Employment Opportunity: Lead Heritage Interpreter

The Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos is a twelve acre provincial historic site that features spectacular heritage gardens (both ornamental and vegetable), fascinating heritage buildings and the only working waterwheel-powered flour mill in Western Canada. We also have a small restaurant, gift shop and campground and host a large number of special events through the season.

In the last three years, the Grist Mill has seen incredible growth with a six-fold increase in attendance, thanks in part to a commitment to quality interpretation. Fueled by our talented and enthusiastic staff, we are united in our passion to being one of the fastest growing attractions in BC as we work to be an innovative leader in the heritage community.

We’re currently looking for someone who wants to join our team to lead in the delivery and development of interpretive and educational experiences on site and beyond on a wide variety of topics: local and regional history, historical and contemporary agricultural techniques, heritage food craft, rural living skills, art and much more.

Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for creating and leading a wide variety of interpretive experiences including group tours, school programs, workshops, presentations and on-site first-person costumed interpretation. Specific tasks include helping coordinate fellow interpreters and volunteers, historical research, planning, developing, delivering, promoting and evaluating interpretive products and experiences that reflect and attract diverse audiences, foster community partnerships and enhance visitor’s understanding of the heritage represented at the Grist Mill .

Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years enrollment in a post-secondary program in history, museum studies, archaeology, agriculture, tourism, art history, communications, education, theatre, another relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Experience in the field of interpretation including: developing, delivering, promoting and administrating of interpretive programs using a variety of techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work in a team environment, and interacting effectively with visitors of all ages.
  • Strong verbal communication skills including experience conducting public presentations.
  • Strong computer skills with experience using Microsoft Office or other comparable software applications.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective organizational skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and under minimal supervision.
  • Supervisory experience.

Although we can only guarantee a seasonal position (April-Nov) at this time, the successful candidate will have a significant opportunity to develop a roster of programming that allows the position to become year-round.

How to Apply:

Please direct questions and submit resumes to:

Chris Mathieson
Grist Mill and Gardens
2691 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC V0X1N4
chris@oldgristmill.ca
(250) 499-2888

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017. If you plan to apply for more than one position, only a single resume is required. Please note in your cover letter which position(s) you are applying for.