Heritage interpreters help others understand and appreciate cultural or natural heritage. They work in many different settings, from parks, museums and aquariums to industrial sites, interpretive centres and botanical gardens. Interpreters do not simply lecture -- they have a complete understanding of their subject matter and share their interest and knowledge with others. The different audiences make this position interesting and stimulating. Heritage interpreters in Canada earn a median annual salary of $40,873, or a median hourly wage of $14.67.
- Develop and deliver educational or cultural programs
- Adapt to different learning styles and participant needs
- Operate presentation equipment, e.g. audiovisual, overheads, slide shows
- Protect resources
Good communication and public speaking skills, as well as a good attitude and an interest in and knowledge of related natural or cultural heritage are all required of a heritage interpreter. Experience in research is also necessary, as is customer service experience. Interpretive experience may be requested, as might experience working with groups. Desired skills and experience include leadership and problem-solving skills, plus a knowledge of the area, its heritage and of tourism in general.
A secondary school diploma is required. A related degree in tourism/ecotourism is an asset, as are training and certification as a Heritage Interpreter. First aid training and other safety training is useful.
Supervisor of Interpretive Services, Assistant Manager or Manager of Interpretive Services, Curator