Westfield Heritage Village Published: July 5, 2016
Location
Job Type
Category
Organization
Westfield Heritage Village
Skills
Good oral communication skills, interest in history, willingness to be photographed and work in costume
Opportunity Location(s)
Flamborough
Age range
16 >, Family
Training:
Initial 2 hour orientation, new volunteers are assigned a buddy for their first shift. Onsite training is provided by experienced volunteers. Interpretation training through the Program Coordinator.
Police Check Required
No
Cost
none
Additional Requirements
There is no public transportation to Westfield, candidate must have their own transportation.
Phone Number
519-621-8851
Address
1049 Kirkwall Rd.

Description

The Historic Interpreter role is a costumed position where the interpreter engages with the public providing information about the site/building they are representing.  Westfield is a working Village and interpreters may be engaged in tasks appropriate to the time period they are representing.  These include: tending fires, baking, carpentry, gardening, sewing, embroidery, running a printing press and many others.  Tasks are determined based on volunteer interest and skills and areas of need in the village. Historic Interpreters are expected to learn an accurate interpretation of their area and develop skills for effective communication with visitors.

Benefits

  • Volunteers enhance and create community. Westfield volunteers leave the visiting public with a practical knowledge of the past that has shaped Southern Ontario.
  • Research has consistently found that physical health benefits are associated with volunteering. Volunteer activities that require physical activity, engage your brain and provide social interaction are especially good for you and promote healthy aging.
  • Volunteers will be given ongoing opportunities for professional development, ranging from access to the museum’s reference library, individual training with a staff member, or participation in Westfield workshops, on or off site.
  • Volunteers are recognized on an informal basis throughout the year and have the opportunity to attend more formal annual recognition and social events.
  • Any Westfield volunteer who completes 40 volunteer hours in a calendar year is eligible to receive a pass which allows them to participate in the Attractions Ontario reciprocal pass program.

In addition, volunteers who qualify for the above may choose to purchase an HCA pass at a significant discount.

Dates and Times

The Village provides public programming on Sunday afternoons and holiday Mondays from March until October. In addition there is evening programming around Halloween and Christmas. Successful applicants are asked to commit to 9 shifts per year. The most active programming time is Sunday from 12 until 4 so applicants should be available on Sundays. Shifts are scheduled in consultation with Westfield staff.
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