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Cultural Interpreter

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The Woodland Cultural Centre is an Indigenous educational and cultural centre.  It was established in 1972 to protect, promote, interpret, and present the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabek and Onkwehon:we.  This mandate is from our member Nations: Wahta Mohawks, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

 

The Woodland Cultural Centre demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in the practice, presentation, interpretation and collection of resources in Education; Museology; Arts; Language and Cultural Heritage in order to foster an appreciation of the intellect and promote an accurate image of Indigenous people. 

 

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Educational Coordinator the Cultural Interpreter will assume responsibility for leading guided tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Museum and the Mohawk Institute Residential School. They will present workshops, educational programs, to K – 12 school groups, summer camps, community organizations and individuals.  In addition to conducting research related to educational programming. Using object-based learning, inquiry-based learning to explore Indigenous art, history, culture and residential schools. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • The Cultural Interpreter will lead guided tours of the Woodland Cultural Centre and the Mohawk Institute Residential School. 
  • Present Interpretive programs, activities, workshops and other cultural events that will promote an understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. 
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in the practice, presentation, interpretation.
  • Will be responsible for preparing supplies for workshops, educational programs; Inventorying, resupply of education kits as needed.
  • Maintaining a clean, safe, environment
  • Contributes to improving the Centre’s cultural resources and educational projects, procedures with practical ideas, creativity and innovation.   
  • Must be dependable and exercise good judgement
  • Comply with all WCC’s policies and procedures.

 

 

Qualifications

  • Ability to coordinate, control and organize multiple functions and activities.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and problem-solving abilities.
  • Time management skills, the ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines efficiently and within stated timelines. 
  • To work independently and as part of a team, to accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives. 
  • Must have a pleasant, courteous, professional manner and interact positively with others. 
  • The ability to communicate clearly, effectively both verbally and in writing in order to collect, exchange, provide information in an accurate and timely manner. 
  • The ability to sit, stand and or walk for extended periods of time.

 

Education

  • Certification, diploma and/or degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Art History and/or related fields of study.
  • Have an understanding/knowledge of Indigenous/Haudensaunee culture. 
  • One to three years experience in a museum and/or educational setting. 

 

Experience

  • An understanding of the functions of a museum, its methodologies and practices.
  • Experience in the field of Interpretive theory; techniques such as object-based learning, inquiry-based learning, storytelling, demonstration and guided tours.
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous art, history, culture and Residential schools.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous language is an asset; not a requirement. 

The Cultural Interpreter’s regular hours are from 9:00am-4:30pm, Tuesday to Friday.

 

All applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, a current resume, and three references by 4:00pm November 15th, 2019

 

If interested, please send to: 

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2

Attn: Elizabeth Adams, Education Coordinator

education@woodlandculturalcentre.ca

 

NOTE: Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

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