Heritage Interpreters Summer 2022

Position Name: Heritage Interpreter

Employer: Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society

Position Dates: 30/05/2022 – 31/08/2022

Number of Weeks: 14

Number of Positions: 3

Hourly Wage: $14.00

Hours Per Week: 35


– Evergreen House, 26 Newcastle St Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3M5

– Quaker House, 57 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1C3


About the Position:

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is looking for individuals interested in being Heritage Interpreters for the summer of 2022. The positions will be for both our Historic Houses: Evergreen House (26 Newcastle Street) and Quaker House (57 Ochterloney Street).

We value and depend on our Heritage Interpreters. They are vital to the operation of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. Interpreters are our front line, the face of the museum, and are most responsible for a positive, informative and enjoyable visitor experience. The Heritage Interpreter’s duties include welcoming visitors to the sites and conducting interpretive tours of the museum. They are responsible for visitor reception, front desk operations, cash handling and reconciliation and gift shop duties.

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is excited to have seasonal staff assist in the opening of Quaker House, which had been closed for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Heritage Interpreters will not only have a chance to welcome the public back to the oldest still-standing house in Dartmouth, but also help with developing new ways of creating outreach and interpretation at this historic building. This includes the plans to produce an audio tour, and expand upon the history of the house within the context of 18th Century Dartmouth.

The DHM is looking for individuals who are passionate about history, work well both in a team and individually on projects, and are creative problem-solvers. 

The main duties for the Heritage Interpreter are as follows:

– Giving Tours at the Historic Houses, which can include costumed interpretation

– Answering public inquiries 

– Research and Exhibit Development, with a focus on Quaker House and 18th Century Dartmouth

– Basic Administrative and Gift Shop assistance, e.g. handling sales and cash

– Partaking in collection management, site inventory and data entry 

– Assisting in special event preparation and delivery 

– Other Duties as Assigned

Some of the other duties include light housekeeping, wearing and maintaining period costumes, keeping visitor statistics, supervision of children (if assisting Camp Counselors) and gardening. 


Required Qualifications:

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs, which has the following requirements:

– The position is intended for youth who are between 18 and 30 years old

The following qualifications will also be required:

– Knowledgeable in or have familiarity with common computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, etc.)

– Available to work day shifts Tuesdays through Saturdays (9am-5pm)

– Ability to work on-site (26 Newcastle St AND 57 Ochterloney St)

– Ability to work independently and to self-motivate

– Good written and oral communication skills


Desired Qualifications:

While not mandatory, applicants with the following skills and experience will be given preference.

– Knowledge and experience with Audio/Visual software (Audacity, Canva, Photoshop) is an asset. 

– Educational or work experience background in heritage and/or in the non-profit sector

– Familiarity with local history


About Dartmouth Heritage Museum:

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society collects, preserves, interprets, promotes, and makes accessible the cultural heritage of Dartmouth and vicinity. We operate the museum from two historic houses and from two different time periods. Our mission is to use storytelling to inform the public and strengthen community bonds. Our programming will help frame an understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities. We commit to: Engagement, Education, and Storytelling.

Evergreen House is a large Victorian manor house built in 1867 for the locally prominent James family. Evergreen is also the administrative center for the Museum. Quaker House was built in 1786 and was one of several houses built by a group of Quaker Whalers originating from Nantucket. Quaker House is the oldest standing structure in Dartmouth.

To learn more, please take a look through our website www.dartmouthheritagemuseum.ns.ca

Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and references to eventscoordinator@dartmouthmuseum.ca. Applicants may also choose to share links to a relevant portfolio or work examples.


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the community we serve.  DHMS welcomes applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to eventscoordinator@dartmouthmuseum.ca