Fort Whyte Alive is seeking a Cultural and Natural History Interpreter

General Information:

The Cultural and Natural History Interpreter will work over the summer of 2018 at FortWhyte Alive, Canada’s premier non-profit, environmental education and outdoor recreation centre situated in the heart of the prairies.  Its square mile of lakes, forest, marsh, meadow and farmland provides a haven of adventure as well as natural and cultural history education for local, national and international visitors of all ages.

Job Title:  Cultural and Natural History Interpreter

Summer Employment: May 1 – August 24, 2018

Hours of Work:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 with a rotation of some evenings and weekends

Job Summary:

As a member of the Education Team, the Cultural and Natural History Interpreter will participate in school, youth, and public program delivery with a special emphasis on Manitoba cultural and natural history.  This Interpreter will play a unique role in the building of Fort Whyte Alive’s heritage products and services.  The position entails the utilization of leadership, public relations and communication skills and the acquisition and application of specific environmental-related knowledge in a public education role.

 Principal Tasks:

1.         Program Delivery (75%)

  •  Shadow different interpreters to learn delivery techniques, styles and program content
  •  Interpret for school/youth and public groups
  • Coordinate school programs, including assembling program supplies, preparing schedules, and assisting volunteer interpreters
  • Participate in seasonal training programs for volunteer and staff interpreters
  • Mentor volunteer interpreters
  • Ensure care and maintenance of aboriginal exhibits including plains tipi encampment, buffalo pound, dog travois and buffalo boxes

2.         Research and Writing (20%)

  • Assist with special projects related to extending heritage products and services
  • Revise year-round school programs
  • Research and recommend artifacts and historic objects (including game reproductions) for interpretation and education

3.         Other duties as assigned (5%)

 Basic Hiring Criteria:

University/college student working towards a degree/diploma in history, education, science or tourism

Proven experience working with children (a child abuse registry check and criminal records check are required before position begins)

Knowledge of Manitoba social and natural history an asset

Indigenous heritage an asset

Class 4 Driver’s License an asset

Bilingual an asset (English & French)

Certification in First Aid and CPR an asset

Private transportation to FWA (no bus service available)

Child abuse registry check and criminal records check require upon hiring


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