Job Posting: Heritage Interpreter

Summer Jobs at the Museum

Who we are:

Located on the unceded traditional territory of the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nations the Museum at Campbell River is an award-winning, regional history museum sharing the stories of the peoples of Northern Vancouver Island.

With a mission “to collect, preserve and interpret the human history of our area”,  we view the Museum as a community gathering space.  A place that we can come together to share, connect, explore and learn the diverse history of our region.

Museum galleries feature vibrant and contemporary exhibits of First Nations cultures and historic coastal lifestyles, where visitors gain a deeper understanding of the region’s rich history. The experiential and interactive displays were developed over a period of years and through extensive consultation with community advisors.

We are looking for a Heritage Interpreter to join our team for the summer. 

Duration of employment: Summer 2024, anticipated start date is Monday June 3
Rate of pay: $17.75 / hour (full time 35 hrs/week)
Application deadline:  Sunday, April 28, 2024

Project goals: To deliver interpretive programs related to the history of central and northern Vancouver Island.


Under the direction of the Education Programmer, the Heritage Interpreter will be responsible for:

  • Delivery of a varied schedule of interpretive programs: including leading summer day camps, puppet theatre performances, storytelling, demonstrations and workshops of historical crafts, as well as guided tours of the galleries, outdoor exhibits, and grounds of the Haig-Brown Heritage Site.
  • Research and development of new interpretive programs.
  • Assisting with advertising and promotion of the programs.
  • Maintenance of artifacts, equipment and records used in delivering the interpretive programs.


  • University students under the age of 30 who were registered as full-time students in the previous semester and who intend to return to full time studies in the fall.
  • An outgoing personality with good public speaking skills and an ability to work well with people of all ages.
  • Familiarity and/or an interest in the human history of the North Vancouver Island region.
  • Good writing, computer, and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Canva software would be an asset, but not required.
  • Theatre or teaching experience would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with local Indigenous languages would be an asset.

The successful candidates will:

  • Gain practical experience and training in the areas of: education and teaching in a museum setting, public program development and co-ordination, as well as historical research.
  • Expand their knowledge and understanding of First Nations history, early European settlement and the industrial history of Northern Vancouver Island.
  • Refine and develop their public speaking skills and presentation techniques.
  • Receive training and experience in developing promotional materials.
  • Work within a supportive and encouraging team environment with an enthusiastic and professional staff.

Students in Education, History, Anthropology, First Nations Studies, Geography, Museum Studies, Communications and Theatre will find relevant application of their academic training in this position.

How to Apply:  

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Application deadline is April 28, 2024. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note:  This position is conditional upon funding through Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs grants.

Museum at Campbell River respectfully acknowledges the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation, on whose traditional lands we work to preserve, interpret and share the collective human history of North Vancouver Island. The Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation is comprised of the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Our closest neighbors are the Coast Salish Xwemalhkwu, Klahoose and K’ómoks First Nations.

These nations have close connections to the land where Campbell River is located today.

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