Reports to: Director, Programs & Education Location: Wheaton, IL
About the First Division Museum
Robert R. McCormick served in the First Infantry Division during World War I fought during the Battle of Cantigny in 1918. This battle affected him so strongly that after the war he renamed his Wheaton farm in its honor. Organized on June 8, 1917 for duty on the Western Front in World War I, the 1st Infantry Division was first permanent division in the regular Army and has seen action in all American wars since 1917, except the Korean War. Today museum visitors can witness the sights, sounds, and soldiers’ stories from the First World War through modern times. Visitors can encounter, question, and form their own views of our military past and present. The museum and grounds were fully renovated in 2017, and admission is always free.
Opportunity: Exhibit Facilitator
We are looking for three part-time Exhibit Facilitators to assist visitors with the Virtual Reality House Raid Experience and other gallery interactives at the museum. These positions also support the Public Programs Department in implementing other educational programs and materials on general US military history and 1st Infantry Division history. The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with visitors, keeping them engaged with military history content, and providing compelling and personalized experiences.
Become familiar with the basic history of the Big Red One from 1917 to the present day
Become familiar with the basic foundational premise behind an American soldier conducting a house raid
Facilitate the historically accurate Virtual Reality Raid Experience in the Duty First Gallery
Assist visitors in and out of the Raid and help visitors put on VR goggles and headsets
Instruct visitors on how to properly use the goggles for the best possible experience
Maintain goggles and headsets as needed
Help visitors way find throughout the First Division Museum as needed
Answer visitor questions about Cantigny Park and modern military history
Collaborate with other staff on any other exhibits, programs, or special events
Minimum two years of experience specifically in interacting with the public, including people of varying ages and backgrounds
Prior study in education, history, museum studies and/or collections, theater or other related field is helpful
Demonstrated interest in learning military history, how to operate museum technology, and sharing knowledge with visitors
Strong interpersonal communication skills and customer service orientation, including willingness to interact with groups of children and other visitors for long periods of time
Team player with the ability to accept guidance from First Division Museum staff
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission
Must be available to work weekends and holidays, and some evenings
The following physical abilities are required for the position: communicate verbally with visitors and staff; hear visitors’ voices; be physically able to complete a 4-5-hour shift; comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; display ability to respond in emergencies; and tolerate reasonable noise in the environment
Must attend Cantigny Park’s Child Safety Training
All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
To apply: submit a resume and cover letter online here.
Internal Number: 6302608158
About Cantigny Park (part of Robert R. McCormick Foundation)
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is dedicated to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic grant-making and Cantigny Park, the Foundation works to make life better in Chicagoland. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.
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