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Posted: 01/22/2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House, sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, are located on the same grounds in historic Alexandria, Virginia. On a beautiful 126-acre estate of rolling hills overlooking the Potomac River, visitors can explore and contrast the architectural and historical backgrounds of two unique homes and enjoy a natural retreat in the midst of the busy Route 1 corridor.

Historical Interpreter & Gift Shop Cashier
Professional Opportunity
Alexandria, VA

Job Overview

To act as the first point of contact for visitors to Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wrights Pope-Leighey House, provide quick and accurate point-of-sale transactions for tickets and shop sales, provide excellent customer service to visitors, and give guided tours of Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House as needed. 

Position Details

Type: Part Time

Schedule: The houses are open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 11:30-4:30. Monday availability and flexibility to fill in as needed preferred. Some weekend/holiday shifts may be required. 

Compensation: $10.25/hr

Location: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA, 22309


Provide exceptional customer service and accurate site information to the public.

Demonstrate knowledge of the site offerings and programs.

Demonstrate an understanding of the store operations, policies and procedures.

Perform sales on point-of-sale system quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

Demonstrate product knowledge to assist customers in selections and promote sales.

Maintain an accurate account of daily ticket sales.

Assist in inventory control; help to maintain an orderly and attractive store and an organized stockroom by keeping merchandise filled and neatly displayed.

Lead exceptional tours of the site as needed to a diverse audience while meeting all interpretive objectives.

Employ active teaching techniques to respond to a diverse audience possessing a range of knowledge and learning styles. 

Additional related duties as assigned.


Proficiency in all aspects of retail sales operations including customer relations, retail software (TAM), checking in merchandise, record-keeping, and reporting.

Previous retail experience.

Close attention to detail.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, especially the ability of succinct expression.

Must be a congenial team player and representative to the public.

Ability to work with all ages in a museum setting, experience desired.  

Ability to stand for periods of up to 1 hour, multiple times per day.

Ability to speak at an acceptable volume for up to 5 tours per day.

Two years of college or equivalent experience in interpreting an historic site or public speaking, teaching, etc.



OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to mdesantis@savingplaces.org. The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The National Trust for Historic Preservation actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.
Meredith DeSantis

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