Heritage Garden Coordinator

Job Posting: Heritage Garden Coordinator at Heritage Park Museum

Summer Student Position (Seasonal)

Job Description: The Heritage Garden Coordinator will oversee educational programming, maintenance, expansion, and interpretation in Heritage Park Museum’s Organic Heritage Garden, which features local heirloom plants from the gardens of local settlers and First Nations families. The student will maintain, research, and expand the garden. This includes networking with elders, seniors, and families with well-established gardens, and promotion of the garden through the local media. By overseeing maintenance and expansion, the student will ensure the rejuvenation of the garden for the community. By conducting proper identification and contributing to our master care plan, the student will also ensure the long-term sustainability of the Organic Heritage Garden for Heritage Park Museum. In addition to maintaining, researching, and expanding the Organic Heritage Garden, the Heritage Garden Coordinator will highlight the garden in the community by writing an article for the local newspaper and giving interviews on local radio and television. The student will develop innovative ways to incorporate the garden in special events at the museum, and will organise both a gardening workshop for children and an evening lecture for adults.

Work Term: The job posting is for sixteen weeks, beginning on 1 May 2017 and ending 17 August 2017.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about conservation and/or environmental history. We are especially interested in post-secondary students whose studies pertain to biology, environmental science, history, or geography. Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years of age, and must be full-time students intending to return to school full time in the fall.

Training and Orientation: An initial site orientation will occur during the first week of the Heritage Garden Coordinator’s employment: s/he will be given an in-depth training tour of the museum’s eight historic buildings, two large artifact storage sheds, two replica buildings, and the Organic Heritage Garden. The Curator will explain each exhibit, answer questions, and provide the Heritage Garden Coordinator with a set of tour-script cue cards to study and use. The employee will also be provided with a training manual which encompasses tour scripts, historical information, and a copy of the museum’s mandate, strategic plan, collections policy, and garden records. The Heritage Garden Coordinator will very quickly begin hands-on training through semi-independent tours: the Curator will shadow the employee during his or her first few tours to ensure s/he is accurate and confident in guiding visitors through the museum and the ecologically oriented history of Terrace. Weekly review and planning meetings will allow for constant cooperation and discussion. The Curator will act as a mentor and advisor throughout the Heritage Garden Coordinator’s sixteen-week work term. Eric Lennert, the City of Terrace’s Gardener, will act as a secondary mentor and resource person to the Garden Coordinator.

Terms of Employment: The Heritage Garden Coordinator will be employed by the Terrace and District Museum Society. His or her supervisor will be Heritage Park Museum’s Curator.

Reimbursement: The position is full time at 37.5 hours per week. The wage is $13.00 an hour, plus 4% vacation pay.

Deadline: Please send a resume and cover letter 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.

 

*** Please note: position contingent on funding from Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations.