Historical Interpreter & Educator
Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time
Location: Rossland, BC
Start Date: Mid-May
Closing Date: Until Filled
This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time post-secondary 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. 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. 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.
The Historical Interpreter & Educator will be responsible for the development, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of heritage site interpretation activities, guided tours, public events, school programs, outreach activities, historical vignettes, and other public programs tailored to various age groups. The topics or themes that these programs take on can directly relate to the background and interests of the student (i.e. geology programming if it’s a Geology student). The student will also assist in the general operation of the museum when necessary, including operating the gift shop, concession and visitor centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, etc.; routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping; and other tasks as required.
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 the creation and planning of the programs. This will also be the first year that the museum is a member of the Cultural Access Pass Program and taking on the local Canada Day celebrations. This year is also the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Flag, so special activities will be associated with all of the above.
- 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 education and history
- Customer service experience
- Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
- Post-secondary education in History, Drama, Anthropology, Museum Studies, 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 history
- Current First Aid certificate
For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector @ rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722.