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Military Interpreter - Private

MI 2024

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email a copy of your resume and contact information for two references to [email protected], and specify you are interested in being a Military Interpreter - Private.

The Halifax Citadel Society recognizes the importance of diversity to our mission, and aspires to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity found in Canada’s population today. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Please note that the application period for summer 2024 positions is now closed.

Position Details

Start Date: July 2, 2024
End Date: August 31, 2024
Position Type: Full-Time Term (37.5 hours/week)
Hourly Wage: $16.20

Position Title: Military Interpreter - Private
Position Type: Term
Section: Program
Sub-Unit: Military Interpretation
Reports To: Military Interpreter - Lance-Corporal

Position Summary

Military Interpreters work at the Halifax Citadel and Georges Island National Historic Sites, and portray both a British army soldier and gunner, circa 1869-71, as well as a Canadian army gunner, circa 1939-1945. While in the public eye, Military Interpreters perform the role of a soldier, participate in drill training scenarios and presentations, and conduct historic weapons demonstrations. They also deliver guided site tours and other interpretive programs, and participate in a wide variety of on-site and off-site special events. Through participating in performances and demonstrations, and through direct interactions with the public, Military Interpreters help us accomplish our mission of connecting people with a part of what it means to be Canadian.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in daily training routines and demonstrations, including foot and arms drill, sentry duty, commercial signals, gun drill, and historic weapons demonstrations.
  • Participates in special events and ceremonial functions both onsite and offsite.
  • Performs security functions during historic weapons demonstrations.
  • Conducts guided site tours and interpretive programs, and interprets period exhibits and displays.
  • Maintains personal uniforms, equipment, and weapons through regular cleaning and shining.
  • Participates in the daily fatigue (cleaning) program of operational work areas and cleans some visitor facilities at Georges Island NHS.
  • Performs other duties as required.



  • Successful completion of Grade 10 (or equivalent).


  • No previous experience is required.


  • The ability to communicate fluently in English is required.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in French is an asset, but not required.

Skills & Abilities

  • The physical and mental ability to perform nineteenth- and twentieth-century British army foot, arms, and artillery drill, and to meet other essential physical demands.
  • The ability to work efficiently as a member of a team.
  • The ability to learn historical information and present it accurately and efficiently to members of the public.
  • The ability to speak and present in public, and to deliver guided site tours and other types of programming and interpretation to diverse groups of visitors.


  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age as of their first day of employment.

Required Competencies

Achievement Motivation: Is energetic and committed to meeting goals and targets set, even when tasks are repetitive; actively reviews schedules and plans to avoid unnecessary over runs; wants to do things well and consistently delivers to best of own ability; willing to respond to reasonable requests to do tasks that go beyond normal scope of job.

Client/Customer Service: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of clients/customers in a manner that provides satisfaction for the client/customer and fosters client/customer loyalty. Is respectful of others, helping or serving them to meet their needs by discovering those needs and figuring out how to best meet them.

Respectful/Respect/Respectfulness: Effectively promotes a respectful, positive work environment in which each person is accepted and has the opportunity to grow and develop; demonstrates behaviours that include fairness, respect, inclusiveness, empathy, integrity, and ethical conduct; examines own biases and assumptions; displays appreciation for and recognizes the value of different opinions, roles, experiences, cultures and backgrounds participation and involvement; recognizes people's diverse needs and perspectives (e.g. language differences, cultural differences, disabilities and personal family circumstances); monitors the work environment, to identify underlying issues that impact negatively on people, and takes appropriate action, holds self and others accountable for making principled decisions; respects the confidential nature of the work.

Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Adjusts rapidly to new situations warranting attention and resolution, proactively seeking opportunities to develop new capabilities, skills, and knowledge.

Teamwork and Cooperation: Works cooperatively, with a positive attitude with others to achieve common goals. Willingly co-operates; is friendly and cooperative. Keeps other team members up to date. Addresses conflicts or issues within the team in a positive and open manner.

Conditions of Employment

  • Willingness and ability to wear historic military uniforms and equipment, and to adhere to associated personal appearance standards.
  • Willingness to travel between work locations on foot and in small boats, and work in semi-isolated locations with limited infrastructure.
  • Willingness and ability to obtain and maintain a Government of Canada Reliability Status security clearance.

Working Conditions

  • Wears reproduction British and/or Canadian army uniforms, accoutrements, and equipment.
  • Works primarily outdoors on rough surfaces and in all weather conditions, performing physically demanding tasks and standing for long periods of time.
  • Also works inside historic fortifications in both period-accurate and modern spaces.
  • Works a variable work schedule including weekends, holidays, evenings, and/or overtime as required.



All donations received are used to bring history to life at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada, by hiring young men and women to portray the British Garrison in Halifax at the time of our nation's birth.