Education Program Leader/Tour Guide

Full Job Description

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is seeking to hire a motivated individual to work as an Education Program Leader/Tour Guide at the Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, formerly known as the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village. This position will begin on May 22, 2023, and end on August 25, 2023. Anchored by its collection of artifacts, the Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre connects the history of Pembroke and the area with contemporary life by telling compelling stories through exhibitions and programming for all ages.

Duties include:

– Provide informed tours of the museum and pioneer village to the public.

– Plan and lead the museum’s summer Kids Days program.

– Assist with planning and presenting any other programs/events.

– Assist with managing the museum’s social media pages (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

– Provide customer service to visitors.

– Clean and maintain the museum’s gardens, grounds, and exhibits.

– Act as a good ambassador for the museum and historical society.

– Assist with planning virtual presentations and lending out Museum in a Box education kits if required.

– Other duties as required.


This job is suited to a university or college student from a liberal arts field (i.e., history, education, museum studies, social sciences, geography, etc.).

– Ability to multitask.

– Advanced experience using Microsoft Office and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

– Good public speaking and organizational skills.

– An interest in history and heritage in the community.

– The student must have a valid driver’s license with access to a car.

– Must be a full-time student this past spring and returning to full-time studies in the fall.

– Bilingualism is an asset.

The Ottawa Valley Historical Society is an equal-opportunity employer and will consider all applications with relevant qualifications. Final decisions on employment are based on the merit of the applicant.

We encourage students who apply to create a Young Canada Works profile on the YCW website:


Please note this position is contingent on the Heritage Centre receiving successful grant funding and the applicant being approved by Young Canada Works.

The job will take place in the beautiful city of Pembroke, which is located in the heart of the Upper Ottawa Valley. It is an hour and a half drive from our nation’s capital Ottawa. Check out the museum’s website www.champlaintrailmuseum.com and the City of Pembroke’s website www.pembroke.ca.

The wage is $15.50 an hour.

Resumes with cover letters will be accepted until March 31, 2023. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only individuals short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Email applications to:

Julia Klimack, Manager/Administrator, Champlain Trail Museum / Upper Ottawa Valley Heritage Centre, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, ON, K8A 6Z2. Email: admin@champlaintrailmuseum.com.

Job Types: Fixed-term contract, Seasonal
Contract length: 14 weeks

Salary: $15.50 per hour


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2023-03-31
Expected start date: 2023-05-22