Employment Central - Museum Interpreter

Museum Interpreter

Yukon Transportation Museum

Museum Interpreter (Full-time, Seasonal)

Remuneration: $19-21/hour

Deadline: Position open until filled (complete application instructions below)

About the YTM

The Yukon Transportation Museum is a not-for-profit society and museum that has been a fixture in Whitehorse and on the Alaska Highway since 1990. We are an optimistic, adaptive and positive place wherein your enthusiasm, dedication and skill will be key to our continued success.

We care about our community and are committed to the social responsibility we hold. We believe that history is most impactful when all kinds of people can find themselves in stories of the past, and then are moved to change, impact or contribute to their society. As a forward-thinking museum, we are committed to exploring new technologies and ways of telling and understanding stories, while embracing the ideological pillars of reconciliation, social justice and environmental awareness.

Mission: The Yukon Transportation Museum introduces people to Yukon ingenuity and self-sufficiency through the history of transportation in the territory.
Mandate: To identify, acquire, preserve and conserve the history, cultural material and artifacts of Yukon’s transportation modes and to interpret this history in an educational manner for all Yukoners and visitors alike.

About You

In 1880, Paul Kandik created the earliest known map of northeastern Alaska and western Canada. In 1928, Lillian Alling walked through the Yukon on her way home to Siberia from New York City.

In 1935, entrepreneur George Simmons bought an airplane to see if it would increase the speed and reliability of his Carcross-to-Atlin postal deliveries. This purchase eventually snowballed into the first scheduled air service from Dawson City to Vancouver.

At YTM, we love telling the stories of the Klondike Gold Rush and the construction of the Alaska Highway, but the history of transportation in the Yukon is dotted with hundreds more captivating tales, triumphs and tragedies too. If you're intrigued by the opportunity to learn about some of the Yukon's most colorful characters and events, you may have what it takes to join our team for the upcoming summer season!

What's the Role?

As a Museum Interpreter, you are responsible for ensuring that each visitor to our museum has a positive experience. Your main areas of responsibility will be presenting guided tours to museum patrons, processing admissions and memberships in the gift shop, and assisting with museum events, inventory checks, general maintenance, facility cleaning and museum projects as necessary throughout the summer. If you love to learn, teach, be creative or fix things, you'll have a good time.

As one of the frontline faces of YTM, you are an extremely valuable part of the heritage sector in the Yukon. Your oral and written interpretative skills, creativity, outgoing and friendly attitude, organizational prowess and time management skills will come in handy. This position may also include paid training opportunities (e.g. Standard First Aid, WHMIS). All interpreters report to the Executive Director.

Host/interpreter positions are designed to be approximately 16 weeks in duration, from May until the final week of August. The museum is open to the public from 10-6, Wednesday to Sunday, during the summer. Museum interpreters can expect to work 40 hours in a typical week.

Come and spend the summer learning about (and living!) Yukon history with the team at YTM. What is Required?

  1. English is the language of work at YTM (but anyone who speaks French, German, Japanese, or a Yukon Indigenous language would be a great asset to our team.)
  2. A working knowledge of Yukon history and geography (or a willingness to learn) is crucial. Fields of study potentially related to this position include Tourism, Museum Studies, Geography, History, Anthropology, Marketing, Business, Theatre and/or Communications.
  3. The ability to lift 20 lbs and to stand for sustained periods is an asset. Weekend availability and access to reliable transportation are also key.
  4. You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. A criminal record and vulnerable sector check is also required of all successful applicants.
  5. Some positions are funded specifically for applicants 16-30 years of age - please note if you are within this range in your cover letter. Candidates must be either Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee status in Canada has been conferred.
Application Process

Applications may be mailed to the museum or sent by email (info@goytm.ca) and must include the following:

  • Your resume
  • A (brief!) cover letter introducing yourself and answering the following questions (max 150 words for each question):

  1. Why are you interested in working at YTM?
  2. What's the best museum experience you've ever had?
  3. Describe something that is special to you about the Yukon. Make us love it too!

These positions rely on approved funding, and their nature may be altered as the result of future COVID-19 directions and orders given by the Federal or territorial government.

Employment Central is operated by Judy L Corley Consulting Inc. and is funded by Government of Yukon, Economic Development and Service Canada