Heritage Interpreter and Collections Assistant

  • Volet de programme : Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine
  • Titre de l'emploi : Heritage Interpreter and Collections Assistant
  • Nom de l’organisme : Mackie Lake House
  • Lieu de l’emploi : Coldstream, Colombie-Britannique
  • Durée de l'emploi : 2018-05-28 à 2018-08-17 (12 semaines)
  • Salaire horaire : 14,00 $

Summer Employment Opportunity

Position: Heritage Interpreter and Collections Assistant

Do you like a good mystery? Research and share the history of the Mackie Lake House and the heritage of the families that lived here for our weekly House Tours and related events! Mackie Lake House Foundation is seeking a temporary (summer) full-time (35 hrs/wk) Heritage Interpreter & Collections Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities

To develop and execute creative interpretive programs including weekly House Tours presenting the related history of the Mackie Lake House.

Included in this job will be:

• Ongoing research regarding the history of the house and the three families that lived in it.

• Working in the collection storage and exhibit areas to inventory artifacts

• Maintenance of artifacts and data related to research and house tours

• Develop information panels and signage for related artifacts

• Promotion, co-ordination, and presentation of weekly house tours for visitors

• Presenting information to the public through website, media, social media and print promotions

• Recording tour related data for evaluation and future planning

• General administrative duties as related to ongoing programming

The student will work under the Mackie Lake House Foundation manager regarding all aspects of the job.


The candidate must fulfill all eligibility requirements of the Young Canada Works Program, including registration on the YCW web site. https://www.youngcanadaworks.ca/index-eng.cfm

Ideally, the candidate will have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate study in a relevant subject field (i.e. History, Communications, Museum/Curatorial or Archives studies, Anthropology, Marketing or Education) and will have some experience as a volunteer or employee in a related field. The candidate should have an expressed interest in working in Heritage and have familiarity and interest in the history of the BC Interior.

An outgoing personality with good public speaking skills and ability to work well with people of all ages is required. Presentation and teaching experience an asset.

The candidate must have experience working with a PC computer (prefer prior experience working with Photoshop, Publisher, Excel and Access 2010). Good writing, computer, and communication skills required.

Strong organizational and time management skills are required. The ability to work independently and as part of a team should be demonstrated. The candidate will be in a position to work with the public, and may require a background criminal records check.

Terms of Employment

May 28 – August 31, 2018 with flexible scheduling to include some Saturday or Sunday shifts as required

Rate of Pay: $14 hour

The Heritage Interpreter position is dependent on grant funding.

Send résumé and cover letter by Friday April 21 to:

Christine Kashuba, Manager

Mackie Lake House Foundation


We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Characteristics of our City/Region:

Incorporated in 1906, Coldstream has a total land area of 67.25 square km. The District is located just east of Vernon, surrounding the North end of Kalamalka Lake and extending through the beautiful Coldstream Valley.

Coldstream is best known for the Coldstream Ranch, established in 1863 by Captain Charles Frederick Houghton. He transferred the ranch to Forbes G. and Charles Albert Vernon who in 1891 sold it to John Hamilton-Gordon, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair, future Governor General of Canada (1893–1898). The ranch was purchased by its current owners in 1994 and continues to be a working cattle ranch. http://www.coldstreamranch.ca/coldstreamranch/Welcome.html This is particularly interesting as the Mackie Lake House property was once part of Coldstream Ranch!

Coldstream has one of the area's most popular beaches, Kal Beach on the north shore of Kalamalka Lake. Smaller beaches in the area include Kirkland Beach, Sovereign Beach, Tamarack Beach, Long Lake Beach, Jade Bay Beach, Juniper Beach, Cosens Beach, Pebble Beach, and Cliff Beach. Coldstream borders on Kalamalka Provincial Park which has numerous groomed hiking trails, scenic views, and natural areas. Wilderness in the park includes black bear, whitetailed deer, rattlesnake, marmot, and other creatures.


The Mackie Lake House is located in the midst of all of this natural wonder and the view from the house and grounds includes Kalamalka Lake and the wooded hills of Kalamalka Provincial Park. We are located at the top of this map on Kidston Road. http://www.tourismvernon.com/documents/kalamalka_park.pdf

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