Heritage Interpreter

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Heritage Interpreter
  • Nom de l’organisme : Watson's Mill
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Manotick, Ontario
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2017-07-31 à 2017-09-08 (6 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 11,50 $

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. (WMMI) is a unique 19th century grist and flour mill that has been in operation since 1860. Located at the heart of Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River, this working industrial heritage site has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.

Position: Heritage Interpreter

Location: Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc., 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick, Ontario

Salary: $11.50/hour

Duration: Up to 16 weeks; anticipated start date 16 May 2016

Hours of Work: 9:00 to 5:00; 35 hours per week; including frequent evenings and weekends

Languages of Work: English; oral ability in French preferred

Open to: Students (15 – 30 years old) who are currently completing a semester of full-time studies and who intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2016. Candidates should register with Young Canada Works at www.youngcanadaworks.ca.

• Police record check is required

• First Aid Certification an asset

• Valid Ontario Driver’s License an asset.

Duties include:

• Interacting extensively with the visiting public; Providing visitors with guided tours; Responding to questions, engaging in dialogues and directing visitors in a historically appropriate manner

• Interpreting various aspects of 19th century Manotick & rural Eastern Ontario history through performing and explaining period related activities at Watson’s Mill and the surrounding grounds

• Performing in historical dramatizations (scripted and improvisational)

• Dressing and acting in character while maintaining a visible & approachable presence for visitors

• Providing excellent customer service; assisting with visitor reception, gift shop sales, and basic housekeeping

Potential candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills; will be enthusiastic & creative, have excellent communication & organizational skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, have experience working with children, be capable of working in a team environment and with minimal supervision, the ability to work with peers, including co-workers & volunteers; and most importantly, have a great sense of humour!

Other requirements include an interest in regional history, historic buildings, traditional machinery, and/or community development. This position is required to wear a period costume provided by WMMI.

Complementary fields of study are History, Museum Studies, Political Science, Performing Arts, Education, Tourism, or Recreation.

Interested parties should send their cover letter and resume to:

Elaine Eagen

Programming and Visitor Experience Officer

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.


WMMI thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All positions are subject to funding availability. WMMI is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages men and women, including those of visible minorities or disabilities, to apply.

Characteristics of city/region:

Watson’s Mill is situated on the shores of the Rideau River, in the former village of Manotick, in the southern sector of the City of Ottawa. Although neighboring communities are growing rapidly, Manotick is still considered a rural area, with a population of approximately 1,500. Community members fondly refer to Watson’s Mill as “The Heart of Manotick”. Small town charm prevails in this historic waterfront village.

Vision and Mission:

The Vision of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.: Watson’s Mill is the leading industrial heritage and working water-powered grist mill in Eastern Ontario.

The Mission of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.: To preserve and operate historic Watson’s Mill as a working flour/feed mill and as a social, cultural and educational heritage site for the enjoyment of the community and visitors.

For more information about Watson’s Mill, please visit www.watsonsmill.com For more information about Manotick, please visit www.manotickvillage.com

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