Historical Interpreter (CSJ Youth Position)[London]

Historical Interpreter (CSJ Youth Position)



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Fanshawe Pioneer Village




Fanshawe Pioneer Village


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Youth, Summer


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London, Ontario


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Job Description:


Historical Interpreter (Youth Position)

Under the general supervision of and reporting to the Public Programming Coordinator, the Historical Interpreter (youth position) is responsible for the interpretation of the historic village and the delivery of public programs, special events, timed-activities, and guided tours.

This is a youth position. Youth must be eligible under the terms and conditions of the Canada Summer Jobs employment program (must be between the ages of 18 and 30).

Hours/Days of Work:
• From approximately June 24, 2019 through August 25, 2019 – 30 hours per week.

Term: 9 Weeks, Full-time Seasonal, Weekends and Holiday Mondays required

Salary: Grade 1 $14.00

Reporting to: Public Programming Coordinator

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Interpretation Responsibilities

a. Interpret to visitors through the implementation of an approved plan of daily demonstrations and activities for public programming (domestic, foodways, agricultural and hands-on).
b. Interpret to visitors during special events through demonstrations and activities.
c. Coordinate craft and food demonstrations for daily presentation to the public in relation to, and as scheduled by, the annual public programming and special event plan.
d. Complete assigned special tasks that relate to your area of interpretation as assigned.
e. Assist with public programming and special event set up and clean up.
f. Ability to work in a team environment.
g. Maintain a high level of customer service.
h. Deliver special themed events and programs for the 60th Anniversary of Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
i. As experience and skill allows, assist with the training of other staff and volunteers in collaboration with the Public Programming Coordinator or Lead Interpreter.

2. Cross Departmental Responsibilities

a. Prepare and deliver on site, history based education programs guided tours, and special education events as assigned.
b. Demonstrate heritage crafts, trades, foodways and activities to visitors.
c. Perform physical daily program set up and clean up.
d. Ensure the safety of visitors, education and summer camp program participants.
e. Assist with building and site cleaning and program maintenance for program areas.
f. Offer support in the Denfield General Store and the Pioneer Village Café on an as needed basis.

3. General Responsibilities

a. Support Fanshawe Pioneer Village customer service initiatives.
b. Ensure the safety of visitors and staff and protect the site's resources.
c. Building cleaning and maintenance.
d. Other duties as assigned.


• Physical requirements of the position include the ability to lift and carry 20-30lbs, ability to walk and navigate gravel paths and uneven surfaces, ability to work in an environment with air pollutants (pollens, dust, and wood smoke), ability to tolerate exposure to nuisance wildlife, and inclement and severe weather.
• Ability to communicate and to interpret effectively to large numbers of people of various ages and backgrounds.
• Ability and desire to work with children and youth and deliver hands-on activities.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices used in developing and carrying out a museum interpretive program.
• Ability to wear historical costumes and adhere to guidelines with respect to jewellery, make-up and other forms of personal adornment required.
• Knowledge of 19th century south-western Ontario history an asset.
• Ability to perform and/or learn the skills associated with the following: gardening, farming, hearth cooking, heritage handiwork and fine arts, 19th and early 20th century trades.
• Ability to learn historical information and interpret to the public in an interactive way (in both individual and group settings).
• Ability to perform and/or learn 19th century demonstrations relating to the Fanshawe Pioneer Village interpretive program.
• Prior retail/customer service experience required.
• Ability to foster and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisors, volunteers and other staff.
• Prior supervisory experience an asset.
• Excellent organization and communication skills.
• Ability to work weekends and holidays.
• Prior experience in a museum or living history setting an asset.
• Fluency in French an asset.
• Valid driver’s licence.
• Standard first aid and CPR certificate an asset.
• Must have own transportation.
• Must be able to provide a Police Information Check and Vulnerable Persons Screening.

** Must meet Canada Summer Jobs requirements. Please see the Canada Summer Jobs website for details.

Employees will observe and comply with the following Code of Conduct:

• Positive communication: If there are issues within your program area, it is expected that employees will prepare a range of possible solutions for discussion with immediate supervisor and be prepared to implement the agreed solution.
• Model Behaviour: Employees will not engage in negative behaviour, defined as office politics, malicious gossip, blaming, name calling or complaining and will refrain from negative comments about the organization, staff or volunteers who work at the Village.
• Demonstrated Commitment to the strategic direction of this organization.
• Cooperation with colleagues in own department, with staff of other departments and with partner organizations.
• Contributes to a positive team environment within own department and organization as a whole.
• Health and Safety: All staff will work in a safe manner in accordance with Ontario Workplace Health and Safety regulations.

• Public transportation to the site is unavailable. Staff must have own transportation.
• Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Integrated Accessibility Standards. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. The London & Middlesex Heritage Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
• Fanshawe Pioneer Village thanks all those who apply, but only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Alison Deplonty
Public Programming Coordinator
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
2609 Fanshawe Park Road East
London, Ontario
N5X 4A1
E-mail: programming@fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Fanshawe Pioneer Village thanks all those who apply, but only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.