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Murney Tower Museum

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Industry Sector: Customer Service / Service à la clientèle

Organization Description:

Murney Tower Museum is Kingston's Oldest Museum, National Historic Site, UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Built in 1846, as a part of the defensive fortifications of Kingston Ontario, the Murney Tower stands as one of the finest Martello towers in the world. Murney Tower has served Kingston as a fortress and now serves as a museum.

Job Listing #457

Chief Interpreter • Student, Internship, Co-Op / Etudiant, Stage Cooperative

Date Posted: 22 Jan 2018

Application Deadline: 23 Feb 2018

Location: Kingston and Surrounding Area

Category: Customer Service / Service à la clientèle

Hours Per Week: 35

Pay Rate: Hourly Wage / Rémunération Horaire 14.50

Language Requirements: English / Anglais

Job Description:

The Murney Tower Museum is seeking a post-secondary student to fill the position of Chief Museum Interpreter for the summer. The Murney Tower Museum works in conjunction with the Kingston Historical Society and Parks Canada. The purpose of the museum is to offer the public an introduction to nineteenth-century military life in the Kingston area. The main aspect of the interpreter’s position is to interpret for the public the various artefacts that support the theme of the museum.

In addition to the duties listed below for all museum interpreters, the Chief Interpreter has additional duties. The Chief Interpreter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum. As well, the Chief Interpreter is responsible for training new interpreters and ensuring that all the interpreters continue to broaden their knowledge of the museum and its place within the historical period portrayed. Intermediate computer skills are required.

Applicant must be able to work independently and have the ability to organize and plan. Time management is also required. Applicant must have excellent English skills, including good verbal and excellent writing abilities. Applicant must have excellent customer service skills and a pleasant manner

Job Duties:

  • The museum is open from mid-May until the Labour Day Weekend. The workday is from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM during this period. Interpreters work five days in seven as arranged by the Chief Interpreter.
  • Interpreters open the Tower daily and welcome the public to the museum, answering questions and offering tours as needed.
  • Interpreters maintain daily attendance numbers and keep an accurate account of fees collected during the course of the day, including sales of museum souvenirs.
  • Interpreters are responsible to make regular bank deposits.

Eligible candidates will be a student returning to post-secondary education, preferably in a related field (History, Archival, Library or Museum Studies, History or Arts).

Deadline for application for this position is Friday, February 23, 2018, by 5 pm.

Resume may be submitted, in confidence, by e-mail: attention to:

Graeme Watson, Director

Kingston Historical Society

Box 54, Kingston, ON

K7L 4V6


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