Theatrical Interpreters - 2 Positions


North Vancouver Museum and Archives


May 10, 2019 (3pm PDT)

Organization Description: 

The North Vancouver Museum & Archives is a community-focused organization, and is operated under the auspices of the City and District of North Vancouver. It exists to engage, strengthen and inspire our community and its visitors. Its vision is to be recognized and respected as a dynamic and relevant organization that provides access to and gives authentic voice to the stories of North Vancouver’s people and places by creating a deeply engaging cultural heritage organization that connects in transformative ways with core audiences.


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 and around the North Vancouver community during the summer of 2019. 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 scripts based upon the history of North Vancouver’s waterfront and mountainous areas to residents and visitors. As well, casual interpretation/interactive pop-up 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.


  • to present costumed interpretation (Waterfront Productions) from and around the historic North Vancouver waterfront, Shipbuilders’ Square, 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


  • 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 License and Criminal Record Check

  • strong organizational and communication skills

How to Apply: 

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.

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.


Term of Employment: May 27 to August 25, 2019

Work Week: 35 hours (5 x 7hr-days) – will include weekends and statutory holidays. Some evening work required.

Wages: $20.89/hr plus 4% vacation pay.

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

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