Cultural Programmer

6 May – 26 August

16 weeks

$14.50 an hour

The Terrace and District Museum Society is seeking a Cultural Programmer. The Cultural Programmer will work on First Nations-oriented projects and with First Nations elders, children, and communities to celebrate First Nations cultural heritage at Heritage Park Museum. The Programmer will highlight First Nations culture and history during all museum special events and on National Aboriginal Day. The wage is $14.50 an hour. The position begins on 6 May and ends on 26 August.

Operated by the not-for-profit Terrace and District Museum Society, Heritage Park Museum is a community museum and heritage site consisting of authentic log buildings set up with displays showcasing various aspects of local history. Heritage Park Museum has a well-established heritage garden featuring heirloom plants from the gardens of local settlers and First Nations families.

Terrace is located in Northwestern British Columbia, and is a vibrant community of approximately 12,000 people, with a regional population of approximately 18,000. We are located south of the Nass Valley, east of Prince Rupert, and north of Kitimat. We are two hours by air from Vancouver, and seven hours by driving from Prince George. Terrace is located in the traditional territory of the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations and is consequently rich in culture and history. The surrounding mountains, lakes, and rivers provide infinite opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming. Nearby cultural attractions include the Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site (15 km east of Terrace) and the Nisga’a Museum in Laxgalts’ap (approximately two hours’ drive north of Terrace). See www.visitterrace.com for further information. Alternatively, visit the local newspaper’s website to see the issues and events concerning Terrace residents at www.terracestandard.com.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The Cultural Programmer will work on First Nations-oriented projects and with First Nations elders, children, and communities to celebrate First Nations cultural heritage at Heritage Park Museum. The Programmer will highlight First Nations culture and history during all museum special events and on National Aboriginal Day.

S/he will give First Nations-oriented tours of the museum and of the downtown, building upon an existing script and encouraging the broader understanding of both tourists and local citizens. S/he will work with Kitsumkalum and Kitselas on reconciliation projects, including learning place names through interviewing Tsimshian elders.

The Programmer will arrange free Sm’algyax classes, where children, adults, and seniors learn the traditional First Nations language of the area from a fluent Sm’algyax teacher. S/he will look at regional history from a First Nations perspective, recording short video clips with elders and First Nations people across the community. These will be shared on our social media and website, and will help to add nuance to the narrative of local history.

On Canada Day, the employee will liaise with First Nations carvers to showcase their work. Throughout the work term, the Programmer will audit the museum’s collections and outline ways to incorporate more First Nations content in tours, events, and in projects.

Through his or her work highlighting, interrogating, and celebrating First Nations history, the Cultural Programmer will increase the understanding of the region’s cultural history for all groups, especially First Nations, seniors, persons with disabilities, minority groups, and children.

Candidate Profile:


Students of history, First Nations studies, anthropology, education, and museum/archival studies will be given priority, though everyone is welcome to apply. Theoretical grounding in these areas will be supplemented by hands-on experience in historical research, oral interviewing, and event planning. The employee will complete the work term with a good understanding of how community museums manage projects, and how culturally oriented programs are planned, implemented, and evaluated. S/he will have significant experience in the theory and practice of oral history, and in planning and implementing special events and cultural programs.


Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age. Being a student is not a prerequisite for this position, though it may give the applicant a competitive advantage. The Terrace and District Museum Society encourages applicants who identify themselves as members of the Government of Canada’s job equity groups (i.e. women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples).


Applications should be addressed to Kelsey Wiebe, Curator, Heritage Park Museum. They may be emailed to curator@heritageparkmuseum.com. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange either an in-person or telephone interview by the Curator, depending on availability.

*** This position is contingent on funding from Canada Summer Jobs.