Youth Programming Interpreter

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre (DCC) is seeking an individual with a passion for history, politics, and education for the position of Youth Programming Interpreter (YPI).

This is a term position from October 2018 to May 2019.

The salary ranges from $13.00 to $16.00 per hour. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

About the DCC: The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker dreamed of a united Canada, one that would find strength through diversity. The DCC’s mandate is to build on this legacy by celebrating citizenship, leadership, human rights, and Canada’s role in the international community. The DCC offers a distinctively Canadian cultural experience. In addition to preserving and interpreting the core collection of personal artifacts bequeathed by Mr. Diefenbaker to the University of Saskatchewan, the DCC proudly hosts exhibits that interpret the Canadian experience, with a particular emphasis on the culture and heritage of the nation’s many peoples.

Primary Purpose: Reporting to the Executive Officer – Administration, Strategic Planning, and Projects in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, the YPI will organize, help promote, schedule, and deliver the Your Voice Matters: Building a Better Saskatchewan (YVM) program. The YVM program includes such topics as federal, provincial, and Indigenous governance; political involvement; and Canadian citizenship, democracy, and voting. Sponsored by Elections Saskatchewan, YVM is offered throughout the province for students in grades 4-8. The YPI will also be required to fulfill standard docent responsibilities.


  • Learn the YVM program and its modules using docent guides, PowerPoints, and activity materials.
  • Help promote the YVM program to educational institutions through Saskatchewan and arrange bookings.
  • Deliver full- and half-day YVM programs for Saskatchewan students in grades 4-8. This includes organizing all necessary materials, planning logistics, presenting PowerPoints and other media in an active and engaging manner, running themed activities for an entire class, answering pertinent questions, conducting surveys, and engaging with educators.
  • Gather information and statistics by recording the number of students, school name, school district, and other relevant information from each booking. Distribute and monitor student and educator surveys from every class and collect feedback and testimonials from teachers/educators.
  • Perform general Museum Docent duties to support the day-to-day operations of the DCC.


Education: Completion of at least two years of university education or an undergraduate degree, ideally in political studies, international studies, public policy, or another field focused on Canadian governance.


  • Experience in educational programming delivery and/or classroom work
  • Experience working with youth and the general public

Skills and Traits:

  • Desire to work with people, particularly youth (grades 4-8)
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills, featuring a professional, responsive, pleasant, and effective manner
  • Knowledge of and/or passion in the areas of Canadian and provincial governance, elections, and history
  • Must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Availability to work in the evenings and on weekends, and to travel in Saskatchewan
  • Organizational skills and the ability to set and adhere to work priorities and meet deadlines while working on multiple projects
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and independently
  • Reputation for establishing and building mutually supportive relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders while demonstrating tact, diplomacy, and intercultural sensitivity
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated combined with the ability to take direction, work effectively, and show initiative
  • Demonstrated effective punctual, organizational, and time-management skills
  • Ability to communicate in French (written and oral) would be considered an asset.

About YVM: In 2014-15, Elections Saskatchewan and the DCC formed a partnership to generate improved electoral awareness among youth. The partnership, through which the DCC delivers YVM to students in grades 4 through 8, was formed to increase active citizenship, a greater awareness of democracy, and electoral participation.
YVM consists of a full-day program for grades 7 and 8, and a half-day program for grades 4-6. The modules cover the subjects of federal, provincial, and Indigenous governance; democracy and voting; the division of powers and the Supreme Court; and the importance of active citizenship. The role of the YPI will be to deliver the YVM program to schools throughout Saskatchewan from fall 2018 through spring 2019.

How to apply: Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2018, and should be submitted to the following:

Ms. Amber McCuaig
Executive Officer – Administration, Strategic Planning, and Projects
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy 

Applications must include a detailed resume and a cover letter detailing experience relevant to the position. References will be requested from those invited for an interview.