Student Position: Historical Interpreter

Student Position: Historical Interpreter

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Job Type: Seasonal, 40 hrs/wk

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13-15/hour

Start Date: Early May 2018

End Date: September 1st, 2018

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position subject to funding approval and candidates must meet Young Canada Works eligibility requirements.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this 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 Historical Interpreter is responsible for the development, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of heritage site interpretation activities, guided tours, public events, school tours, outreach activities, historical vignettes, and other public programs tailored to various age groups (related to historical preservation). Interpretive tours, educational programming, and special events are regularly scheduled for people of all ages (i.e. youth, seniors, school groups, daycares, etc.), and all staff are involved in some capacity in the creation and planning of the programs. Teamwork is a very important aspect of this position.

A key piece of the position this summer will be the redevelopment of our downtown heritage walking tours. The Historical Interpreter will work with the Research Assistant and other staff to prepare a new tour plan with which the Interpreter will carry out walking tours for people of all ages. They will also research options for creating audio tours out of the downtown walking tour and the property tour on-site.

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre, including assisting with major events, and programming.

The following is a list of additional essential qualifications necessary to this position:

  • Post-secondary education: History, Geology/Mining, Information Technology, Environmental Sciences, Drama, Education, or related fields.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office/Google Docs, WordPress, Dropbox)
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Customer service experience

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
  • Experience in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience
  • Current First Aid certificate

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position(s) you are applying for by email (preferred) to or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also attach references.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at or call (250) 362-7722.



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