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Heritage Interpreter

Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 3, 2017
Job Description: 

Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. (WMMI) is a unique 19th century grist and flour mill that has been in operation since 1860. Located at the heart of Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River, it is the only working industrial heritage site in the Ottawa region.

Position: Heritage Interpreter 
Location: Watson’s Mill, 5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick, Ontario
Salary: $11.50/hour
Duration: Up to 16 weeks; anticipated start date 16 May 2016
Hours of Work: 9:00 to 5:00; 35 hours per week; including frequent evenings and weekends
Languages of Work: English; oral ability in French preferred
Open to: Students (15 – 30 years old) who are currently completing a semester of full-time studies and who intend to return to full-time studies in the fall of 2016. 

Duties include: 
-Interacting extensively with the visiting public
- Providing visitors with guided tours
- Responding to questions, engaging in dialogues and directing visitors in a historically appropriate manner
-Interpreting various aspects of 19th century Manotick & rural Eastern Ontario history through performing and explaining period related activities at Watson’s Mill and the surrounding grounds 
-Dressing and acting in character while maintaining a visible & approachable presence for visitors
-Providing excellent customer service; assisting with visitor reception, gift shop sales
-Assisting with the set-up, delivery, and tear down of special events
-Assisting in basic housekeeping and maintenance of site 
This position is required to wear a period costume provided by WMMI.

Potential candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills; will be enthusiastic & creative, have excellent communication & organizational skills, have experience working with the general public, be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, be capable of working in a team (including co-workers & volunteers) with minimal supervision, and have a great sense of humour! 

Interest in regional history, historic buildings, traditional machinery, and/or community development is an asset. 

Complementary fields of study are History, Museum Studies, Political Science, Performing Arts, Education, Tourism, or Recreation.

-Police record check is required
-First Aid Certification an asset
-Valid Ontario Driver’s License an asset. 

Interested parties should send their cover letter and resume by 3 April 2017 to:
Elaine Eagen
Programming and Visitor Experience Officer
Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.
Candidates should register with Young Canada Works at

Call backs for interviews will be conducted 4 April 2017. 

WMMI thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All positions are subject to funding availability. WMMI is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages men and women, including those of visible minorities or disabilities, to apply. Please be aware that Watson’s Mill is not fully wheelchair accessible. 

Characteristics of city/region:
Watson’s Mill is situated on the shores of the Rideau River, in the former village of Manotick, in the southern sector of the City of Ottawa. Although neighbouring communities are growing rapidly, Manotick is still considered a rural area, with a population of approximately 1,500. Community members fondly refer to Watson’s Mill as “The Heart of Manotick”. Small town charm prevails in this historic waterfront village. 

Vision and Mission:
The Vision of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.: Watson’s Mill is the leading industrial heritage and working water-powered grist mill in Eastern Ontario.

The Mission of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc.: To preserve and operate historic Watson’s Mill as a working flour/feed mill and as a social, cultural and educational heritage site for the enjoyment of the community and visitors.

For more information about Watson’s Mill, please visit For more information about Manotick, please visit

Employer Address: 
Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.
5525 Dickinson St
Manotick, ON K4M 1A2
Employer Phone: 
+1 604 555 1212
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