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Colonial Williamsburg to introduce two dogs named Liberty and Justice as mascots

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Job Title: Dog Handler/Interpreter
Location: FRANKLIN STREET ANNEX OFFICES
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Starting Rate: Up to $14.62 per hour
Additional Benefits: Costumes
Type of Position: Full-Time
Work Hours: Vary 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, up to 40 hours weekley, including evenings, weekends and holidays for special events
Requires Valid Virginia Drivers License: No
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JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation seeks highly-motivated individuals to care for, train, and escort our new mascots: historic Briard dogs named Liberty and Justice. Liberty and Justice will be used to interact with guests on a daily basis, participate in historical teaching experiences with children, and join historical reenactments at the side of General George Washington and other figures. The handler/interpreter will be costumed and will represent a colonial-era aide de camp to General Washington.


JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Creativity and love of animals and history are musts.

Ability to: (1) organize and present information in verbal and written form to diverse groups, (2) follow written and oral instructions, and (3) gather information by asking appropriate questions.

Ability to: (1) present and maintain a warm and enthusiastic demeanor with guests, (2) deal with the public in one-on-one and large group situations, (3) handle a variety of guest interactions, (3) balance the needs of the guests and the needs of the organization, and (4) establish and maintain cordial and productive relationships with co-workers across the organization.

Ability to work independently within a set of guidelines and procedures with general supervision.

Ability to: (1) adapt to a changing work environment, (2) work flexible schedules including evenings, weekends and holidays, (3) work outdoors in varying weather conditions and come in daily contact with pollen, dust, and mold, (4) perform various functions such as standing, walking, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and strenuous physical activities, and (5) perform job responsibilities wearing appropriate period clothing.

General knowledge and practical skills in working with dogs, usually gained through at least 4 years of working with dogs; experience gained in any combination of education and experience that fulfill the responsibilities of the job.

Good communication skills usually gained through high school diploma or G.E.D
 

Nicole

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RE: Colonial Williamsburg to introduce two dogs as mascots.

"Costumes" are a benefit?

And you don't have to be a professional dog trainer or animal keeper?
 

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RE: Colonial Williamsburg to introduce two dogs as mascots.

I have to say, I know many people who have undergraduate and graduate level degrees. This does not mean they have good communication skills. I am not sure how having a high school diploma or G.E.D. guarantees this.
 
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RE: Colonial Williamsburg to introduce two dogs as mascots.

My sister has a service animal, her dog trained with a special trainer for months after she was born to assist my sister with her seizure disorder. My brothers girlfriend has one for a different problem and she was able to train her own dog with out any kind of degree or anything and the dog was granted all the approapriate things (ie a vest that states he is a service animal) with out any problems. Im not sure of the details but i guess if thats the case with it anyone can do it.
 
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RE: Colonial Williamsburg to introduce two dogs as mascots.

To be fair, I'm pretty sure this person is just going to be in charge of feeding and keeping the dogs as well as walking and talking about them while the dogs are "working". The dogs will go through professional people training to make sure they are friendly with children and what not but won't do much beyond that.
 
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Here's Liberty! He's actually two dogs...as they have to switch them out since they can only "work" 3 hours a day.

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Now they just need a mascot cat. A grey one preferably...
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Nicole said:
"Costumes" are a benefit?

And you don't have to be a professional dog trainer or animal keeper?
Asked a friend of mine who has worked there in the past but not currently about this. To sum up his response it was that the foundation uses a lot of reinactors that do own their own costumes which he said are usually as good if not better then those provided. He said that those people do it more as a paid hobby then a job. He also said that to the best of his knowledge ALL full time potions have them provided for them. He pointed out that most people who do this work do it as part of a passion for the history and do see this as a benefit.
 
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horsesboy said:
Nicole said:
"Costumes" are a benefit?

And you don't have to be a professional dog trainer or animal keeper?
Asked a friend of mine who has worked there in the past but not currently about this.  To sum up his response it was that the foundation uses a lot of reinactors that do own their own costumes which he said are usually as good if not better then those provided.  He said that those people do it more as a paid hobby then a job.  He also said that to the best of his knowledge ALL full time potions have them provided for them.  He pointed out that most people who do this work do it as part of a passion for the history and do see this as a benefit.
Yea its kinda like this in a few places in Gettysburg as well. I used to do ghost story tours and informational tours for a company there, and they gave us waivers to help us get period dress if we so wanted.
 
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