The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is recruiting!

Heritage Interpreter

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is recruiting for a temporary, part-time Heritage Interpreter (15‑20 hours per week).

The 16-week term would begin as soon as possible and conclude no later than March 31, 2021, for a total number of 80 work days. The DCC will be closed for the holidays from December 21, 2020, to January 3, 2021, and this will be an unpaid period and will not count toward the 80 days/16 weeks.

The hourly rate of pay will be based on experience and qualifications and will not be less than $13.00.

Candidates must be a current undergraduate university student who has completed ideally at least two years of study; preferred fields are education, political or international studies, history, or other humanities fields. The candidate must currently be pursuing full-time studies. This position is funded in part by Young Canada Works.

The Heritage Interpreter (HI) will work (remotely) under the guidance and mentorship of the Programs and Outreach Coordinator (POC) to enhance access to the DCC’s educational and outreach programming. The HI will develop a comprehensive education program database and input hard-copy records from past offerings for the purpose of generating program statistics. The HI will also participate in the research and development of new educational programming related to future exhibit planning. Where possible, the HI will participate in community outreach initiatives for the DCC, assist with the planning and delivery of youth programming, and occasionally staff the DCC’s visitor desk to greet and interact with museum visitors and special guests. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the DCC is closed and all staff are working remotely. The successful candidate would also be required to work from home, and some of these activities will be assigned only if the Centre re‑opens during the work term.

The ideal candidate is passionate about Canadian history and will have some general familiarity with, or the willingness to learn, the following skill set:

  • Culturally aware and a desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills and the ability to learn and retain historical information
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with interactive platforms such as Zoom and working knowledge of MS Office
  • Experience working with databases or database entry
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change in a fast-paced setting
  • Organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities
  • An understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history, governance, and politics
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects and to take initiative
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • A commitment to exceptional customer service, including a tactful, responsive, pleasant, and effective manner in person, phone, and email communication
  • Ability to problem solve effectively in an independent manner
  • A class 5 driver’s license is required (in the event that community programming can resume)
  • This position requires flexibility and may include weekend shifts. Some in-province travel may be required, including overnight stays out of town. These are relevant only in the event that the Centre re-opens during the work term and community programming can resume.
  • The ability to communicate in French (written and oral) would be considered an asset.

How to apply

Applications will be considered beginning Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, send the following information in a single PDF file to (note that the subject line of the email must state the position title: Heritage Interpreter):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating how you meet the qualifications, why this position appeals to you, and what you feel you can bring to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre team
  • Names and contact information of three references