CBU CO-OP or ALL CBU STUDENTS – Buffalo Nations Museum, Assistant Cultural Interpreter


The Assistant Cultural Interpreter will facilitate the delivery of an interpretive program to museum visitors including youth and seniors. The cultural interpreter, working alongside an Indigenous Elder/Senior Interpreter will provide hands-on interpretive tours focusing on historical and cultural aspects of Indigenous culture. The job also includes relief of admissions staff during their lunch and breaks.

The successful candidate will gain valuable knowledge, understanding and skills about Indigenous culture that they will then share with members of the community and visitors to the museum.

Successful candidates will be responsible team players who are highly effective working with youth. Excellent social and communication skills are required. Previous experience in historic interpretation or museum work is a great asset.  Fluency speaking in a second language like French, German, Spanish, or an indigenous is welcomed.  Emotional intelligence and knowledge and curiosity about Indigenous culture, interpretive techniques, and educational practices are highly desired.  All post-secondary students are encouraged to apply with preference provided to students entering their 4th year of full-time studies in fall 2017, who are enrolled in the following fields of academic study; Museum Studies, Indigenous Studies, Education, Drama, and History, business, or computer science.


The Assistant Cultural Interpreter position is open to all candidates who meet the following mandatory qualifications;

  • Are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident;
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Are between the ages of 16 and 30 years at the start of employment;
  • Are registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) on-line candidate inventory;
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • Have been a full-time student in the semester proceeding this job posting;
  • Intend to return to full-time studies in the fall 2017 semester;
  • Does not hold another full-time job while employed in this position.

Orientation and training will be delivered by the Museum Manager and the Elder/Senior Interpreter, and will include;

  • Tour training involving shadowing the Elder to learn how an interpretive tour is delivered;
  • Elder protocol and storytelling demonstrations as components of the interpretive experience;
  • Learning valued skills in communication (question and answer format) to positively interact with visitors,
  • Learning valued skills of creative storytelling;
  • Create and document cultural and interactive educational programming for elementary and high school children in the local area and schools visiting from other provinces
  • Direct hands-on training and supervision will be provided by Blackfoot Elder, Kelly Good Eagle. Kelly Good Eagle is a professional Indigenous wellness consultant for Alberta Health and Wellness and a seasoned spiritual consultant and performer.

The Buffalo Nations Museum tells the stories of the First Nations people of the Northern Plains and the Canadian Rockies. The Museum contains not only visual and sound technology, but also historical life-size dioramas of the traditional life and ceremonies of the Plains Indians at the turn of the century and examples of beadwork, quillwork, native regalia and trade items. The Museum is located in the town of Banff, Alberta, a municipality of about 8,300 people, and within Banff National Park, a world UNESCO Heritage site.

Application Details

Our Mandate is to provide cross-cultural education through the operation of a museum filled with history and facilitation of programming to connect the significance of First Nations’ culture to all people.

The Museum will undertake a fair and balanced selection process and encourages applicants who are part of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups.

Only those applicants that meet the above criteria and are selected for an interview will be contacted. We will endeavour to respond to all short-listed applicants in a timely manner.

Start and End Dates: May 19th – Aug. 31st, 2017

Wage: $15.00 /hour

Please forward Cover Letter and Resume by email to Angelika Eirisch, Museum Manager:  Email: angelikacpa@gmail.com

*No phone calls please

*NOTE: Position is subject to funding availability

For more information on the Co-op Option with Cape Breton University, please contact Carly Turnbull at carly_turnbull@cbu.ca