Interpreter/Programmer Summer Position

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Interpreter/Programmer Summer Position

Hourly wage: $18
Job duration: May 13 – August 30, 2024
Deadline to apply: April 26, 2024.

The Museum of the Highwood is a small but mighty museum located in a 113-year-old former CPR station in High River, Alberta and has been at the heart of the High River and area community for more than 60 years. The museum attracts visitors from all over the world. It is located just east of the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is a popular location for film production and film tourism.

The museum is open year-round, seven days a week, and serves the community through excellent exhibits, programs, interpretation, events, visitor information, and research services.

We are currently seeking an interpreter/programmer for a 16-week (May 13 to August 30, 2024) employment position through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program.

This is a unique opportunity for a full-time high school, college, CEGEP, or university student who is in between semesters in their studies to gain hands-on, practical experience in museum interpretation, programming, and daily operations.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for museums and the sharing and preservation of our history. They must have an open mind and curiosity for all aspects of heritage and museum practice. They should love to learn and teach and appreciate the art of storytelling.

Some education, training, or experience in history, indigenous studies, education, museum studies, archeology, anthropology, or a similar field of study is an asset. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential for this position.

The candidate must make public service a priority and are required to be personable and respectful. They must be task-oriented and work well independently and as part of a team. They must be self-motivated and take pride in their work.

The ability to adapt to constantly changing circumstances and challenging situations is essential for this position. The Museum of the Highwood attracts visitors of all ages, from all walks of life from all over the world.

The interpreter/programmer will create an interpretive plan for museum visitors based on the current exhibits. They will then train museum staff and volunteers but continue to act as the main interpreter. The candidate will also produce a new educational program based on one of the exhibits in their Interpretive Plan. The candidate will also be responsible for planning, marketing, and facilitating a weekly children’s program Family Fun Fridays in July and August.

The student will work with museum staff with general programs and events throughout the summer and will assist in daily museum operations when required.

Applicants must be registered in the Young Canada Works in Heritage program online candidate inventory and meet all eligibility requirements.

The Museum of the Highwood offers equitable employment opportunities and welcomes diversity in the workplace. Applications for the Government of Canada’s job equality groups are encouraged, and all qualified candidates will receive equal and fair consideration.

Please tell us your story and why you are interested in this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to by April 26, 2024.

Potential candidates will be contacted for further information if required, and an interview.

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