The historic interpreter role is a costumed position where the interpreter engages with the public providing information about the site/building they are representing. Westfield is a working village and interpreters may be engaged in a variety of tasks appropriate to the time period they are representing. These include: tending fires, baking, carpentry, gardening, sewing, embroidery, running a printing press and many others. After completing a two hour orientation volunteers are assigned to a buddy for their first shift which is followed by onsite training with experienced volunteers. Individuals sixteen years of age or older may apply or families with younger children may choose to volunteer together.
Westfield provides public programming on Sunday afternoons and holiday Mondays from March until the end of October. In addition there are evening programs around Halloween and Christmas. Successful applicants for this role are asked to commit to 9 shifts per year. The most active program time is Sunday from 12 until 4 so applicants should be available Sundays.
For further information please contact Westnote@conservationhamilton.ca or call 519-621-8851