Guide Interpreter, seasonal, National Capital Commission, Ottawa, ON (31/03/19)

  • 22 Jan 2019 7:56 AM
    Message # 7015191
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    Closing Date

    31 Mar 2019


    Ottawa ON


    Intern, Student or Apprenticeship



    BRANCH: Capital Stewardship

    DIVISION: Quebec Urban Lands and Gatineau Park

    STARTING SALARY: $16.63 to $18.18 per hour


    SECURITY: Reliability

    DURATION: May 6 to September 2, 2019

    EDUCATION: University

    LANGUAGE: Bilingual (English and French)

    CLOSING DATE: January 31, 2019 to be considered for the first round of interviews and March 31, 2019 to be considered for the second round. Please note that priority will be given to candidates applying for the first round.

    About Us


    While its mandate reaches back over a century, the National Capital Commission’s mission looks decades ahead to ensure that the planning, development, conservation and improvement of our nation’s capital reflect its all-important role and stature as Canada’s seat of government. This is a moment of great potential: your opportunity to contribute your talent and creativity in an innovative way, and ensure that Canada’s Capital continues to be a signature capital — unique, distinct and authentically symbolic of the country as a whole. Join a team of 450 passionate individuals who have one goal in mind: building a capital that is a source of pride for all Canadians, and a legacy for generations to come.


    Le mandat de la Commission de la capitale nationale est plus que centenaire et sa mission porte sur un horizon qui se compte en décennies pour qu’ainsi, les activités de planification, d’aménagement, de conservation et d’embellissement de la capitale de notre pays reflètent l’importance du rôle et du statut du siège du gouvernement du Canada. C’est un moment de grandes possibilités, une occasion pour vous de contribuer, par votre talent, votre créative et votre approche novatrice, à faire en sorte que la capitale du Canada continue d’être une grande capitale unique, distincte et authentiquement symbolique du pays tout entier. Joignez-vous à une équipe de 450 personnes passionnées qui travaillent dans un seul but : bâtir une capitale qui est source de fierté pour la population canadienne et un legs aux générations à venir.

    Detailed Job Description

    Mackenzie King Estate, Where History Lives...

    This 231-hectare estate set in the rolling hills of Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation park, was for nearly 50 years the summer retreat of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s 10th prime minister. Visitors to the Estate can roam the wooded property on walking trails, visit the restored cottages and wander through formal gardens and the picturesque collection of ruins assembled by King. Guide Interpreters, audio-visual presentations and interpretation panels combine to give visitors an overview of Canada’s history during the career of this former prime minister. Special events are usually offered during the season. A tea room is accessible to visitors.

    The Guide Interpreter plays a key role in the Mackenzie King Estate. The incumbent welcomes visitors, gives guided tours and performs interpretation of the Estate’s landscaping, buildings and artifacts. The incumbent delivers special events and thematic activities focusing on this site’s rich history and assists in the preparation and the delivery of the Program.


    Applicants must have completed a minimum of one (1) year university studies in History, Politics, Communications, Group Animation, Leisure Studies, Education or other program related to the position and be returning to full-time studies in the fall of 2019.

    Applicants must be fluently bilingual, in both official languages


    Have strong interpersonal communication and public-speaking skills, both in individual or group exchanges;

    Have a good general knowledge, as well as an ease for learning and integrating new material;

    Have relevant experience in dealing with the public, preferably in heritage interpretation, in group animation, communication or in tourism;

    Have the capacity to undertake tasks that require precision with a minimum of supervision; and

    Have a basic understanding of the NCC’s mandate and activities.


    Must be willing to work outdoors in various weather conditions;

    Must wear a uniform which will be provided by the NCC;

    Must be willing to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, evenings, and civic holidays;

    Must have a standard cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certifications or be willing to attend a first aid course paid by the NCC;

    Must attend mandatory paid training sessions for the Guide Interpreters at the Mackenzie King Estate; and

    Must arrange for their own means of transportation as the Mackenzie King Estate is located 21 km from downtown Ottawa, and is not accessible through public transportation.


    Reporting to the Program Officer, the Guide Interpreter:

    Welcomes and orients visitors to the Mackenzie King Estate and/or Gatineau Park and informs visitors of the services available;

    Prepares and gives general guided tours and delivers school programming;

    Performs interpretation of the Estate's landscaping, buildings and artifacts;

    Performs interpretation of the history of Canada and the Canadian prime minister’s role during the first half of the 20th century;

    Assists in the preparation, implementation and delivery of special events;

    Assists in conducting inventory, maintaining and cleaning the historical artifacts as well as exhibit rooms and staff facilities;

    Contributes to the evaluation of programs, activities, exhibits and material through on-site observation, gathering visitor surveys, and/or maintaining accurate statistical records, as well as recommending changes or improvements to these elements; and

    Undertake other related tasks required for the program and the daily operations.


    Please submit your application online, including your cover letter and your resume.

    The National Capital Commission is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this position, please advise the departmental official of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

    We thank all those who apply. Please note that only candidates who are selected for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

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