 1.5 hours. Interpreters also conduct Tuesday and Saturday drop-in tours and talk to guests before introducing speakers for HHC’s Holocaust Speaker Series on Sundays and Wednesdays.
How Do I Become an Interpreter?
Interpreter trainees attend initial training sessions to become certified. Trainees learn how to conduct all tours offered by the museum for students (grades 5-12) and adults. Participants in the interpreter training program receive an introduction to the history of the Holocaust and receive a solid framework in providing tours through discussion, exploration of exhibitions, and enhancing speaking and engagement skills.
Interpreters must have an interest in the Holocaust and human rights, be at least 18 years of age, and pass a criminal background check. Applicants need to have a strong public speaking ability and be capable of standing and walking for long periods of time in order to provide tours.
Please review the following criteria before applying for the HHC Interpreter Program:
- Willing to work with visitors of all ages
- Attend all initial and ongoing training classes
- Provide weekend and weekday tours, introduce speakers and facilitate drop-in tours upon certification
- Have access to the internet and email and agree to learn and use Better Impact scheduling software
- Able to work as a team — be dependable and flexible
- Be creative and a critical thinker, adjusting as necessary on tours
- Extensive prior knowledge of the Holocaust or genocide is not required; interpreters should be able to engage visitors in dialogue through story and have a desire to learn
As a certified Interpreter, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn about and investigate the history of the Holocaust, genocide, human rights issues, and the science of strengths
- Gain skills in working with people of all ages and interests
- Work with others as part of a motivated and dedicated team
- Attend volunteer appreciation events
- Inspire action in others to make a difference!
If you have questions regarding the role of exhibit interpreters or the training, please contact Morgan Woodring, Tour Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.