Interpretive Guide Programming Intern

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
  • Job title: Interpretive Guide Programming Intern
  • Organization name: Wanuskewin
  • Job location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Length of assignment: 2019-11-11 to 2020-03-31 (20.14 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $17.00

Nature and Scope

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a National Historic Site that brings to life the history and culture of the Northern and Plains First Nations peoples. The 760 acre Park located north of the city of Saskatoon stands as a living memorial to the people who gathered here for over 6,000 years. The stewardship of the Park and its resources rests with the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority established under the Wanuskewin Heritage Park Act of Saskatchewan.

The Interpretive Guide Programming Intern is accountable for welcoming visitors to the Park and providing a range of interpretive presentations to educate and inform the public of the Park history and the Plains Culture. The incumbent will provide leadership and coaching to improve performance of the Interpretive Guide team. The intern will lead the renewal of two programs currently offered at Wanuskewin; coordinate and research for indoor and outdoor programming to be developed. In addition, the incumbent will assist in coordination of special events at the park such that they are handled appropriately and in a timely manner.

Primary Purpose

The Interpretive Guide Programming Intern is located onsite at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park and reports to the Visitor Services Manager. The incumbent will learn interpretive programs based on the area surrounding Wanuskewin and Plains Indigenous Cultures. They will develop the framework for one new program and improve two existing programs. In addition, the Senior Interpretive Guide will provide leadership in the following areas:

• Research the current gaps in programming offered and devise a plan to develop a program to fill these gaps, including researching the program to be developed and laying out the framework for it

• Identify two (2) current programs that will be renewed, augmenting and improving the content presented

• Must be able to provide excellent youth behavioral management skills and compassionate redirection.

• Maintain and update education program supplies and curriculum

• Conduct daily programming for public and tour groups to the site

• Complete special projects as assigned by the Manager

• Work effectively and cooperatively with other departments and Wanuskewin Heritage Park staff

• Must be somewhat flexible with work schedule to accommodate special events throughout the summer if required

The candidate must be a recent graduate from a post-secondary institution with a degree or the equivalent of in education, indigenous studies, program development, or other related fields. Demonstrated knowledge of Plains Indigenous cultures and traditions as well as previous experience conducting presentations is required. Successful candidate(s) will be required to produce a CPIC and have reliable transportation prior to commencement of work. People with Indigenous Ancestry will be given preference (HRC-E-91-09) (HRC-E-91-17)

• Experience leading/teaching large groups of youth in the outdoors.

• Must have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and a commitment to achieving the goals and mission of Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

• Ability to communicate effectively with the public (esp. youth and adults)

• Demonstrated experience with youth behavioral management and solid outdoor interpretation skills.

• Familiar with Saskatchewan Education K-12 curriculum is an asset..

• Possess excellent writing skills.

• Able to work in adverse conditions such as heat, rain and wind performing strenuous manual labor.

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.

• Creativity and high energy are a must.

• Self-starter and self-directed with initiative.

• Proficient with Microsoft Office expected.

• Able to stand for long periods of time and walk over rough terrain.

• Able to lift 50 pounds.

This position is being funded through the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage program. Candidates may be eligible for a YCWBCH internship if they meet the following criteria:

• are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

• are legally entitled to work in Canada;

• will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

• are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

• will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;

• are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

• are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;

• are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and

• have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Please email to your resume with a minimum of three references and cover letter describing how your experience and knowledge of sustainability and Indigenous Peoples makes you the right fit to join the Wanuskewin Heritage Park team. Successful candidate(s) will be required to produce a CPIC and have reliable transportation prior to commencement of work. People with Indigenous Ancestry will be given preference (HRC-E-91-09) (HRC-E-91-17

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