Summer Position: Visitor Counsellor & Interpreter

Summer Position: Visitor Counsellor & Interpreter

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                       

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $12/hour

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. We are located directly on the “Mining in the Kootenays” historic site – on top of the historic Black Bear Mine. Additionally, we have an extensive community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the summer.

Job Description:

The Visitor Counsellor & Interpreter is responsible for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum and Visitor Centre operations, including occasional presence at the Rossland Mountain Market for a visitor centre booth. Major tasks include assisting with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, and concession, including sales, inventory, restocking, and statistics, as well as conducting interpretive tours and educational programming where time permits. Planning and scheduling group visits, tours, and special events and routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping will also be required. If the interest and background exists, the student may also have tailored tasks such as marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, historical research, and/or archival tasks. As well, as a community history museum, we cover a lot of different themes and topics, and the opportunity to create and complete a project as it relates directly to their field of study will also be made available throughout the summer.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly
  • Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve
  • A passion for history and education
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Museum Studies, History, Geology, Drama, Anthropology, Tourism, Marketing, or related fields. High school student applicants are accepted
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating events
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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