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East Tennessee State University

Title Code: 7360 

Occ. Group: 

Museum Guide

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in conducting tours and demonstrating dances, crafts, and songs. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Greets museum visitors and guides groups through buildings, sites, and grounds.

Explains display objects, artifacts and other items of historical significance.

Watches and observes visitors for vandalism, etc.

Performs traditional Native American dances and songs, renditions of rituals, formal ceremonies, etc.

Demonstrates various arts and crafts activities such as making pottery, stringing beads, weaving, working with cane and leather goods, etc.

Wears traditional Native American costumes and explains significance of various items of clothing.

Drives or rides to schools, meeting places, etc., to demonstrate dances, crafts, and songs.

Locks and unlocks houses, buildings, etc.

Picks up trash and performs general cleaning duties such as sweeping floors.

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of Native American history and traditions.

Ability to perform traditional Native American dances and songs.

Skill in arts and crafts common to historical Native American lifestyles.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to deal with a variety of people. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. High school graduate or equivalent; post secondary school training and/or course work in Native American history or equivalent knowledge; plus experience in traditional Native American crafts such as pottery making, weaving, leather work, etc.; museum experience or training helpful; must possess valid operator's license. 

Date         Skill         Eval            
5/1/83          3     3220111330

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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