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.


  • Develop and deliver educational or cultural programs
  • Operate presentation equipment (e.g. audiovisual, overheads, slide shows, etc.)
  • Protect resources

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A secondary school diploma is required
  • A related degree in tourism/ecotourism is an asset
  • Adapt to different learning styles and participant needs
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to research
  • Previous customer service experience an asset
  • Interpretive experience may be required
  • Leadership skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Working knowledge of the area, its heritage and other relevant information
  • Working knowledge of basic computer applications
  • First aid training and other safety training is an asset

Possible Future Career Paths

  • Supervisor of Interpretive Services
  • Assistant Manager/Manager of Interpretive Services
  • Curator

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