The Cranbrook History Centre is a key visitor attraction in the East Kootenay and we pride ourselves on giving our 7,000+ annual visitors a rewarding, enjoyable, and entertaining experience. We are a non-profit, driven by a small, dynamic, and passionate team.  We have unique historic collections and are enthusiastic about telling Cranbrook’s story to the world.

Programs Assistant

Compensation: $17.30
Hours of work: Full-time, 4-month position, 40 hours a week. Requires flexible evening, weekend and holiday availability.
Reporting to: Programming Coordinator
Responsible for: Historical Interpreters

Position Summary

The Cranbrook History Centre is currently seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our museum team in the position of Programs Assistant. Working collaboratively with the Programming Coordinator, the Programs Assistant will be responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the Historic Railcar Tour Program, curriculum-based education programmes, public programs and activities for diverse audiences on the subjects of paleontology, natural history, and the human heritage and history of Cranbrook and the East Kootenays. 

The ideal candidate will be a leader, creative thinker, well-organized, and enthusiastic about reducing barriers to participation for the museum’s current audience while seeking innovative ways to reach out to and engage new audiences. Experience in museum education, knowledge of the current BC curriculum, background in history, and public speaking is an asset. Must be comfortable working with all types of learners, and audiences. As a position of leadership, it is also the responsibility of the Programs Assistant to act as a role model for summer students and set an example of positive behaviour and respect for ideas.


  • Implement a variety of learning strategies to engage diverse audiences at a meaningful level.
  • Responsible for delivering the Centre’s Historic Railcar Tours Program.
  • Plan, coordinate and deliver school and public programmes – general, curriculum-based, outreach, children/youth, adult/senior, special events, and tours, both on and off-site.
  • Develop outcomes and performance evaluations for all programming activities. Regularly evaluate program performance to ensure goals and objectives are being achieved.
  • Maintain records and provide statistical data and reports as required.
  • Develop marketing materials and public communication strategies as related to programming.
  • Manage program bookings and coordination with visitor services to ensure timely invoicing and payment processing.
  • Coordinate programming volunteers.
  • Ensure privacy and safety requirements are maintained at the highest level.
  • Assist with the training and management of the seasonal and part-time staff to deliver programming.
  • Keep public and private spaces clean and sanitized; including the foyer, exhibits, washrooms and museum grounds.
  • Assist with visitor services and other museum-related duties as assigned by the Business Manager.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Indigenous Studies, History, Museum Studies, or another related field AND/OR a combination of education and experience in developing and managing public programming.
  • An understanding of Indigenous relations in this region; additionally, familiarity with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the relevant Calls to Action for Museums is an asset. This knowledge can be through lived or worked experience, or education (or both).
  • Valid driver’s license and clean abstract.
  • Applicants must have a clean criminal record and vulnerable sector check prior to employment.
  • First Aid Level 1 certification is required.

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in program development and delivery, ideally in a non-profit/museum setting.
  • Experience working with children. Experience in early childhood education is considered an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proficient use of WordPress and Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Proven supervisory and leadership experience.
  • Experience in setting up and leading virtual programming, including camera work, lighting/sound and video editing is considered an asset.

Personal Traits

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing at all organizational levels, and with the general public.
  • Ability to interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and educational levels and explain concepts to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven reliability.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with little direct supervision.
  • Must be able to: lift 50 LBS, stand for extended periods, work an active 8-hour shift, and work outside to present programs.

Cranbrook is a town with a diverse and international community. The Cranbrook History Centre strives to reflect this in our work and our team. We encourage applicants who identify as LGBTQ+, Person with Disabilities, Indigenous, and visible minorities to apply.

Please note that due to the nature of the railcar tours, candidates with certain physical disabilities may be unable to perform the required tasks.

How to Apply

In the spirit of reconciliation, we are committed to increasing Indigenous representation throughout the institution and encourage applicants to self-identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit within cover letters and/or resume.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Subject line: first name, last name, job title. Ex: Jane Doe, Programs Assistant. We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

About the City of Cranbrook

The City of Cranbrook is located in southeastern BC between the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Range of the Columbia Mountains. If new to Cranbrook, you’ll quickly discover that you’re only seven minutes to anywhere you want to be. Hiking and biking trails are within a 10-minute drive from downtown! That means peaceful lakes, great river valleys, and ski hills surrounded by nature are right at your fingertips. This is a community where nature is close to downtown and the city’s history & culture are a sight as impressive as our wild spaces. Find out more about Living & Working in Cranbrook, BC.

COVID-19 Response

The safety of our staff and guests is our top priority.  Under the directives outlined by WorkSafeBC, the BC Health Authorities and other governing bodies, protocols and policies have been put in place in both staff and public areas and activities to keep staff, volunteers, and guests safe. For further details please feel free to contact our us or view further information on some of our operational protocols here.

Thanks for your interest in the Cranbrook History Centre, one of the Kootenay’s premier historical sites!