Science Technology

Natural History Museum Student Interpreter

Description

The Natural History Museum Student Interpreter was responsible overseeing museum open hours – this included developing museum displays, museum promotion, answering visitors' questions, and planning special events.

Position Overview

The Student Interpreter has to ensure the museum is clean, open hours have been promoted, and the museum is opened to the public on time and for the duration advertised. During open hours, students must approach visitors to see if they have questions and answer their questions. The student interpreter must adjust their interpretation approach based on the visitors' age, interest, and current level of knowledge. During open hours the Student Interpreter must record the number of visitors to the museum. The Student Interpreter changes and updates museum displays; the window display is changed monthly, centered on a theme relevant to the season. To promote the museum, the Student Interpreter initiates special events. This requires the student identify a potential event, organizes and advertises the event, and executes the event. 

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge of life history of BC mammals
  • Wildlife identification skills (whole specimen, skulls)
  • Strong oral communication, organizational, and time management skills
  • Previous experience in natural resource interpretation and/or bird identification an asset
  • Teamwork skills

Graduate Attributes Associated

  • Oral Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Disciplinary Expertise
  • Integrative Learning

Sign Up Directions

For more information, please contact Elizabeth (Liz) Gillis, Professor at liz.gillis@viu.ca