Senior Animator

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les deux langues officielles
  • Titre de l'emploi : Senior Animator
  • Nom de l’organisme : Memory Lane Heritage Village
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Lake Charlotte, Nouvelle-Écosse
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-06-04 à 2018-08-31 (12 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 13,00 $

Senior Heritage Animator – Job Description

Memory Lane Heritage Village, Lake Charlotte, HRM, NS


The Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society owns and operates a 1940s era living history museum called Memory Lane Heritage Village. The Village is comprised of 18 rescued buildings from local coastal communities along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Village life is defined by the innovations of the 1940s and the changes they brought to rural Nova Scotia: electricity, road building, women’s work outside the home, and the time-saving inventions of modern living. Memory Lane is a community owned museum which relies heavily on volunteers who help in all aspects of Village operations, from the peeling of potatoes, to animation, archival assistance, and maintenance. The Village welcomes more than 10,000 visitors per year, and hosts over six special events and festivals, including the Cold Waters Seafood Festival, the Father’s Day Antique Car Show, the Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival and the Women’s Heritage Celebration. In addition to these annual events, the Village also organizes group tours for seniors, school groups, special needs youth and adults, and tour busses.

Main Objectives

As a Senior Animator, the main objectives are to:

1. Ensure artifacts in the working collection are made available during heritage programming events such as school tours, group tours, and special events.

2. To demonstrate working artifacts under the supervision of senior volunteers and the Executive Director (artifacts can include turnip chopper, hand tools, grain grinder, hand pump, wringer washer, electric washer)

3. To provide visitor services in English and French as required by the Storekeeper. This includes small groups, guided tours and working with the Heritage Programmer to deliver school programming.

4. To assist in the Cookhouse, Store and other Village buildings as needed.

5. To assist visitors with the use of the immersive, multi-media exhibits.

6. To support the work of the Heritage Programming Coordinator and the Artifact Cataloguer as required.

Attitudes & Attributes

• has critical thinking skills

• is knowledgeable, or interested in, social history

• is self directed, logical and organized

• has a high level of spoken French & English

• has an interest in objects and how they work

• is comfortable conversing with strangers

• is outgoing and personable

• is comfortable with animals, gardens and rural living

Specific Skills and Abilities

• able to work in dusty and damp conditions (with appropriate safety gear)

• has experience with hand tools, agriculture, cooking, and rural way of life

• able to lift 15 kg unassisted

• has a knowledge of, or interest in, the 1940s

• ideally possesses a valid driver’s license

• has worked with seniors and children

Terms of Employment:

June 4th to August 31st for 12 weeks at 37.5 hours per week at $13.00 per hour + 4% vacation pay + free cookhouse lunch. A living subsidy is available for student who would relocate more than 100 kms to work this position. Students must be enrolled in full time studies prior to, and after, the work-term and be under the age of 30 (proof required). Accommodation is available locally. The Heritage Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes application from all eligible candidates. All resumes will be reviewed, but only candidates eligible for an interview will be contacted. Workterms are subject to funding provided by Young Canada Works.

Apply by April 1st, 2018 with cover letter, resume and two references in PDF format only to:

Thea Wilson-Hammond, Box 1937 Lake Charlotte, HRM, NS B0J 1Y0 email:


Lake Charlotte is a remote rural coastal community located on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Population is about 100 in the immediate community, about 350 people in the 30 km “loop”. There is a large recreational lake 5 minutes away and the famous Clam Harbour Beach (annual sandcastle contest) 11 km away. Halifax is 85 km away and there is no public transportation to the city, so students are advised to have a car if they relocate to the site from elsewhere. There are some opportunities to room in the local area. Summers can be cool because of the Atlantic Ocean, but the Village is slightly inland and temperatures can get up to 30 degrees, but generally they range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. It is a maritime climate, so frequent fog, rain and rapidly changing weather. On the plus side, if you want to learn to surf, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, swim, snorkel (all in a wet-suit, this is the place to be).

Places to visit:

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Seaside Tourism (Eastern Shore):

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