Fiber Arts Interpreter (demonstrator)
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Role of a Fiber Arts Interpreter:
To help fulfill the mission and goals of the Museum a Fiber Arts Interpreter volunteer will help with demonstrating basic wool and fiber arts techniques. Demonstration roles can range from simply showing the technique to visitors to presenting in costume or role.
- Those interested in handicrafts and handicraft history
- Those looking to practice communication and handicraft skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
A Fiber Arts Interpreter will:
- Greet visitors and demonstrate basic fiber art techniques.
- Demonstrate/practice hand carding and basic drop spinning.
- If interested some Interpreters may demonstrate in costume or in a role
- Attend and work any shift they sign up for.
- Fill out a volunteer application and adhere to all volunteer policies.
- Represent the museum in a professional manner.
- Visitor Services Aides will receive all training on site as necessary, no formal training sessions are needed, but staff will train the volunteers on the appropriate tools and technique.
- Interest in communicating with people from all walks of life and all over the world.
- Interest in fiber arts and/or fiber art history.
- Willingness to learn basic technique including hand carding and drop spinning. Pre-existing knowledge is a plus but not necessary. We will train you; we are not expecting perfection either!
- Willingly follows professional museum practices. Must accept supervision and be willing to adapt to changing situations.
- At least 12 years of age. Persons under 18 require parental consent.
- Willingness to adhere to work appropriate dress code: Casual dress is acceptable, outfits with offensive words, slogans, or symbols are not.
- Fiber Arts Interpreter Nametag, should be worn while on shift
- Training, tools, and costumes (if applicable) will be provided by, and belong to, the Museum.
About Sweetwater County Historical Museum
3 e flaming gorge way, Green River, WY 82935, US
The mission of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is to preserve and present the story of Sweetwater County from its early beginnings to the present, to serve as a depository for historical items and records, and to serve as an educational and informational center for children and adults.
Established in 1967, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is housed in a renovated 1931 post office building and contains a collection of several thousand artifacts, a large historical photograph collection, and local history research material.
Discover the rich cultural heritage of southwestern Wyoming at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum. Explore the stories of Native Americans, explorers, fur trappers, travelers of overland trails, railroad workers, coal miners, cowboys, sheepherders, homesteaders, business people, trona miners and oil and gas workers.
Several major emigrant trails passed through the county including the Oregon, California, Mormon, Overland, and Cherokee Trails, as well as the Pony Express Trail, 1861 transcontinental telegraph line and Ben Holladay's Central Overland Express stage line. Vitally important to the history of the county was the coming of the transcontinental railroad in 1868. This was instrumental in the creation and development of Sweetwater County's two major population centers, Green River and Rock Springs. Green River was the major railroad town due to the nearness of a water supply, while Rock Springs became the coal mining center of the county.