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Military Interpreter: 78th Private/ Royal Artillery Gunner

1. Position Title:

Military Interpreter - Infantry, Artillery

2. Reporting To:

Junior NCO - Infantry, Artillery


3. Primary Function/Job Purpose:


To interpret the role of a 19th-century British soldier, gunner or other character by executing military drills and manoeuvres, taking visitors on guided tours, participating in historical dramatizations, events, parades and performances in period costume.


4. Accountabilities:

  1. Participates in daily training routines of the 78th Highlanders and 3rd Brigade living history units including: foot and arms drill, formation drills, firearms demonstrations, duty training, artillery gun drills, sentry duties, signaling, military etiquette and historical knowledge lectures and interpretation.
  2. Maintains personal uniforms, weapons, and accoutrements by regular shining and cleaning.
  3.  Participates in routine and special ceremonial parade functions in and outside of the Citadel. Scheduled hours for events may vary and can be set by administrators based on event requirements.
  4. Performs security functions during black powder demonstrations.
  5. Participates in the daily fatigue program including work areas, locker room and lunch area facility clean up.
  6. Presents guided and specialty tours.
  7. Performs other duties as required.


5. Education:

  1. Currently enrolled in high school, university or community college.


6. Experience:

  1. No previous experience required.


7. Other Competencies/Characteristics:

  1. Ability to safely operate 19th century firearms and artillery under supervision.
  2. Excellent physical ability to perform 19th century British army foot and arms drill (both infantry and artillery) and to meet other essential physical demands;
  3. Ability to learn historical information within limited time frame and interpret it to the public (in both individual and group settings), particularly Canadian and/or British military and social history;
  4. Ability to portray an historical character and perform the role in public;
  5. Good communication and interpersonal skills to provide excellent program delivery, customer service and effective information service to both the public and the staff;
  6. Completion of Recruit Phase Training course.
  7. Applicants must be willing and able to obtain an Government of Canada Security Clearance and Criminal Records Check.


8. Working Conditions:

  1. Works outdoors on a rough, uneven surface in all types of weather and indoors in historical exhibits. Periodically also works in other environments (eg., classrooms, outdoors outside of site.)
  2. Works a variable work schedule which includes weekends, evenings and holidays 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.