About the YTM
You will join the YTM during our 32nd year. Our robust organization is looking forward to the future while weathering the pandemic and its related challenges. We are an optimistic, adaptive and positive non-profit society where your enthusiasm, dedication and skill will be key to our continued success.
We care about our community and are committed to the social responsibility we hold. The Yukon Transportation Museum believes history has real impact when all kinds of people can find themselves in the stories, and then are moved to change, impact or contribute to their society.
Mission: The Yukon Transportation Museum introduces people to Yukon ingenuity and self-sufficiency through the history of transportation in the territory.
Mandate: To identify, acquire, preserve and conserve the history, cultural material and artifacts of Yukon’s transportation modes and to interpret this history in an educational manner for all Yukoners and visitors alike.
In 1880, Yukon First Nations man Paul Kandik created the earliest known map of northeastern Alaska and western Canada.
In 1928, Lillian Alling walked through the Yukon on her way home to Siberia from New York City.
In 1935, entrepreneur George Simmons bought an airplane to see if it would increase the speed and reliability of his Carcross-to-Atlin postal deliveries. This purchase eventually snowballed into the first scheduled air service from Dawson City to Vancouver.
At YTM, we love telling the stories of the Klondike Gold Rush and the construction of the Alaska Highway, but the history of transportation in the Yukon is dotted with hundreds more captivating tales, triumphs and tragedies too. If you’re intrigued by the opportunity to take our guests through the WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY of some of the Yukon’s most colorful characters and events, you may have what it takes to join our team!
What’s the role?
As a Museum Interpreter, you are responsible for ensuring that each visitor to our museum has a positive experience. Your main areas of responsibility will be presenting guided tours to museum patrons; processing POS transactions, admissions and memberships in the gift shop; assisting with museum events, rentals, inventory checks, general maintenance, facility upgrades and museum projects as necessary; and working alongside the YTM leadership team to develop innovative and exciting programming during the offseason. If you love to learn, teach, be creative or fix things, you’ll have a good time.
As one of the frontline faces of YTM, you are an extremely valuable part of the Museums and Heritage sector in the Yukon. Your oral and written interpretative skills, creativity, outgoing and friendly attitude, organizational prowess and time management skills will come in handy. This position may also include paid training opportunities (e.g. Standard First Aid, WHMIS).
All Museum Interpreters report to the Acting Executive Director.
This posting is for a position during the YTM off-season, with the possibility of extension into spring and/or summer. The museum is open to the public from 12-5 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday throughout the fall and winter. The weekly hours for this position may vary depending on applicant availability – applicants are encouraged to ask about both full-time and part-time opportunities at YTM over the off-season.
Come and spend some time learning about (and living!) Yukon history with the team at YTM.
What is Required?
- English is the language of work at YTM (but anyone who speaks French, German, Japanese, or a Yukon Indigenous language would be a great asset to our team.)
- A working knowledge of Yukon history and geography (or a willingness to learn!) is crucial to your success in this position. Fields of study potentially related to this position include Tourism, Museum Studies, Geography, History, Anthropology, Marketing, Business, Theatre and/or Communications.
- Experience in previous roles that have required program development or coordination is an asset.
- All applicants should have weekend availability and access to reliable transportation.
- You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. A criminal record check may also be required of successful applicants.
- This position is funded specifically for applicants 16-30 years of age – please note if you are within this range in your cover letter. Candidates for these positions must be either Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee status in Canada has been conferred.
- Applicants must either be full-time high school, college or university students, or planning to return to full-time studies in the semester following this work assignment. Contact us for clarification on your eligibility!
Applications may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the following:
- Your resume
- A (brief!) cover letter introducing yourself and answering the following questions (max 150 words for each question):
1) Why are you interested in working at YTM?
2) Why are museums important?
3) Describe something you love doing and another thing you most certainly do NOT love doing. Make us love the first thing and cry and rage against the cruelty and inhumanity of the second!
Many positions at YTM rely on approved funding, and their nature may be altered as the result of future COVID-19 directions and orders given by the federal or territorial government(s).