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Summer Jobs - 2023

February 2022

Merrickville and District Historical Society is planning to open the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum in summer 2023. Applications are now being accepted for Merrickville Blockhouse Museum interpreters.

Position:  Merrickville Blockhouse Museum Interpreter

Open To:  Youth (16 - 30 years old)

Location:  Merrickville Blockhouse National Historic Site, Blockhouse Park, Merrickville, ON

Duration:  8 - 12 weeks, beginning late June - end of August

Wage:  $15.50/hour

Hours of work:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm (35-40 hours/week, depending on funding agency); includes weekends and some evenings

Languages:  English; oral ability in French an asset; oral ability in additional languages an asset

Assets:  First Aid Certification

Working Conditions: 

  • The Merrickville Blockhouse Museum operates in an historic building that is not temperature regulated (no air conditioning or heating).

  • Required to wear a period costume

  • Must be able to climb stairs (building is not accessible)

  • Washroom facilities are located in neighbouring buildings (100 - 300 metres away)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Merrickville Blockhouse Museum interpreters provide the personality of the museum and bring it alive for the 10,000 visitors who visit Merrickville-Wolford during the summer season by greeting them, answering enquiries, interpreting displays and artifacts, maintaining a respectful and enjoyable atmosphere while acting as ambassadors for MDHS as well as the community.  The interpreters are responsible for:

  • welcoming visitors, making them feel comfortable, identifying their interests and providing an excellent visitor experience for them during their time at the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum

  • advertising Merrickville-Wolford events during summer 2023

  • opening and closing the museum each day

  • keeping attendance records

  • accepting donations for entrance to the museum

  • monitoring and reporting on the condition of artifacts and displays

  • contributing to a positive team environment with colleagues, Society members and community stakeholders

All Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements of our granting organizations:

1. Canada Summer Jobs

To be eligible, youth must:

                i.      be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period;

                ii.     be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and                               Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,

                iii.    have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with                                      relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

2. Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations:  see

A student may be eligible for employment if they:

                i.      are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or                              awaiting permanent status are not eligible);

                ii.     are legally entitled to work in Canada;

                iii.    are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

                iv.     are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

                v.      will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the Young Canada Works (YCW) work assignment;

                vi.     have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester                             preceding the YCW work assignment; and

                vii.    intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

Note: Priority will be given to students who have not previously participated in the YCWHO employment program.

All youth are encouraged to register with Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations at the time of their application here:

Interested candidates should refer to the Job Description – Blockhouse Interpreter (below) and forward your application to: by close of business May 8, 2023 (preferred method). 

Applications can also be mailed to MDHS.  Please note that they must be received by May 8, 2023 to receive consideration.

       Merrickville and District Historical Society

       Attn: Blockhouse Manager

       POB 294

       Merrickville, ON

       K0G 1N0

Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview during the month of May 2023.


Thank you for considering a position at the Merrickville Blockhouse Museum.

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