City of Mississauga Museum Education Interpreter - Indigenous Traditions in Mississauga, Ontario

Museum Education Interpreter:

Indigenous Traditions

We are seeking enthusiastic and outgoing individuals with excellent customer service and communication skills for part-time work as Museum Education Interpreters for the three City of Mississauga Museum sites: Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House and Leslie Log House. Check out what we do at our museums!

Museums of Mississauga present an exceptional collection of historic house museums with the goal to create a meaningful dialogue on a shared past, a collective present and a collaborative future. By presenting relevant exhibitions, educational programs, and innovative engagement experiences, the Museums connect the public with Mississauga’s story which is shaped by our Canadian identity and global context.

We recognize the Museums of Mississauga are situated within the traditional territory of Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Wyndot and Huron people. We acknowledge the many Aboriginal, Inuit, Métis and global peoples who call Mississauga home. We gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this land.

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Primary Responsibilities:

The successful candidates will work as part of the Museums Interpretive team to provide a variety of programs to the visiting public as well as performing other duties as assigned in preparation and takedown for special events. The position will have an emphasis on sharing Indigenous culture and traditions. In addition, the position will be assisting with a variety of administrative duties, preventative maintenance in the form of light housekeeping and basic operational duties in the historic buildings, Indigenous sweat lodge and Seven Grandfathers healing garden as well as assist with project development and event management. Moderate lifting and carrying involved.

Job Specifications:

The successful candidate will be a respected cultural producer, storyteller, educator or leader, who is strongly committed to Indigenous work of the First Nations, Inuit or Métis on a regional, as well as community engagement level. She or he is interested in a regional and civic conversation about Indigenous history, cultural traditions specific to Ontario, Eastern Canada.

The successful applicants will:

  • demonstrate a strong interest in Indigenous history, traditions and experiences, interested to learn 19th to 20th Century Canadian and North American History, has knowledge or interested in global history or other demonstrated cultural production interests

  • have prior experience interacting with large groups and the general the public during special events, public speaking and leadership skills, as well as with smaller numbers of participants for programming

  • an educational background relevant to museology, galleries, art administration or working towards a degree/diploma or certificate in a related field

  • an interest and aptitude for historic skills, storytelling and an awareness and interest learning of curriculum-based educational programming.

  • possess a basic knowledge of local history, the care and handling of artifacts and related museum practices, customer service skills, and cash handling experience

  • Individuals should possess an interest and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, listening and engaging viewers with meaningful experiences.

  • Develop and foster a sense of community identity through inter-cultural awareness, advocacy, relevancy and dialogue with all the communities of Mississauga.

  • Situate Mississauga in a global context, within an historical continuum while simultaneously creating innovative projects, programs and meaningful experiences that are inclusive of all.

  • Maintain a friendly visitor experience within the Museum environments is essential to success, one that is collaborative, professional, creative, engaging and respectful of all.

  • Present relevant topics, issues and projects that engage and relate to the past as well as to this time; promote understanding of the importance of heritage, arts, literature, cultural connections and history.

  • Living Heritage - honours the unique importance of each human life of the past, present and future, and is an inclusive concept that recognizes the desire to connect with others and share our stories.

  • Practical experience in the museum field is an asset, however, this is a great opportunity for those seeking experience in the museum and culture industry. Those with fluency in global languages spoken in Mississauga are encouraged to apply.

  • Successful candidates would have, or be willing to acquire an Emergency First Aid Certificate with CPR C and educational High Five certification.

  • Successful candidates must be available Saturdays and Sundays with advance booking.

  • Access to a vehicle, although not a requirement, is an asset.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including day time, evenings, weekends and long weekends

Note: This is a part-time position

Hourly Rate: $16.42 - $18.13

Number of Openings: 2 temporary part-time

Department/Division/Unit: Community Services Department / Culture Division / The Museums of Mississauga

Closing Date: December 18, 2016

Hours of Work: Scheduled on an "as needed" basis (Flexible hours: 0 - 25 hours per week)

A Criminal Record Search will be required of the successful candidate, at their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Act.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform City Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act .

System ID: 2016-3158

Job Type: Part Time

Job Industry (Choose up to 3 industries) (EN): Education, Government and Public Sector, Museums and Galleries

Career Level: Experienced

Years of Experience: <1>