Theatrical Interpreters


North Vancouver Museum & Archives


May 13, 2018 (3:00 p.m.)

Organization Description: 

The North Vancouver Museum & Archives acts as the “sole custodian of the City and District cultural, archival and museum collections.” The Museum collects and preserves aspects of the material culture of North Vancouver and cares for approximately 20,000 historic artifacts of local and regional importance. The Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary heritage of North Vancouver, including public records created by both municipalities, as well as thousands of private records, archival documents, and photographs that document the lives and experiences of residents, business, and community organizations.


Job Description: 

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA) will present tours and interpretation led by costumed interpreters at North Vancouver’s Burrard Dry Dock Pier, the Shipbuilders’ Square, Lynn Canyon Park and around the North Vancouver community during the summer of 2018. This season will build upon previous successful initiatives using costumed interpretation and animation to bring history to life.

Each Theatrical Interpreter will be responsible for researching, promoting and presenting two scripts based upon the history of North Vancouver’s waterfront and mountainous areas to residents and visitors. As well, casual interpretation/interactive programs will be presented to families. The Interpreters will gain experience as actors, in stage management and promotions. They will be supervised by NVMA staff and will be mentored by a theatre professional.

Term of Employment: May 28 to August 26, 2018
Work Week: 35 hours (5 x 7hr-days) – will include weekends and statutory holidays. Some evening work required.


Specific Duties:

  • to present costumed interpretation (Waterfront Productions) from and around the historic North Vancouver waterfront, Shipbuilders’ Square, Lynn Canyon Park and popular community venues;
  • to research and acquire necessary historical costumes and “props”;
  • working with the Waterfront Productions program Director, to rehearse and learn scripts and roving interpretative programs;
  • to present ‘shows’ which feature site interpretation that will inform and entertain visitors;
  • to assist with promotion of the theatrical interpretation programs;
  • to establish working relationships with community partners and coordinate bookings;
  • to compile show reports and a reference binder of the summer’s activities for use by future theatrical interpreters;
  • to compile statistics and process feedback/response mechanisms;
  • to demonstrate enthusiastic interest and appreciation of North Vancouver history.


Preferred Skills and Knowledge:

  • fluent in English; able to understand and interact with the public; some knowledge of French an asset;
  • experience presenting and performing before live audiences;
  • experience researching, writing and organizing presentations;
  • demonstrated interest in history;
  • demonstrated ability to work independently and to work effectively in office environment;
  • demonstrated ability to positively represent a public organization to the community;
  • demonstrated ability to work effectively with community organizations and their representatives;
  • demonstrated experience providing excellent customer service;
  • energetic, outgoing personality and creativity;
  • ability to operate bicycle-driven cart and to lift 50 lbs. (22kg);
  • good computer skills (keyboarding & social media);
  • valid clean BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence and Criminal Record Check; and
  • strong organizational and communication skills.

How to Apply: 

This position is funded, in part, via the Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, administered by the Canadian Museums Association. Candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works website and meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for this position. PLEASE CONFIRM IN YOUR APPLICATION THAT YOU HAVE READ AND MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. Visit for particulars.

Please apply in writing to Laurel Lawry, Administrative Services Manager, North Vancouver Museum and Archives by email with SUBJECT LINE stating APPLICANT’S NAME and THEATRICAL INTERPRETER to or by mail to 3203 Institute Road, North Vancouver, B.C. V7K 3E5

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.


$20.48/hr plus 4% vacation pay

Contact Name: Laurel Lawry
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 990-3700

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