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Position: Job Inventory - Specialist, Heritage Programming (12B)

Competition Number: 2017-EX-EN-51650700-01
Competition posting date: 2017-02-01
Competition closing date: 2018-01-31

Recreation, Cultural & Facility Services Department, Community Recreation & Cultural Programs, Museums & Heritage Programs Branch
1 or More Part-time Continuous Positions - Up to 32 hours/week
Affiliation: CUPE 503 PT RC & Aquatics
Salary: $19.219 to $28.067 per hour (2017 rates of pay)
Main Location: Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, 2940 Old Montreal Road

Types of Heritage Specialist Programming (12B) positions available:

-Blacksmith (minimum 2 positions)

-Sawmill Assistant (minimum 2 positions)

-Print Shop Operator (minimum 2 positions)

-Animal Husbandry (minimum 2 positions)

-Carpentry (minimum 2 positions)

Shifts available: Flexible shifts to meet operational needs, weekday and weekend shifts available. Evening to midnight shifts available.

March 13: Mon to Fri 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (4 to 7 hour shifts)

Mid-May to last weekend in October: Wed to Sun 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight (4 to 7.25 hour shifts)

November: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm (4 to 7 hour shifts)

Last week in November to December 23: Wed to Fri - 8 am to 5 pm shifts; Fri to Sun – 1:30 pm to 9 pm (4 to 7 hour shifts)

December 24 to mid-April: Less than 24 hours/week

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is located in east Ottawa. The museum presents rural life during the1920s and 1930s, a period of great technological advances and social change. There are 30 historic and reproduction buildings including domestic homes, an operational sawmill and blacksmith shop; vegetable, flower and herb gardens; agricultural fields, machinery and equipment, and heritage breed farm animals.

This position requires an ability to demonstrate skilled trades, including but not limited to, blacksmithing, printing, animal husbandry, carpentry, etc. When applying please clearly identify your skilled trade(s) and relevant qualifications and experience.

Staff will be required to dress in heritage costume and to work outside in a variety of weather conditions.

There are no public transportation links to Cumberland Heritage Village Museum or Pinhey's Point Historic site. Reliable transportation is required.

Category: Ongoing Inventories
Employment Group: Recreation and Culture

Job Summary

The Heritage Programming Specialist is responsible for interpretive and educational program development as well as delivery at the city's historic sites and museums. Responsible for the ongoing work on heritage projects such as the Oral History project including preparation and coordination. Responsible for historical research for educational and promotional use. Responsible for volunteer and summer staff recruitment, scheduling, training and supervision. Assists with ongoing promotional activities. Receives and directs visitors, answers public inquiries (such as genealogy research) and dispenses public information. Performs reception and clerical duties as needed including program bookings, mailings, reservations and confirmations.

Education & Experience

Minimum 2 years enrollment in University or College in history, social sciences, museum studies education or related discipline.

Minimum of:

and / or


*Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.

Language, Certificates & Licenses

A valid Ontario unrestricted "G" class driver’s license (or provincial equivalent) with no more than 6 demerit points accumulated.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.

Some positions: Designated - specific level of language proficiency:
French oral, reading, writing;
English oral, reading, writing.

Some positions: English only - English oral, reading, writing


Historical facts and information about the city of Ottawa

Ottawa's historical sites, museums, archives and other heritage institutions

Educational and interpretive programming techniques

Theories and practices of teaching

Ontario School curriculum

Proper museological techniques for the handling and display of artifacts

Current trends in museum educational programs

Client service needs

Project management

MS Office software including MS Word and MS Excel.

General visitor centre procedures and techniques

Working knowledge of applicable occupational health and safety legislation and of corporate /departmental policies and procedures related to health and safety

Competencies & Skills

Excellent communication skills

Excellent promotional skills


Very good organizational and multitasking skills

Excellent writing skills

Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate, and supervise staff

Budget management

Make decisions, design and implement programs

Personal Suitability

Able to communicate well in an engaging manner

Able to multi-task and work independently as well as in a team setting

Able to work outside in a variety of weather conditions

Able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends

Able to perform physical work

Flexible and able to cope with a changing working environment

Thrives and fosters a continuous learning environment

Demonstrates leadership, initiative and creativity

Organized, efficient and productive

Excellent people skills


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