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The Reher Center is a little institution with big vision that offers opportunities for skilled, collaborative, and imaginative individuals from all backgrounds to plug in to meaningful volunteer and career opportunities. The Reher Center is a designated 501 (c ) (3) organization. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage anyone who has a passion for what we do to apply.

Below you can find our current open positions and volunteer opportunities:

2022 Fall Tour Guide - Historic Reher’s Bakery Tours

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2022 Fall Tour Guide - Historic Reher’s Bakery Tours

The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History seeks engaging and dynamic storytellers from all backgrounds to bring historic Reher’s Bakery to life during our fall 2022 weekend tour season. Accessible only via guided tour, historic Reher’s Bakery is a rare preserved working-class space that brings to life the complex histories of immigration, urban renewal, and community building that characterized the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston in the first half of the 20th century. These are part-time positions that pay $19/hour.

Historic Bakery Tour Guides bring visitors through the retail shop of Reher’s Bakery circa 1959 to discover the Sunday morning ritual that brought German, Irish, Italian, and Polish communities to the bakery to pick up rolls for breakfast on their way home from church. Throughout the tour, Bakery Guides engage visitors in exploring historic artifacts, connecting past to present, and in discussing how Jewish immigrant Frank Reher and his six children built a business that served generations of Kingstonians. 

About the Reher Center

The Reher Center fosters belonging by engaging diverse audiences through culture, community, work, and bread. Based in historic Reher’s Bakery in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood, the Reher Center draws upon the history of the Reher family as well as the multitude of immigration stories of the Hudson Valley to create relevant programming that engages and empowers visitors.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading tours on weekend days from September 3rd through November 27th; tours are scheduled for 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday; 2-hour tour shifts include time for set-up and breakdown
  • Engaging visitors of all ages and backgrounds in an interactive experience that weaves together narrative history, storytelling, and dialogue
  • Learning tour content as well as best practices to ensure an inclusive and accessible experience for all visitors
  • Utilizing technology during the tour including an iPad and Bluetooth speaker to play oral history clips
  • Attending ongoing training sessions that will cover relevant historical background and museum education pedagogy

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be able to commit to a 2-hour Saturday or Sunday shift each week during the fall tour season
  • Interest and enthusiasm for migration and immigration history, foodways and cultural history, and related contemporary issues
  • Previous experience working in a front-facing visitor services role or within an educational setting is strongly preferred
  • Comfort with using and troubleshooting iPads and Bluetooth speakers, as well as knowledge of/or willingness to learn Eventbrite and PayPal applications
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively
  • Applicants fluent in English and Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply

Position Details

Historic Bakery Tour Guides are paid $19/hour for their teaching and preparation time for up to 10 hours a week. Historic Bakery Tours occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Tour shifts last 2 hours, with additional hours during the week for ongoing training and visitor outreach. 

 Physical Considerations

Applicants should be able to lift up to 25lbs, and will need to move around the Reher Center’s historic bakery and gallery space, as well as visit off-site locations. The Reher Center has 14 steps leading to the 2nd floor gallery from the sidewalk, 2 steps up into the historic bakery from the sidewalk, and 2 steps down into the oven area of the bakery. Applicants should feel comfortable standing for long periods of time. The historic bakery space has minimal climate control and applicants must be prepared to lead tours in these conditions.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

In accordance with Reher Center policies, all candidates must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to the Reher Center HR committee in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law.

How to Apply

The Reher Center is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter and resume to Info@ReherCenter.org; applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Please put Bakery Guide in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

The Reher Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Volunteer with a Committee

Our volunteer committees provide day-to-day person-power and advisory insight into the Reher Center’s operations. Committees we are looking to expand include: fundraising, buildings and grounds, and communications.

Contact us at Info@ReherCenter.org with ideas and questions