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18th Century Farmer & Woodland Management Assistant
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
McLean, VA

  The 18th century Farmer & Woodland Management assistant in collaboration with other staff members is responsible for providing direct interpretive services of an 18th century Tobacco Farm that will include daily costumed 1st person interpretation for the general public. Working in correlation with other staff members, the incumbent is primarily responsible for planting and maintaining field crops such as tobacco, wheat, rye and an apple orchard as well as assisting in the upkeep of an heirloom kitchen garden and daily care of heritage breeds of livestock.  In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting in woodland management of the property. This will include collecting and splitting firewood, rails for fencing, timber framing, and carpentry.

The specific duties the incumbent will perform include 40 to 45 hours per week for nine months of the year April through early December

  • Daily opening and closing of the 18th century tobacco farm.
  • Interpret the daily lifestyle in accordance with the seasons of an 18th century tobacco farmer to both the general public as well as scheduled school tours through use of period tools, crops and animals. This work will be performed in costume in all types of weather conditions.
  • Execute pre-planned special events highlighting various aspects of 18th century life
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge appropriate to a working Tobacco Farm in the 18th century including but not limited to: Crop and livestock care, upkeep of property including fences and grounds maintenance
  • Responsibly supervise both children and adult costumed volunteers on a daily basis.
  • Actively work outdoors in both extreme heat and cold doing heavy physical labor
  • Other duties as assigned

For the three months of the year that the Farm is closed to the public (January through March), the position includes:

  • Splitting, milling and stock piling of firewood, rails, lumber etc
  • General Farm related tasks (maintenance of the 18th century farm site, repair of period & modern tools etc.)
  • Administrative needs as assigned
  • Supervising adult and youth volunteers on assigned tasks
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree in history, agriculture, anthropology or background in skilled trades (carpentry, mechanics, construction, &  metal work) required
  • Knowledge of 18th century history, particularly Virginia history
  • Knowledge of agriculture and livestock; experience preferred
  • Good people and teamwork skills with the ability to work well with the public, staff, and volunteers
  • Desire to become a member of a close-knit staff and family of volunteers.
  • This position requires weekend and occasional evening work.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to Heather Bodin at or by mail to:
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
C/O Heather Bodin
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Compensation:    $25,500; 3 weeks of annual leave including 2 full weeks over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday; 403(b) plan with 6% employer match; casual work environment and free parking.


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