Historic Farming Interpreter
Assist staff and other volunteers with the interpretation and animation of the agricultural history of the area, specifically in the Agricultural Centre and on the grounds.
- Willingness to learn and explain the agricultural history of the museum, buildings, grounds, and area to visitors.
- Read background information and prepare for agricultural tours and events.
- Research new farming exhibits and assist with building and installation.
- Dress in and maintain an historic reproduction costume.
- Work as a team member with staff and volunteers.
- Open and close the outbuildings if working alone.
- Provide tourism information if necessary.
- Volunteers must be willing to accept direction from staff.
- Interpreting will be limited to the approved activities.
- Volunteers are required to direct visitorâ€™s questions to a staff member when unsure of the correct response.
- Willingness to read and learn new information and skills.
- Positive attitude and excellent communication skills.
- Enjoy working with staff, volunteers and the public.
- Ability to present to small groups of people.
- Self directed and willing to work with minimum supervision.
- Research, farming, carpentry, and exhibit design skills are an asset.
- Graphic design skills for exhibit panels are an asset.
Time Frame:Backus-Page House Museum is open May 1 through Thanksgiving Monday.
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays Mondays noon - 4:30pm.
Some events (Heritage Farm Show) may also require Heritage Farming Interpreters.
Training & Supervision:
- Orientation for volunteers will be held periodically throughout the year.
- Informal feedback on volunteer activities will be provided on a regular basis by staff.
- Formal performance evaluations will be conducted in August upon request.
Staff Contact: Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager
- Unique opportunity to learn about the regionâ€™s history and heritage.
- Invitations to volunteer appreciation events.
- Use of the museumâ€™s library.