Heritage Site Interpreter

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Heritage Site Interpreter
  • Organization name: Carr House
  • Job location: Victoria, British Columbia
  • Length of assignment: 2023-05-16 to 2023-09-05 (16 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $18.00

Carr House - Heritage Interpreter

Carr House is a provincial and national historic site, where iconic artist and writer Emily Carr

was born 151 years ago. The site is located in picturesque James Bay near downtown Victoria,

on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking people. Tours are offered to the public

during the summer season, traditionally presenting the life of Carr and her family and the

historic preservation work that has taken place in the building. The management of the site

would like to continue working toward decolonizing the story of the house. More recently, the

focus of the site is shifting to become a centre for creative community in the off season,

presenting workshops and micro conferences, exhibits and events, and becoming more of an

accessible asset to the local community.

Job Summary: Heritage Interpreter

The Heritage Interpreter will be responsible for presenting engaging and thought-provoking

guided tours for visitors to Carr House. The presentations will explore the history of the place,

the life of Emily Carr and the heritage preservation of the site. Importantly, the heritage

interpreter will be responsible for researching and incorporating the First Nations story of the

site and surrounding area. The Heritage Interpreter will also create a small exhibit and a map as

part of the interpretation. The executive director will provide guidance in this as well as in

exploring avenues of research through local archives, historical records, and online courses. The

Heritage Interpreter will also receive mini-workshop training in subjects of museology such as

care and handling of collections and exhibit fabrication, and given the opportunity for off-site

visits to other local historic sites and museums. Shop sales, light cleaning and opening and

closing of the site will be required as part of the duties.

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates interested in exploring a career in heritage and

museums. The position would suit a candidate who enjoys working with people, presenting to

the public, historical research, art and social history, and education. They must display

enthusiasm for learning and sharing, particularly about heritage and community, and possess

strong sensitivity to, and respect for, diversity, inclusivity, and reconciliation.

Required Skills and Experience:

● Experience in customer service and confidence in public presentation, possibly gained

through public speaking or theatre

● The ability to distill ideas from primary and secondary research

● The ability to adapt spontaneously to visitor’s needs and interest levels and to respond

to questions and different perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully

● Knowledge, or keen interest, in heritage preservation, Victoria and BC history, First

Nations communities of BC and the life and work of Emily Carr

● Excellent written, verbal, and creative skills

● Ability to work weekends and holidays

● Ability to work independently and with others

● Experience in a museum or heritage site is an asset

*Please note: The nature of this heritage site makes this position challenging for those with

mobility restrictions.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to carrhouse@telus.net Attention:

Pascale Halliday, Executive Director.

Deadline for applications is April 28, 2021 at 5pm

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for

interviews will be contacted.