Archeology Interpreter

Visitor Services

Seasonal, Full-time
Closes Friday March 31, 2023
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We are looking for motivated post-secondary students to join our Visitor Services team as Archaeology Interpreters for the summer of 2023. The successful applicants will report to the Customer Experience Manager. The Archaeology Interpreters will work with our front-end staff to greet and assist guests and deliver programming rooted in Northern Plains Indigenous peoples’ cultures, history, and teachings. With a focus on programming, customer service, and education, our Archaeology Interpreters are essential members of our front-end staff.

The anticipated start date of this position is May 1, 2023


  • Welcome and inform visitors and guests of programs, exhibits, trails, and regulations
  • Assist with issues or concerns related to public health and safety
  • Track all visitors in the Point of Sale system
  • Deliver meaningful and captivating in person and virtual programming
  • Adapt programs to meet specific audience needs and requirements
  • Assist in the development and delivery of Archaeology focused indoor and outdoor programming for children and adults
  • Apply a variety of heritage presentation and interpretation techniques
  • Maintain the trails, visitor areas, and interactive exhibits
  • Ensure excellence in the stewardship of all resources

Qualifications and Experience

Our ideal candidates are post-secondary students in Archaeology, Anthropology, Natural History, Indigenous Studies, or a related area of study with a focus on Plains Archaeology. A demonstrated knowledge of Northern Plains Indigenous peoples’ culture, language, and traditions is essential. Previous experience working in customer service or archaeology is an asset.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be a returning student for the fall of 2023
  • Must have previous experience giving presentations, public speaking, or delivering programming
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of Northern Plains archaeology and history
  • Must be able to deliver programs and perform manual labour in adverse conditions such as heat, rain, and wind
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of our diverse team
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Must have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and a commitment to our goals and mission

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with large and small groups of youth in a variety of settings
  • Ability to adapt to new situations and solve problems as they come up
  • An attitude that is creative, sociable, and keen to communicate and interact in inventive ways
  • Knowledge of Indigenous storytelling and styles of dance, drumming, and singing
  • First Aid certification
  • Experience with behavioural management techniques
  • Previous work on archaeological excavations, especially an excavation at Wanuskewin
  • Familiarity with the Saskatchewan Education Curriculum

Position Funding

This position will be funded through the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO) program. A candidate may be eligible for the YCWHO employment program if they:

  • are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;
  • have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their education institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment; and
  • intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

Note: Priority will be given to graduates that have not previously participated in the YCWHO employment program. This position is funded through a grant and is dependent on funding availability.

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