2018 Employment OpportunitiesBilingual Heritage Interpreter

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Bilingual Heritage Interpreter 

North Pacific Cannery, National Historic Site 

Port Edward, British Columbia 

13 weeks / June 5 – August 31, 2018 

$14-16/hour depending on experience 

Subsidy for travel & accommodations may be available 

Position subject to Young Canada Works funding – applicants must register with YCW and ensure eligibility under the program 

Please send resume and cover letter to: manager@northpacificcannery.ca 

Deadline to apply for position will be May 30, 2018

Job Description

North Pacific Cannery, National Historic Site is seeking a Bilingual Heritage Interpreter to deliver tour programming in both official languages for the 2018 summer season. 

Working with a small team of English-speaking tour guides, he/she will provide guided tours for French-speaking visitors in addition to regular tours. He/she will develop school programs appropriate to French language courses in the region and train staff to deliver accordingly. The incumbent will be responsible for translating tour scripts, interpretive programs, website content, marketing materials, and onsite signage into French to better serve our French-language audiences. 

This is an opportunity to gain invaluable experience in heritage interpretation and translation, build skills in school programming, contribute to ongoing interpretation goals, work with a diverse and dynamic team of heritage professionals, and liaise with a wide public, all while living in pristine wilderness and heritage surroundings. 

Accommodations are available for those living outside the Prince Rupert / Port Edward region at subsidized rates. It is highly recommended that applicants have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle, though not required.


The successful candidate will be a student currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in Canadian History, Performing Arts, Education, Museum Studies, French Studies, or a relevant field, with a keen interest in and /or knowledge of heritage interpretation. He/she must have superior command of the French language, with the ability to read, write, speak, and translate texts in both official languages. Museum experience, particularly with program delivery, preferred. The Bilingual Heritage Interpreter should be comfortable with public speaking, commanding a large audience, and delivering dynamic programs in both official languages. The ideal candidate will be interested in Canadian heritage, historical interpretation, translation, and museum education. 

Applicants must be eligible under the Young Canada Works program in order to be considered for the position: legally allowed to work in Canada, between the ages of 15-30, currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and returning to school in the fall.

Application Details

Eligible applicants must register online with Young Canada Works, and submit a cover letter and resume to Laurie Davie: manager@northpacificcannery.ca -include the position you are applying for in the subject line. 

Orientation & Training 

Orientation will include an extensive tour of the heritage site, where the incumbent will be briefed on North Pacific Cannery’s history, interpretive plan, current tour scripts, and HR-related policies and procedures. During this orientation the candidate will be introduced to staff and management, and then walked through service standards for daily tour delivery. Training will include procedures for booking tours, daily schedules, and basic first aid, followed by shadowing as the incumbent rehearses and learns the tour script. He/she will be tested on their command of the script, and provided with guidance and feedback as needed. 


Supervision will be provided for orientation, hands-on training and then job shadowing to ensure the Bilingual Heritage Interpreter can confidently and successfully deliver interpretive programs in both official languages. The incumbent’s immediate supervisor is the General Manager, who will provide training, daily schedules, and guidance throughout the contract. She will also supervise translation and education-related projects. 

Contact info for General Manager: Laurie Davie,manager@northpacificcannery.ca

Characteristics of City / Region 

North Pacific Cannery is located in pristine wilderness surroundings on the Skeena River in the town of Port Edward, located 25 km south of Prince Rupert with a population of 544. Prince Rupert is a port city with a population of 12,000 and serves as the land, air, and water transportation hub of BC’s north coast. The region is characterized by temperate rainforest, resource-based industry, and cultural diversity. 

Post Project 

One of our goals is to build lasting relationships through the Young Canada Works program. After the project is finished, it is expected the student can rely on the organization to provide a character or professional reference as needed, in addition to guidance and consultation as he/she continues academic or professional pursuits. As much as possible, we hope to ask students back for future opportunities, continuing to benefit from their contributions while helping them gain crucial work experience. 

Mission & Mandate of Host Organization 

North Pacific Cannery, National Historic Site preserves, exhibits and interprets the history of the West Coast Fishing Industry, celebrating its role in the economic and cultural development of the province. The site is integral to a local, regional, and national identity, is significant as one of the few intact salmon canneries that remain on the west coast of North America, and continues to be relevant as a tourist destination and community hub today. 

NPC aims to be: a collective memory for the industrial fishery on the Skeena River and British Columbia; a cultural hub for the community, attracting the local population for arts and sports events; and a key driver of economic transformation in the development of a sustainable tourism industry for the region.